Originally Posted by Adevag
Originally Posted by mpetty
If it's technologically possible, I think CC would benefit from several areas of organization that would help us all to surf the site a bit more efficiently:
1. Create sub-sections within each forum which would collect threads on basic topics, allowing beginners and newbies to find those answers quickly and address the frustration of clogging up the main forums with repeated questions on things like smoothing/crusting buttercream, how to price, how many servings, starting a home business (which, IMHO, should be posted in both the Cake Decorating and Cake Business forums).
2. I think we would benefit from at least two new forums: Beginning (or Basic) Cake Decorating, and How to Use This Site (or "Getting Started"). The Beginners forum could host the questions on buttercream, stacking, figure making, etc. and the "How to" forum could address questions/topics like searching for topics on the site, how to post photos and how your status changes, the etiquette for giving credit to those whose cakes we've duplicated, etc. I would also recommend that there be a blurb on the homepage about the "How to" forum, stressing that new members need to begin there. (In a perfect world, it would be technologically impossible to access any of the other forums until you've completed a"How to" forum primer, but we don't want Heath sitting in a corner rocking and crying, do we?
And maybe an "Advanced" is called for, although i don't know how we'd monitor the ability to post in that forum without the same issue of redundancy coming up.
I think the issue of "question overload" is part of CC's continued evolvment; it's such a great site that more and more folks are getting their decorating degree here and we just need a bit more organization to keep it enjoyable for beginner and pro alike.
I really like this idea. I was also thinking of a FAQ for basics, maybe as a sticky.
I would not worry about any threads being started in the wrong forum, since moderators are so quick at moving them. (not towards mpetty, just the general discussion)
These are great ideas, Sofia. I don't mind questions from persons just starting out. There's a big HOWEVER...
I doubt the posters we're talking about will even read such helpful threads or FAQs.
Sometimes, new posters don't even read through a page or two of a forum, let along try a simple search, before they ask their questions. (And I know there are lots of new cakers who do do this--for that I thank you.)
I don't even want to think about how many times questions like, "How do you put ribbon around a cake?" or "How do you make tiffany blue?" or "Can I freeze/refrigerate ________?" or "I need a good recipe for chocolate cake?" are asked. It seems as though so many threads are simple things that could be answered if a poster just lurked and read through the past week of postings.
I know the search functions on this site aren't always the easiest to use. But, I still get slightly peeved when it's a new poster who says, "I don't have time to read through those posts." So other people should waste their time answering something that's been answered 50 times?
I suppose I'd like to see a little less unnecessary 'clutter' on the boards, but if it gets to me, I just skip a couple of days viewing posts.