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#194734 - 02/25/13 05:16 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Shastastan]
DennisD Offline
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Peter, a good thread suggestion judging by the comments. Here are a few I would like to see. They could be a combination of or variance of previously listed ones.They would be titled.
Performance-tips on stage presentation, material (inc jokes), audience involvement,
Gear Review-comments by members on gear they have actually used.
All About Me-pictures of members entertaining, their studios, their gear.
Music Source-where members can see and/or hear other members arrangement for songs.

Thanks for reading. D
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#194735 - 02/25/13 08:24 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: DennisD]
Pat Marr Offline
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Quote:

Peter, a good thread suggestion judging by the comments. Here are a few I would like to see. They could be a combination of or variance of previously listed ones.They would be titled.
Performance-tips on stage presentation, material (inc jokes), audience involvement,
Gear Review-comments by members on gear they have actually used.
All About Me-pictures of members entertaining, their studios, their gear.
Music Source-where members can see and/or hear other members arrangement for songs.

Thanks for reading. D




I like the idea about sharing performance tips, clever one-liners, audience interaction techniques, humorous songs. There's a lot of performing experience here. I'm sure there's a treasure trove of good ideas waiting to be mined

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#194736 - 03/03/13 12:29 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: pghboemike]
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The idea of local in-person user groups getting together to "jam" on BIAB would be outstanding.

Possibly another forum entitled "Local User Groups" could be a place users could go to post their location and willingness to form such in-person groups.

Individual contacts could be made via PMs so contact information would not be made known worldwide.

In larger cities, the groups could even come together re: specific genres of music.

Most of us do or could have BIAB on a laptop so the users could bring their own puters with them and not only collaborate in writing new songs but also share a ton of HANDS ON in-person tips and tricks.

I would strongly urge PG to consider creating just such a forum.

Jim

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#194737 - 03/03/13 05:17 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: av84fun]
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"Local User Groups" could be a place users could go to post their location and willingness to form such in-person groups.

Individual contacts could be made via PMs so contact information would not be made known worldwide.





This is something I've been interested in for quite some time - forums are amazing, but is no replacement for the spontaneity and enjoyment of human face-to-face interaction.

Regarding locations - I think a simple solution to the matter of keeping private information private would be to post the nearest Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts address, or some other public meeting place.

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#194738 - 03/04/13 02:02 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Joe V]
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User Group forums Someplace where folks interested in starting such groups could post and maybe get a group going in there area. Also giving news flashs from the groups about when and where they will be meeting and how many are attending. I'm ready to get together with others in the Kansas City Area but don't know anyone who is using the program here besides myself.
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#194739 - 03/04/13 10:41 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: earl kirby]
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Perhaps a Copyright Information sticky that listed general information, plus links to Official Government sites by country. Copyrights seem to be a constantly recurring question.

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#194740 - 03/04/13 11:43 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Perhaps a Copyright Information sticky that listed general information, plus links to Official Government sites by country. Copyrights seem to be a constantly recurring question.




This is a great suggestion

[edit] an after thought is what country should be listed? Many users live outside of Canada, including myself.


Edited by MarioD (03/04/13 11:45 AM)
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#194741 - 03/04/13 12:23 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: MarioD]
Don Gaynor Offline
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Quote:

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Perhaps a Copyright Information sticky that listed general information, plus links to Official Government sites by country. Copyrights seem to be a constantly recurring question.




This is a great suggestion

[edit] an after thought is what country should be listed? Many users live outside of Canada, including myself.



Mario, I was thinking USA, Canada, UK for starters, then add according the language popularity. I realize in can get complicated with the plethora of European languages.

A disclaimer would be prudent to protect PG Music.

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#194742 - 03/04/13 09:41 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Don Gaynor]
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There's a lot of posts in the forums about music theory, composition, reharmonization, chords etc. It would be good to have a dedicated forum where these posts could be answered along with discussions and shared knowledge about all aspects of music theory.

Alan

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#194743 - 03/05/13 09:24 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: alan S.]
Don Gaynor Offline
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+1

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#194744 - 03/05/13 05:10 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: PeterGannon]
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There have been a lot of good topics mentioned for additional forums, ... but I have one burning question.

Aren’t ALL of these topics already being more than adequately covered by the Off Topic forum?

I think the only thing you would accomplish by splitting these topics off into separate forums would be to reduce the number of viewers on the Off Topic forum and create new forums that would soon die of neglect because there’s only so much that can be discussed on a daily basis for any of the topics.

The Off Topic forum stays active by the diversity of topics available and I’m pretty sure that none of the suggested topics are being neglected by their inclusion in the Off Topic forum.

To use an old cliché, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Just my 2 cents.
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#194745 - 03/05/13 06:04 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: bobcflatpicker]
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I agree with Bob.

