Salemosophy Posted December 16, 2009 Share Posted December 16, 2009 I believe the forum needs a more concise, logistical approach to its organization. Hopefully, a constructive explanation of my suggestions will lead to a more sensible organization of the forum to make it simpler to navigate and more intuitively balanced with how the forum operates. For a constructive example of this, YC currently has eight categories of forums. Archives, Uploads, Discussion, Contests, Interactive, Technology, Community, and Board (Announcements). This is entirely unnecessary and cumulative. Not only does it waste space, it leaves some members confused as to whether they should post in one forum or another. I've seen this all too often, and while it might seem "petty" to make such suggestions here, I believe a more concise organization of the forum will make moderation of the forum much more efficient and the user experience more satisfying. Let me explain the cumulative aspect of this that leads to confusion... Discussion and Community are one in the same. There is no need for two sections that essentially involve various levels of discussion, from broad to narrow. Contests and Interactive are also cumulative sections, in my opinion. You can easily combine these into one section. Archives and Board is another example of cumulative sections that essentially serve similar purposes. Combine them. In total, it reduces the total length of the page making the over all forum presentation more concise. I would recommend the following sections and categories as a constructive example of this improvement: Community Submissions (could make the Major Works section the only section accessible to non-members for added incentive) MAJOR WORKS (BRING THIS BACK, PLEEEEEEEEEEAAAASSSSSSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Orchestra and Large Ensemble Chamber and Small Ensemble Instrumental Solo Music Popular Songs and Lyrics (I combined the Pop and Lyric categories, the only change I'd suggest) Vocal and Choir Music Film and Game Music Electronic Concert Music Jazz Ensemble Music Community Activities (some categories could be for members only) Competitions (Announcements and Submissions could be sub-forums of this category) Challenges, Games, and Collaborations Lessons and Masterclasses (Combines the forums or could be two sub-forums of the category) Member Podcasts (move this here from the "Board" section) Community Discussion (some categories should probably be for members only) General Discussion (move all "Off Topic" posts here) Composer's Headquarters (for any and all discussions of music - anything -heated- or excessively offensive moves to "The Inferno") Suggestions, Advice, and Techniques (Combines "Incomplete Works" with "Advice and Techniques") Performance and Repertoire (combines both categories from Discussion section) The Inferno (where "heated debates" go, members-only access - name of this forum is merely a suggestion) Community Feedback and Archives Community Announcements Forum Technical Problems and Suggestions Young Composers Social Network (from the "Community" section) Young Composers Wiki Forum Archives I believe this type of organization is more concise for the forum and largely more intuitively organized for new and existing members. I'm including a poll to see if anyone else agrees with what I'm suggesting or believes what we have now is better. I think reducing the cumulative organization of the forum will only improve the experience by making the forum more logistically organized and intuitive. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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