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How do we make this forum unique?

pdfermat
19 Nov, 2015 02:12
I suppose I could have posted this in an ongoing thread, but I thought I'd start a new one just to get things rolling.

I'm a big fan of Astrobin, and it has a lot to do with the fact that it's starting to get a "community" feel to it.  I think a forum could add to this community feel, but how do we best do that?

Cloudy Nights is a great example, but I think a forum here will fail if it just tries to be a "Cloudy Nights 2.0".  If it is, I don't think people will feel the need to visit here and CN, they will just stay at CN.

Mind you - I don't know what the answer is.  I think perhaps it would be wise if the forum was geared to be very imaging-specific.  Maybe have a single "equipment" sub-group, but for the most part keep the thing central to imaging.  CN just has "Beginner's", "DSLR", "CCD", and "Solar System", (oh - and "EAA" and "Film" I guess).  That leaves a lot of uncharted territory.  Things like processing, data acquisition, guiding, etc…all get lumped into one of those categories over there.

I also agree in something I read in an earlier thread, where you don't want to get too many groups, things will get all "fractured", and people won't know where to post.  This is an excellent point.  A sure way to kill a forum is to have low activity.
siovene
20 Nov, 2015 19:34
Hi, I agree with your analysis. It's pointless to try and make another CloudyNights. The world doesn't need that, and CN is a great place to be, actually. Personally, I would like to see this as a high-quality content place, with minimal off-topic and distractions. I'd also night to keep it tight and compact, hence the lack of a myriad of sub-forums.
keithlt
19 Feb, 2018 13:32
Yesterday a new group was made "Unique and unusual targets " however due to a data loss the group was lost. I do not know who the members were so please rejoin if you wish. Keith
siovene
19 Feb, 2018 13:39
Why post that information here? This is an odd and old topic to resuscitate for that reason smile
 
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