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Old May 20, 2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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How about a dedicated "DIY" forum (to cover lighting, studios, reflectors, tips, tricks, etc)?

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Edit: I guess tips/tricks doesn't apply, there's already a forum for that, but I still bet that a enough members have DIY suggestions/questions to warrant a forum for it.
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Old May 20, 2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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Keep in mind that the more forums you have, the more confusing it is to members to figure out where to post something. IOW, should it be in lighting or DIY when someone has a better way to handle a reflector (keeping in mind that lighting is really a lot of DIY work anyway with the setups used for backdrops, reflectors, umbrella types, etc.).

The more forums you have, the less likely someone can easily find what they're looking for, too (as the same topics may end up in multiple forums because members are confused as to which one is best for their posts), and the less visitors you're likely to have viewing a specific forum as you add more of them. Also, page load times increase for the main forums page as you add more forums, unless you "nest" them (which is something we may end up doing later).

A "Sticky" Thread covering some of those types of things within one of the existing forums may be a better way to go (although if a subforum for DIY was nested under the existing Studio Lighting Forum, that could work).
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Thanks for the suggestion, as we looking at ways to nest some of the forums (to make it easier to find topics within a given main forum type).
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Old May 20, 2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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Keep in mind that the more forums you have, the more confusing it is to members to figure out where to post something.
Good call, I hadn't really thought of that

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...as we looking at ways to nest some of the forums (to make it easier to find topics within a given main forum type).
What about 'tags'?

If you include a drop-down list that could be used to pick one or more topics for the post when creating a new thread (for example "DIY", "Lighting", "Home Studio"), users could be given the ability to quickly search for posts related to their interest.

The wildlife forum could make use of tags like "Birds", "Exotic", etc.
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The new search is a big improvement, even without trying to implement something like tags. I've been impressed by it so far (click on Advanced from the Search choice at the top of each screen to see more search options). Here's a direct link:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/search.php
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The new search is a big improvement, even without trying to implement something like tags. I've been impressed by it so far (click on Advanced from the Search choice at the top of each screen to see more search options). Here's a direct link:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/search.php
Sweet, I hadn't played with it yet. thanks for the heads-up
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