#168768 - 05/29/0411:38 AMMacMinute - Superior News, Inferior Forums
I have always been a big fan of MacMinute. The news sites here are the best I've seen. A good example would be the iTunes Anniversary Conference Call not too long ago. MacMinute was far ahead of the other major news sites I read: Macnn.com, MacRumors.com, Macsonly.com, etc... (there are many). MacMinute had the most uptodate news, and it was very well presented. And during the conference call, someone even realized that they should post the most recent bullet points at the top of the page (instead of at the bottom, as they were doing for the first half of the call) - and so they made the switch. None of the other news sitet I read were as fast or as presentable as MacMinue was during the iTunes Anniversary Conference Call. I was impressed.<br><br>But looking around these forums, I'm not too impressed at all. They seem very bland & under used. Can something be done to bring the forum section on par with the news section? Or is MacMinute going to stay a predominantly news-oriented website, the best MacNews site there is IMHO.<br><br>Just wondering,<br>BKB.<br><br>
If no one posts, the forums don't get used.<br><br>If more people like yourself who enjoyed the news page so much stopped in and participated, then maybe they wouldn't be so desolate...<br><br>[color:red]You slap my back, I'll slap yours!</font color=red>
I wanted to get a feel for what people on this forum think before I started discussing changes. Evidently, you are more impressed with these forums than I am. Perhaps I should spend some more time here before I decide what should change. It seems like a smaller community to the other forums I have seen, and that probably has a different spin to it.<br><br>If, on the other hand, there was a general sentiment that the forums could be improved, then we could discuss changes.<br><br>Thanks,<br>BKB.<br><br>P.S. One way to improve the forum - as most sites I've do - is to link the news directly into the forums (Spymac.com, MacNN.com, MacRumors.com, etc...). Since the news section of MacMinute is top notch, perhaps that would be something worth doing. But that has probably already been suggested, right?<br><br>
This is a very small close knit forum where everybody knows your name (you know, kind of like Cheers) I can see where someone visiting this forum might think they would not get answers to their problems. The thing is, you will get pretty quick answers to solve any problem you might have. Most people here have their systems running quite nicely, thus the time is spent on chit chattiing and other forms of pleasant amusement (like digital camera)<br>Yes, we have suggested what you mentioned in your PS.<br>Also, many people here in this forum also frequent other forums...MacCentral, Mac OS X Hints, etc.<br>By the way, Welcome! <br><br><br>My Stuff
I have to agree with everything you've said. Unfortunately, you're suggestions will fall on deaf ears here. The forums here are very small, and quite underused – hell, let's be honest, it's nothing more than a personal chat room for the 20 or so active users. But it is a nice place to hang out, and there are some really great people here.<br><br>I would love to see "Story forums" like we do at other news sites, and a forum software upgrade would be a blessing... but these, and other suggestions, have been met with resistance from several members here, as well as the owner of the web site.<br><br>The best thing you can do is post here on a regular basis, and get others to post here, until we are the vocal majority instead of a quiet minority.<br><br>
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Thanks for your replies. Evidently some of you do share my opinion on these forums. However, as a newcomer, I will spend some more time taking it in. Perhaps the small town charm will grow on me.<br><br>Thanks,<br>BKB.<br><br>
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