Forum selection II
The users of QRZ.com kept requesting forums that were concerned with specific topics rather than lumping the questions, comments, etc., all in the same forum. As such, the staff did create a number of forums that are concerned with specific things like antennas, boat anchors, computers, etc. To facilitate "getting the word out" about these specific topic forums and to explain just what topic went where, there have been "sticky" messages posted at the top of each forum. Unfortunately, way too many people are no longer reading these "sticky" messages and therefore threads are again being posted "willy nilly" and those threads are having to be moved to the proper forum.
If the post concerns antennas, feedlines, antenna tuners, etc., then the thread needs to be started in the antenna forum. If the thread concerns older equipment, then the thread needs to be started in the "boat anchor" forum. If the thread concerns anything about computers and computer programs, then the thread needs to be started in the computer forum. And so forth.
I realize that there are some users who believe every question, etc., all need to go in this General Questions and Answers forum. However, the vast majority of users wanted topic specific forums and those were established. Therefore, when threads are started on topics that are much more properly put in one of the topic specific forums in this forum, then things get really complicated. Now there are threads that may fall into several of the topic specific forums and, of course, there are topics that concern other things than the topic specific forums, those are proper in this forum. If one of the staff members decides that one of these topics really belongs in one of the topic specific forums then it will be moved. But, it should be intuitively obvious that if the question is about antennas then it belongs in the antenna forum. If the question is about older equipment, then it goes in the "boat anchor" forum, and so forth.
The staff and moderators of this site are all volunteers. That is they don't get paid anything. Having to move threads around the site because someone just didn't take the time to post the thread where it really belongs adds to the workload of the staff and moderators. The staff and moderators have enough to do trying to keep the site running efficiently and anything that helps to reduce this workload is most certainly welcome. The vast majority of users do contribute to the smooth running of QRZ.com. However, a little more attention to detail by a relatively few users, such as thinking before starting a new thread, will help even more.
Last edited by AE1PT; 07-30-2011 at 03:11 AM.
A problem with the stickies is that they do not stand out well against the other threads. Not that noticeable.
I have seen some other boards where they are a different color in the background or title font. It might help if possible.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to receive."
-Otto Watt Sept. 5 1925
Maybe an IQ test before accepting membership applications would be more effective?
Originally Posted by K7MH
I agree, I have been on many sites, and currently mod on a site. Stickies need to stand out, keeps peeps from duplicating threads, etc.
Come on down...!
Looks like OE has volunteered to be a new moderator!
Originally Posted by W9OE
"QRN doesn't dare...ever. Smith charts, after month's of study, still can't comprehend me.
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