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Discussion in 'CZ Support Zone' started by BigDFan5, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    Well I may be in the minority, but i spend quite a bit of time in the NFL Zone, Sports Zone, Off-Topic Zone, and Opinion Zone. Lotsa good stuff in there, gives you a break from all the angst going on when the Boys lose.

    Plus I like to keep track of where threads I've posted in have gone. It's a lot easier IMO, to search 5 forums than it is to search 50 pages of 25 threads in one forum.... which would happen if there was only one forum.
  2. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    He was a perfectionist.
  3. BigDFan5

    BigDFan5 In Tebow I Trust

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    I am #1 in your buddy list aren't I
  4. BigDFan5

    BigDFan5 In Tebow I Trust

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    which usually equals jerk and divaish :laugh2:
  5. Viper

    Viper Active Member

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    I went to Boston once. There I'm keepin in the theme.

    667:D
  6. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    That was beautifully done Sir......:D
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Uhmm sure... ;) :p:

    Good job Viper. Create a new thread and I'll move it to the CDZ for a day. :p:
  8. BigDFan5

    BigDFan5 In Tebow I Trust

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    ok Show of hands who loves Journey!
  9. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    Ahh, A Show Of Hands. Pretty decent Rush album..............
  10. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Agent Coulson

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    I hear ya man. One thing I do is, when I have been away for awhile like gone to work to support my habit, the first thing I do when I check the site is to go to my user cp. I usually run though that to see what opinions of mine have been replied to and it allows me to quickly reply no matter where the thread ended up. I'm head over heels for the user cp. :D
  11. BigDFan5

    BigDFan5 In Tebow I Trust

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    when I stand up to fast I get a headrush
  12. goshan

    goshan Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Mods, I am not trying to be difficult but I really believe this new forum concept does not work well for your user segments.

    Not to get on a high horse, but my job is to help large companies design web sites specifically through helping them to understand the specific needs, biases and behaviors of the users that visit their web sites.

    Based upon my understanding through reviewing this thread, it appears as though you have three specific types of users that visit the Zone:

    1. NEW USERS -- Arriving via word of mouth or referral, they are interested in becoming Zoners. New users will go to the main forum - this is simply the way it works on Discussion Boards.

    ** Problem-Cowboys news and the best threads aren't there. Many won't use the Zone for long.

    2. LIGHT USERS -- Once a day or every other day regular users -- probably less than an hour per day. These users come to see the latest news and facts, spending less than an hour on the site per day.

    ** The new forum concept works well for these users **

    3. HEAVY USERS -- Users that visit the site multiple times per day and often spend hours on the site at a time. These users will and enjoy traversing though almost all the threads, exploring and deciding what to get involved in.

    **The new forum structure is frustrating and inconvenient. These users want everything in one place ****

    In Summary, you have done a good job of addressing user #2 at the expense of users #1 and #3.

    SOLUTION:

    The solution, if Vbulletin will support it, is to structure the forums around the user as follows:


    Main Forum - All threads, including those in Daily News. Works well for user segment #1 (New User) and user segment # 3 (Heavy User).

    Daily News Forum - contains the threads from Main Forum that are marked as 'Daily News' by the mods. Works well for user segment #2 (Light User). Technically, the Daily News Forum is just a view or filter of the 'News Worthy' threads in the Main Forum
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    Thanks for consideration. I really think this is the way to go.
  13. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Yes, we brought this up.

    Believe me, we did not think of this last night. A lot of thought went into this. A lot of research too.

    We have no intentions of hurting anyone's feelings but that is unavoidable. They get their feelings hurt when the threads get moved already. Posters say something 3 months ago and it hapens today they go drag that thread back and thump their chest about the irrelvant prediction. In their minds this is high quality stuff.

    In our mind the vast majority car eless about that kind of stuff than they do finding the best articles, recaps, and info in one spot.

    On game days you will see the difference. I believe that.
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Same here, a lot of good threads and conversations are missed because people just don't want to click a link to a different section.

    I also think it helps to get to know other users better.

    You may have someone you really disagree with about matters concerning the cowboys but you may find a mutual respect in other areas covered in the different sections.

    Not that there is anything wrong with someone that just wants to read cowboys news, or just likes good debates, but I think they miss out on so much more with a one zone mentality.
  15. Viper

    Viper Active Member

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    Ohh no you don't, I'll get hate mail!
  16. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    You're right. A lot of good threads and conversations are missed because people just don't want to clic a link to a different section.

    That is exactly what I've been trying to tell you.
  17. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    I disagree. I for one, as a new user, will snoop around. See what ya got forum to forum. See if the forum titles live up to their content. By default, I'll find what forum best intrests me.
  18. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Whenever I visit a new forum I go straight to one place -- where the most amount of posts are.
  19. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Agent Coulson

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    My 2 cents, I spend hours reading and occasionally responding to this site. I would definitely consider myself a heavy user as of 4-6 weeks ago. I actually like the new ideas. I can get my quick rush in one forum and my brain stimulation in the other. at least that's what I see thus far. As I stated, just my 2 cents.
  20. goshan

    goshan Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Seven, this may be true of you. But my company (it is a big, well known company in Web Design) does this sort of research all the time. For this type of site, the majority of new users will look for a 'Main Forum' and attempt to find a 'home' there.

    A multiple forum approach works well for broad discussion sites/portals or technical support type sites where you have a question about a specific type of product. For narrowly focused sited, like Dallas Cowboys Discussion, a multiple-forum approach is not recommended.

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