#Feedback - What do you think about Forum Categories & Sub-Categories?

Gary Gary
Hello Everyone,

As usual we have a few projects brewing in the mad science lab, and I wanted to see what your thoughts are on a few things.

During your average use, how important do you think the current Categories & Sub-Categories are? I am not really talking about formal company Categories ( like: Clubs, EdenLink, Customer Service), but more about what you use on a daily basis while interacting with the community.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I agree with all the Categories
Ms. N , wrmbreze , ToyTimeTim , - Kira - , Kissaki , RosesThorns , Deeder , Arch600 , Rossie , Loriandhubby , lilly555 , jryder3891 , lie , PropertyOfPotter , mpfm , Weiner , Talena , sexydelphia , MissCara , dhig , darthkitt3n , marrythenight , js250 , TransMarc , dennislady1979 , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , Stinkytofu10 , sodapin , bh253 , TiffyPixie , Clara , goodeatz , amplified to rock
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There should be more Categories
There should be less Categories
amazon
1
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I agree with all the Sub-Categories
Ms. N , wrmbreze , RosesThorns , Deeder , Rossie , Loriandhubby , Zombirella , ankie212 , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , bh253
10
There should be more Sub-Categories
lilly555 , js250
2
There should be less Sub-Categories
ToyTimeTim , - Kira - , Kissaki , Arch600 , PropertyOfPotter , Weiner , CinLuvsBre , darthkitt3n , marrythenight , TrophyWife , goodeatz , amplified to rock
12
There should be no Sub-Categories
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Overall - Less would be better
Kindred , Ryuson , ToyTimeTim , - Kira - , Kissaki , Arch600 , meitman , DeliciousSurprise , PropertyOfPotter , mpfm , Weiner , bratofthekitties , ~LaUr3n~ , darthkitt3n , marrythenight , Airen Wolf , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , TrophyWife , goodeatz , amplified to rock
20
Overall - I like it how it is
Ms. N , wrmbreze , Deeder , Rossie , Loriandhubby , Zombirella , TransMarc , Stinkytofu10 , bh253 , yarii
10
Overall - Add Sub-Sub-Categories
ankie212 , Airen Wolf
2
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Other (please add any thoughts to the thread)
Calla , Petite Valentine , Geogeo , Kindred , Ryuson , Arch600 , lilly555 , Woman China , Beck , unfulfilled , Airen Wolf , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , svalentine;)
13
Total votes: 103 (53 voters)
Poll is closed
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Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
My only issue is the navigation of the categories. It's like an explosion when you expand the section, and all the links, numbers and bullets bunched so close together kills my eyes.

As for the categories we have, I keep hoping a "Sports" category will be added, and I'd like to see "TV, movies, music and books" separated into individual categories (or at least into two).
06/20/2012
Calla Calla
I don't use the categories, so it doesn't make a difference to me. I just sort the forum by the most recent posts. If I'm looking for something specific I use the search.
06/20/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I don't use or pay attention to any category and rather just use the search feature.
06/20/2012
Kindred Kindred
I rarely use the categories or sub-categories because the majority of threads seem to be in the wrong folder. Admittedly it can be difficult to figure out the best category at times.
06/20/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I only go to a subcategory when I want to post something, so I may not be one to talk. I think that maybe more general ones would be better, but I understand why there are so many specific ones in different sections.
06/20/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
I really don't see a way to have fewer subcategories, but perhaps we don't need them all listed on the main page. Maybe just the category could be listed, and if you scroll over it, a drop down menu could list the subcategories.
06/20/2012
Gracie Gracie
Well I think the way it is now must be confusing to many. So many times the question being asked has no relation to the section where it is located. When I ask a question I try to post it in the appropriate section, but when browsing the forum, I just open anything that looks interesting.
06/20/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. N
I really don't see a way to have fewer subcategories, but perhaps we don't need them all listed on the main page. Maybe just the category could be listed, and if you scroll over it, a drop down menu could list the subcategories.
This is an excellent idea.
06/20/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I have no problem with the number of categories, it is the sub categories that could use some work. I am not saying there are too many but like a couple others have mentioned, it is like an explosion on the screen when you open tab.

