Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

How should Event Help threads be organized?

There should only be one thread per event.
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There should be one main thread and specific questions can be asked in separate threads.
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There should not be a main thread; questions should be addressed in separate threads or by genre or whatever naturally happens.
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There should just be a separate forum for every event.
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There should only be a separate forum for the high traffic events
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27%
 
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Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby Dark Sabre » February 14th, 2009, 4:12 pm

This would be looking at how we should organize Event Help for next year.

There should only be one thread per event.
-This is kinda what has been going on this season. There's a main thread for each event and people are criticized for making separate threads.

There should be one main thread and specific questions can be asked in separate threads.
-This would still have the "Unofficial Scrambler thread" or whatever, but if someone had a specific question (like egg mounts, axle lubricants, etc...not "HALP ME PLS") those could be in separate threads.

There should not be a main thread; questions should be addressed in separate threads or by genre or whatever naturally happens.
-Basically a free for all.

There should just be a separate forum for every event.
-Sounds like a lot of trouble to click through all those forums...but would keep stuff really organized.

There should only be a separate forum for the high traffic events
-We used to do this for Mission Possible and Wright Stuff, since they generated so many questions and responses. If we had done it for this season, it would probably would have been a couple of the building events. Once there is a specific forum for an event, threads for specific questions/problems follows pretty naturally.

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Re: Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby andrewwski » February 14th, 2009, 4:26 pm

This would be looking at how we should organize Event Help for next year.

There should only be one thread per event.
-This is kinda what has been going on this season. There's a main thread for each event and people are criticized for making separate threads.
Works well right now. People are criticized for making separate threads, yes, but the thing that annoys me is if they create a separate thread asking something that's already been answered in the main thread.
There should be one main thread and specific questions can be asked in separate threads.
-This would still have the "Unofficial Scrambler thread" or whatever, but if someone had a specific question (like egg mounts, axle lubricants, etc...not "HALP ME PLS") those could be in separate threads.
Not opposed to this, but the specific question would have to be quite involved and warrant a separate thread. No need to have a bunch of small threads with all sorts of general questions - the main threads are not that frequently used to warrant branching off other threads in almost all cases.
There should not be a main thread; questions should be addressed in separate threads or by genre or whatever naturally happens.
-Basically a free for all.
Too messy and hard to follow.
There should just be a separate forum for every event.
-Sounds like a lot of trouble to click through all those forums...but would keep stuff really organized.
NO! I don't have hours to go through the different forums. Having too many categories in a forum is bad. Right now there's not even a page of new replies a day in each of the existing forums - no need to make it a pain.
There should only be a separate forum for the high traffic events
-We used to do this for Mission Possible and Wright Stuff, since they generated so many questions and responses. If we had done it for this season, it would probably would have been a couple of the building events. Once there is a specific forum for an event, threads for specific questions/problems follows pretty naturally.
I think subdividing into three event types keeps the clutter down enough, and again, the usage of these forums/threads is not frequent enough to subdivide it to such an extent.

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Re: Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby robotman » February 14th, 2009, 4:48 pm

i only want one thread its hard enough now to keep track
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Re: Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby danger will robinson » February 14th, 2009, 7:26 pm

i only want one thread its hard enough now to keep track
I agree. Having a seperate thread for specific things (eg backstops for Scrambler) could be nice, but it could (and would probably be) to be too much. It would most likely be easier to just stick with what we have now and criticise people for starting new threads for already existing events.
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Postby sciolykid101 » February 14th, 2009, 8:48 pm

Separate threads avoid confusion.
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Re: Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » February 15th, 2009, 10:04 am

Yeah, it's the easiest way to do things. And we don't need to criticize new members for making a new thread, just guide them to the original one.
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Re: Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby Pleiades » February 15th, 2009, 10:14 am

or we could answer their questions on the thread they created then wait for a mod to merge it. I dont know about you guys but i dont like the +1 dead thing then 5 people posting links to another thread.

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Postby EastStroudsburg13 » February 15th, 2009, 10:20 am

Yeah, what is the point of the +1 dead thing? Is it some sort of inside joke? :?
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Postby binary010101 » February 16th, 2009, 1:00 pm

Can the extra threads be either deleted or merged? (Sorry, it just bugs me: asthetics.)
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Re: Event Help Organization (read for explanation, then vote)

Postby eak227 » February 16th, 2009, 4:03 pm

Here are the issues as I see them:

1. Having one "unofficial" (why can't you just call it the official thread) per event seems to work fine in most cases. However, there are certain downfalls to this. For one, when threads get beyond 3 pages, it seems like you're just repeating the same answers over and over. Yet expecting people to actually go through and read all 12 pages or whatever before asking a question seems ridiculous. It will never happen.

2. Having specific questions warrant new threads is also a bit crazy. It would just cause an explosion of threads in the forums. And then that topic will die and float to the back of the list, never to be seen from again. Probably causing a new thread to be created later asking the same thing.

Ideally what I would like to see would be a return of the labels for each thread (which I know is probably not going to happen). But having some way of sorting threads by event without actually creating subforums would be nice. Or again... being able to customize which events you'd like to see. So like... you sign up for the events you want, and all other events will be hidden from you, so the help forums will not be cluttered with things you don't have any interest in.

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