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Should we have a separate forum for GA?

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3:14 pm on Jun 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So I have been trying to evade the issue, but I'd appreciate a straw poll. Do you think Google Analytics questions should remain in this forum or be hived off into their own forum?

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3:27 pm on June 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do you do sub-forums?

On the one hand I kind of think 'how much is there to really talk about Google Analytics'? Then, on the other, I can probably think of a couple of questions off the top my head straight away.

Overall, there may well be more to talk about than the Adsense forum which generally seems to thrive quite well around three subjects endlessly looping. ;)

4:42 pm on June 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As long as people are clear about what products they're asking about, it seems sensible to keep all analytics questions here in this forum. I don't mind the mix.
9:00 am on June 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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however the way things work right now, much of the GAnalytics discussion occurs in GAdwords forum where GAnalyticsAdvisor hangs out, so the GAnalytics discussions get split between Adwords users and non-Adwords users...
1:31 pm on June 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hah, that's funny. The GAnalytics Advisor hangs out where the revenue topic is.

Perhaps this person can be persuaded to hang out here also. I don't know if a separate Google Analytics forum will result in less GA activity on the AdWords forum.

However, this is a good point I hadn't taken seriously. GA is, by design, a tight integration between "analytics" per se and Google advertising programs. Maybe it does need to be separate just because of that.

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Most defiantly yes. The analytics forum has become 90% "how do I do this in GAnalytics?" putting off visitors who have more general analytics questions.
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I vote for a sub-forum or hang GA off the Google Search tree.
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I'd vote for yes, a separate sub-forum would be nice. This one gets very filled and sometimes non-Google Analytics posts often get lost in the mix.
5:50 pm on June 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I vote yes for something specific rather than this general forum.

GA is mission critical for me and the increased attention and support would be a great service.

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"...however the way things work right now, much of the GAnalytics discussion occurs in GAdwords forum where GAnalyticsAdvisor hangs out, so the GAnalytics discussions get split between Adwords users and non-Adwords users..."

I had no idea this was the case or that there even was a GAnalyticsAdvisor. Nor would I ever have thought to look in the Adwords forum for info on Google Analytics. I definitely vote yes.

11:08 am on June 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think that GA should be part of the Google world section of the site and so have its own sub-forum.

GA is a Google product as much as Adwords or Adsnse are, which have their own sub-forums as do pretty much all of the other Google offerings and topics.

5:49 pm on June 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Agree with Conor. GA is its own beast.
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6:34 pm on June 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My vote goes for yes...

But that is a shame as GA is simply a tool. The real value comes from understanding the data and that skill requirement is pretty uniform across all web metric tools - so we can all learn from each other.

However, I vote yes in order not to dilute the non-GA questions (if its that bad)

11:47 pm on June 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I say YES
1:56 pm on June 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My question is - has anybody contacted the actual GA people to see if they would be willing to go to the new forum? Right now GAnalyticsAdvisor never appears here in Tracking and Logging, yet is answering pretty freely over in AdWords. Will he/she stay there (which means GA questions should go there) or will he/she be as active in this new proposed forum? Do we know? Seems like if he/she doesn't shift, it'll be the same problem as now --- GA questions being asked and answered in too many places.