Ok, we've been putting off new forums long enough now No real reason for it actually, in case anyone was wondering.... In order not to let it spiral too much out of control and get really unclear where to post what we only want to add a limited number of new ones for the moment though, say 3 or so. There have been plenty of good ideas floating around so I will add a few I like and let everyone post away for the next few days. The ones with the most votes by the weekend win, ok?
-Round the World travel forum.... needed it for some time now
-Accommodation sharing forum.... a good idea posted in another thread last week.
-Trip planning forum.... packing tips, planning etc.
-Study abroad forum...
-Work abroad forum... (or combined with above)
-Business travel forum...
-Separate Africa & Middle East regions into separate forums...
Anyway, if you have any extra ones or want to 'vote' for any of the above or have any other ideas about the matter, now is the time!
Hey Sam, I reckon we definitely shouldn't separate Africa and Middle East, considering it is the least active forum of the lot.. The one I would really like to see is the RTW forum.
The others might get a little confused with other forums, causing a lot of double posting. For example, if you're planning to study in Australia, do you post that in the Australia forum, the Study forum, or the planning forum - I think people would post it in all of them, which I would prefer to avoid (well, it's against our rules at the moment).
Happy to go with the Accommodation Sharing forum though - it's an interesting concept.
Here's another idea though -- what about a 'Trip Report' forum, which is specifically for people to post how their trip went and their experiences.. these kind of posts are very useful - perhaps this would encourage that. Of course, the same problem exists with double posting!
Just my thoughts.. happy to hear what others think!
chuck my 2 cents / 40 ore / 35pence in - I agree that you want to avoid people putting things in more than one place. In some forums etc, there is so much choice, one of 3 things happens. 1. The get scared of the options, dion't know where to post so find a different site instead. 2. They pick the single worst and irrelavant board to post it on or 3. they post the same thing in 5 different boards. None of which (to me) seems particularly helpful!
Study/Work/live abroad would be a possibility. I agree that a RTW/long term travel board would make sense, and a planning/tips etc would be very useful and would relieve the general board a bit as well. I wouldn't have thought that business travel would have sufficient stuff to be worthwhile as a seperate board for several reasons.
1. split Europe into West and East/CIS as European questions tend to be among the most regular.
2. have a land based forum, to cover bike/car as well as long term land
More different ideas could be:
1. A specific interrail/eurail/bussabout type page
2. A general hangout place -just for travellers to talk about other stuff - sport/politics/news/whatever
Will have a think and see if i can come up with anything else.
Like the idea of a land based forum!
We have the off topic forum to cover other stuff, general chit chat etc. Do you want another one?
Maybe a travel news one (idea just popped into my head....)??
Doh! - sorry, had compleetly missed the off topic board altogether´. No, don't need another one. Like the travel news idea - how about combining it with an "official stuff" bits i.e visa enquiriees etc?
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Yeah, that might be a good idea. There are always quite a few questions about visas, embassies and that kind of stuff swirling about. I get some news updates for the travel business pretty regularly so could use those to weed out the best stuff possibly as a basis....
Hmm, something to think about in the morning
I agree with other posters that having a RTW forum would be good- it would probably save those people from having to post in so many forums to get questions answered- and you would be able to get a more RTW-slighted responce in it.
Although, if there was an "official stuff" board, a lot of the RTWers could post questions in there instead of posting visa questions in the country forums making it much more convenient that way, too. I like both of those ideas, though.
I think a land-based forum, if it is done, could be combined with the interrail/eurrail/siberian express/busabout/greyhound stuff. That wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
I like an idea of a trip planning forum. I think cross-posting could be eliminated/minimized by the fact that if you have a question about, say, I'm planning a trip to California, where should I go? You could still post that in the N American forum. But if you want to know what to pack for a trip to California in June, you could post that in the trip planning forum.
Well, those are my "votes"!
Just another idea- even if you post in the trip planning forum, the country experts could still be notified and then respond, or however that works . .. . (how does that work, anyway?)
I like the news idea.. I think if we went down that road though, we should put a call out for some more moderators to help look after it - nothing would be worse than a 'news' forum with no news! Seems like a great way to start discussions though, while making sure everyone is informed of the latest in the travel world. Another concern is that it would be a prime forum for spammers (ie.. 'New hotel open in Amsterdam', etc.. )- it could be a consideration to make it a forum where only the senior members or moderators can start new threads.
I'm a bit wary of posting too much advice on 'official' stuff, as we don't want to be blamed if something goes wrong for someone, but I can see that this would be useful.
Land travel is a good idea.. what about a section in the forums though that covers different modes of transport - ie.. air, land, sea ? So one forum for each.
btw steph, the Travel Helpers are notified when you select a country from the dropdown when posting a new thread. (it does say it next to the dropdown, although many seem to not notice). It helps a LOT to make sure answers are swift!
Anyway, my top 5 choices now would be:
2. Travel News
Hmmmm . . . . I knew about the drop down menus, but my question was more about how they get notified. I'm a travel helper for Canada and I have never been notified about posts that have selected "Canada" for travel help. Maybe no one has, I guess . . .