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Message Board Consolidation
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Author:  ondiv [ Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:22 am ]
Post subject:  Message Board Consolidation

Greetings troopers,

I have heard many of you speak to the difficulty you have navigating the garrison message boards. There are too many forums and sub-forums.

When Timberline was first created 10 years ago we were branching off a very large and very forum active garrison. We mirrored our forum to what Alpine had because it was thought that much forum diversity would be needed. As it turns out our garrison did not grow at the same rate and the amount of sub-forums only caused to turn some members off.
So, we must pivot and change to make our forum more accessible to members and more welcoming so people don't feel intimated when they sign on.

Currently the forum is arranged in this fashion:

    New User Introductions
    New User Introductions

    Communications
    501st Only
    General
    Recruiter's Office
    Costumes and Props
    Detention Center (archive only)
    Star Wars
    Off-Topic Area

    Event Info
    Events
    Armor Parties
    Social Events
    Event Coordination (GEC resources and discussion)

    Off-Site Links
    501st Related
    Other Clubs

What I am proposing is a rearranging and combined of a number of the sub-forums so the information is still here but the areas to search for it are fewer. No threads or posts will be deleted, only shuffled into a more elegant arrangement.

    New User Introductions
    New User Introductions
    Recruiter's Office (moved from Communications and all threads combined with New User Introductions)

    Communications
    501st Only
    General
    Costumes and Props (sub-forums removed so all threads are under one heading instead of separate headings for different parts of costume building)
    Detention Center (archive only)
    Star Wars (sub-forums combined, add in threads from the Imperial Cinema from the Off-Topic Area)
    Off-Topic Area (this section removed entirely and sub-forums placed under areas that better fit their description)
    Smugglers Den (moved from the Off-Topic forum to its own for the sale of member-to-member items)

    Event Info
    Legion Events
    Non-Legion Events (Armor Parties and Social Events will be combined here)
    Event Coordination (GEC resources and discussion)

In addition, all Announcement and Sticky threads are being reviewed and cleaned up as needed. (already taking place)

If new sub-forums are needed in the future we can pivot again and create them, but hopefully this change will make a more streamlined forum for everyone.

Is it clear as mud? :lol:
Any other suggestions or input?

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