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Forum descriptions: what should they do?

The MixThe Mix Posts: 2,509 Community Managers
edited May 2019 in Anything Goes
Hey lovely people,

We haven't updated or looked at the forum descriptions in an incredibly long time, and we thought it might be time to blow the dust off them and give them a new feel. We want you all to help us do that. :)

The first thing we want to know is: what purpose should these descriptions serve?

Currently, some are more informative and let people know what the forum is for:



And some are a bit more fun/abstract, and function more as flavour text:


What do you prefer? There's a poll on this post - vote for what you think.

Once we've decided this, we can look at exactly what those descriptions should say. :)

Mike & the team

Forum descriptions: what should they do? 8 votes

Forum descriptions should be fun/abstract
12%
Jellyelephant 1 vote
Forum descriptions should be informative and tell you what the forum is for
37%
MikeAbigailKathleen07 3 votes
We should try and do both
50%
AifeRileyKasa2103Lubna 4 votes
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  • Kathleen07Kathleen07 Posts: 1,866 Postholic
    Forum descriptions should be informative and tell you what the forum is for
    Oh god... I don't really know :p Thing is, I like both. Making them informative feels useful and organised, but at the same time, making them fun is relaxing and humorous. So my opinion is feel free do either x
    The Mix
  • The MixThe Mix Posts: 2,509 Community Managers
    Oh god... I don't really know :p Thing is, I like both. Making them informative feels useful and organised, but at the same time, making them fun is relaxing and humorous. So my opinion is feel free do either x
    Thanks @kathleen0172, it's good to hear your thoughts. :) It definitely doesn't need to be just one or the other.

    Feel free to vote for the 'we should try to do both' option. :+1:   

    Mike & the team
    We're Mike, Italia and Ed - the staff team here at The Mix. We don't provide support via this account, but if you have any questions about the boards or need a hand finding your way around, feel free to drop us a message. Alternatively, you can head over to the Help Desk.
    Kathleen07
  • Kathleen07Kathleen07 Posts: 1,866 Postholic
    Forum descriptions should be informative and tell you what the forum is for
    Thank you @The Mix :)

    After giving it some serious thought, I finally decided to vote for "forum descriptions should be informative and tell you what the forum is for". I honestly like both ideas, though.

    Another thing I had just thought of is that sometimes people will post in the wrong forum - and won't bother reading the information about it, or won't see it. So having informative descriptions may help people understand where to post.

    I didn't really feel like voting for "we should try both", because it feels disorganised to me, haha. I was wondering if there could be a way that you could compromise, by making them informative but also trying to add a slightly fun or abstract edge? Don't ask me how you'd do that because I don't know, it was just a thought that came up :lol:
    The Mix
  • The MixThe Mix Posts: 2,509 Community Managers
    edited June 2019
    I didn't really feel like voting for "we should try both", because it feels disorganised to me, haha. I was wondering if there could be a way that you could compromise, by making them informative but also trying to add a slightly fun or abstract edge? Don't ask me how you'd do that because I don't know, it was just a thought that came up :lol:
    Yep, this is exactly what we mean by 'we should try and do both'. :) Adding a fun/light slant to something that's mainly there to be descriptive and let people know what the forum is for. Like you said, to avoid those moments where people post in the wrong areas. Really appreciate the insight @kathleen0172.

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    Thanks everyone!

    So, it looks like we're leaning pretty heavily in favour of being descriptive and informative, with a bit of humour in there too. Look out for part 2 of this where we'll go into more detail and decide what each forum should say... :)

    Mike & the team
    We're Mike, Italia and Ed - the staff team here at The Mix. We don't provide support via this account, but if you have any questions about the boards or need a hand finding your way around, feel free to drop us a message. Alternatively, you can head over to the Help Desk.
    Kathleen07
  • Kathleen07Kathleen07 Posts: 1,866 Postholic
    Forum descriptions should be informative and tell you what the forum is for
    The Mix said:
    I didn't really feel like voting for "we should try both", because it feels disorganised to me, haha. I was wondering if there could be a way that you could compromise, by making them informative but also trying to add a slightly fun or abstract edge? Don't ask me how you'd do that because I don't know, it was just a thought that came up :lol:
    Yep, this is exactly what we mean by 'we should try and do both'. :) Adding a fun/light slant to something that's mainly there to be descriptive and let people know what the forum is for. Like you said, to avoid those moments where people post in the wrong areas. Really appreciate the insight @kathleen0172.
    Ohh, sorry, I thought that meant the way it is now - with some informative ones and some fun ones :p Lol.
  • The MixThe Mix Posts: 2,509 Community Managers
    The Mix said:
    I didn't really feel like voting for "we should try both", because it feels disorganised to me, haha. I was wondering if there could be a way that you could compromise, by making them informative but also trying to add a slightly fun or abstract edge? Don't ask me how you'd do that because I don't know, it was just a thought that came up :lol:
    Yep, this is exactly what we mean by 'we should try and do both'. :) Adding a fun/light slant to something that's mainly there to be descriptive and let people know what the forum is for. Like you said, to avoid those moments where people post in the wrong areas. Really appreciate the insight @kathleen0172.
    Ohh, sorry, I thought that meant the way it is now - with some informative ones and some fun ones :p Lol.
    In fairness, that wasn't very clear on our part! Glad you mentioned it @kathleen0172. :tongue:   

    Mike & the team

    We're Mike, Italia and Ed - the staff team here at The Mix. We don't provide support via this account, but if you have any questions about the boards or need a hand finding your way around, feel free to drop us a message. Alternatively, you can head over to the Help Desk.
    Kathleen07
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