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Posted by nathanb
Jul 9, 2018 at 05:10 PM

 

The simplicity and lack of categorization is one thing that I’ve always found amusing and endearing about this place.  I was assuming this simplicity is a deliberate attempt to avoid a big meta-argument about the best way to organize it by a crowd consumed with indecision about the best way to organize their own data. 

No one argues about lacking features in notepad.exe. but the second you make something a bit more capable then it becomes a debate.

In all seriousness, I do a lot of lurking in the other software forums like myinfo, connectedtext, and IQ and my favorite discussions are threads that are years old and still seeing regular action because they are about deep questions.  I’ve noticed that some of you are pretty great at referring us newbies to old discussions here about certain topics, not sure if you have your own index or are just good at search….  But the lack of categorizing does create a lot of repeat discussions we’ve already had.  I would very much like to see it organized like the other forums.

 


Posted by cicerosc
Jul 9, 2018 at 05:52 PM

 

“The simplicity and lack of categorization is one thing that I’ve always found amusing and endearing about this place.  I was assuming this simplicity is a deliberate attempt to avoid a big meta-argument about the best way to organize it by a crowd ****consumed with indecision about the best way to organize their own data.**** “

THIS MAN GETS THE AWARD for funniest comment of the day!  ;-)

I too have wondered about this.  Very much appreciate its existence, but wondered what kind of software is used to run it - never seen anything like it before.  That might mean importing the data to a new system would be difficult (?)  Seems like one of the free php bbs systems used by most of the linux distributions would work a lot better if the data is exportable.

 


Posted by Dellu
Jul 9, 2018 at 06:18 PM

 

The ability to go back and edit the mistakes I made is one feature that I hoped this forum has. I tend to make so many mistakes.


Otherwise, this is a great forum.

The ideas raised are what matters most.

 


Posted by Ken
Jul 10, 2018 at 03:51 PM

 

I won’t speak for Chris or any other long-time members, but I believe that the reason the forum continues in its original form is that Chris has been very generous to host and moderate the forum, and that we did not want to further impose on him.  But after having read the comments above, I am now wondering if tinkering with the site would be akin to a “symphony of soloists” given that we all have our preferred methods of organization.  While most things in life can be improved, I kind of enjoy the simplicity of the site.  Perhaps it is just familiarity, but I am usually able to find what I am looking for.

—Ken

 


Posted by Hugh
Jul 10, 2018 at 04:11 PM

 

Ken wrote:
I won’t speak for Chris or any other long-time members, but I believe
>that the reason the forum continues in its original form is that Chris
>has been very generous to host and moderate the forum, and that we did
>not want to further impose on him.  But after having read the comments
>above, I am now wondering if tinkering with the site would be akin to a
>“symphony of soloists” given that we all have our preferred methods of
>organization.  While most things in life can be improved, I kind of
>enjoy the simplicity of the site.  Perhaps it is just familiarity, but I
>am usually able to find what I am looking for.

A wise comment, with which I agree.
> >—Ken

 


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