The other day I went to pin something in RESOURCES and two things were fairly obvious: It doesn't get much use unless a new topic draws people in there and it is very VERY VERY untidy.
We're not proposing anything particularly radical, but organising resources into 'type' more effectively and updating the links section could make it a more useable resource all round.
Thoughts below, please, and apologies for the rapid re-appearance of this topic
I'm afraid I don't agree Baddad:
1. 'Resources' is an under-used sub-forum as it is; to make sub-sub-forums is likely to further reduce the usage of particular parts - at least as it is, a new topic or a recent reply to a topic draws people into the sub-forum as a whole - i.e. I would want to turn your 'nagative' into a 'positive'.
2. I don't use the split 'medicine etc.' sub-forum often, but I find that when I do (which is usually through the 'last post' thread of the main page) I get annoyed at the relative
difficulty of getting back out - the link at the bottom of the page takes you to the sub-sub-forum in which the thread/reply was posted - you have to scroll back up to the top of the page to get to the main sub-forum.
3. Given (2) above, I am less
likely to view posts in the medical etc. sub-forum because there is no option to view all posts and therefore to accidentally have something appear that might interest me.
However, given that:
1. I do agree that the resources section can be a bit untidy and some organisation would help - could it be put in as options perhaps - maybe 'view complete forum' or 'view as subs'. Maybe it's worth trying it for, say, a month and then having a poll as to whether it helps or not and whether or not it should be changed back. That might also inform you about other sections.
2. Maybe the profile of the resources sub-forum needs raising in some way - I think there are for instance possibly people on the forum who would have liked to go the the SBC lecture on Monday but missed this topic until it was too late to get tickets - on things like this, would the calandar option (which at the moment only seems to be used for birthdays, christmas and new year) be useful - perhaps marking key lectures etc and also in the run-up to events reminders about tickets etc?