Originally Posted by LA Guy
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 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.)
I’ve spent some time today browsing through that thread, and most questions fall into one the following categories (of course there are other ways to divide things):
1. Requests for definitions: “What does rise mean with regard to trousers?”
2. Requests for clothing sources: “Where can I buy a …”
3. Questions regarding appropriateness for a particular occasion (job interview, funeral, casual Friday, etc.): “can you wear a dark brown suit to a job interview?”
4. Questions about particular brands and materials: “Does anyone have any experience with … ,” “Any tips for good quality slim-fitting wool trousers?”
5. Questions about fit and tailoring: “Can a peak lapel be turned into a notch lapel??,” “Could someone please tell me what the important measurements are? And also, HOW I would go on to measure them?”
6. Dressing on a budget: “Can anyone recommend … for less than …?,” “Where can I get some good quality cuff links inexpensively?”
7. Questions of ensemble: “what color chinos look good with tan suede desert boots?,” “Can I wear a white dress shirt with pinstripes, with a pinstripe suit?”
8. Questions about using the forum: “How does one insert photos?”
One way of combining these might be this:
I. Questions about buying (2, 4, 6);
II. Aesthetic or technical questions about fit, tailoring, and ensemble (unlike I., above, these often have to do with items the querant already owns) (5, 7);
III. Questions of definition and terminology (1).
This leaves out 3 and 8, but 3 seems to be covered in principle by the link you've now provided at the top of the page to the "Styleforum 101," and questions of type 8 aren't all that frequent, and do seem more FAQ-like to me. If you're amenable to a fourth category, you could always have an "Everything Else" thread.
One last thought. A lot of questions never get answered, as you noted. While this will always be true to some extent, I suspect that splitting the current gargantuan thread into more managable components, either as suggested here or according to some other typology, might encourage more answers in addition to imposing some order on the questions themselves.