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Postby Robbing » Wed May 06, 2015 10:32 pm

Why have we not had a section for polo before!? I believe that we should, and here it is.

Basically, discuss all things canoe polo related. None polo related topics and polo hate topics will be moved/deleted.
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Re: New forum

Postby Paddy F » Thu May 07, 2015 8:41 am

To answer your question Rob,

In previous years, way back in February-April 2011 there was a shortlived Polo forum. It was listed as a separate forum at the level that Admiral Chat and River Blog splits off from the Home page and there was a lot of discussion about whether it should be part of the forum. Admittedly it was mostly used by me as then polo sec to nag people about pool sessions, tournaments and to organise BUCS and Christie Cup. Discussions on things such as tactics and rules such as you've started in another thread weren't really discussed there too much.

One of the main points some people put forward against it was that it could be seen to be encouraging polo to be seen as a different club within the club instead of as another aspect of the club activities. At the time I just found it really useful for those couple of months because the forum was very active at the time and bumping up the various polo related threads I was using was pretty tiresome. But I kind of agree with that above argument. The technical and tactical aspects of polo could, in my opinion fit under the "Technical Stuff" forum which, as it includes discussions on river related topics, highlights that polo and river-running/whitewater kayaking are just different facets of the club as a whole.

I'm not trying to pile a heap of criticism onto what you've done here at all, just putting forward an answer to your question and my opinion on the matter. Whether this polo forum stays or gets migrated to other places is at the discretion of you and the committee.
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Re: New forum

Postby Robbing » Thu May 07, 2015 2:02 pm

Was there really a polo forum? I was completely unaware that one even existed at that period.

The club is predominantly a river running club and the forum reflects that. Whilst polo topics could be sprinkled throughout the forum. To me it's like having all of your belongings in one single large box. You have an idea that it's in there, but where. You try to find what you're looking for. Some times you might find it, others you'll just get bored, loose interest, and give up. So I don't see an issue with creating a new sub-forum just for polo, so that all polo related things are easily found. I'd do the same for other disciplines if there was any real interest within the club for them. If the variety of disciplines were ~equally loved, there might be a good reason to split Admiral Chat in to sub-forums of the various disciplines so the the relevant information/discussions can be easily found - like at UKRGB. Also bare in mind that this is created within the Admiral Chat, so it's not an attempt to compete with the Admiral Chat but be apart of it.
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Re: New forum

Postby Paddy F » Thu May 07, 2015 3:33 pm

It was only around for 3ish months in my first year so there aren't many still involved in the club who were around when it was there. The points you make are your own and as webmaster the constitution says you're responsible for monitoring the forum, so I'm not trying to tell what you shouldn't do as part of that role I was just trying to answer your questions and also putting an opinion forward. So I'll say again that I was just saying my opinions I wasn't looking to criticize what you've done at all or to start an argument, sorry if it came across like that.
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Re: New forum

Postby Canavan » Thu May 07, 2015 6:26 pm

Cos it'll probably get quickly forgotten about, like the secret 'Danger Zone'
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Re: New forum

Postby Pyro » Thu May 07, 2015 7:00 pm

Note: This isn't a criticism of the current forum addition/direction, just a note from the past. As Paddy says, Rob, you're the webmaster and it's essentially down to you, so have at it if you think it's right.

One of the main reasons the previous Polo forum was scrapped was that there became too many split, separate bits of the forum, which weren't really utilised and became overly complicated to keep a track of. The whole thing got compressed back down from something like 6 or 7 separate fora to just the main 3/4 for the sake of simplicity.

On the plus side, there's a lot more interest in Polo now than there was back then - sorry Paddy - and more people interested in getting involved and pushing it a bit further, especially after a pretty successful weekend at BUCS.

On the minus side, there's a lot less traffic on the forum and people using it regularly. I know what you mean about 'losing things in a big box', but it does mean keeping track of what's current and relevant is a single click, rather than skipping in and out of now 4 main and 7 sub-fora. (I appreciate, not all of those are accessible to everyone.)

But hey, it's worth a go. Run it for a while, see if it works and gets used, come next February a new webmaster can sack it off if they want to. It's not really doing any harm.
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