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Grateful for your thoughts please

New year always brings around new attitudes, new focus (such as weight loss fitness etc).

I love the fact we carry different topics on our platform and think it really adds to our site and helps give it its ‘community’ aspect.

We created a sub group for politics last year off the main forum. I don’t use it myself but in terms of activity it has thrived with around 250 signed up to the group and been successful in taking the topic away from the main forum.

Interested on whether we should expand on that approach or not? Grateful for views on the following:

1. creating a second, new sub-group for Activities and Accountability?  A dedicated group away from the main forum for topics for weight loss, Parkrun / running, cycling, cooking, Dry January, learning languages, weight training etc. Anything that involves a target, activity or encouragement from others. One thing I’ve learned is that there is far more chance in people successful in achieving aims if they ‘commit and go public’ with it, creating a degree of accountability. 

Will take those topics off the main forum but give them a more specific and easier to identify ‘home’. Users there will need to have registered for that group so won’t be commenting/ participating without activity wanting to be engaged with that group.

2 Not do the above. Instead, re-align the current Categories breakdown on the main forum. In particular, split out all the non-Charlton / non-football stuff into more clearer defined categories (music, RIPs, Tv&film, travel etc). Maybe encourage people to use more the category listing page https://forum.charltonlife.com/categories/ as their landing / starting page rather than the main one that links to Recent Discussions (from all categories) 

3. Not broke, don’t fix it. Just crack on as things are 

Not fixed on any myself as can see different pros and cons. so don’t want to impose any changes that may not be what people want. Cheers. 
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  • edited December 2019
    Any chance RIPS can go to another part of the site please.
    No, afraid not. Though if they were in a seperate category you could choose not to view that category. That is the point of 2.

    Not looking at this to be an exercise in people highlighting the things on this platform they don’t like. 100 responses will bring 100 different things and we are not set up to address them at the moment. 
  • edited December 2019
    If you're offering, I'd go with number 2, however quite happy with the site as it is.

    I don't want to have to go digging for the groups, I would want them a part of the main site and 2 improves it, but 3 already achieves it. 
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  • Like a "music and the arts" category but still on main page.

    Like to be able to see the new threads on "recent discussions" though. Can choose to open or not open.

    Takeover thread should be a sticky until one month after confirmed on OS. 
  • I’m happy the politics thread is tucked away somewhere but leave the rest alone . No need to mess around with format as it could be the beginning of the end as it is with so many others web sites that start to change things . 
    Definitely option 3
  • Good as is, imho 
  • edited December 2019
    Not sure on B whether it is already what you mean but is it easy/possible to make lots more categories and then for a user to personalise their home page (ie they can deselect RIP or Politics for example, in categories, so none of these ever appear).  Then you just have one "General Discussions" page each but personally  choose what categories show up.

    Sorry, I am not techie at all so that may just not be possible).

    to be clear, if you did this i would select all discussions and have the site as is so not an issue for me but would help some hide topics they don't like from their view
  • separating the politics out was the right decision as the bitching and fighting going on some of the threads just isn't needed on the main forum. I don't see any need to do that with anything else right now
  • 3 please.  
  • Is there a way to stop threads popping up on your feed ? For example as much as its good to have everything in one place, scrolling past 20 threads about food each time is tiresome.. an actual ignore button would be great. 
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  • It's OK as it is.  I normally just read through 'Recent Discussions' anyway.

    You were right to get politics sent off on it's own though.  People could be quite snotty and unpleasant to each other over politics/Brexit.  No need for it.
  • 3 for me. 
  • shine166 said:
    Is there a way to stop threads popping up on your feed ? For example as much as its good to have everything in one place, scrolling past 20 threads about food each time is tiresome.. an actual ignore button would be great. 
    An ignore/Block button for actual members would be even better !
    Both would be grand, other forums I use have the option.
  • great site of course AFKA  .. BUT .. football and other sports topics seem to be coming more and more of a minority amongst the music, RIPs, Rate my Plates and other topics of ' supposed general interest' .. However, unless you go for about a dozen different Groups and make the site more confusing and encourage more specialisation, leave well alone please .. after all, this site must reflect the many all round aspects of a 'Charlton Life', warts 'n all .. ((:>)
  • I'm happy with it as it is as arguably the most technophobic bloke on this forum.

    My only comment, which is probably down to my laziness if I'm honest, is that whereas I used to read and comment on the politics threads because I don't 'see' them anymore it doesn't occur to me to engage with them.

    That said I can understand why the decision was taken to remove politics from the main forum given the controvery caused.
  • I'd vote for 3. I think it was definitely right to put politics somewhere else. You could consider minor adjustments to the categories, but I don't think you should make the categories too definitive as you describe in option 2. The richness of this forum is that there is a wide variety of stuff with a common focus on all things CAFC. Just my tuppence worth!
  • 3 for me love the site as it is
  • 3 please. 
    It works fine as it is.
  • 3 for me.
    One of the strengths of this site is that there are so many different threads there to choose, if some are categorises separately there is a chance I won't bother looking and that would be a shame
  • 3 for me.
    One of the strengths of this site is that there are so many different threads there to choose, if some are categorises separately there is a chance I won't bother looking and that would be a shame
    I don't think point 2 gets rid of that, instead that users could choose to arrive at the "All Categories" page.
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