- May 23, 2000
In a recently closed post, Steve Jaros said:
You and I had this conversation before, so let's just say we agree to disagree. However, seeing the continue daily growth of this forum, I don't see how this policy is killing the board. What will kill this board as far as any semblance of order in discussions is seeing 20 different threads about Harry Potter, 10 threads about Monster Inc., and another 20 different Star Wars related threads. I don't know about you but I don't want to scroll through 4-5 pages of threads each day in the Movies section and that's not taking in account the time invested in monitoring those threads.
I fully agree with the original poster AND with Mr. Crawford. If I'm not interested in the latest movie, I don't want to see millions of posts about it. But likewise, if I'm only interested in one small aspect of a movie... such as the latest Monsters Inc trailer before Potter, then I don't want to scroll through pages and pages of a long unending thread to find just a few posts about that topic. Likewise if I'm asking a question about a movie, its much easier to see if I get a reply if it has its own topic, and isn't buried amid a huge pile of other conversations.
Thus I come to the point of my post. If possible to implement, it would seem to me that a MUCH better policy is to create a new layer of sub-forum's in the movie section, one dedicated to each movie as it comes about. Scanning topic headers is much easier than reading a long forum thread. Thus viewers can easily ignore movies they have no interest in and avoid the many different branches of topics can be created for a given show. However those interested in specific topics can find such information much more easily if its in its own thread.
This also would allow interesting topics to be moved to a new sub-forum once critical mass was realized, rather than simply closed because they can't be merged with an existing thread. This is important, because following several of the closed conversations, I noticed that many of them were never picked up again in the "official" thread. Thus the closing served to basically stiffle the discussion rather than encourage it, which I'm sure the administrators don't intend.
Ideally it would be nice to have these spontaneous movie sub-forums intermingled with the normal movie topic traffic, so that as time passes they fade away as normal messages do.
Is any of this possible with the forum software?