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Re: Feedback and questions please...

Please get rid of the stupid subsections (I can't find stuff) lump it all together in one section and improve the search engine. As it is I just use the NEW POST No politics.

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......as it is i just use the new post no politics.
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Bring introductions into the General Discussion, that way we can welcome new-comers without having to search around.
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I'd like to see a great reduction in subforums. I'm not sure that the per-region or per-manufacturer forums are that useful, the ones relevant to me (Pearson and Pacific Northwest) have very little traffic.

There are so many forums who's posts are filtered from the home page that they barely seem useful. Examples would be the Electrical sub-forum. It would be nice to have this subdivision, but I personally have stopped posting there because I find that it gets a lot less replies than if I post the same question in Gear and Maint.
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Re: Feedback and questions please...

I'm with the others; consolidation makes sense. I do like keeping the introductions in a separate sub-forum.

I don't read the piracy reports.

I do as others here have suggested; I hit the sailnet homepage, click Resources, Forums, and then when that loads, I go to the New Posts - No Politics/Off Topic. That lets me see most of the stuff I'm interested in. It occasionally causes me to miss something (I didn't see this thread, for example, until just now even though it is almost a day old), but it's not a big deal. Compartmentalizing the posts based on a topic/subforum is a good idea, though, for those who are inclined to browse the posts looking for some information. But, as a practical matter, I would expect that most people either use the "new posts" thing or just search (either using our search engine, which could use a lot of improvement, or Google with "Site:Sailnet.com" in the search string).

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One other thing I'd like to see if a revival of the Articles section. A lot of the sailors on SN are pretty good writers and have some interesting things to say. It would be great to have a place that they could present their stuff in a formal article. Then maybe they and SN could make a few bucks if the article was picked up.
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Should we merge seamanship into the general discussion?
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Add a dedicated section on Navigation. Subsections for electronic, paper, Max C, C Map, Celestial etc.

Maybe a section of tutorials by the experienced navigators to help the upcoming corinthian sailors.
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I think a Navigation section would be awesome.

I love the Seamanship forum - but agree that it makes sense for that info to be in General. Seamanship is such a broad topic - where Navigation is pretty specialized.
Seems to me Seamanship/Navigation makes a good combo so you could just add Navigation to the title.

I know you said no mention of "off topic" but I will interject it here anyway. How about making it an optional forum that you have to sign up for to participate in and is semi private. To me it seems it has become so divisive and nasty that I would rather not even see it. Unfortunately either the app or Tapatalk if you choose "latest topics" you get mostly off topic. This might also keep it out of the reach of Google search bots as we seem to get new members that only hang out in the off topic and do not contribute any sailing worthy posts. I understand the desire for off topic, but some don't want to see it and it seems to be chasing away some good posters and attracting some not so. I also understand that it is becoming a major draw so I imagine it is not in the admins interests to do away with it entirely.
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I know you said no mention of "off topic" but I will interject it here anyway. How about making it an optional forum that you have to sign up for to participate in and is semi private.
No way. That's a forum killer. Trust me, I've seen it happen...up close and personal.

Just leave OT exactly as it is. OT stuff is already hidden from non-members, so it's not like it's deterring anyone from joining. SN has got it exactly right. It would make a lot more sense to just integrated a "New Posts No OT" button into the apps.

Anyway, CD said not to talk about OT. So stay focused people!
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The only way I can normally find a post is to do a web search that includes my query and "sailnet.com". Please fix the search function on the forum.
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I know you said no mention of "off topic" but ....... I also understand that it is becoming a major draw so I imagine it is not in the admins interests to do away with it entirely.
Not sure it's a major draw for most, I suspect many feel as you do.

The primary reason for our OT section is that people wanted to talk about OT topics whether there's a dedicated section or not, and it all ended up in the general discussion area anyway, with no way to 'filter' it out.

I guess SN is trying to be more of a 'forum for sailors' than strictly a 'sailing forum'...

As far as all the subfora, by using the 'new posts' feature I get recent posts from anywhere without having to 'search around'...
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