I enjoy a search, when I have something in mind, but let's not over look the classic value of "the browse"I was thinking about subforums in the junkyard lol though I imagine that would be a pain in the butt. But a genre subforum or something so its easier to find specific item types like scifi props versus horror props. though scifi would probably then warrant its own sub subforums. never ending cycle!
Yay search function.
What he said.I just think it'd be nice to have some basic distinctions in information
- Drawing Board (projects in their early stages looking for suggestions and ideas)
- In Progress ( looking for help with a particular problem )
- Completed Works ( showing off your coolest new accomplishment)
there is a wealth of information and it would like you said be great to see it more easy to sort and access.
We had been working on implementing just such a system, and much of the behind the scenes stuff had been completed, then the hack/theft, and a number of other higher priority things took precedent. Moving to vB4 has now taken over as the number one priority. Getting that done, and making sure it's stable should then lead us to the implementation of a number of these types of mods.Instead of further dividing the forums, why not add a hidden pane of filters to the boards. Don't want to see Iron Man builds? Uncheck that box and it will go by the tags we're allowed to put onto our threads. Want to read up on BTTF props? Check that box!
...it's not perfect, (Since it relies on tags) but I already don't visit all the boards here, I can't imagine how much more fragmented the experience would be with further sub forums.
We have three different irons in the fire to address that issue and to expand the ability of our members to find cool content via the Discovery method vs Search.I'm far more interested in what you might call serendipitous finds, which is not something that search is useful.
We have a love/hate relationship with our growth. We are thrilled to see so much content being posted to the RPF (between 1,500 and 2,000 post a day), but you are right, it does mean things drop off the front page VERY fast. However, we are very very hesitant to create many more subforms as sites with a plethora of subforums usually feel very dead and stagnant, plus, members usually only visit a few forums on a site and the more subforums you create, the more cool content they miss.And a wee bit I'm kind of saddened to see that someone can post a question, and have it rapidly slip to page 3 and beyond with only a few views. Once a post gets on page 2, it's probably a gonner except for those with a lot of time to just browse.