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Your Thoughts: Forum Re-organization

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    The next stage of forum re-organization is going to be rolled out today. This will be a major change as there will be multiple new forums and sections.

    Since the Muppets are now owned by three different companies, you will notice that the forum now has three separate main sections for Disney, Henson and Sesame Workshop with the various subsections below each category.

    More changes will be coming for "Puppetry" and "General Discussion" in the near future.

    Please let us know your feedback on these updates.
  2. KGJC

    KGJC Well-Known Member

    I like it, nice job Phillip.
  3. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    I like it as well. Good job.
  4. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    I still don't like the fact that the Muppets are owned by Disney of all companies! But oh well. It's not like I have a billion dollars to spare....

  5. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry Well-Known Member

    Everything's been thrown around. I don't know where I'm going anymore.
  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Honest? I think it's awful. Way too many forums makes it look cluttered and like an endless maze. Most of the time people generally have no idea or don't care who owns what so it seems pointless to group the properties by company and it only complicates things. Majority of people are 'Muppet World' fans (ie:- into all the different brands) so to do a different forum for say Fraggle Merchandise and Muppet Merchandise might seem like it is helping people get to one place quicker but actually it's making them do more work to see everything they want. I think a lot of people will be confused as to where to put what in a lot of cases and some of the categories seem unneccasary. I would have said (aside from the additions to fun & games) if it wasn't broken, it didn't need fixing.
  7. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    Oh gosh will ya stop? lol :p any ways... I love it Phil keep up the GREAT work and i just love how you have them by company now! very well done! ;) *2 thumps up*
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, a while ago I was going to suggest a seperate section for Classic Sesame Street, looks like Phil just read me mind!
  9. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Good job Philip, it looks great! :) It takes a little getting use to, but I know it will make these forums even easier to use and find stuff. Keep up the great work!

    My only suggestion is aside from the "Muppet Headlines" in the Disney section, a "Henson Headlines" in the JHC section to talk about news outside Disney (such as Henson company, Creature Shop, HIT, Fraggles, Farscape, ect.) Just a suggestion. :excited:
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I am getting used to it somewhat but 25 forum folders does seem somewhat excessive. Just seems very Disneyfied to me, very much like Laughingplace so i'm not suprised the little Disney freaks will love it. It comes to a point when Muppet Central has plastered the Walt Disney Company's name all over the Muppets even before Disney do themselves. Don't get the 'Parks' forum either - they have a small presence in like two parks and last i heard there were no plans to expand this on any major scale anytime soon. Is that really needed yet?
  11. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Well-Known Member

    I've been just going into the new posts,not bothering with going into each section.It's just easier for me,than trying to find out where everything has ended up.I am glad to see major sections for SS,etc... Good job Mr. Chapman.
  12. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Just wanted to thank everybody for the feedback. That's what this is all about.

    I'm still going through old threads (and will be for awhile) as they are moved to the new categories.

    Luke, I removed "Park Attractions" yesterday morning. After reading your comments, I went through each of the new categories and that was one that could easily go. If the Muppets have a huge presence in the parks in the future (a big if), then it may return at some point.

    I think the other new topics: Muppet Babies, Bear, Classic Sesame and Farscape may all be warranted at this point. Babies and Bear have new projects on the horizon. A Sesame split was needed just because the Sesame folder is one of the most active of all on the board and it seemed like a way to focus on "old school" and "new school" a little bit more. With the big Farscape promotional push and the mini-series in October the seemed warranted as well. I know Henson's wanting to do a lot more with Farscape but if none of that happens next year, we can merge that with "Fantasy Worlds" once again. The other new categories are "Sesame Merchandise" and "Fraggle Merchandise". Since these are big collectible sections they seemed to warrant their own categories. It seems that lately there have been a lot of multiple threads posted on the same subject, because people haven't looked for similar threads under the more generic "Muppet Merchandise".

    I had thought about actually taking things further and putting "Muppet Merchandise" and "Action Figures" under Disney. "Sesame Merchandise" under "Sesame Workshop". And "Fraggle Merchandise" under JHC. But I wasn't sold on that myself yet.

    If anyone has suggestions of how you would like to see the forum organized, please post them and we will consider them. It's the fine line of balancing how to make content easy for users to find while keeping scrolling/clicking to a minimum for those who want to read everything.
  13. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I can see your point on it a lot more clearly now. I think removing parks has helped reduce a bit of scrolling space and made it seem less like a Disney forum which is cool. I think all the collectables grouped together is fine eitherway really, and it doesn't cut down on scrolling since BST would still be in its own category. I think 'TV Appearances' could be made more general for all brands - perhaps group that, puppetry and general discussion under a single generic category but it's cool as it is too.

    Edit - Just saw you said more changes are coming for puppetry and general discussion so moot point i guess.
  14. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, I don't know for sure if I'll make the "General Discussion" and "Puppetry" changes or not at this point. We will just see how things go.

    I thought about changing "TV Appearances" as well, but in reality, most all of the appearances are for Classic Muppets. Sesame appearances are usually double posted in both TV and Sesame forums, so I thought the new clarification might help in that area. We will see how it goes.
  15. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    I'm just curious. If I wanted to see some old EM.TV/Henson buyout threads, where would I go?

    Other than that, the forum looks alright. A bit excessive, but alright. Just play it by ear.
  16. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    I'm a creature of habit, so I'm still in scared mode....give me time, and I might come out of my shell.
  17. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    They are still under "Muppet Headlines". The non-Muppet headlines will eventually be moved to their new respective forums though.
  18. camillachick

    camillachick Well-Known Member

    I can see why you wanted to break up some of the categories; some of them are way ridiculous in terms of number of posts. Sesame category is still humungous though- and the sesame street of today catergory is tiny. Was it really worth breaking into two groups? I have to agree with others that the number of categories to sift through is a little excessive. Hope that feedback helps and isn't too harsh. Smiles!
  19. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie Well-Known Member

    I actually prefer the forum with the new changes. All the different categories helps so I know exactly where to go for specific topics. I don't think there are to many categories since some of the folders were getting very full and taking forever to look through. Great job Phil! :flirt:
  20. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Phil, leave topics and stuff like it is now. I think it fairly represents all the topics.

    The only thing I'd suggest is the number of "sticky" posts. There's a LOT of 'em. Stuff like Muppet Wizard of Oz (new news) I can see stickied.

    Then again, I normally hit "View new posts" or "user CP" when I visit MC Forums.

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