Another thought I had recently on this subject is maybe to move the "General" forum a little lower on the list. Since it's the first one, and it's title is what it is, it's really easy for us to post most things there, unless they are specific requests for a recipe or such. And keep in mind that what's "general" enough to be posted in that category will vary from moderator to admin to member...people may have different ideas of just what is "general" enough to put there. So maybe a more definitive description of the category/forum under its title is in order. If only general conversation items that are NOT cake related in any way is desired to be posted in that forum by the admin/moderators, then such should be stated in it's description, I think. As it is now, it only states that the "general" forum is for things that don't necessarily fit in any other category...that's obviously a little too broad of a description, since so many threads started there are being moved around at a moments notice. That & moving the forum down on the list would probably save the admin & moderators a lot of trouble & time in having to move things around so much.
Also - I was wondering why moved topics/threads are not noted anymore? That was really helpful when ya'll were doing that...we had no problem finding the posts we'd made or threads we were following when that was done, not sure why it stopped? Moving things around is totally understandable, to me...but going from letting us know it was moved to no notice at all is a bit of a downer. Then we have to search and search sometimes for the topics we were following. Maybe just a PM to the original poster would help? Or something similar....would cut down on the frustration of having to "hunt down" topics that I know several of us are experiencing.
To expand on Cakeprincess's suggestion: Maybe just post a notice at the top of the forums index page
asking everyone to be more specific or thoughtful of what category they place their topics in? If that was at the top, instead of or above the "General" category, it could possible cut down on the moving around of stuff for the moderators/admin??
Sorry so long....but, as you can see, this has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now. Glad Cakeprincess spoke up...gave me the gumption to say what I'd been feeling without being the first.
I'm not complaining here or trying to rock the boat...the opposite in fact. Trying to help. Of course, I'm not a site admin or owner or even moderator, so I'm sure there's tons of stuff I don't know of or wouldn't get about maintaining a space such as this. So if any of my suggestions are crazy or would create lots of work or frustration for you guys....just give me a boot in the butt & I'll chill!! lol
I love CC sooooo much...spend WAYYY too much time here...lol. Jackie or Heath..whoever coined the "ADDICT" term for your shirts/cups, etc.....BRILLIANT!!! You hit the nail on the head!! hehehe