22 Mar 2015

A question about : Front/first page of DFW forum

Hi everyone and Happy Christmas, I hope you are all having a wonderful time title=Smile

I was looking at the forum today, as I do every day being a real title=Top addict, and have noticed in the last few weeks how busy the front/first page has become with stickies and challenges. At the moment there are 26 topics on the front/first page - 6 are stickies and 12 are challenges. While I think the challenges are fantastic and extremely motivating, I think that people's urgent problems get overlooked and disappear very quickly to the second or even third page.

I am an ardent member of the payment a day challenge and this is located in the DFW sub forum of Debt Free Diaries. I have never really understood why but am happy to go and subscribe or even just hunt it out each day.

I wondered if it would be possible to set up a new sub forum for all the challenges so people could easily find them and this would help leave the front/first page for the stickies and one off threads.

What does everyone think?


Best answers:

  • I agree. Most days I have a quick look but the first page seems to contain no questions or posts of that nature so I move on.
    Sub section like the Diaries one would be great.
  • I'll wait so see if there are more opinions on this over the next few days, then I'll bump the thread over to Site Feedback and send MSE Team a link.
  • I agree too
  • I agree as well
  • Definitely a good idea, people will be able to find the challenges, but new people won't be put off with no responses, so has to be good for all.
  • Good idea!
  • I think this is a brilliant idea!
    I am also getting really fed up of having a browse on the DFW section and scanning down the first page, only to see a load of challenges or daily motivational posts - gosh that sounds like I'm a right scrooge! I'm not, honest, it's just that I want to be able to read posts from people who need help or ideas, because then I can either help them or gain ideas from the very helpful folk on here.
    I think a sub-section would be great, and would tidy this board up a bit. It would be less daunting for newbies or people who need to post and are not getting any responses and who are losing their posts onto page 2+ in a matter of hours.
  • Agree too! I'm quite new to the challenges, but find I have to hunt around to see the new ones each month - so a separate sub forum would be very helpful to challengers as well as keeping the front page free for urgent threads.
  • Great idea.
    I have thought the same for a while.
  • Agreed, makes sense.
  • I moderate a wargamimg club and enforce a policy of not having more than 3 or 4 stickies per ladder on page one, because as TTFM says, if the front page is full of stickies its hard to find the posts that I really can help with.
    Please prune the stickies and thanks TTFM for raising this !.
  • I think this is a really good idea. I think it will benefit people looking for individual advice as well as those who will find it easier to find their challenges to post as they quickly get lost in this busy forum as well.
    Sounds like a great solution.
  • I agree also.
  • I agree also.
  • Another agreed here!
  • Great idea. Love the challenges but right now they're 'polluting' the dfw board to such an extent that it takes too much effort to spot the ask for support dfw postings.
  • I remember when the subforum for diaries was set up, and people were worried that the diaries would be ignored, and people would miss out on good advice. In fact, diaryland seems to have thrived, and I would anticipate that a challenge forum would also thrive.
    In the current economic climate, I think more and more people are going to need quick and good quality help, so keeping the main forum clear for that advice and support would be really useful.
    Is it also worth reviewing the stickies and making sure everything's up to date? A bit of spring cleaning, as it were.