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post #31 of 97
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

Yes, you can still do this.  You go into a thread, and use the "search thread" tool.  You can also, from the forum page, look at all the posts by user, etc...

BTW, for the advanced search, I always search "posts only".  It's unfortunately not the default, but it gets you what you want.  Also, worth using the typical booleans in your search.  

Thanks. Doing this seems to only show results from the past 30 days. Any way to broaden the search?
post #32 of 97
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Originally Posted by AlexE View Post

I agree with lordofpi.

I do not think that it is necessarily a problem to have all the appreciation threads for brands ( I love the one for EG too) as well as affiliated vendors. However, the issue is that because of these monoliths with high-frequency postings, any new 'specialty threads' quickly are handed through to pages 3 and higher of the classic menswear forum meaning they are out of sight forever.

Maybe a solution would be to split the classic menswear forum into a 'brands and vendors' section and a 'style discussion' section?

On the thread titled Filson Bag with pictures is Crane, who reproached me after I accused him of instrumentalizing the thread to advertise of not knowing what everybody posting knows - that he's Affiliate Vendor making money. I asked him if he pays Style Forum for advertusing, and suddenly the thread initiator posted asking me for pics of my deteriorating Filson bag, a legitimate question, putting the pressure off Crane. I think Crane is welcomed because he supplies the wares.
post #33 of 97
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
 

Just to make this more concrete, could you give me an example, from page 2 and 3 of the CM forum. of threads that you'd like to see being more visible (say, on the first page?)  [...]

 

The “Ask A Question, Get An Answer... - Post All Quick Questions Here” thread isn’t always on page 1 (as I write it’s on page 2) where ideally it would be if it’s to do the job for which it’s intended.

 

Incidentally, I don’t think that thread’s name is quite right,  since I’m not sure that “quick question” is really what’s meant.  What I *think* is meant that it’s a thread for questions of fact which can be answered quickly (i.e., I’m guessing “quick” was meant to describe the answer, not the question). Perhaps “short answer questions” might be better.

 

Just a thought.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #34 of 97
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

That sounds like a good idea, but it's actually a technical fix, and it's not that easy to implement.  There are a lot of politics involved in the allocation of engineering time.  I will bring it up though...  So, good idea, not as simple as one might think.

My apologies for underestimating the technical side, my web implementation knowledge is limited.

I do think such a system addition would go a long way in improving member visits. So I look forward to seeing if it is picked up.
post #35 of 97

C'mon you guys.  Please respect the boundaries of the discussion.  There are no plans at this time to split up or create new subforums.  We are looking for ideas that improve this forum.  I've deleted a few posts so that we don't go off topic.  We are not going to split this forum up further. Further segmentation would decreases exposure and cross pollination, which is the opposite of what we want

 

What I am hearing is that we have not changed out polcies or increase our personnel enough to deal with an every increasing base of reasers and users.  We will take steps to address that.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

post #36 of 97
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
 

C'mon you guys.  Please respect the boundaries of the discussion.  There are no plans at this time to split up or create new subforums.  We are looking for ideas that improve this forum.  I've deleted a few posts so that we don't go off topic.  We are not going to split this forum up further. Further segmentation would decreases exposure and cross pollination, which is the opposite of what we want

 

What I am hearing is that we have not changed out polcies or increase our personnel enough to deal with an every increasing base of reasers and users.  We will take steps to address that.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

 

Happy to hear it and I agree completely.

post #37 of 97
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post


My apologies for underestimating the technical side, my web implementation knowledge is limited.

I do think such a system addition would go a long way in improving member visits. So I look forward to seeing if it is picked up.

I think that we could color code the affiliate threads.  Beyond that, it's difficult for a long list of reasons.

post #38 of 97
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

The “Ask A Question, Get An Answer... - Post All Quick Questions Here” thread isn’t always on page 1 (as I write it’s on page 2) where ideally it would be if it’s to do the job for which it’s intended.

 

Incidentally, I don’t think that thread’s name is quite right,  since I’m not sure that “quick question” is really what’s meant.  What I *think* is meant that it’s a thread for questions of fact which can be answered quickly (i.e., I’m guessing “quick” was meant to describe the answer, not the question). Perhaps “short answer questions” might be better.

 

Just a thought.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

The problem with that thread is that people don't ask enough of their questions there, and not enough people answer.  Really, there are two typsd of questions.  The first are questions of fact, which do not come up very often.  The second are the "recommend me X" or "Is Y acceptable" questions, which are only half suited to a "short answer question" thread.  I think that my establishing clear guidelines of what types of questions should go into that thread would alleviate problems.

post #39 of 97
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
 

[...] I think that my establishing clear guidelines of what types of questions should go into that thread would alleviate problems.

