Oldie Questions!

Travel Forums System Talk Oldie Questions!

1. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, how are you all?

I am aware that as time passes new members quite often ask questions which some of us oldies have previously asked/answered . . .nothing wrong with that, but I know in the guidance you do suggest members look back over past threads. . . . .

So since that does not always happen, after all there are so many threads , I just wondered if there could be a forum for classic questions.

Another site I use regularly (not travel!!) has a section where they have posted all the regular questions, and then the admin have given their answers supported by quotes from members who have previously answered.

Just thought that it might be a useful and quick reference guide for new members to look at when they first join. :)

and to ensure it stays a manegable size I would suggest that only admin can start new threads in this forum.

What do you think?

Becky r xx

2. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Beckie,

I think that what you are suggesting is the same as the FAQ's page?

Otherwise, I don't think I would be the only one bored to have a forum with the same questions asked over and over again...

3. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

No I am not!!

The FAQ is simply about the website, which is really helpful but not what I am talking about

I agree that a set of standard questions & answers for travellers who visit the site regularly could be boring , but I am not thinking about us ;). . but rather those people who visit the site once or twice and simply ask for advice which many of us have asked before

ie one of my first questions was about backpacks or wheelie cases, and I have seen the question repeated since and even found one before which I missed at the time of asking. You also see lots of questions about how to start . . . .

Hope this clarifies what I mean? Do you still think it is a naff idea?!!

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I totally agree with you, Becky. At the moment the RTW forum is flooded with budget questions and everyone is asking the same question.. If there was one answer for it in, say, the tools page maybe we wouldn't be so swamped with the same questions over and over again.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I can only truly speak about the forums that I moderate, but I also agree with the abundance of redundant questions being posted. CA/SA/Caribbean forum sees numerous questions about the Inca Trail, NA forum - New York City or East Coast/West Coast inquiries, General Talk - how much will it cost questions. I know the other forums have their repeats too.

I'm undecided about the FAQs for these forums, as there is a search function on every main forum page just for this purpose. The problem seems to arise when the search function isn't used, or used ineffectively. It's easier for members to just post their question(s) than take the time to search a forum for already existing answers - especially if they have searched several other sites and not found what they seek. (It is one of the reasons TP is so popular - people find relevent information here.)

Even prior to this question being raised, we (the "janitorial" Mods ) have been discussing possible ways of handling the "most commonly asked" questions in our individual forums. Whether it is posting a thread linking other pertinent threads to it and covering more than one topic, or just a thread asking that people please perform a search for existing information before posting their inquiry - we are still trying to find a good solution that will not infringe upon forum rules, nor put members off to asking.

Personally, I do forum searches almost daily in an effort to help answer someone's question. It's something they could have found themselves by using the search function, but since they didn't - I do.

6. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1369 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeckyR

some of us oldies

Do you mean old as in people who have used this site for several years or oldies as in people older than 32

waits for a slap or mouthful of abuse

7. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hope you (moderators) do come up with a cunning plan . . is it possible perhaps to stop new threads unless a search has been performed first . . .oh there again that would stop lots of people from posting. Perhaps I should leave it to the experts to ponder!!

In meanwhile I am muttering as only oldies can!! Why am I muttering, well I am over 32 and . . . . .

Quoting "reece"

Do you mean old as in people who have used this site for several years or oldies as in people older than 32

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9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It is a good idea and I've seen some forums where it's done succesfully (others where it totally b***s).

My only hesitation is who is going to maintain the list of questions and decide on the answers. Often people are coming from slightly different angles when asking a question, so although the question is very similar, there might not be the same answer. Of course the person could still then post additional questions in the forum, but that will most likely not actually decrease the amount of posts regarding that topic.

On the up side... Pete is working on a new and improved search feature which will hopefully make searching the site (not just the forum) for the relevant information a lot easier and clearer. That should also decrease the amount of postings regarding the same thing as it would be featured more prominently throughout the site, rather than just the forum areas.

I'll see what Peter thinks of this idea as well. I do really like it!