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#1 2004-02-22 03:49:39

rasat
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Board clean up & organizing topics

In <b>Board Discussions</b> forum it has been suggested to get this forum organized to make it easier for users to search for answers to their questions.
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=2709

The huge number of posts are making difficulties for both new users finding answers and active members to help. Questions with solution are repeated again and again, posted in wrong forums, long threads with multiple questions, old 0 (zero) replied posts, and so on.

To get organized, the moderators will begin with <b>cleaning up</b> and <b>move post in right places</b>, so don't be surprised if you don't find your topic where it used to be or suddenly "disappeared". Posts what will be removed are those "sorry I posted in a wrong place" and duplicated in another forum. Posts what are considered with no support value, the subject header will be edited with [RMx] to be removed after couple of days.

<b>Note:</b> New posts, if moved or removed, the author of the topic will be informed.

To speed up this work, the active members on this forum can also help by going through their posts and edit the subject header with <b>[FXx]</b> for fixed / resolved), <b>[MVx]</b> for move, <b>[STx]</b> for split or <b>[RMx]</b> for remove. Also edit the content (if necessary) for other users reading the topic. The resolved topics will be used for FAQ.

Read topic:
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?p=15871#15871

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#2 2004-02-22 13:37:00

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

Seeing the big number of posts posted in wrong forums, though out of the 160 topics moved from "General Discussion" forum were old when no appropriate forums still existed, it will here be good to write few guidelines / forum etiquette how to post and where.

I have posted document "Forum Etiquette" in Wiki:
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Forum%20Etiquette

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#3 2004-03-14 05:44:09

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

I am adding <b></b> in the subject header of topics which has got an Arch Linux Wiki document.
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/WikiContent

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#4 2004-03-14 17:12:10

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

You know, it might be good to not have a general discussion forum at all, since this tends to attract a lot of stuff that can go elswhere. Maybe it should be divided into "Arch Discussion" which contains posts that are relevant to Arch Linux, but should *not* have any questions posted there, and "Off Topic" which can be a relatively disorganized "anything goes" where people can discuss Saskatchewan, Sarah's laziness' dp's photos, Xentac's butt, etc.

Dusty

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#5 2004-03-14 17:38:55

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

I agree we somewhere to discuss MrX's butt...I'm sorry to hear that is broken  lol

Mr Green..... :twisted:


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#6 2004-03-15 04:16:50

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

Dusty wrote:

You know, it might be good to not have a general discussion forum at all, since this tends to attract a lot of stuff that can go elswhere. Maybe it should be divided into "Arch Discussion" which contains posts that are relevant to Arch Linux, but should *not* have any questions posted there, and "Off Topic" which can be a relatively disorganized "anything goes" where people can discuss Saskatchewan, Sarah's laziness' dp's photos, Xentac's butt, etc.

Dusty

Done!

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#7 2004-03-15 04:49:59

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

Dusty wrote:

"Off Topic" which can be a relatively disorganized "anything goes" where people can discuss Saskatchewan, Sarah's laziness' dp's photos, Xentac's butt, etc.

I will move, whatever is possible of off topics, from Arch Discussion (prev. General) to Off Topic forum..... no splitting when not knowing what subject header to enter..... or do we like to have topics named as "Saskatchewan", "Sarah's laziness", "dp's photos", and "Xentac's butt" wink

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#8 2004-03-15 07:01:12

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

thanks i have been noticing alot of posts not being in the proper place lately. now that the forum is busier it really annoys me.


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#9 2004-03-15 07:56:42

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

sarah31 wrote:

i have been noticing alot of posts not being in the proper place lately.

If you find [MVx] added in the subject, the topic will be moved later on. "Newbie Corner" topics I am not moving..... its for the "newbies" wink . Or do we want them to be moved??

As you said, the forum is much busier than before. Its quite though to check all the topics. Often I am only browsing through the subject headers of newly posted topics. If you don't mind (also other active forum users) please send (pm) me topics you consider in wrong place. Or add [MVx] anywhere inside the topic (edit your post). The mods will find them with the search engine. Thanks

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#10 2004-03-16 16:00:57

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

rasat wrote:

If you find [MVx] added in the subject, the topic will be moved later on. "Newbie Corner" topics I am not moving..... its for the "newbies" wink . Or do we want them to be moved??

Is it possible to link to the topics? So you could move it to the appropriate forum, have it posted in the Newbie forum in such a way that the link just goes to the proper place? It would be best if this were done transparently so the newbies don't feel embarrassed that they posted in the wrong place.

Dusty

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#11 2004-03-16 16:03:42

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

there are two ways to move a topic....one leaves a link in the old location to the new the other way doesn't.

when i moved topic before i left the link.  after a bit the link can be killed imo.


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#12 2004-11-14 10:51:53

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

My thanks to users who have helped cleaning up topics of less value, by adding [RVx] in the subject header. 400 posts are removed. I still recommend we do some more cleanup, especially those "chat" style of topics what are nice when active but in end fills the board with posts no one reads.

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#13 2004-11-20 14:54:00

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

I'm always looking for a "package problems" forum when I have a problem/bug with a recently upgraded package. There isn't really a forum for that and thus I never know where to post. I think it would be useful. I know that I should just report the bugs, but I find the open discussion of a forum is generally more useful.

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#14 2004-11-20 18:06:10

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

personally I'm a fan of just having one or two forums "Archlinux" and "Forum problems".   Since I always use the "view posts since last visit" thing anyway, I never take any notice of which forum the actual post was in.

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#15 2004-11-20 19:12:37

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

sounds like you came from libranet.


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#16 2005-01-29 09:53:03

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

it might be nice for someone requestion a MVx to have a destination is mind as well.
Maybe a [MVx: Workstation] or [MVx: Off-topic]
No ideas what people could do if the length in the topic line is prohibitively short..


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#17 2005-01-29 10:44:32

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Re: Board clean up & organizing topics

cactus wrote:

No ideas what people could do if the length in the topic line is prohibitively short..

They can also post (or edit the content). Its better but not necessary to add in subject header. When searching for "MVx" it checks both header and content.

<b>Note</b>: Tomorrow (Sunday, 30th) there will be a cleanup in all forums in Arch Linux category.

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