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Hi folks,

As I was scrolling through the WUS forum top level to get to the few forums I frequent, I wondered why we have so many forums?
(I searched for previous discussions on this but couldn't find anything particularly relevant.)

Is there some historical reason for picking the ones we currently have?
Are there criteria for adding a new one?
Are there criteria for removing an existing one?
Is there a FAQ that explains all this?

I can see the need for sub-fora to allow people to focus on the discussions they are interested in.
But also you don't want to be too specialist/exclusive or the forum becomes stale and unused.
It seems that you need to try and hit some kind of balance.

Also it makes sense to try and group similar topics together, but with the current structure the logic used is not always clear.

Let's look at some examples (not to criticise any in particular, rather to help highlight possible inconsistencies)

Seiko&Citizen (35k threads) are combined, but Orient (2.8K) is out on it's own - why the split in Japan? or why aren't all split?

Rolex and Tudor (9K) are combined for Rolex group but Zenith (2.9K), TAGHeuer (9.5K) & Hublot (238!) aren't for LVMH... why?

AL&S (51!) has it's own forum despite there being flourishing high end (1.8K) and German (5.6K) but PP, AP & VC don't... why?

Pens (816!) has it's own forum on this Watch forum... why isn't it part of other off-topic forums like luxury & lifestyle (980!) or cafe (5228) - why aren't they all merged?

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. :)
The general point is why are we structured the way we are and what is the process for keeping (or making) things navigable in the future?

Something that would help with the proliferation of fora would be a way to view the unread posts of a selected few sub-forums , using a stock web browser and without relying on notifications.
Is this possible? If so how? If not does the forum ever have upgrades?

Thanks in advance for any constructive clarity or views. :)
 

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There are many ways of organising forums. This is ours. :)


But seriously, however it was done, it wouldn't please everybody. I guess things evolve rather than being the result of a master-plan. There are occasional changes if something clearly isn't working.
 

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You may want to forward your questions and suggestions to the owner Ernie Romers. My take on WUS is there are a lot of focused forums. So many that it seems a bit intimidating at first. But to me it works and I find a lot of useful information in lesser used specialty forums that might otherwise get buried in a more generic larger one.
 

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Hi folks,

As I was scrolling through the WUS forum top level to get to the few forums I frequent, I wondered why we have so many forums?
(I searched for previous discussions on this but couldn't find anything particularly relevant.)

Is there some historical reason for picking the ones we currently have?
Are there criteria for adding a new one?
Are there criteria for removing an existing one?
Is there a FAQ that explains all this?

I can see the need for sub-fora to allow people to focus on the discussions they are interested in.
But also you don't want to be too specialist/exclusive or the forum becomes stale and unused.
It seems that you need to try and hit some kind of balance.

Also it makes sense to try and group similar topics together, but with the current structure the logic used is not always clear.

Let's look at some examples (not to criticise any in particular, rather to help highlight possible inconsistencies)

Seiko&Citizen (35k threads) are combined, but Orient (2.8K) is out on it's own - why the split in Japan? or why aren't all split?

Rolex and Tudor (9K) are combined for Rolex group but Zenith (2.9K), TAGHeuer (9.5K) & Hublot (238!) aren't for LVMH... why?

AL&S (51!) has it's own forum despite there being flourishing high end (1.8K) and German (5.6K) but PP, AP & VC don't... why?

Pens (816!) has it's own forum on this Watch forum... why isn't it part of other off-topic forums like luxury & lifestyle (980!) or cafe (5228) - why aren't they all merged?

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. :)
The general point is why are we structured the way we are and what is the process for keeping (or making) things navigable in the future?

Something that would help with the proliferation of fora would be a way to view the unread posts of a selected few sub-forums , using a stock web browser and without relying on notifications.
Is this possible? If so how? If not does the forum ever have upgrades?

Thanks in advance for any constructive clarity or views. :)
These were my thoughts exactly just the other day!

I happened to post a thread a few days back looking for recommendations on a new watch box I am after. I started it in the ‘public forum’, as to be honest, I didn’t even realise there was a specific forum related to boxes. Before long, I noticed that the thread had been moved to a part of the forum in which boxes are included in a sub forum. Well to be honest it might as well have been sent to one of the far flung corners of the galaxy, as I think it got more views in the first 30 minutes of being in the ‘public forum’ than it’s had ever since where it is now.

At the end of the day, I think a lot of people tend to post in the ‘public forum’, because let’s face it.. that’s where everyone is!

