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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by ragamala » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:23 pm

I'm disappointed to hear that, Chris. I had naturally assumed that the setting up of a new forum with a title including the Mammillaria Society, and with an OP that promoted the Society, and given Bill's earlier post about requests being made, that this had the full fore-knowledge and approval of that Society.
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by Diane » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:36 pm

I agree with Terry, Patrick and ragamala, I would rather see all posts about plants on the main forum, rather than having to trawl through others. And where would it end? Lots of different specialities would be overload.
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by rodsmith » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:48 pm

Diane wrote:I agree with Terry, Patrick and ragamala, I would rather see all posts about plants on the main forum, rather than having to trawl through others. And where would it end? Lots of different specialities would be overload.
Add me to the list of supporters of a limit to the number of forums. I have enough internet sites to look at without unnecessary additions. It is usually obvious from the title if a particular genus is being discussed so why not just leave the section The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum to include all specialities. The title says it all.
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by KarlR » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:12 pm

I agree with the majority here. In my opinion there isn't enough traffic on the main forum to justify erecting new forums for specific genera or groups of plants. If the main forum was becoming cluttered with dozens of new threads every day, then maybe, but that's not the case.
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by Bill » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:12 pm

Apologies Chris, I was led to do believe it was wanted, sorry I will remove it.

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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by ralphrmartin » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:02 pm

Patrick wrote:Isn't that all going to diminish the main one, or we'll have to check loads of different places to find things of interest?
That rather bother me too. More clicking needed to find interesting posts...
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by esp » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:58 pm

I agree with people expressing reservations about these new forums.
There seems little point in duplicating content, and conversely the potential to cause damage by diluting the value of this or other resources.

A high-level "Related organistions" forum to permalink to societies which compliment BCSS, and possibly other resources, may be a useful way forward.
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by Tina » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:22 am

Its ODD that the Mammilaria society have to ask to be removed but Euphorbia society have to ask to be added, I don't think it will be beneficial or a useful addition to the forum but then I will just ignore it unless there is an agave lovers society :lol:
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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by LuzNegra » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:04 pm

Let me disagree with most of you :wink: , but I think this is quite useful, specially for people like me who mainly cultivate plants of a specific genus (Haworthia, in my case). Looking up specific information is tiresome, because not everybody includes the genus in the subject of the post. And sometimes you get search results that are not useful for you just because someone has included the word "haworthia" in a post that is not specific about haworthias.
I also cultivate carnivorous plants, and all the forums I know that belong to these societies (like CPUK), have separate forums for each genus, because it is quite usual for people to specialize in growing some genera in particular.
In the Haworthia Society we don't have a forum of our own, so it is quite nice that the BCSS provides this for us. :grin:

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Re: New fora? Forums?

Post by Tony R » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:11 pm

I guess there are two sides to every coin, never mind an edge :wink:
It was the Tephrocactus Study Group (TSG) which specifically asked for a sub-Forum, as discussed and agreed at their Annual Meeting in May.
Whilst the TSG has a very active FaceBook group, posts there tend to get lost and are poorly searchable as time goes by. Hence they recognised the need for a searchable forum and felt that the BCSS Forum could meet their needs without having to create their own independent forum. I believe this approach was endorsed by the most recent BCSS BOT Meeting to support their desire to have closer interactions with the Specialist Societies.
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