Lisa -S.H. wrote:
If you separate things too much, it might be like there were TWO
I just worry that the 'old' beginner's forum will not be looked at if it's only in the menu drop-down, not right there in the forum alongside the other forums, and that beginners will just be looking in the new beginner forums.
There is 8 years' worth
of amazing beginner's help in the beginner forum now.
I'm wondering if it might be less traumatic to just start an additional new "Hammered dulcimer beginner help" forum and leave the current general beginner forum in place? Not perfect, but just a thought.
With all due respect to the past writing efforts and time investments, as a new player, I have no intention of browsing 18,000 older posts that might or might not have an appropriate title or searchable keyword that is right on target. Those posts should be preserved by editing and organizing the substance with long term value, eliminating redundancy. Until then, you have to know that any question is likely to be posed anew. Having the burden of ferreting out past discussions without efficient indexing is too much to expect. A kinder, gentler approach is for the authors/mentors responding to freely draw from what they have written before, cut and paste for the most part, knowing where to find it. They might also be able to simply provide a link to their own organized repository (FAQ). Answers don't necessarily have to be personalized.
I suspect that the only reason there isn't a robust FAQ section now is because there is no agreement on what the right answers are or who the self-exalted luminary should be to run the thing. A good summary is a cross section of opinions and points of view expressed. Either that, or someone would have to carefully categorize every thread for a pretty granular list of topic titles and let the person seeking information sort through it more realistically.
Considering all that, I think the right answer in the short term is to do as Dan suggests and just stop posting to the old subforum, leaving it with a sticky and a link to go to the new beginner's area, either for HD or MD respectively. If someone wants to organize what's left behind, they should be able to do that as an ongoing project.