Yes, I agree. It would be nice to replicate the categories from the blog. My preference would be for top-level instead of embedded categories as there already seems to be 2-3 clicks required to get to a message, so subcategories would add an extra layer to that.
One other thing I have noticed. If I type an ampersand, as in P&PB;, a semicolon is often added when I post. It seems there is some setting that always treats an ampersand as part of an HTML entity.
In my experience, lots of people need a literal minded ‘you can’t put advertising here’ prohibition shoved in their faces before they even begin to acknowledge that the forum owners have rights too.
I agree that Rose’s categories from the blog are quite good, but I do wonder if you’d like to make separate sections for discussions of Rose’s recipes, and for those provided by forum members? (i.e., I’m not sure how much the powers that be care about maintaining this site as a resource specifically about her work. I own all her cookbooks and use them regularly, so I won’t run out of things to talk about in any case. Some forums have so many restrictions about what’s ‘allowed’ that I just don’t see the point of signing up. I get the feeling that this forum’s a bit more casual, and that’s good, IMO.)
I agree about minimizing the amount of click through. Some forums I’ve seen have so many subdivided categories I just can’t keep up. Logical patterns are all well and good, but I prefer a simple layout.
I do agree that we should have more categories to choose from instead of searching imbedded threads. I think the original 4 categories are important. But we should have DISCUSSIONS with categories that pertain to each type of baking: Bread, Muffins/Quickbreads, Pies/Tarts, Cakes, Cookies and maybe….add a category for just plain cooking (savory). These categories could be in a drop-down menu at the top of the page. We can then talk about what type of baking we are passionate about. This is a great forum and we all will have fun and learn from each other. Lorraine
I’d like to see an “Introduction” sub-forum, where new and old members can introduce themselves properly. Most forums have such a sub-forum.
And also include a thread for common online abbreviations used, such as IMO (in my opinion) ... but also terms and abbreviations that may only be applicable to a baking forum, i.e., “KA” (Kitchen Aid).
i am not very experienced working on computers but most forums I’ve been on have a word or phrase to press to take you back to the top without scrolling up . Do I make myself understood? I’m sure there’s a better way of describing what I mean.
As an old hand at forums, I concur - keep it as simple as possible. Don’t subcategorize the forums too much, although they will benefit from some specification (i.e. cakes, bread, pies and pastry, cookies and perhaps even savory recipes). I also hope the forum owners won’t keep the members from posting and discussing their own recipes, which would probably be an exercise in futility anyway (I’ve already seen one recipe and a request for another and I haven’t been able to browse the forums as much as I’d like to yet). There should be a section dedicated to this, if allowed.
You’re going to need an off-topic section, as well, trust me, or there’s gonna be a whole lotta thread-jackin’ goin’ on.
Is anyone actively moderating ... with the ability to split/move/merge threads?
As far as I can tell, just Travis - but like I said, I haven’t had the opportunity to peruse the forums as well as I’d like (I’ve got a house full of semi-adult children and a huge dinner to cook Thursday LOL).
After using this site as a guest and posting 2 questions; one of which has been answered very promptly and I am eagerly awaiting an answer from the last one, I have a suggestion about the search function. I wanted to find my last posts regarding preferments in a sweet bread, I typed in preferment(s) and that could not be found. Please advise how your search function works—maybe a short tutorial on using the site would be helpful—such as a FAQ or have I missed something?
Hi Baba - according to your profile, you’ve only made on post. Maybe your other posts were on the blog - go to the top of this page and click on “Rose’s Blog”. That will bring you to another page, which contains a differnt search box.