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    Off-Topic Section - What Are Your Thoughts?

    As you can see, Cuguy and I decided to consolidate the forum by merging forums that either had slow activity or simply were unnecessarily segregated. It appears most of the changes are well-received with the exception of the Off-Topic section....



    Our argument is that the activity level of the Off-Topic forum is reasonable enough to allow all discussion in one forum without drowning anything out, which allows each thread to be receive more prominence due to all off-topic discussion taking place in one forum.

    Do you like the new off-topic forum? Do you want the sub-forums back? Is there some other type of solution you have in mind?

    Let us know your thoughts in here.

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    This is fine. Off-Topic is meant to be en encompassing area, and any necessary distinctions can be made by dedicated threads. The community will sort itself out, and there's no over-bearing traffic there. Try to avoid redundancy where you can.

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    I honestly think it is a mess now. It was great having separate sections for our off topic needs.

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Technology

    These categories make it so much easier to locate a thread you are looking for. Now I have to sift through all the sports and nonsense to locate something about cell phones, or technology. The section is now filled with sports stickies, it almost looks like a sports section lol. I really think it should go back to the way it was.

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    yeah, we did decide to do the merge, however it is by no means permanent.

    Sometimes we try things to clean up the forum, maybe eliminate dead threads that just sort of sit there, etc... but 99% of the time, the changes are reversible.

    Give us some honest feedback here on why or why not you would want the changes switched back. Be clear please, don't just complain. Complaints will be looked at AFTER people who express with clear, rational thoughts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    I honestly think it is a mess now. It was great having separate sections for our off topic needs.

    Entertainment

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    Technology

    These categories make it so much easier to locate a thread you are looking for. Now I have to sift through all the sports and nonsense to locate something about cell phones, or technology. The section is now filled with sports stickies, it almost looks like a sports section lol. I really think it should go back to the way it was.
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    It looks like everything thrown into a blended, and just kinda shot out into the forum.

    Its hard to find stuff, and you have to scroll for a while before you even get to the non-stickied threads.

    Change it back please?
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    I liked having separate subsections.

    While activity in certain subsections may have been low, everything was organized and easy to find. (I don't really see an issue with lower activity in subsections, it's just the nature of off topic discussions) Now it's just a mess of threads from different subsections. No organization. No consistency. Makes it harder to find the relevant threads. I don't see any benefit from consolidating everything.

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    It's a mess. I'm all for consolidating the forums and I am personally VERY happy with everything other than the OT section. Not because I often visited the tech and sports threads, but because I DIDN'T. If I want to check out the general OT threads, I now have to scroll down the Great Wall of Sport Stickies. It's like the OT section ate all the subs and vomited it all into a horrible mess. The rest of the forum is spot on, OT section should be reverted to its previous state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    It's a mess. I'm all for consolidating the forums and I am personally VERY happy with everything other than the OT section. Not because I often visited the tech and sports threads, but because I DIDN'T. If I want to check out the general OT threads, I now have to scroll down the Great Wall of Sport Stickies. It's like the OT section ate all the subs and vomited it all into a horrible mess. The rest of the forum is spot on, OT section should be reverted to its previous state.

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    I liked the way it was before.

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    I agree that there may have been too many subsections, but I think it is too randomly congested now.

    I'd suggest having the general OT forum, and then a Sports/Entertainment combined subforum in there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    Hmmm...

    I didn't really think about the OT section when I said that. I was more focussed on the PlayStation area and the rest lol.
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    By the way, I just noticed that Team Xbox has a very consolidated layout now. How long has it been like this? I haven't checked that place out in years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    By the way, I just noticed that Team Xbox has a very consolidated layout now. How long has it been like this? I haven't checked that place out in years.

    A few years, and it sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    I honestly think it is a mess now. It was great having separate sections for our off topic needs.

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Technology

    These categories make it so much easier to locate a thread you are looking for. Now I have to sift through all the sports and nonsense to locate something about cell phones, or technology. The section is now filled with sports stickies, it almost looks like a sports section lol. I really think it should go back to the way it was.
    Also agree.

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    I added the Entertainment and Sports forums back.

    Do you guys think we need the Technology forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    I added the Entertainment and Sports forums back.

    Do you guys think we need the Technology forum?
    Yes please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    I added the Entertainment and Sports forums back.

    Do you guys think we need the Technology forum?
    Yeah its good that it was reversed, too many stickies and cluttered with that change. I don't care either way about the Technology forum but maybe it should remain with the main OT forum because I would like to see more traffic in those threads. I was going to add that Sports needed its own sub-forum but you guys already reversed that. How did you resupply those sub-forums with all the topics?

    Can you direct me to the topic that lays out all those sub-forum changes and the before and after, I see an image in this thread with a post that looks to be the source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoverbike View Post
    Can you direct me to the topic that lays out all those sub-forum changes and the before and after, I see an image in this thread with a post that looks to be the source.
    This is how it was before:

    [Announcements]
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    -Feedback & Suggestions
    -Infractions & Bans
    [Contests & Giveaways]

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    -Metal Gear
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    [PS Vita Discussion]
    [PlayStation Network]
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    [Other Gaming]
    -Microsoft
    -PC Gaming
    -Nintendo
    [PlayStation vs Xbox]
    -Other Comparisons

    [Off-Topic Discussion]
    -Technology
    -Entertainment
    -Sports
    -Forum Games
    [The Design Corner]
    -Sig/Avy Requests

    [Community Reviews]
    [Community Opinions]



    And this is how it is now:

    [Announcements]
    [Forum Rules, Help & Feedback]
    -Infractions & Bans

    [PlayStation 4]
    [PlayStation 3]
    [PlayStation 3 Games]
    -DUST 514
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    [Other Gaming]
    -Microsoft
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    [Off-Topic]
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    I tightened the structure to represent how it actually formats...

    [Announcements]
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    [Community Reviews]
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    And this is how it is now:

    [Announcements]
    [Forum Rules, Help & Feedback]
    -Infractions & Bans

    [PlayStation 4]
    [PlayStation 3]
    [PlayStation 3 Games]
    -DUST 514 -Call of Duty
    [PlayStation Vita]
    [PlayStation Network]
    [PlayStation Legacy]

    [Other Gaming]
    -Microsoft -PC Gaming -Nintendo

    [Off-Topic]
    -Technology -Entertainment -Sports -Forum Games
    [Design Corner]
    [Community Reviews & Opinions]




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    Well it is still getting traffic and that is good enough for me... Nothing to really worry about


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    I like the old layout better (over the entire board) because some of those sub-forums needed to be seperated (like Rules & Policies and Feedback & Suggestions off of general Forum Rules, Help & Info). I assume all those threads are combined in those broader ones, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoverbike View Post
    I like the old layout better (over the entire board) because some of those sub-forums needed to be seperated (like Rules & Policies and Feedback & Suggestions off of general Forum Rules, Help & Info). I assume all those threads are combined in those broader ones, yes?
    Forum Rules, Help & Info is now Forum Rules, Help & Feedback. So yes, feedback should be provided in that forum.

    There wasn't much of a reason to post in that forum before, so it made sense to combine them.

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