Russ
 

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But seriously, however it was done, it wouldn't please everybody. I guess things evolve rather than being the result of a master-plan. There are occasional changes if something clearly isn't working.
Thanks Tribe.
Evolution is good and if there is a process (natural selection? :) ) for when 'something clearly isn't working' then even better.
I assume clearly isn't working is measured through number of threads, number of posts, number of posters, time since last post or some combination of the same...

It's interesting to know there is no 'master plan', and I understand people will want different things (some may want more fora, some less).

I guess the only downside I feel is not one of intimidation when faced with so many... but rather navigation efficiency.

In which case I guess my second question becomes the most pressing one.
Is there a way to view the unread posts of only a selected few sub-fora, using a stock web browser and without relying on notifications? If so, how?

e.g. in settings you pick fora you want to subscribe to and then there is a quick link which takes you to unread mails in just those personally subscribed fora...

Thanks again.
 

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Lots of info in all of the forums if you are really watch OCD.

More is better than not enough......
 

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By splitting the, frankly huge, number of threads into areas of interest it allows members just to venture into the areas that interest them most. Out of all the fora and sub fora on WUS there are perhaps half a dozen that I visit regularly.
 

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Better question would be why are there so many stickys on this board. Most of which are totally necessary. A good purge is needed.
 
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But why though? I'm sure that most people that like Seiko or Citizen are also interested in Orient. And there is also some overlap in terms of pricing and the style of some of their watches, for example many people looking for an inexpensive diver will look at both the SKX lines and Rays & Mako's. It would make for a good forum, Seiko, Citizen & Orient, the Japanese watch co's. Personally I've never ever visited the Orient forum but I'd be happy to experience the threads and pictures as part of a combined Japanese watch forum.
 

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I know that I am pretty happy with how the forums are organized. I can go to the forums that hold interest for me and bypass the ones that hold no allure. I find that I have about 7 forums that I regularly scan to see threads that interest me. I am just appreciative that we have an owner and moderators that are willing to put in the work to keep this community humming along. Thank you Ernie and your moderator staff.
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Frankly, I don't really care about the number of forums, there are a hundred ways to try and organize it, IMO no one way to organize it that would 100% please everyone.

There is so much good stuff on here, its a goldmine for watch people like us. The search feature works great. Lots of good stuff to browse. The more forums the better. I find myself spending a lot of time browsing around - not just in things I may be interested in at the moment, but also reading stuff that I would never have known about otherwise. Just read a thread about a Steinhart watch that I had never heard of before, took a look and now I am really interested in looking at more Steinhart. I had a new Fortis watch recently and was trying to figure out how to take out the links (it was tricky), found the answer here! There is so much good info. So many friendly people that share our passion. Its just a cool place to browse around. Anyway my two cents is its all good.
 

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I can't complain. The breakdown seems logical to me, although I do wish the feedback forum was not the same place to post deals.
 

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Is there a way to view the unread posts of only a selected few sub-fora, using a stock web browser and without relying on notifications?
I don't think so. The nearest solution would be to open a forum and click on 'new posts'.

Threads with unread posts are in bold, of course, and that's the only indication that I need myself.
 

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Certain unmentioned brands should probably not have their own forum. Not that they aren't good brands but some seem to get one posting a week it seems, kind of sad.
 

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Better question would be why are there so many stickys on this board. Most of which are totally necessary. A good purge is needed.
There's some I'd like to get rid of, but I've been overruled. Most people don't read stickys but a lot of the time the most frequently asked questions are going to be in there.
 

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Obviously the official forums aren't going anywhere, since their owners pay for the privilege of our hosting them. Some brand forums were formerly official and our owner being the nice guy he is, kept them on for the convenience of those who posted there all along. It's true there are many members who want more forums - probably as many as those who want less.
There's nothing to stop you from posting here if you want. Sometimes we move stuff if we think another forum has more specialized knowledge about a question.
The owner has business contacts with a variety of brands and sometimes he decides he wants a forum for one of them. I guess he's entitled to open one. If you were to ask the Moderators we always say that less is more - not always successfully.
 
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Well, i never understood the way Orient, Seiko and Citizen is split. Either have them all together under Japanese watches or have Citizen on it's own and Seiko/Orient together, not the other way around. After all, Orient is owned by Seiko and it has nothing to do with Citizen. However, Bulova for example is owned by Citizen and it's not even listed here... weird decision to organize things...
 
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