Subforums?

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Subforums?

How do people feel about subforums? This appears to be a hot feature in many forum software packages. Personally I'm not a fan of them. I feel like they tend to bury too many threads.

I prefer the flatter 2 level hierarchy: "categories" which are basically just headings for grouping together related forums on the main bulletin board system landing page, and then 1 level of forums beneath the categories, where each forum contains multiple threads, but does not contain other forums or categories.

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Re: Subforums?

Subforums can be an effective way of organizing your forum's layout. Unlike their parents, these types of forums can be used for content that doesn't need to be displayed directly on the index page of your message board. One of the most popular examples of this is the "Games" forum, often a subforum of "Community Chat". For many online communities, games and topics that are more spam-like in nature do not require a spotlight on the forum index, which makes it ideal for a subforum.

Subforums can also reduce page scrolling. Smile

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Re: Subforums?

I agree with rmt4. Subforums tend to complicate the hierarchy levels of a forum, and in my opinion, forum softwares should be more Search-centric, meaning that a new users is more likely to search for something instead of browsing into dozen of pages and sub-categories.

Organizing topics with tags is also a nice way to reorder and classify a forum. Stackoverflow.com is a perfect example of such kind of organization.

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...a new users is more likely to search for something instead of browsing into dozen of pages and sub-categories.
I think this depends on the user's goal, and the intent of an online community. Message boards act as homes to a myriad of groups, topics, studies, activities and hobbies. We can safely assume that the setup or format of a community may reflect differently depending on what type of "home" a message board is serving as.

For example, a message board housing a role playing game is typically formatted in a different way than a message board intended to offer technical computer support. Many role playing communities successfully make use of subforums to lead participants on an adventure. In this example, browsing into dozens of pages and sub-categories is part of the experience for the user. Clicking back onto our technical support forum, users are not interested in a treasure hunt for answers; they are more likely to use searches and other tools to aid them with their endeavors.

The question is not whether a subforum is appropriate, but when or where it should be used. There are instances where they function successfully. The opposite is also true.

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The question is not whether a subforum is appropriate, but when or where it should be used. There are instances where they function successfully. The opposite is also true.

I agree. In some cases subforums are just mandatory, if a forum respect clear rules and have a regular community, that know where and how to find the information they look for. Sometimes, for different forum, you land on the expected forum website from Google search, just because it matches the problem you described in your search query.

People should choose the forum software that supports their preferred organization layout, but this choice should be made before starting the forum.

In the Forum Comparator Subforums are available for software that has Subforums in the Forum Organization feature. The Tags feature will be added soon for all existing reviews.

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One of the most popular examples of this is the "Games" forum, often a subforum of "Community Chat". For many online communities, games and topics that are more spam-like in nature do not require a spotlight on the forum index, which makes it ideal for a subforum.
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People should choose the forum software that supports their preferred organization layout, but this choice should be made before starting the forum People should choose the forum software that supports their preferred organization layout, but this choice should be made before starting the forum

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Re: Subforums?

Subforums can be an effective way of organizing your forum's layout. Unlike their parents, these types of forums can be used for content that doesn't need to be displayed directly on the index page of your message board. One of the most popular examples of this is the "Games" forum, often a subforum of "Community Chat".

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Re: Subforums?

Thanks guys. I agree, "different strokes for different folks"

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Re: Subforums?

rmt4 wrote:
Thanks guys. I agree, "different strokes for different folks"

Nice expression, I didn't know it Wink

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lastnico wrote:
rmt4 wrote:
Thanks guys. I agree, "different strokes for different folks"

Nice expression, I didn't know it Wink

Nice

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Are there any methods to customize sub-forums (or categories) other than colors?

I'm currently hosting another site's message board on a stand-alone forum but would like to convert. I need some way though to provide for their navigation, etc. They have a category & several forums under that category.

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Hi,

I think you can easily customize more than the color only. Some forum softwares provide a different theme for each category if you want (PhpBB 3 and vBulletin if I'm not wrong).

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