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post #122221 of 122416

Hey guys, 

 

Fok here.  This thread is getting super long and cumbersome, and the load is... large.  So I'm going to close it in 2 weeks, and then break off Alden talk to new threads re. specific topics re. Alden.  Some categories I've thought of are "Personal Alden collections", "Sizing questions about Aldens" and "Buying Alden: talk about vendors, availability,etc..."  However, I don't want to do this in a hamfisted way, so I'm asking this community to please help me figure out good Alden categories, and I'm also asking for volunteers to write OPs for each section which will help all those new users who share your love of Aldens, but are maybe not as knowledgeable about the product or this community.  Please help me help you guys.  You can also PM me, but I feel that a positive, public discussion will get the best results.  Please use the @LA Guy call out functionality when you answer this call to make sure I read your post, since things move fast.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

post #122222 of 122416
I can (reluctantly) understand needing to close such a large thread, but I can't get behind the idea of splitting out the Alden thread into things like, "Alden collections," "Alden sizing advice," etc. Why wouldn't we just recreate this thread (and this time put it in the Classic Menswear forum)? Threads like the Alden Customization Thread didn't really take off and for good reason - all of the discussion is in this main thread.
post #122223 of 122416
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Hey guys, 

 

Fok here.  This thread is getting super long and cumbersome, and the load is... large.  So I'm going to close it in 2 weeks, and then break off Alden talk to new threads re. specific topics re. Alden.  Some categories I've thought of are "Personal Alden collections", "Sizing questions about Aldens" and "Buying Alden: talk about vendors, availability,etc..."  However, I don't want to do this in a hamfisted way, so I'm asking this community to please help me figure out good Alden categories, and I'm also asking for volunteers to write OPs for each section which will help all those new users who share your love of Aldens, but are maybe not as knowledgeable about the product or this community.  Please help me help you guys.  You can also PM me, but I feel that a positive, public discussion will get the best results.  Please use the @LA Guy call out functionality when you answer this call to make sure I read your post, since things move fast.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

 

@LA Guy

How about breaking the Alden thread into annual editions; i.e. the thread closes every new year's eve, and opens with a new name (such as The Alden Thread 2016) Jan 1st 

post #122224 of 122416
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@LA Guy

How about breaking the Alden thread into annual editions; i.e. the thread closes every new year's eve, and opens with a new name (such as The Alden Thread 2016) Jan 1st 

I'd be amenable to this as well.  This thing is just getting super heavy.  It's nearly impossible to block up retroactively, but I'd like to have a plan going forward.  Annual threads work for me, though they are not a topically intuitive, as long as they work for the community.

post #122225 of 122416
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@LA Guy

How about breaking the Alden thread into annual editions; i.e. the thread closes every new year's eve, and opens with a new name (such as The Alden Thread 2016) Jan 1st 

I like this approach. There are too many subtopics with Alden to capture it all, and this way it keeps the community together.
post #122226 of 122416
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I like this approach. There are too many subtopics with Alden to capture it all, and this way it keeps the community together.

I'm open to it.  I'll allow conversation to go on until... I am awake on the 1st, I suppose.  If there are no serious objections to this by this time, this sounds like a plan.  This thread, of course, would remain open, just with read-only permissions.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

post #122227 of 122416
I like the annual approach. If you have subtopics, half the posts will be "you posted this in the wrong thread"
post #122228 of 122416

Another vote for the Annual thread approach.  Breaking up into separate topic threads is cumbersome to navigate and keep up with

It's partly about the community this thread has developed

post #122229 of 122416
Agreed.

Fragmentation of the thread will hurt the community as well as cause difficulty with new members who won't know where to post or be reluctant to find a thread if it falls off the front page.

Annual thread seems like a good resolution given the difficulties of managing a thread of this size.
post #122230 of 122416

The other thing that we could do is to group a variety of Alden threads into a tagged page, and link it from the OP of all Alden threads so that you'd also see the Aldens for sale by various members as well as the discussions, all on one page.  It would (sorta) solve the problem of B&S threads not getting enough visibility.

 

The individual threads would also, of course, appear on the main SWD page.

 

Just tossing the idea out there.

post #122231 of 122416
Fok, I like the annual page and can write a welcome message and propose I put the FAQ on there as the OP.

-Mike
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Fok, I like the annual page and can write a welcome message and propose I put the FAQ on there as the OP.

-Mike

I think that the FAQ is really important.  I send a welcome message to new members, and a lot of time, the questions that I get are things like "Where should I buy X model of Aldens, what is my size in Y model?"  Having the FAQ in addition to the community activity would allow new member to integrate much more smoothly into the community, probably.

post #122233 of 122416
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I think that the FAQ is really important.  I send a welcome message to new members, and a lot of time, the questions that I get are things like "Where should I buy X model of Aldens, what is my size in Y model?"  Having the FAQ in addition to the community activity would allow new member to integrate much more smoothly into the community, probably.

Fok, I already have an FAQ written on my blog, www.aldenofsandiego.com that I can put on the first post. It was originally here, but I moved it off for the exact reason you mentioned. It being to hard to find.

-Mike
post #122234 of 122416
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Fok, I already have an FAQ written on my blog, www.aldenofsandiego.com that I can put on the first post. It was originally here, but I moved it off for the exact reason you mentioned. It being to hard to find.

-Mike

We may have ourselves a winner!

post #122235 of 122416

Another vote for an annual thread - fragmentation really makes it hard to keep track of the community and for the valuable members to catch places where they can add value.  

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