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I'm relatively new here and am enjoying the knowledge of the Epicski community! Here's something worth considering.

 

It seems a substantial portion of new threads (especially in the General and Resorts forums) that are created are by newbies with very little or zero experience in the winter sports world. I'm sure you've seen the threads, "Where to Stay in SLC?", "What's the Best Resort in the West?", "Plan my First Ski Trip", "What type of ski should I buy?", "Whats the best X-mas resort (that's cheap, covered in snow, uncrowded, but close to an airport ROTF.gif)?" . These are some pretty basic questions that are very easily answered by the search function or that little Google bar in your web browser.

 

I would consider starting a minimum post requirement before creating a new thread (I'd say 25?). This way, the forum because less of a answer board for the clueless, and more of a forum for in depth winter sports conversation.

 

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post #2 of 8

I have seen that done before...problem is, you then get the "new poster" making 25 posts in all kinds of threads with "Hi" or ";lakdsf;aslf;sjd" or "thanks" over and over...just to get to 25.  Creates a real mess.

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I would consider starting a minimum post requirement before creating a new thread (I'd say 25?). This way, the forum because less of a answer board for the clueless, and more of a forum for in depth winter sports conversation.

 

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I think this forum is both.  I know that I am still pretty clueless in most areas & I just noticed that I have more than 25 posts eek.gif !

 

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I have seen that done before...problem is, you then get the "new poster" making 25 posts in all kinds of threads with "Hi" or ";lakdsf;aslf;sjd" or "thanks" over and over...just to get to 25.  Creates a real mess.\

 

I don't think it would be much of an issue. The other two message boards I frequently visit have similar requirements, and I rarely see anyone jacking up their post count just to start an easily answered thread. It naturally weeds out alot of the lazies who sign up, ask their mind numbing question, and then never contribute to the site again.

 

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I think this forum is both.  I know that I am still pretty clueless in most areas & I just noticed that I have more than 25 posts eek.gif

You're only clueless by choice biggrin.gif It's a mindset shared by many smart and humble skiers and riders.

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I have seen that done before...problem is, you then get the "new poster" making 25 posts in all kinds of threads with "Hi" or ";lakdsf;aslf;sjd" or "thanks" over and over...just to get to 25.  Creates a real mess.\

 

I don't think it would be much of an issue. The other two message boards I frequently visit have similar requirements, and I rarely see anyone jacking up their post count just to start an easily answered thread. It naturally weeds out alot of the lazies who sign up, ask their mind numbing question, and then never contribute to the site again.

 

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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

I think this forum is both.  I know that I am still pretty clueless in most areas & I just noticed that I have more than 25 posts eek.gif

You're only clueless by choice biggrin.gif It's a mindset shared by many smart and humble skiers and riders.

 

You would be surprised the number of people we have to deal with on a moderation side in this regard with the 15 post minimum to post in the classifieds. I think it would be an issue. I think it is a worthwhile feature to look into, but we are trying an alternative approach. Creating articles that answer those basic questions. With the articles in place we can simply and easily direct people that start the threads toward that valuable content. 

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You would be surprised the number of people we have to deal with on a moderation side in this regard with the 15 post minimum to post in the classifieds. I think it would be an issue. I think it is a worthwhile feature to look into, but we are trying an alternative approach. Creating articles that answer those basic questions. With the articles in place we can simply and easily direct people that start the threads toward that valuable content. 

I have seen 14ers.com do something very similar, this is usually a sticky on their main page.

 

http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15348

post #7 of 8

There's already an "Ignore" function, which is.... 

If you see a thread of the sort you cited and deem it unworthy of your attention, than by all means ignore it and move on to another thread that is more worthy of your attention and/or participation.

 

I came as a clueless newbie (to the site, not to skiing) asking a "what ski" question, and I think quite a few others probably did, as well.  We're still here.

If a new poster gets the answer to his question and flees the site for good, fine.  It would be nice if they stuck around, but I don't think it ruins anyone's day if they don't.   

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There's already an "Ignore" function, which is.... 

If you see a thread of the sort you cited and deem it unworthy of your attention, than by all means ignore it and move on to another thread that is more worthy of your attention and/or participation.

 

I came as a clueless newbie (to the site, not to skiing) asking a "what ski" question, and I think quite a few others probably did, as well.  We're still here.

If a new poster gets the answer to his question and flees the site for good, fine.  It would be nice if they stuck around, but I don't think it ruins anyone's day if they don't.   

 

Same here. Actually I had two threads about it. One for boots and one for skis. 

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