 

Exactly. 

 

Thanks.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #40 of 97
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

Exactly. 

 

Thanks.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

So, to expand on this, what types of questions should go there.  Clearly, the "what is Beckham wearing?" types of questions should go there, but I feel that questions about interview suits, etc.., fit, etc... would be ill served by being in that thread, since they require longer and more complease answes,  Should there be specific threads for questions about interview shits, etc...?  And what would those thread subjects be?

post #41 of 97
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
 

So, to expand on this, what types of questions should go there.  Clearly, the "what is Beckham wearing?" types of questions should go there, but I feel that questions about interview suits, etc.., fit, etc... would be ill served by being in that thread, since they require longer and more complease answes,  Should there be specific threads for questions about interview shits, etc...?  And what would those thread subjects be?

I’m assuming that the purpose of that thread was to discourage people from initiating an entirely new thread just to ask a question of an easy-to-answer and non-controversial sort, especially questions that have already been asked and answered in other threads (although I don’t know this for a fact)—in short, to reduce clutter (which is why I mention it in the present context).  If that is indeed its purpose, and If you do establish a “FAQ:  Read This Before Posting” document, then it is possible that the FAQ itself might diminish the need for the “Quick Question” thread, depending of course on what you put in the FAQ. 

 

You’re right about questions of fact being ideal candidates, and right, too, that such questions rarely get posed there.  I suspect the latter, however, might just be a consequence of people not knowing what should or shouldn’t be posted to that thread.  The mere fact that we’re having this conversation tells us something, I think. It’s easier for me to think of things which *shouldn’t* go in that thread.  For example, any question which is intended to solicit a range of contrasting opinions wouldn’t be appropriate.

 

The more I think about it, the more I think that the single most important thing you could do to reduce the clutter would be to write a really good FAQ, one which answered (or provided links to answers to) frequently asked questions, and could also link to some of the really remarkably informative posts that newcomers might otherwise miss.  That makes me think that the FAQ creation is logically prior to any re-definition of the “Quick Questions” thread.  It’s possible you might write a FAQ which is so comprehensive as to eliminate the need for the “Quick Questions” thread.  At least with a FAQ, you’ll have a sense of what questions remain unanswered.

 

Thanks for listening.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #42 of 97

I'm actually not adverse to people asking interivew questions.  We actually do have a Styleforum 101 article, written by @unbelragazzo , that should be used as a reference: http://www.styleforum.net/atype/5/Styleforum_101  

 

However, in my experience, a static resource is not nearly as useful as a live answer.  It's impossible to capture all the intricacies of specific situations in FAQs.  (Part of the reason that automated call centers are so frustrating for so many people.)  For me, the really tedious questions are the "Who makes this suit that Daniel Craig is wearing?", though, tbh, "Does this suit fit?" or "If I wear a size 10 in Carmina Rain, what should I wear in Edward Green's 888 last, that seem acceptable, are not much better.

 

I was proposing rather that would split up the "Small Questions Threads" into a tractable number of more directed threads,, such as "Post your questions about appropriate clothing for interviews here".  Of course, someone would have to do the task of actually gleaning what might be good threads.  

 

I sort of feel that for these threads, an annual reboot would be merited, since even classic styles change appreciably.

 

I have seen that @Academic2 is in that thread.  Would you mid doing the honors?  I feel that not more that 3 or 4 threads.  Otherwise, people get really confused (trust me on this one.)

post #43 of 97
If we need another DH in CM, might I suggest stitchy? He's even handed, doesn't post while intoxicated, online all the time, and he's very dedicated to the forum.

Though this is not a management issue, I also think that more could be done by the membership to make this place more conducive to posting new threads which are more than just one off questions on brands or what to wear decisions. This is especially true of those of us more active than others.

The more I think of it, the more I think that it's our responsibilty to create content that leads to discussion.
post #44 of 97
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

If we need another DH in CM, might I suggest stitchy? He's even handed, doesn't post while intoxicated, online all the time, and he's very dedicated to the forum.

Though this is not a management issue, I also think that more could be done by the membership to make this place more conducive to posting new threads which are more than just one off questions on brands or what to wear decisions. This is especially true of those of us more active than others.

The more I think of it, the more I think that it's our responsibilty to create content that leads to discussion.

What stops people from creating those threads now? Are you saying that they get buried too quickly or that people just don't start them?

 

I agree with your last sentence. I'm probably not the die-hard that some responders are, but I don't see any big problems with the forum. These days, I pop in specifically for a few main threads. If I see an interesting, new topic, then great.

post #45 of 97
We don't start them.
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