Thoughts About Major Re-Construction



i've tried about everything...i'm getting tired of being sooo locked down on the posting, the techie info is so important to me & to the growth of the movement, and worth protecting, even at the cost of lower signup rates.

boy, i wish we'd have just used a huge main directory from the start...

like it or not, i have to go into expansion-mode, here's what i have in mind:

-open the "happy-time owner's manual" and put everything 2-stroke frame-mount in there exclusively from then on. then i will never ever have to worry about repeat topics again, it could get messy, but it won't be on me.

-allow "general disscussion" to become an on-topic MB-moshpit about any style, it sorta is now anyways. then all MB-staff will have to worry about is content-policies.

-put "heritage lane" down in "other issues" because it's a cool forum

-move all whizzer stuff to it's own forum in the main area.

-merge "archived" articles into the happy-time area.

give whizzer, electric, & rackers 3 forums each. gallery/general/q & a. even if they're empty for a long time, we'll be ready

easily moderated: anything out of genre will simply be deleted.

somehow, i have to find a way to bring folks into the group in a way that doesn't create too much ripple in the tech-info, holding everygroup(sub-genre) responsible for keeping their own stack of manuals organized might help. i wanna be able to chuckle at a newbie's first posts instead of sweating them, so i'm going to seperate all the engine/drive types. then we'll let the sub-group manage the clutter.

i'd just as soon not be so hard*** but unless we come up with something that takes the moderating-pressure off (not complaining, just reasoning out loud), i feel like i better stay the course.

any thought/suggestions/input?


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5:48 PM
Nov 4, 2006
Pittsburg, Ks.
i have read this post 3 times. I am trying to visualize what you want to do.
I am all for anything to help reduce the work load. I like the zones we patrol, but I hardly ever cruise tech/mech, intro, traveling,etc. just for fun.

augie, you are the man. You've been the watchdog over us, like full time!!
It looks like you have a plan. I am here for can I help?


Augi, I can feel your pain. This is one of the reasons I waited so long to post anything. At first I thought you were a little harda**, until i realized what you are taking on. I have the same thing in my line of work training the new guys....something that seems so obvious to me is totally foreign to them. I'm not forum savvy enough to be much help, or I would. I'd be more of a pain myself, so consider this moral support if any thing. Thanks for your patience.



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4:48 PM
Apr 23, 2007
Safford AZ
i have read this post 3 times. I am trying to visualize what you want to do.

augie, you are the man. You've been the watchdog over us, like full time!!
It looks like you have a plan. I am here for can I help?

What he said:LOL:

I am here to help any way I can


What you guys do is amazing considering the flow of mixed up, improperly titled garbage that rolls through here.
Where in the heck would you put an thread that has the title "wow look at this"?
If I thought I could be of any help or if you thought I could be of help, let me know.
I would probably make more of a mess though.


...any thought/suggestions/input?
The only way to make it easier to moderate is to reduce the number of forums. Making more different forums is just going to give people more wrong places to start topics.

How about forums for "general", whizzer, chinese/frame mount, electric, and rack-mount. Each of these would allow general talk, tech problems as well as gallery posts: gallery post titles to be proceeded by the word [GALLERY], and tech info posts to be proceeded by the word [PROBLEM], so that they can be easily searched. One could then search for problems with a specific engine type, or you could search the entire site, and get results of all problem threads. If you wanted galleries, you could do the same thing--you could search for galleries of electric bikes, or you could search the entire site for galleries.

I assumed that "heritage lane" was for vintage stuff, but people have been putting non-vintage stuff in there. :confused:

The "commuting" and "travel" forums can be rolled into one without much pain.

Insisting that new people post in the "introduction" forum is odd, I haven't run across that on any other forum. With any web forum you see a lot of one-post registrations, and end up with a lot of inactive/presumed-dead accounts every year, there's no way around that except to purge the dead accounts yearly.


i think no matter how you organizes the forum ,and even if you find the most simple way to do it ,there is still the learning part for new and older members ,,so then the question is how do you get the word out on what you think is important for all to know ,,,,,
when you open up mbc. page you see a page full of headers ,,the fonts are the same , is like any other forum ,and all the important information is there somewhere that you want people to read before they post,,read ,read ,read

its allot easier to listen ,listen,listen , so when you finish house cleaning or what ever you call it ,, make a 10 or 15 minute video of augi siting beside your bike and talk a bit about the new hobby mb ,that keeps it interesting ,and give a 15 minute lesson on the forum and point out the problems and what you think is important to keep it organizes ,
so then remove the sticker ,,"" before you post "" and in place of it in big colored letters "'
',video , meet augi ,and help us make the forum better """

,a picture is worth 1000 words .,and so is voice and video ,education is the key

Jim H

I'm for anything K.I.S.S. related especially as it relates to admins and mods being freed up to enjoy the forum as users and members rather than full time enforcers. Everybody has a life with all that that entails... jobs, family, friends, laundry, housework, riding time... things get complicated sometimes regardless of our best intentions... I remember when our admins and moddys laughed and smiled and interacted with us a lot more than they do today; now, for them it's like being at a job and I feel their stress. Whatever you decide Augi don't forget that you need "me-time".