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Cragx
02:12:47 Wed
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National forum?

In reference to a chockstone thread re having a national forum, rather than discussing the future of this forum on chockstone, Id thought id go to the users on this site that actually use it.

What do poeple think about getting all the fourms together to have just one?

You can view the chockstone thread here, Chockstone thread.

I see pros and cons, but do tend to leans towards each state having there own one, but woud be nice if more people posted on here.



  
mpage
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What are the drawbacks of having the seperate forums?

All I can come up with is having to search 3 sites for the same bit of info, but in reality its pretty easy to work out which of the sites is more appropriate for your query whether it be about bolting (here), gear (prob chockstone) or climbing in a specific state (obvious).

The main reason this seems to be an issue in relation to NSW climbers is that your more likely to see a Blue Mountains query on Chockstone than on CragX, why is that?

Rod, have the powers that be from chockstone and qurank been in touch re this or is it just floating around?

Also what would this do to admin costs?
-- higher because of increased trafic and db size. or,
-- lower because your more likely to be subsidised by a sponser?


  
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No one approached me it just been mentioned in chockstone as far as I know.

I pay a small fee for this Forum, out of my own pocket which i dont mind as I view it as a hobby anyway...just one of the costs involved in supporting a sport i like....in saying that bandwidth for us isnt a problem, see info below,
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Going national means someone would have to foot the bill which would probably mean sponsorship...which in turn could cause censorship.....you see that already with chockstone with no post about other suppliers...which is far enough if you are footing the bil to protect business....but something Im not keen on.

Also with "local" sites you can discuss local issues mostly with those that are affected by it. The main reason chockstone gets the queries is its been around longer and simply has more members, ie we have just over 300 of which around 15-20% post regularly, while chockstone has over 1100+ with much the same posting rate (slightly higher).





  
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Hey Rod, I thought you might bring this up back over here. The only real advantage I can see in having a national forum is an increase in traffic. Unfortunately crag x and some of the other sites can be a little slow at times with only a small number of people posting up. It seems we have yet to reach the critical mass needed to really push things along.

A national site with some regional discussion forums could work I guess.

I do like having a NSW site (and appreciate the work Rod and Steve have put into it) where we can discuss issues with people that we have a good chance of meeting at the crag.

I think I will probably sit on the fence for a little while yet.


  
AlanD
10:08:49 Wed
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I suppose I should reply here as well, add to the total number of posts I've made and contribute to the traffic this place really needs.

With the quantity of posters over at Chockstone being higher, the amount of material being posted is greater and as a result there is more likely to be something I wish to contribute to.

Some of the expertise over in Chockstone in my opinion could really be useful on the national level, the one that springs to mind is Justin, the hand and wrist specialist. However, much of the content on any of the forums is much more regionally based. At this point of time, using both forums works for me, but a National forum could work as long as there were sub forums covering much more local topics.


  
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Quote: AlanD at 10:08:49 Wed May 18 2005

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Some of the expertise over in Chockstone in my opinion could really be useful on the national level, the one that springs to mind is Justin, the hand and wrist specialist. ...



maybe you mean Julian Saunders?

  
Steve_M
02:52:06 Thu
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I like the local thing. Everytime I look on Qurank they are qranky with each other and moaning about fixed pro or lack there of. Chockstone has got so much on it I have given up following it. I think a national forum will end up being a victorian dominated thing as chockstone is already so big. Then someone will get sick of it and start up another NSW forum.

  
bundybear
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Well said, Mr Popeye. I think I agree.

  
AlanD
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Quote: maybe you mean Julian Saunders?



Indeed I do.

  
thesimplepilot
10:11:40 Thu
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i'm with rummy and the spinach muncher.

  
bundybear
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Thanks Simpleton, get that @#$%^ing finger pulley thing better soon. Tell us what happened, does it hurt to type ?

  
Steve_M
03:45:43 Fri
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I like's me spinach, aarrgh.

  
Cragx
03:54:30 Fri
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and your sailors outfit

  

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