How Can Black Belt Forums Be Improved?

Discussion in 'Suggestions & Feedback' started by Kevin, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    Black Belt Forums is officially two weeks old today :)

    I've been incredibly pleased with the way things have progressed so far. We have a fantastic group of people chatting here every day already and some of the discussions so far have been fantastic.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on our community and hear suggestions as to how Black Belt Forums could be improved. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Sometimes a small change to a forum can it make it a more enjoyable and/or user friendly place to hang out.

    So if you have some time, please leave a suggestion as to how you things could be improved here or what changes you would like to see here :)

    Thanks,
    Kevin
     
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  3. MadoreGojuRyu

    MadoreGojuRyu Master

    a dojo listing section would be great. some folks that visit the forums might not have a school/dojo they are affiliated with and may be looking for one. plus if they are affiliated with one they could even encourage their dojomates to check out the forums.
     
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  4. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    Happy birthday! [​IMG]

    How about an "Instructors / Schools" category? You could have teaching tips, business tips and so on.

    And / Or a "Martial Arts Philosophy" category - Buddhism, Taoism, Bushido, etc.
     
  5. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    I've been thinking of perhaps adding a links section or a directory of some kind. I'll look into it as it's something that people could find useful. Though, it takes a while for a directory of that kind to be established and thus prove useful to people.

    haha thanks. An instructors room is a good idea. There are a few instructors here already so I think it could be a great addition. I've added both room suggestions to the forum suggestion list for the moment :)
     
  6. Deborah

    Deborah Ninja

    I hate to sound like a sook Kev but I think you have done a class job already:oops:!! Oh hoppee buffday my friend all my love respects and buffday hugs sent your way:DXXxxXXxxXX
     
  7. Nexquietus

    Nexquietus Disciple

    How about a DIY Training Gear Section? We've all had things we've had to improvise. From a workout and what works for you to a punching bag made out of carpet and duct tape (me). Heck or even a Gear Reviews section.

    jim
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    I think a general training gear section would be a good additionl. I'll add it to the forum suggestion list :)
     
  9. Dave76

    Dave76 Deheuol Gwyn Dragon

    Given the many humourous stories and or pictures that do the rounds on here, have you thought of a 'Just for Laughs' section. Where people can post things that are intended to be taken lightly and with a sense of humour. Could avoid some misunderstandings between members about what was only ment in good humour, etc....
     
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  10. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    I think the General Chat room covers that though. Creating a 'Just for Laughs' section would mean there were two places for off topic chat.

    I'm hoping to actually reduce the number of rooms here as most aren't used. At the very least re-organise everything on the home page so that it's easier to navigate to the main discussion rooms.
     
  11. Eric Dufurrena

    Eric Dufurrena The Iron Fist of Fun

    Is there a place to post stuff for a particular martial art if it is not on the lists you have created? For instance, Keysi Fighting Method (KFM) is not listed anywhere. Is there a general section for striking/self defense?
     
  12. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    The general martial arts room can be used for most things. Alternatively, we could create a general room for striking, grappling etc and make all the other forums sub rooms (i.e. put less emphasis on them). That's one thing we could do.

    I'd prefer the forum list on the home page to be much smaller so that it was easier to browse. Most of the rooms aren't being used much anyway.
     
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  13. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    How about if you just showed the major categories on the home page, then link to the sub-cat pages? Or would that screw up the SEO?
     
  14. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    If anything, it would improve SEO as the home page would have less text.
     
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  15. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    I have changed things around a little. Each main category is now a discussion room. Previously, there were several rooms for striking arts. These still remain however you can also post in the parent room too for general striking related discussions.

    Check out to the home page to let me know what you think.
     
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  16. Locutus

    Locutus Your fight is futile, my hands are pounding you!

  17. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    Looks good.
     
  18. Eric Dufurrena

    Eric Dufurrena The Iron Fist of Fun

    Honestly, Kev, looks sweet!! The name for the "All Topics" is kinda sorta off for me, but I know what it is for and use it all the time, but man the layout is nice, good job! Except.... What happened to the Tang Soo Do thread? I no can find.
     
  19. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    Are you referring to this thread: https://www.blackbeltforums.com/threads/two-styles.1229/

    Also, if there is enough demand for it, I can add a discussion room specifically for Tang So Doo members.
     
  20. Eric Dufurrena

    Eric Dufurrena The Iron Fist of Fun

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  21. RJ Clark

    RJ Clark Tree Ninja Staff Member

    MattCMMA has been posting some great instructionals which made me think it would be a good idea to have an Instructionals section that when you click on it is then broken down into more specific fighting styles. That way no one would have to sift through all the threads in a section to find these little gems.
     

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