Consider the many forums for Cakewalk software. There are arguably more total users on the SONAR forum than on here, and they have many choices of specific subforums in which to post, yet you regularly read posts that start "I know this should be in the X forum, but this is where everyone is, so I'm posting here ...".

Now, posters there are arguably more argumentative than here, but that's another topic.
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#194746 - 03/05/13 07:04 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Matt Finley]
Don Gaynor Offline
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Wanna make somethin outa it, Matthew?!

I, also, think we have enough forums but need better search options. I don't want to be required to search several different forums to try to determine WHERE something was posted. Search function should find it wherever.

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#194747 - 03/05/13 07:17 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Matt Finley]
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I would like to see a forum where users could exchange knowledge about using (primarily midi) style creation tools such as the metachord editor. Secondarily, exchange user created styles.
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#194748 - 03/05/13 07:56 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Jim Fogle]
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I really like a mixed posting listing thats mentioned above.
You see more or less all posting titles, then go to the
one you want to read. Maybe used current style header
with the Mixed titles as a selection. Lousy name, but?
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#194749 - 03/06/13 08:13 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: bobcflatpicker]
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Quote:

There have been a lot of good topics mentioned for additional forums, ... but I have one burning question.

Aren’t ALL of these topics already being more than adequately covered by the Off Topic forum?

I think the only thing you would accomplish by splitting these topics off into separate forums would be to reduce the number of viewers on the Off Topic forum and create new forums that would soon die of neglect because there’s only so much that can be discussed on a daily basis for any of the topics.

The Off Topic forum stays active by the diversity of topics available and I’m pretty sure that none of the suggested topics are being neglected by their inclusion in the Off Topic forum.

To use an old cliché, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Just my 2 cents.









+1.

However, I do think if the three forums that the Dr. suggested were started, the OT forum would cover all the extraneous topics.



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#194750 - 03/07/13 06:49 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: 90 dB]
Joe V Offline
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Aren’t ALL of these topics already being more than adequately covered by the Off Topic forum?





Bob - to your point, they are being covered, and quite well. What would make the site even more useful would be:

1.) encouraging and promoting increased activity in targeted areas of interest (both for PG, and for users - hence this thread)
--> to do this, the most useful thing would be creation of new, separate forum names that have 'meaningful, descriptive titles' - reflecting the topic and the fact that the company promotes and supports this area. These should be kept to a minimum to avoid cluttering the site, as others have suggested.

2.) smart tagging that allows users to easily locate all useful posts on a particular, narrow topic
--> for example, see the attached snapshot of the "Answer" section on makeuseof.com

http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

Notice that on their view - which encompasses "all useful things found on the Internet" - a very broad area - they don't even separate things into forums. There is only one click that allows a user to view ALL QUESTIONS asked. But, each question has been edited by moderators to ensure it reflects the content and utility of the post. For example

Quote:

How can I add words or shortcuts to my Gmail dictionary?
Asked by: Dave Bakker in the Email category.
Tagged: dictionary, email, gmail, gmail tips
5
Answers
Not yet





Look at the tags given this question - 4 particular very narrow, smart tags that index what the question is about from MULTIPLE perspectives - if a user wants to learn more about any particular topic, they simply click the tag link. A user that asks a question may not even know what tags to place on their post, and whether they will be consistent with the existing sites tags - hence the need for moderators and carefully chosen tags.

This tagging would, I think, allow as many or as few additional forums, while still allowing the increased utility for finding previously posted information about narrow topics.

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#194751 - 03/09/13 12:48 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: Joe V]
Don Gaynor Offline
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I'd like to suggest a WIKI dedicated to esoteric musical terminology, especially related to BIAB. All users could ask as well as answer without burdening the moderators unnecessarily.

For example: What does Soloist mean by "Outside"? I have an idea but as a theory-challenged Oyrishman, I may only be digging the hole deeper. In Canadian, its probably soloing "ootside", dunno. Anyone may answer.

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#194752 - 03/10/13 10:51 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: PeterGannon]
Leon Carpenter Offline
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Peter, If I had one choice for a seperate fourm, it would be Computers. Since this is the one thing that decides the end results of our hrs. of tweaking. We should have from the start, guidence to help select and use this tool. A capeable computer also cost as much or more than BIAB/RB. The folks on this group of forums have the knowledge and are willing to help first timers and seasoned users get the most of a good thing. The Steel Guitar Fourm has computers seperate, and it is a busy place. The BIAB section has maybe three post per week,go figure. ---------Leon

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#194753 - 03/11/13 07:41 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Suggestions wanted for additional forums... [Re: pghboemike]
Tony Wright Offline
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There is no need for any extra forums.

Why not just scan down the list of titles in the existing forums to see if there is anything that interests you? More forums will simply lead to more forums that I never open. More forums will also lead to posts in the wrong forums - look how often people post to the "tips and tricks" when it should be in a different one.

Tony

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