Community Discussion Info and Rules

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by vtac, Dec 2, 2011.

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  1. vtac

    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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    While going through threads for the new forums I noticed a fair number of fc related topics and it occurred to me that it might be nice to have a section for such discussion. We have a great community here so a place to help build and maintain it makes sense.

    Before starting though, it's important to establish some ground rules. Over the years we've come up with a comprehensive set of rules to keep the site fun, informative and manageable. If you have a question about the rules that's fine, but public discussions of staff decisions are still not allowed. If you have any concerns or queries relating to a staff decision please take it up in private with a staff member.

    We've also heard some common suggestions and complaints over the years which I will address below. While it would be nice to please everyone, these are positions that have been established by our staff after years of running this site so please respect them. Posts regarding issues covered here are not welcome.

    Threads are too long
    with fc being a vapor enthusiast forum, it's natural for popular vaporizers to generate a lot of interest, which in turn causes the corresponding threads to grow over time. Reading through thousands of posts is an intimidating proposition for a newcomer; however, long threads are the norm for many active forums. The situation can be helped by informative first posts, ideally updated continually with important information from the thread. That, however, is reliant on the thread starter and, while it would be nice to move towards a better system of creating official threads, realistically its not feasible at present.

    A more practical solution is to let all our members maintain a single source of information on a given model. A wiki format is ideal for this purpose and although it hasnt been publicized as much as it should have (my fault), we have one at www.vaporpedia.com

    A shining example is the MFLB article which does a fantastic job of summarizing the longest thread on fc. Unfortunately, registration to vaporpedia was closed due to spammers and is now by request only. Ideally the member database would be shared with the forum but thats beyond my ability. Going forward we will have a request thread here on fc where members can request access and I will set up an account for them. A big thanks goes out to everyone who has contributed already.

    Every vape should have its own section
    With hundreds of models, its unfeasible to have a section for each. Even having sections for only the most popular models would result in many redundant and and unhelpful threads. Dealing with these would create a lot of work for staff and you'd still be left with a mess. Again, the solution is www.vaporpedia.com.

    A more detailed explanation can be found here.

    Thats all for now. We have some cool things works, stay tuned!
     
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