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lilpunk1302

The one thing that sets me off the most(other than the un-designness)
Is how the categories are made.
When posting threads I get confused as to where to put stuff.

I suggest:
>>General
>Other Arduino questions (FAQ is for questions that are...frequently asked, not the case with a forum)
>Workshops (keep em)
>Exhibition (Keep it)
>Bar Sport (Change to NON-arduino related stuff, that's what Other's for)

>>International
>Other Languages (A single forum for the rest, no other changes)

>>Hardware
>Interfacing (Change description to something simpler)
>Hardware Development

>>Software
>Arduino Coding suggestions/help ("Syntax & programs" tends to confuse me, anyone else?)
>Arduino IDE Development

>>Troubleshooting
>Hardware Troubleshooting
>Software Troubleshooting

>>Bugs & Suggestions
>Software bugs/suggestions
>Hardware bugs/suggestions
>Site bugs/suggestions


Comments on my hierarchy?
After writing it up, seems a little to stretched out than I first expected, but it's thorough.

tehboii

#1
Jun 08, 2008, 06:36 am Last Edit: Jun 08, 2008, 06:36 am by tehboii Reason: 1
my two cents..

Mmmh.. I'm fine with the current structure. If I should ask for something, it would be a place, either in the forum itself or in the profile configuration, for people to introduce themselves...

A few do them in the Bar Sport, but having a dedicated field in the profile and/or a dedicated section would be cool, because it's also nice to know what people are doing not only when they're having problems... The only think you can currently know is not to f*ck  with people whose name is written in red ;)

(and that I'm cute, small, geeky, and sleepless, but the second assertion is wrong :))
... could use some sleep

lilpunk1302

My original idea was to have it like this.

General(Intro's, Bar Sport, Exhibition, stuff not related to helping with Arduino)
Hardware(Hardware mod, hacks, guides)
Software(Coding stuff)
Troubleshooting
Suggestions

But after I wrote it out, it makes it unbalanced :/

mellis

What do you think of something like this?

GENERAL

News ("Community, Collaboration, Status"?)
Workshops and Events
Exhibition
Bar Sport

PHYSICAL COMPUTING

Getting Started & Troubleshooting
Programming ("Syntax and Programs")
LEDs and Multiplexing
Displays, Audio, etc.
Motors, Mechanics, and Power
Sensors
Networking, Protocols, and Devices
Interfacing w/ Software

DEVELOPMENT

Bugs and Suggestions
Hardware Development
Software Development

INTERNATIONAL

Español
Français
Italiano
Portugues

wayoda

Hi,
I guess its too late to start shuffling categories around. There are thousands of posts already. What are you going to do with them? You can't delete them and there is no manpower to sort them into new locations.

You can't improve an already written book, by simply putting up a new Table Of Contents with the chapters that you have forgotten to write when you started the project ::)

Eberhard


mem

#5
Jun 08, 2008, 12:12 pm Last Edit: Jun 08, 2008, 12:16 pm by mem Reason: 1
Improving the search capability would be the biggest aid in helping people to find what they want.

Also, adding the capability to view many more recent posts (ten is way too few). Ideally, view all posts since last logged on, but viewing  items posted over the last 24 hours would be a big help.

lilpunk1302

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Hi,
I guess its too late to start shuffling categories around. There are thousands of posts already. What are you going to do with them? You can't delete them and there is no manpower to sort them into new locations.

You can't improve an already written book, by simply putting up a new Table Of Contents with the chapters that you have forgotten to write when you started the project ::)

Eberhard



Lock all the current threads, move em to one "Old Posts" forum, and fix the search?

admin

Are you suggesting we merge all the international forums into one??

m

lilpunk1302

No, I'm suggestiong to add another one for all the other languages.

And have people append the language to the title, ie

[Russian] Where to find ___ part

tehboii

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No, I'm suggestiong to add another one for all the other languages.

And have people append the language to the title, ie

[Russian] Where to find ___ part


Don't think this will be really  appealing... If I spoke only Russian and English, I'll talk in English or maybe request a Russian language subsection, but I don't think I'll go in the Babel tower section and hope for someone to read it...

So maybe a good way to do this would be to add a section somewhere, like an "about this forum" section where people could ask for new language-specific sections.
... could use some sleep

lilpunk1302

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Don't think this will be really  appealing... If I spoke only Russian and English, I'll talk in English or maybe request a Russian language subsection, but I don't think I'll go in the Babel tower section and hope for someone to read it...

So maybe a good way to do this would be to add a section somewhere, like an "about this forum" section where people could ask for new language-specific sections.


Problem with that is that there's ~300 somewhat unique languages in the world, and it'd be easier to just have a combined one, and IF a certain language stands out, then send it to its own forum.

wayoda

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Hi,
I guess its too late to start shuffling categories around. There are thousands of posts already. What are you going to do with them? You can't delete them and there is no manpower to sort them into new locations.

You can't improve an already written book, by simply putting up a new Table Of Contents with the chapters that you have forgotten to write when you started the project ::)

Eberhard



Lock all the current threads, move em to one "Old Posts" forum, and fix the search?

Don't forget to update the 10000 internal links inside the postings to previous threads, or do you really think people repeat themselves over and over again. About 1/3 of my own postings read : Look here , has been answered already last month.

Eberhard

mellis

The posts URLs only include the post id, so I think it's possible to move them between boards without breaking links.  Still, it would be a lot of work, and I'm not sure it'll happen any time soon.  But if it, what would people think about the organization I posted?

mem

#13
Jun 09, 2008, 05:52 pm Last Edit: Jun 09, 2008, 05:52 pm by mem Reason: 1
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 But... what would people think about the organization I posted?


Making it easier for posters to select the appropriate category will be a big help. But I wonder how much better the proposed ones will be for people looking far help getting a sketch to work correctly.

I think if I was a newbie struggling with a sketch that interfaces with some hardware, I could have difficulty deciding which category to post for help.

>>Bugs & Suggestions
>Software bugs/suggestions  <-  this one fits because my sketch doesn't work
>Hardware bugs/suggestions  <- but this one fits because the software is not talking to the
Hardware

>>Troubleshooting
>Hardware Troubleshooting   <- this could fit for the reasons above
>Software Troubleshooting    <- and this

>>Software
>Arduino Coding suggestions/help  <- this fits as well.


Its not an easy problem to solve and I don't think the following fully solves the ambiguity problem but here is a suggestion to spark further thought:

>>>Arduino distribution support
>>Troubleshooting
>Hardware Troubleshooting
>Software Troubleshooting
>>Bugs & Suggestions
>Software bugs/suggestions
>Hardware bugs/suggestions
>Arduino IDE Development

>> User sketch support
>Hardware Troubleshooting    
>Software Troubleshooting    

>>Hardware
>Interfacing (Change description to something simpler)
>Hardware Development

>Site bugs/suggestions


lilpunk1302

mellis, I think you actually hit it just right with your layout, so if we were to do this(I can be of aide) then I vote for mellis's layout.

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