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Old 11-16-2008, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Sub-Forum for New Rider Questions????

I had posted this in another thread, but figured this was a better place for it.


There has been an influx of people to this site. There is, and always will be, many "what do I buy" posts. That said, I think we can reduce them. I was just looking at the various subforums, and there really is NOT a proper "new rider / new to riding / need advice" forum. There should be one. It should contain basic stickies along the lines of "NEW RIDERS READ THIS FIRST" about what size board to get, boots, waxing a board, etc. Yes, all that info IS on the forum, but it is not located one central easy to find place. If we can get a "New Riders" sub-forum up and running I'll start drafting a sticky-post that all the veteran riders can edit / contribute to before it get's stickied.

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree. It gets too cluttered in the forums with a lot of new rider questions. A sub forum would be nice.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I definately agree. Works well on other forums. It means that people that like helping newbies forcus their attention there and the other forums stay more clean and have more interesting topics.

Thumbs up for this one.

Needs to be near the top so the go there first and well labelled - ideas?
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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100% Agree, you can lead a horse, but not make them drink. However, I think it may be beneficial (to everyone) to clarify that there is "water" right in front of them. As I mentioned before, the information is already here, but I just don't think it is blatant as it could be. It just needs a bit of streamlining. For instance, if I was an abscent minded n00b coming to this site with questions, the first thing I would do is look at the names of sub-forums. If I saw "New Riders" I would go there first. Instead I am left trying to figure out if I should goto "general talk" "reviews" "tips," etc. Moreover, if a n00b posts "what size board do I get?" in the general discussion, we could easily say "go to new riders and read the stickies." As it stands now, we may have to point them to a few different locations as other questions would certainly follow. Basically, we should just centralize all the n00b info in one place & under one very obvious sub-forum name.

Ideally, we would need a sticky on the following topics:
-What size to buy
-What kind of board to buy (free, park, etc)
-order to buy (boots before bindings, etc)
-basics of turning
-basics of maintence (i.e. those videos Snowolf posted awhile ago)
-Stance

A lot of this could just be a link to other web sites (ex: Everything on Stance. Go here.)
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, before we do a ton of work and have it shotdown, can you run the basic idea by him to see what the reaction is?
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The problem with putting them in introductions is that it is way too far down on the board and its not really a newbie forum and it wont be a place that they can post all thier questions.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I like the idea. Being new to the site and already seeing the same questions being asked constantly (even though I am guilty of one).

I would think that a Sub Forum would be best. Perhaps a "New Riders" Sub forum that contains "Introduction & Greets" and perhaps something like "New rider FAQ" or "Got a Question? Ask it here!" where all of those afore mentioned questions can be asked.
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Another thing that could help with continuous questions from new riders could be to not simply just answer their questions but also provide a link to the guide within your response. People new to the forum might not have been able to find it or didn't even look. This will also help curb future questions on the same topic.

ie: one question I've seen a lot lately. Should I wax my new board or is factory wax good enough?

Factory wax is crap, blah, blah blah. Btw here's an awsome link to everything you need to know about wax and how to easily do it yourself. http://www.snowboardingforum.com/gen...rd-repair.html
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My 4 cents, adjusted for inflation:

Love the idea of the n00b snowboarder forum. Lots of other sites have it to get those “what size X fits my car?” type issues that lots of auto forums get.

I’d move the introduction threads there; maybe even re-badge the introductions forum to keep workload down.

I agree it needs to be the top forum.

Subtext should be something welcoming:

“Looking for your first board? Do Flow’s really suck? Ask it all here! No flames!”

IMO, when I was arriving here, it seemed there was a lot of great information for a new person, but a bit scattered. Gathering the wealth of knowledge to a single location for the new board member would help them out and get them the info they need and hopefully keep them coming back as a contributing member.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree it needs to be the top forum.

Subtext should be something welcoming:

“Looking for your first board? Do Flow’s really suck? Ask it all here! No flames!”
Great ideas.
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