Modern tailored or contemporary menswear
Constructive ideas on improving the forum - Page 36
I just had an idea for the Classic Menswear & Streetwear forums, and I'm going to sound like a dick for suggesting it. But it seems like good threads get lost or pushed to page 2 and beyond due to the flood of new posters asking the same repetitive questions: "what suit can I get for $200?" "what do I wear to an interview?" "is brooks brothers the best suit in the world?". Is there a way to quarantine posters who have less than 100 posts (or 30) to a separate forum to ask their inane questions? Or, perhaps not allowing someone with less than 10 or 20 posts to start a thread, or merely strongly suggesting the use of the search function?
+ 1 . . . Billion.
Still I think the new user restrictions are completely senseless (one could even argue that through classical Kant). The moderaters don't seem to really reed through "moderated" posts of new members, otherwise they should have read like 20 times in this Thread that this feature is a bug. If you want to keep the established hegemony - fine. Do so and circle around yourself. But a forum especially lives through changes in the community, being something like a little society on it's own. I don't know any forum with that kind of harsh restrictions for new users.
perhaps these can be automated?
1. Thread AUTO-LOCK
Threads that have less than 100 posts automatically lock after 6 months.
This would stop the necro-posting, leaving the more active threads alive.
2 Thread-Starter MOD
Each thread starter becomes their own moderator.
The Originating Post only, will feature some rudimentary control buttons.
A Thread MOD would have the power to gag a troll from further participating in the thread or close the thread entirely.
To control irresponsible thread starters, there can be a PLUS and MINUS button to rate the thread starter.
If, say 5 people hit the MINUS button, the thread automatically locks.
The balance of power remains equal all around.
3. User Ratings, Reward and Demerit Points
User Ratings can add or take away from a users reputation.
Member ABC posts something
Hitting the Thumbs UP button gives them 'Reputation Points' and possible rewards.
Each time the THUMB UP button is clicked on someones post, they are credited with 1 point.
A User rating of, say 100 points, gives them some form of reward which can be used, say in the B&S area,
or that their status offers some form of protection from spammers, sock-puppeting or trolls.
You could also have QUOTE UP and QUOTE DOWN buttons.
The post is quoted and points are given or taken away from the quoted poster.
Hitting the THUMB DOWN button reduces the posters points/reputation by 1 point.
Whichever way you want to work it out, I believe these suggestions can relieve the MODS of unnecessary work,
and make the forum almost self-regulatory.
I would love to see a Star-Rated system for members.
Special symbols can be implemented so it is clear as to who are respected contributors.
Stars can be earned vis the point system.
Rating points should not be allowed in certain areas of the forum. Example- DT, etc.
This will curtail cheaters
Hope this helps.
Mods, this proves why something from management needs to be done. Many new guys don't have the background in the forum (or enough self awareness) to look through the forum's content before repeating the same old questions in a new thread. Newbies start a new thread to ask shopping questions, when there are several affiliate pages already on point. Wedding questions when there is a wedding question thread. Suit fit questions when the tailor thread is at the very top of the CM page. On and on. Then, like Banker, a new guy is appalled by others asking you to restrict new guys from drowning the forum in misplaced and/or repetitive new threads.
Man of Lint's suggestions might hit at the heart of the problem though that I acknowledge may be difficult. Just because someone is new to the forum does not mean they are new to CM. A new guy could come to the forum capable of contributing meaningfully to its content. So a bright-line rule of "no new threads from noobs" might produce an undesirable side effect of lost fresh content. So the hard part is distinguishing between new content and same ol' same ol' from one category of member. Still, if something can be automated or more aggressively moderated . . . Please?
One final point, redirecting new members before they besiege the forum with their new threads is not entirely harmful to them. When a noob starts one of these hated threads, sometimes he is redirected to the appropriate thread by a member, sometimes, however, he is ignored or pilloried in response. Both of the last two might push away as many or more new members as any kind of up front control that would require a new member to do a little homework, find the existing threads that interest him, and make his way into those threads' families.
Someone said, the success of lateral entrants relies on the arrogance of the established ones.
I think this has quite a point.
This is not the first forum I've joined, not with styleforums, and especially not with forums in general.
A forum has to withstand the negative side effects of new members, such as spam, as it almost always enrichens it far more. There may be 10 idiot posting any senseless threads, never looking at it again - so?
If there is one new member, bringing cool new outfits, or hints or anything, it is just worth it.
The funny thing is, that really established members in forums often get that (this may even count for societies in general) while quite recent or only sparely active members are the ones that fear or hate such a change in a forum, or society.
After reading the book Stlye For Modern Men I find the division Streetwear and Denim and Classic Menswear a little awkward and arbitrary. Yes, it it the same distinctions old department stores and yes, many garments can only be worn in one of the two ways and cannot be mixed but luckily nowadays you can find also more versatile textile you can wear both ways; maybe many folks do not have problems wearing a nice blazer with jeans or trainers with wool pants, etc.
So you may just want to mirror the simple forum layout of the Bonne Gueule folks (authors of the Style For Modern Men book) - no distinctions between formal and informal dressing:
I also wanted to post a thread about which online stores are good (you cannot discuss in the the specific thread about online stores your experiences and recommendations) and I had to make the arbitrary distinction if I post them either in Streetwear in Classic but obviously it's a mix.
Thanks for your consideration.