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     Post subject: Message Board Consolidation
    PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:22 am 
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    Joined: Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:49 pm
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    Location: Idaho Falls, ID
    Legion ID #: 3900
    Name: Erin Atwood
    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

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

      Event Info
      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)

      501st Only
      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?


    Erin Atwood
    ID / TI / TK / DZ / DS

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