I am thinking maybe just the categories could be listed with a small description of what each is and then each one could have a separate page with all the sub categories.

If nothing else a bigger font and or more space in between each line would make it more easily read.
06/20/2012
Arch600 Arch600
I don't pay attention to subcategories at all. I use search if I'm looking for something in particular, otherwise I browse most recent posts.

I've often wondered why the forums here don't use something like the phpBB template where there are a few parent categories each with a handful of child subcategories. Most forums out there use this or a similar format, so new users pretty much already know how to navigate the site before they start.
06/20/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
i use the sub catigories all the time to find just the right spot to post or look up topics.
06/21/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
I like and use the sub categories to post in the right places and look up specific things if the search engine doesn't get me my answer.
06/21/2012
lilly555 lilly555
Usually when I visit a thread it's something that has popped up on my wall via someone I'm following. The current categories are nice but the sub-categories don't always work for me. Sometimes people place things in categories I wouldn't consider the topic appropriate for. This can be confusing and has discouraged me from looking for threads this way. I would like more specific sub categories if that were possible. But I don't know how ya'll would do that
06/21/2012
jryder3891 jryder3891
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Originally posted by Geogeo
I don't use or pay attention to any category and rather just use the search feature.
Agreed
06/21/2012
jryder3891 jryder3891
I usually just read the recent. I dont do category's
06/21/2012
jryder3891 jryder3891
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
This is an excellent idea.
Agreed
06/21/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I think the sub categories are a bit overwhelming. I don't know if they can be condensed or not, but it just seems like a lot to take in.
06/21/2012
amazon amazon
It does get complicated
06/21/2012
Woman China Woman China
I like them the way they are, the only thing I'd change is alphabetical order please!!!! And have the ability to collapse various categories. Like the personal stores, I never use it so I'd like the ability to make it smaller so other things are up front.
06/21/2012
Beck Beck
I like the idea about being able to collapse the categories. Ideally less is better, but I can't see there being too much less. And couldn't tell you were to start with cutting. I don't really mind it how it is because I really don't look at the forums like that. I just look at the recently made posts. I don't look to see what is in the category.
06/21/2012
CinLuvsBre CinLuvsBre
It is a little complicated!
06/21/2012
yarii yarii
just the reacent ones
06/22/2012
yarii yarii
Quote:
Originally posted by CinLuvsBre
It is a little complicated!
it is!
06/22/2012
yarii yarii
Quote:
Originally posted by amazon
It does get complicated
agreed!
06/22/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
I like them the way they are, the only thing I'd change is alphabetical order please!!!! And have the ability to collapse various categories. Like the personal stores, I never use it so I'd like the ability to make it smaller so other things ... More
I like that idea about being able to collapse them, alphabetical order would be nice too.
06/22/2012
marrythenight marrythenight
forum navigation is a bit overwhelming to newbs, especially since it's so different from other forums. I voted fewer sub categories because I think it would easier to navigate the way things are now, but more concise navigation would work, too.
06/22/2012
js250 js250
I would like to see a Misc. under each of the main categories. Sometimes there are issues or postings that would not fit under Social but go there anyway due to no Misc under the Review, Eden, Toys, etc. categories.
06/22/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I'd love if we could be able to sort by specific area such as polls, comparisons, and discussions under the categories or the whole forum as a whole.
06/22/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
Quote:
Originally posted by unfulfilled
I'd love if we could be able to sort by specific area such as polls, comparisons, and discussions under the categories or the whole forum as a whole.
That is a good point. I would also like that - to be able to see just discussions, just polls, or just comparisons, rather than having them all jumbled together.
06/22/2012
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