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Site forum suggestions (city & off-topic)

Discussion in 'Support & Suggestions' started by AleWatcher, Mar 22, 2013.

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  1. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    Dear bros,
    I had 2 Thoughts for you to mull over:

    Can we bring back the forums for some of the large cities (like Chicago, Boston, etc)?

    Now that you've decided to have mods, can we have an off-topic forum?

    Your users
  2. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I love it when BA's sign their posts like this.
  3. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,126) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I agree that forums for some of the big cities would be good and I'm sure there are some BAs willing to be moderators for their local cities... I personally am not supportive of an off-topic forum.
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  4. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (624) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I vote against both ideas. If you want to talk baseball, firearms, or cars go to a baseball, firearms, or car forum. Add notes to your profile that say something about your hobbies outside of beer. Beermail will take care of the rest.
    Furthermore, the city forums would be just another level of disbanding. The regional forum idea barely manages to stay afloat, why add another tier to it?
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  5. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    Then don't use it.

    Suppose I'm not supportive of having trading forums, should I attempt to get them removed?
    Nah, I just won't go to them.

    That's the wonderful thing about this site-- if you want to use the trade forums, do it. If you don't, then you don't.
    No one will force you to.
    Same holds true for an offtopic forum. If you don't like it, then don't use it.
  6. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    The rest of the entire internet is an off topic forum so I think thats already covered. It is really easy to start Chicago threads in the Great Lakes forum.
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  7. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (624) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I understand you completely. If my vote could sway creation of either sub-forum and the vote was 50/50, I would vote in favor just to give it a try. I suppose if it lacked success it could be deleted.
    That said, I personally take part in a beer sub-forum on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association forum and have gained many a connection in the Philadelphia area with people I share multiple hobbies with, but to me, beer advocate is my haven for one thing and one thing only and you know that's beer.
  8. lunarbrew

    lunarbrew Zealot (508) Mar 11, 2013 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    I also disagree with off-topic forums. Whether you trade or not, that subculture is still based off of beer--why we are all here. The moment you extend a site like this into the realm of general social networking (as opposed to beer social networking) is the moment many BAs start to lose interest.
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  9. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    This isn't even the forum's final form.
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  10. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,140) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Mods are not the only resource consumed by an off-topic forum. I'd much rather have data storage space and CPU time consumed by improved search capabilities and different ways to sort, organize, and look at patterns in the database than by people arguing or insulting each other in an off-topic forum.
  11. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Semi-related, but it would be nice if DC, Maryland, and Virginia were all in the same "region."
    aasher likes this.
  12. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia


    I live in NoVA & it really is part of the DMV region...it has almost nothing in common with the "south Atlantic" region. Although, setting up different forums for all of the "regions" in the US could be a real pain
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  13. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,518) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Re: City forums: the few we had years ago were removed before switching the new forums due to lack of use/misuse; people have a hard enough time (even long time users) posting in the correct forums. I don't see us bringing them back any time soon.

    Re: Still a big NO on off-topic. Having mods doesn't change our stance.

    kuhndog and ufmj like this.
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