posted on Nov, 26 2005 @ 05:26 PM
IMO, there are simply too many separate forums here.
A message board community is sort of like an online bar/pub. It's a place where people come to hang out, take a load off, see their friends, chat a
bit, argue a bit, slap each other on the back a bit-- a place where everybody knows your name.
Bars are almost always put together in a specific way, and for a specific reason. They generally have one main room, and the larger ones then have
side rooms, booths, little out of the way corners... That's because most people, most of the time that they go to such places, want to be surrounded
by other people. There are certainly times that one wants to do something specific, or talk to somebody specific, and that's what the out of the way
corners and rooms and booths are for. Then, when they're done with that, they once again go into the general hubbub of the main room.
If one were to walk into a bar that was NOTHING BUT separate rooms and booths and odd corners, and each of them had one or two, or no, people in them,
it would appear to be a dull place indeed. Some people prefer this sort of thing, but not many.
That's exactly the way that ATS is set up. There are dozens and dozens of separate rooms, and most of them, most of the time, have nobody in them.
Then maybe one or two people will wander into one, hang around for a while, then wander away again. There are rarely enough people in any one place
at any one time for it to actually feel like anything other than an empty room.
I think that ATS should have one main forum in each section (ATS, PTS and BTS). It would exist as the primary meeting room, and would come to be the
place where the main body of the community could congregate, swap stories, gladhand each other, maybe pick a fight or do a bit of flirting-- just be
with people. That really is the main purpose of any forum, regardless of subject matter-- it's a place to hang out with other people.
I'm sure that there would still be a demand for smaller sub-forums-- the side rooms and booths and out-of-the-way corners that most people prefer
sometimes, and some people prefer most times, but right now that's ALL there is.
And the sub-forums should only exist if they really are used. An empty room just makes the place look unused, hence dull. Any existing forum that
hasn't had a post in it for over a month probably shouldn't be there at all.
That's just sort of a scattershot overview of my point. I'm not sure how well I've expressed it, but I know that if I go back and reread it, I'll
start rewriting it, and the odds are that I'll never get it posted, so...