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Initially I thought - "woah 300 posts in one thread..."
This month there were like, 6 threads (presumeabley all knocked together from countless others), all with hundreds of posts!
It will be good to see an end to a lot of the moany Google posts - a few before have led to decent discussions, but with the sheer level of posting thats going on, most are turning into rants.
A big well done to the mods and admin for keeping control of everything and best of luck for next month! ;)
Ps. Doesn't your "Thanks to Google.com for building such a great search engine, and thank you for all the referrals!" count as "Google noise" as defined on the same page? ;-)
"too many posts to read..."
WebGuerrilla, good announcement. I hope especially the new members will take care of the high quality of this forum, and they become more aware of the uselessness of postings that has been replied over and over again.
[edited by: Marcia at 10:18 am (utc) on May 23, 2003]
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Haven't really been about recently - since I never have time to read 100-post threads. I have grown pretty fond of this place but I'm far more into the analysis than knowing that A.Nother's site about Widgets is not doing quite as well as John Doe's ;)
Anyway.. thanks.. will hang about a bit more now :)
(I hope, by posting this, I'm not just adding to the noise!)
As many members seem to find Understanding Dominic [webmasterworld.com] helpful I'll try to keep it updated - if necessary.
Since I've put together what's in there until now I found it's some work, though ;)
So whoever thinks the thread Understanding Dominic is helpful may help me: just send me a sticky including the url of thread and msg # if you find an important post of GoogleGuy. - To avoid too many stickies that might be done by that poster GoogleGuy's reffering to.
And please - keep focused :)
Suggestion: Change the title of the Forum to Google Analysis
I discovered WebmasterWorld almost two years ago after, and I loved it because of the real analysis discussions I could have here. Now the noise level is so high its not as useful to me anymore. And that is too bad because I know a lot more and have more to share. I do come in a few times a month and answer questions as my way of sharing what I've learned here.
Hopefully these changes will help.
Here's an idea for the future to keep the noise down. Or let's say an idea in process... How about an Update section. You need to have a certain number of posts before you are allowed to post in there. Like 1000 (which I think keeps me out, but that's ok, I'll get there...) This way, the pros will be the ones speaking the most.
And maybe even throw in a newbie section so that there won't be any spillover to the Google News forum... all the idle chatter can go in the newbie section where those who don't like all that speculation can much easier ignore it...
It's really hard to stop people from venting, especially newbies because many don't bother reading forum charters. We live in a short-attention span world... That's why you need to give them a space to do it that's separated from the meat and we can easily ignore it. Hey, instead of calling it newbie section, how about Google Venting section?
This idea has a lot of appeal. I once did this on a site where I moderated the forum, and split it into 2 forums. The idea was to move the idle chatter away from what I wanted to be the main focus. The nice thing about this strategy is that it makes things so much easier from a moderation perspective. Basically, my work load as moderator dropped dramatically. Since the mods here don't get paid, the less they have to do the better for them. ;)
The problem is, it drains admin/moderator resources and it just plain kills the pro attendance.
>It's really hard to stop people from venting
For a second or two, heh, heh. You want faster? This is an awkward time, but the 'regulars' already know and the new members will learn pretty quickly.
Meanwhile, the charter has morphed a little bit yet again.
How about an Update section. You need to have a certain number of posts before you are allowed to post in there. Like 1000 (which I think keeps me out, but that's ok, I'll get there...) This way, the pros will be the ones speaking the most.
a large number of posts is not a parameter to identify high quality posters.
I would prefer the time a member knows this forum (or is member of this forum).
Google Update Chat
Google SERPS Quality
The people with time on their hands would read all the topics whereas a quick look at Google Algorithm and Google Adwords would be enough for me. Perhaps the beginners would just read the chat section?
I'd rather have this than big brother editing the posts.
Maybe someone could list what the actual changes are?