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What is your favorite forum?

Marjory WildcraftMarjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭Posts: 1,045 admin
edited December 2018 in The Homestead: DIY
This is great news and will no doubt increase the amount of traffic to The Grow Network.  The time it takes to do anything is definitely influencing my desire to post and read.  I like Facebook, but I'm a dinosaur and don't know any better.  :0)

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  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,684 admin
    edited December 2018
    Mine are:
    http://albertachickensetc.punbb-hosting.com/index.php
    ...but the host is slow and not reliable. The forum as it is set up and topics are good.

    http://ebrandon.ca/logout.aspx

    I have been on Backyard Chickens and a homesteading forum too. They looked really good, but I was busy enough elsewhere that I didn't go back much.

    I will ask my poultry people on ACE what forums they like and why, just to get more ideas.
  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,684 admin
    edited December 2018
    Ok, the results of my question are rolling in. Someone replied with the homesteading forum that I was thinking about.

    Here are a few answers:
    1. https://thefarmingforum.co.uk/index.php

    http://familycow.proboards.com/

    Those are my main two. I like their window appeal, ease of use, features like notifications, tagging user names, liking posts, etc. And it doesn't hurt that they're both focused on things I like talking about :)

    2. I like homesteading today, always starts you at where you last looked on a thread. Interesting topics. Diversified opinions. Tracks who has replied to your post or just posted to same thread.
    Overall entertaining.

    https://www.homesteadingtoday.com

    3. https://www.pto.ca/forum/search.php?sea … nreadposts
    I use this one. It's more local for me than ACE. Several members are on here too. These are the only 2 I use. I don't FB or use any other social media.

    4. Two said that the ACE poultry forum is the only one that they visit anymore. I asked why.

    5. On American BYC (backyardchickens.com), but seldom if ever post. There is a difference in cultures (many from Europe) that keeps me there. Not interested in any other social media. Too overwhelming. Have been on ACE for many years, met many with the same likes. It was fun.
    ***

    I will share more as they are posted. :)
  • Marjory WildcraftMarjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭ Posts: 1,045 admin
    edited December 2018
    Laurie,

    Thanks!

    I wonder do any forums have notifications via SMS text if there is a reply to a post?

     
  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,684 admin
    edited December 2018
    Marjory, none do that I frequent, but it might be good to have an option of either email or text notifications.


    I have another answer from my poultry folks. I think this one will be very helpful. I emphasized certain parts that are most relevant.

    1.  I wonder if you are asking a question that is slightly different than what you are wanting an answer for.

    People obviously go to forums / sites that appeal to their interests. No one needs to ask a question about that. But what forums are pleasant and easy to navigate, user friendly and self explanatory, THAT is another question. I have gone to forums that appealed to my interests and left because the set up was stupid, cumbersome and confusing. SO there is the CONTENT of a forum that might initially attract you, but the FUNCTIONING of the forum needs to be such that people can use it with ease.

    I come to ACE. I find this set up easy to navigate and understand.

    I go to BC.ORG, which is pretty straightforward and like another poster said, it takes me to my own last post on any topic so I can start reading from where I left off.

    I go to a candle making forum but do so reluctantly because I do not find it a very good format. Lots of great information but a very messy, busy site, and too awkward to navigate. Their menus are .... hard to know what's going on. 

    So someone might go to a site for the interest and info but will ultimately stay or leave based on how easily they can navigate and how pleasant it is to use. Two different topics.

    2. I liked BC.org until it changed. Some unpleasantness happened which wasn't stopped and I was banned for a while and then left. This is why the Mods have such a hard job, kudos to ours.

    ...and this is why I believe moderators are needed. ;)
  • Marjory WildcraftMarjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭ Posts: 1,045 admin
    edited December 2018
    Hi Laurie,

     

    Oh that is a great distinction - and yes, funtionality is king IMHO.

    What is ACE again?

    I was over at garden.org and they have a happening forum over there...  just signed up.  They have custom software they built for that forum.  The new owner there is the Dave that built Daves Garden website which he sold off in 2010.  Whew!

     
  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,684 admin
    edited December 2018
    ACE stands for Alberta Chickens Etc. I enjoy my chickens. ;) It is a Canada-wide site. I love the good folks on there. They are so down to earth and are great to spend some time with. I have learned a lot there, and not just about poultry!

    I have occasionally visited the Dave's Garden website in the past.
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