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| p.1 #18 · I wish we could get a Sony Mount forum here. |
Glenn NK wrote:
There's an Alternative camera forum. I think the logic is the majority of forum visitors use either Canon or Nikon. And for everyone else there's the alternative forum. It would probably be cumbersome to make different forums for Sony, Pentax, Leica, Hasselblad, Olympus, you see where I'm going? It goes on and on. And I'm sure there are other internet sites that specialize in those brands. You just have to find them.
PS edit: There are even whiners on the Canon forum (POTN) that want a Nikon sub-forum.
I'm not entirely sure a "if you don't like it go somewhere else" mentality is a long-term winner. Especially for a web site that's supported through advertising and membership revenue (at least partly).
I'm also not sure anyone asked that we make separate sub-forums for every possible mount out there. To act like they did (or that someone is going to honestly believe that there's a call for the Leica or Voigtlander forum) is being intentionally obtuse.
If you want to do it by mount, cool. In that case, do:
Sony Alpha/NEX (there's enough crossover that they could co-exist cleanly)
Wait... that's what I already said. This'd round out the camera-or-mount-specific portion of the gear section.
Obviously Zeiss stuff in Nikon mount belongs in the Nikon forum as do Tokina, Tamron and Sigma stuff. If you want to chat lenses that you use across 12 different mounts, that's what "Everything Else" is for.
Of course, the information architecture and organization of these forums are kind of a mess. "Wedding Photographer" is mostly people chatting about the business side of being a wedding pro, but it's in the "Presentation" section. "Pro Digital Corner" is in "Gear" but it's mostly people chatting about legal issues and other business issues related to being a pro.
If it were up to me (and again, it isn't... but I have been a professional UX designer and information architect for quite a few years) I'd arrange it this way:
- All of the same sections we have now, but limit them to PRESENTATION. You go into these forums to LOOK AT PHOTOS. You could probably also collapse a few of them once you move the chit-chat about technique out.
- Sony Alpha/NEX
- Micro 4/3
- Everything Else
Technique (I think we could probably do with fewer here than even this list, honestly, but I'm being generous)
- City, Street, Architecture
- Post-Processing and Printing
- Lighting & Studio
- Wedding Photographers
- General Business Discussion
- Critique My Website/Business Card/Logo (I'm only half-kidding here, this is a LOT of traffic on the pro forums)
Assignments & Critique
- Leave them the same
- They could be left the same
- FM Photo News
- Forum Issues
- Off-Topic Lounge (takes the place of Misc.)
- Member Meetings and Events
Is it more forums? Yes. Does it make it more clear where to go to post stuff? Yeah. It also keeps the people with like interests and cameras together and gives them a good spot to chat about their subject without a lot of noise.
Of course, just my 0.02 *plink plink*