Question for A.B.R. regulars v.Our future?

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    There's some discussion of merging a couple of spinoff forums back into their parent forum, which got me thinking.

    The traffic here has really dried up, and most of it has gone to the TV Subforum (Idiot Box). I've never liked the name of this forum, and I've never liked that it's in the Technology subcategory, so how would you guys feel about becoming a subforum of Teh Idiot Box? Is it worth suggesting?

    It would get a lot more traffic to us, but I also wonder how much book and movie discussion we'd get, being part of a TV forum. Naturally I'd still encourage as much of that as possible.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    Well as is the name and location aren't helping with traffic anyways. As long as it had a decent name in TIB it would be fine.
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Anybody else? I want to move forward with this, but I'd like to see some more input. :hs:
     
  4. Userman

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    Ditto.
     
  5. Possum Stomper

    Possum Stomper The Great Bird of the Galaxy

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    sounds good to me, this place is fairly dead it seem
     
  6. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    This forum is a lot more than just what's on television but if the move will help with the traffic, then go for it.
     
  7. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Yeah that's my big hangup. But the TV forum is the one that stole all of our traffic. All those Stargate, Firefly, etc threads should have been here. :o

    Naturally I'd make the stipulation that it's not limited solely to TV discussion.
     
  8. Variant

    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    so does that mean that this forum will be restricted and only those with active subs will be able to view it, like Idiot Box is today?
     
  9. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Well, that's the one flaw in my plan.

    If all you no-sub guys would start posting here more often, we wouldn't have to try to think of ways to get more views and it would be a moot point. :x:
     
  10. Rory

    Rory OT Supporter

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    why dont you get a main forum mod to move all of the scifi related threads in the idiot box here, while leaving those thread titles saying it was moved?
     
  11. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    Having threads moved would cause an uproar.
     
  12. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Not only that. I don't want to have to depend on other mods to feed this forum. :hs:
     
  13. Variant

    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    it's difficult for threads to get any traction in here because sci-fi is such a general theme and all of the discussion topics are covered elsewhere. If it's a sci-fi game it'll get talked about in Gamer's Pulse. If it's a big new movie it'll get talked about in the main or in Red Carpet. TV show, Idiot Box as you've already pointed out (or Anime & Manga if it's out of Japan). That leaves only books, and either we have very few readers in ABR, or people just don't feel like discussing whatever it is they're reading, because there are very few book-related threads in here. So yeah...ABR seems pretty redundant.
     
  14. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    So any verdict on this subforum?
     
  15. CrimsonVonDoom

    CrimsonVonDoom There Cannot be Two Skies OT Supporter

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    It would have helped if you'd renamed the damn forum to Beyond Thunderdome like we voted! :mamoru:
     
  16. mechagrover

    mechagrover Trek geek OT Supporter

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    Moving the forum out of the Tech section would do more help than a name change (but I still prefer The Outer Limits :p)
     
  17. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Actually the name that won the vote was "geekyshiat". :ugh2:

    Good thing I reserved veto power.
     
  18. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Yeah I agree. The only problem with my plan, like we already talked about, is that it would become sub-only if it was part of Off Topic. :o
     
  19. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    I voted for geekyshiat :mamoru:
     
  20. CrimsonVonDoom

    CrimsonVonDoom There Cannot be Two Skies OT Supporter

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    It's like Chinese Democracy in here, I tells ya!

    Personally, and I'm being honest here - moving the forum can't hurt, but I really don't think it's going to help. Having a fantasy/sci fi forum isn't really a topic so much as a theme, so the threads get made in the topic oriented sections.

    So go ahead and move it if you think it'll help, but I don't think it will - especially hidden under the Idiot Box (I understand why we'd do that logistically, but the categorization doesn't really make any sense).

    If you want more traffic, you don't need better placement - you need epic threads, a lot of material, and crosslinking into the other forums.
     

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