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  1. "M"

    "M" Total Gardener

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    At the top of our lovely GC we have a "note":
    Totally understand that, no issue at all :thumbsup:

    Then I go to new posts and I see a 37 page thread (which, to be fair, couldn't be described as "short" :heehee: )

    So, I gave it a little :think3: and would like to offer the following suggestion.

    The 37 page thread is: WHAT JOBS ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY - 2017
    Great thread, clearly popular and one I contribute to (all positive)

    However, there exists a sub-forum in General Discussions called What To Do This Month which is comparatively under utilised.

    To my mind, it would be beneficial if we had a monthly What are we doing in November 2017 within the What To Do This Month sub-forum than a 37 page what are we doing today thread.

    I do understand that it would mean Admin would need to be on the ball for a monthly thread change, but often members would do that anyway.

    Benefits would include - easier to access, pertinent, information for members who are newer to gardening; less need to use the search facility; less need to scroll through pages of posts to get to a particular month to see what others are up to in the garden; REDUCTION in thread length (refer to the "note" consideration) plus, revitalising a sub-forum which should be active, relevant and easy to negotiate.

    Just my humble suggestion.
     
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    I'm thinking the other way round "M". :) Many of the threads in 'What To Do This Month' don't apply to monthly gardening. I would move any necessary threads to 'General Gardening Discussion' and close the sub-forum down completely. It doesn't get a great deal of use.

    Regarding the 'What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden' thread.....perhaps that could be split into two six monthly threads. Or perhaps bring the seasons into it, for instance 'What Jobs Are We Doing This Spring' - making it quarterly.
     
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    • KFF

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      But if that goes then you have to get rid of " Your day apart from gatdening as well " .
      My interpretation is that these threads are there to give an insight into peoples daily lives not as a Horticultural Diary.


      EDIT

      For instance.... i've just read a lovely post by @Perki which wouldn't fit into any other category of thread. It really has given an insight into his day.
       
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      • ARMANDII

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        I guess it's all about ease of use and members ability to find the right titled thread that, to them, fits the subject they wish to post on and, of course, making it a Sticky Thread helps greatly. We try to base thread lengths on data consumption rather than time period and aren't too pedantic regarding page numbers although, obviously, when we consider a thread has become overlong we will get around to starting a new one after a few Hob Nobs and a mug of Tea..

        Again, it's all about ease of use and finding the thread that, to a member, is titled correctly for their post while not being too narrow in scope. Creating seasonal threads is a good idea but also creates a data increase while the threads are only used for a limited time.:dunno: So, we have to be careful about being too specific or narrow in subject as that can lead to members, new and established, posting in the wrong threads. So broader titles do seem to get used more even though more less narrow subjects are introduced, so although I hate to admit it sometimes "one size does fit all"

        Well, again the note wasn't put there specifically about Thread page lengths as we encourage Threads to be lively and well used with lots of posts.....after all that is what GC is about i.e: a lively and interesting/entertaining exchange of opinions, knowledge, and advice. The note was, at the time, I think more aimed at lengthy footnotes, images etc in the signatures of members that automatically appear at the foot of the posts.:coffee::snorky:
         
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          Hey!!! Where have you been hiding the Hob Nobs? :hate-shocked: :sad:
           
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            @Zigs has eaten them all again:lunapic 130165696578242 5:
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              Usually, kept in the desk that is wired to the mains, while the reserves are kept under the Office Cat Cushion...........
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                If we all spend the next 38 days searching for bargains online, driving around car parks looking for spaces, searching for empty shopping trollies, queuing up at supermarket checkouts, waiting in for deliveries, visiting all the local Wilkos every few days to see if they have reduced their spring flowering bulbs yet, buying presents, wrapping presents, putting up Xmas decs, delivering Xmas cards, going out partying, staying in partying, going to the post Xmas sales (and looking for those elusive parking spaces again), etc., etc. there'll be no danger of that thread increasing by much more before 2018.
                 
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                • shiney

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                  That won't be a problem as I managed to tame Sarafi.

                  This was my first meeting with Sarafi

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                    :yikes:

                    Fortunately we don't do any of those :phew:
                     
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                      Looks like a "Pussy Cat" to me, Shiney:dunno::whistle::heehee::cat-kittyandsmiley::cat-kittyandsmiley:
                       
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