EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Ski Training and Pro Forums › Ski Instruction & Coaching › Professional's Technical Discussion Forum
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Professional's Technical Discussion Forum

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
After reading 3 pages of very good discussion and a wealth of input from many people, it occured to us that we already have such a place. It's the perfect "Think Tank" as Rick suggested in his post in the developmental "Us and Them" thread. It will go like this:

We leave the Skiing Technique and Instruction Forums intact and as is.

We will create sticky threads, one for asking questions about technique and instruction, the other for those seeking MA, and any other topic that might require discussion.

Answers and critique will be givenin the regular tech forum after discussion.

These discussions will be done in the Supporter Technical Discussion Forum in the Supporters lounge. This provides a more secure area where only supporters can post but we will open the forum to viewing by all members. This not only gives all the ESA Coaches, Instructors who frequent the forums, but other experts in other areas of our sport such as Boot Fitting an enviornment to discuss issues and questions, the opportunity to participate.

We feel by doing this, fewer arguements and interuptions will attract more expertize, giving all our readers more knowledge and a better enviornment. It also gives our supporters something more for their contribution.

Please feel free to give your comments and thoughts, pro and con. This is not set in stone and we're open for suggestions.
post #2 of 14
We are looking for input on guidelines for posting in the Professional's Technical Discussions with regard to content and how we can facilitate discussion while maintaining a more technically oriented forum. By making the forum visible to all members, but restricting posting to supporters and the coaches we think that the forum will be interactive and fun, but easier to keep directed. Anyway, as Lars said, the forum will be developed on the fly with your input.

The forum up to this time was primarily for discussion of the premium articles. this changes the purpose and broadens the scope of the forum, while maintaining the intent that it be relatively high level technical discussion. Thinking about moderation, we would not likely delete any posts from that forum, but may move posts that are not fully on topic or are of a less technical nature back to this forum. That would create some parallel discussion / debate threads in the Instruction and Technique forum, and keep the overall quality in the Supporter Technical Discussions at a relatively high level.
post #3 of 14
Can post forward an idea?

I think I'm to the point to where I'm ready to explore the next level of certification (III) (I'm starting to get positive feedback in that realm on multiple fronts.) I'm a part time instructor, so my clinic time is limited. When I'm at the resort, most of the time I'm working.

Anyway, after reading some of these posts, what I would be interested in, in maybe the contributors forum, is a "online classroom" sort of arrangement for those of us that are seeking that type of certification. I would be nice if a couple of the examiner level folk here (or level III's seeking that status) would serve as online clinic leaders, posting "homework" like sample teaching assignments that one might encounter in an exam, or MA video, or technical discussions. "Anyone" seeking certification could post, but you would have to sign up with the mods before you could. In fact I'd be willing to say I'd be willing to pay an extra fee to epicski to set this up, especially of some of the proceeds went to the "clinic leaders". This might also encourage some of the more qualified members to start posting again, which seems to be a common theme.

I mean the teaching forums already serve that purpose to a degree, but it would be nice to fliter out some of the "riff-raff" and to have things a bit more focused.

Ideas?
post #4 of 14
Moderators should be more active in handing out warnings to posters not behaving properly. I havent been warned not a single time .

Splitting up the forum in new departments is going to take some action away. As it is now this department is not as active as it was a couple of years ago and that is a bad thing. More members will be taking part in discussions Im sure if some of the "go hang yourself" rants gets dropped.
post #5 of 14
We still try to go by the "less is more" when it comes to moderating.

The advantage of the forum in the supporter area is that supporters have more longevity here, and tend to have an invested stake in the quality of the site. The supporter technical discussion forum stayed on topic without any moderation, but frankly didn't have enough material to work from. By having the Professionals Technical Discussion forum in the supporter area, I'm confident that the supporters of the site will abide by whatever guidelines the group comes up with; and by making the forum visible to all, a high quality interactive forum will develop that will help discussion in the open instructional and technical discussion forum. I think the Professionals discussion will be an evolving project that the participants and coaches will define and refine.
post #6 of 14
Cirque, I think as well that by having it in the Supporters section, it will be there for a smaller community, and an opportunity to have more instructors feeling free to take part. (at least, I HOPE that's what happens)
post #7 of 14
Anyone have some ideas...name for the forum? Anything?
After kicking around this think tank arrangement, we have the infrastructure to create it, but the input has to come from those who asked for it.
post #8 of 14
Well, for the first thing, you should move this thread to the Supporters forums.
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Anyone have some ideas...name for the forum? Anything? ......
"Who is the ultimate turn analyzer"?

Seriously though, this is a great idea. Sliced bread and all that.
post #10 of 14
I'm just curious... what is the latest on this? Given the latest novel-esque thread, it's time to put this into action! :
post #11 of 14
second!

b
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
It's already there. All you have to do is use it.

If you want to rename it, just let us know. It's in the supporters lounge where it will be protected from non supporter hit and run rhetoric.

Go play in peace now.
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lars View Post
It's already there. All you have to do is use it.

If you want to rename it, just let us know. It's in the supporters lounge where it will be protected from non supporter hit and run rhetoric.

Go play in peace now.
So its ok to hit hit hit as long as you are a member?
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post
So its ok to hit hit hit as long as you are a member?
Members can't get into the supporters lounge, you have to be a supporter.

Most of the problems start with non supporters.

Losing your privilages as a supporter hurts more than those who aren't paying to play.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Instruction & Coaching
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Ski Training and Pro Forums › Ski Instruction & Coaching › Professional's Technical Discussion Forum