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damo
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I agree with other users that the forum is fragmented, nobody to blame apart from the success of the forum itself and the tablet itself.

 

It should be split into logical forum topics and sub-topics added on to the them. Although I do have some moderator privileges set, as the forum is set up at the moment I can only move topics into separate forums but if we have topics/subtopics than I hope to have privileges to move any new topics created into the relevant area of the forum.

 

Some ideas

 

ARNOVA 10G2 INTRODUCTION - A specification page, maybe ripped from the Arnova website, reviews.

 

ANDROID GINGERBREAD - General information regarding the operating system

 

LATEST NEWS - Official news, press releases, Arctablet news.

 

ARNOVA FIRMWARE - Listing the current and previous firmware. Split into sub-topics.


CUSTOM FIRMWARE - All the custom firmwares written for the device. Split into sub-topics.

 

DEVELOPMENT - Development area for programmers, coders. Split into sub-topics.


HARDWARE ISSUES - Problems with usb, wifi etc. Split into sub-topics.


SOFTWARE ISSUES CUSTOM FIRMWARE - Issues for custom firmware. Sub section for what firmware.

 

SOFTWARE ISSUES ORIGINAL FIRMWARE - Issues for original firmware only.

 

ANDROID MARKET - This seems to have been the biggest issue on here although it could be split off from 

the custom firmware topics, It deserves its own topic. Split into sub-topics.

                           

BEST AND WORSE APPS - General discussions.

 

BEST AND WORSE GAMES - General discussions.

 

ACCESSORIES - Cases. covers, screen protectors, usb keyboards, dongles etc.

 

CUSTOMISING - Launchers, wallpaper, themes etc.

 

GOOGLE APPLICATIONS - Discussions on Google apps, setting up etc.

 

DOWNLOADS - All downloads, split into subsections from firmware, Arctools, drivers.

 

BRICKED - I think it would be a good idea to have this as a separate topic as a very important

subject to get people out of bricked devices.

 

I hope this list helps in some way ADMIN so we can have a forum that is easy to browse, informative and more manageable. I am willing to put time into moderating this and hopefully we can have a really great forum for everybody. PS Would love to see the red indicator in the topic bubble on the left be put back made navigating new topics easier! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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damo they are really cool ideas  also make rules so when creating a topic to inform have topic tags such as[ROM], [guide], [fmwr], [app], [game] ect it just helps distinguis which topic is asking for help and which topic has a solution  (although he help usually has the solution iniside) and the solved problems could have [Solved] or [Fixed]KissKiss

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Good idea with the tags as well missed that oneSmile

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Here are some details on the forum architecture to get a better understanding of subforums, tags and topic statuses concepts actually related to Arctablet forum software (Simple Press)

http://wiki.simple-press.com/getting-started/forums/

 

I totally agree with the idea of adding topic statuses. Tags will probably remain optionnal, even if they are good help to classify information across topics & forums.

I find Damo's list a bit too detailed which may not help readability and confuse users at first look, I'd find more convenient to have a maximum 5-6 subtopics.

Also, I'm thinking on how we could help organize this subforums to avoid duplicating common topics with other Arnova G2 devices (like Apps, Games, ...)

 

Damo, the red indicator feature has been removed with the latest forum upgrade, I'll check with the forum software authors on how we can have it back...

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Is it posible tolink topics between forums eg crrate onetopic and allow it to be viewed in several?

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admin said

Here are some details on the forum architecture to get a better understanding of subforums, tags and topic statuses concepts actually related to Arctablet forum software (Simple Press)

http://wiki.simple-press.com/getting-started/forums/

 

I totally agree with the idea of adding topic statuses. Tags will probably remain optionnal, even if they are good help to classify information across topics & forums.

I find Damo's list a bit too detailed which may not help readability and confuse users at first look, I'd find more convenient to have a maximum 5-6 subtopics.

Also, I'm thinking on how we could help organize this subforums to avoid duplicating common topics with other Arnova G2 devices (like Apps, Games, ...)

 

Damo, the red indicator feature has been removed with the latest forum upgrade, I'll check with the forum software authors on how we can have it back...

Although the list I put together does look a bit long they are all MAIN TOPICS not subtopics, I highlighted some main topics in red because they may need some sub-topics within them. When you look at the Forum there are 50 topics alone on one page and there are 3 pages in total, and reading through them I would say all of the topics could be moved into my relevant MAIN TOPICS. For people who first visit the site having to trawl through all that must be a right pain. I think for a newbee visiting the site they could easily navigate through 17 topics rather than about 150 topics that are over duplicated so many times. Maybe the list I put together could be narrowed down or put into more subtopics.

 

Anyway it was just an idea and you guys are the Administrators after all, it good to have a healthy discussion on the matter. Thanks also for looking into the indicator featureSmile

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In regards to my previous postvl ive found this plugin in the changelog it mentions redirecting threads http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mingle-forum/changelog/ will it work alao has other cool features

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What about just 5-6 sub-forums for each device? So it will not get too fragmented by subcategories and then people will be confused even more where to put which question or putting them to wrong subcategory...

My suggestion (based on XDA):

General - reviews, official ROM, ...

Question & Answers - bricks, noobs how-to's, ...

Accesories - cases, cables, etc...

Development

Apps, Themes, Sounds, etc...

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Thanks to all of you for your feedback.

 

My current preference is to use p1ceus proposal mixed with some categories from alex and damo. 

The subforum layout would be:

General – introduction, Android OS information, reviews, latest news on the tablet

Firmware -  official and custom ROM

Problem, Issues / Question & Answers – bricks, noobs how-to's, guides and tutorials

Accesories – cases, cables, etc…

Development - dev and firmware cooking topics

Apps, Games, Themes, Sounds, etc…

 

I am wondering if the main (mother) Arnova 10G2 forum should be allowed to receive posts (and eventually be considered as General category) or if we want to force users to use the subforums ?

 

The forum status would be: open/resolved. Forum status are optional but usage should be encouraged for Q&A subforum.

 

I am waiting for your final feedback and if there is no major objection, I'll deploy these subforum end of day or tomorrow.

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That looks fine to me, we just need to be keen to manage it so it does not get like it is now. I think it should be locked with the catorgories that you have chosen so it does not get fragmented again and any changes made by moderators and admin through discussions about if it would be beneficial

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I think the guides should be pinned by moderaters to make for even quickersearching

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I would say that "mother" forum should be locked and all post have to be in sub-forums...

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Thanks for all your comments.

I'll create the subforums tonight; if needed I'll make adjustments based on your feedback.

 

Damo and others, the new posts notification with the little red icon is back on the Forum group view and topic view, force a refresh or empty your browser cache to see it Wink

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Thanks admin that is great! Smile

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Arnova 10 G2 forum split is finished, huge thanks to moderators: alex, damo and finless for their help moving topics.

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