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Old 07-17-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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The site owner is adamant about not creating a lot of sub-forums; can't even get one for Pueblo.
Mike makes a good point here as does duster 1979 on post#8.

I've been moderating pro and college football since 2009. It took me a long time (am thinking a year and a half) to get college its own sub forum as it was linked up to pro football. If you take a look at some of the other sports sub forums, you can see the issue here.

Pull up MMA (Mixed Martial Arts.) On the bottom of the first page we're talking about January 21st. Boxing? March 20th. Surprisingly pro hockey is pretty slow, going to February 3rd.

But college football finally got its own sub forum in time for the 2011 season and during football season it is plenty busy!
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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HH, thanks for the added input.

I just logged out and then went into this thread. There were ads.

INSIDE of the OPs posting were five one-liner ads/links to various sites, and there was a 3/4 inch ad for "college america" between his post and my reply.

I'm using the Safari browser and tried it with pop-ups both turned off and turned on. Got the ads either way.

The interwebs work in mysterious ways. Don't ask. Only NSA knows.....
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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In 6 and a half years of membership I have NEVER clicked on a c-d ad, and I cannot imagine that I ever will. This applies not only to c-d, but to the entire wide world of cyberspace. I imagine that I have some great company in my complete disregard for ads.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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In 6 and a half years of membership I have NEVER clicked on a c-d ad, and I cannot imagine that I ever will. This applies not only to c-d, but to the entire wide world of cyberspace. I imagine that I have some great company in my complete disregard for ads.
I know what you mean.

I've NEVER clicked on any ad on any website. They WASTE their money but website owners are always glad to take their money.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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The site would be unlikely to stay up if it was not making money. The most likely reason to not produce sub forums is it would lead to too many people only visiting the sub forum, seeing less threads, and not clicking/commenting on other random threads that were mixed into their forum. That in turn would reduce content generation and produce less draw for new users to look up more threads, see more ads, and generate more revenue.
Within the past year or so, my own state's forum has added a sub-forum for the city I reside in. I thought it was a good idea at first, but now I find that I forget to visit the general state forum and miss good posts. In some ways it's good because I spend less time looking through posts that aren't relevant to me. I am also relatively new to my current state, so I don't have much to offer outside of my current location. I enjoy reading many of the Colorado posts and I often don't look into the sub-forums. Since most of my life was spent in Colorado, I find that I still have more to add to this state's forum, in general, than my current location. I'm glad the site owner hasn't subdivided it further.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I just logged out and then went into this thread. There were ads.
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Rambler, do you have adblock?
I believe lurtsman has solved the mystery for me. I didn't even think of it, but I have a pop-up blocker which allows me to remain oblivious to ads on some sites. CD.com must be one of them.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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We had this discussion a while ago, a year, 2 years, can't remember, all the years seem to run together(can't believe I have been a member here now for 5 years).

My take having been around message boards and internet forums dating back to 1986 or so, is that too many subforums breaks apart the conversations and eventually seems to result in less traffic and discussion over time.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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Let me re-phrase the OP. Why isn't there one sub-forum for everything west of Denver? Is it because of the misconception of people outside of Colorado that Denver is in the mountains. Or, is it the tendency of Denverites to let people think that? Or, maybe both!
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:33 AM
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Let me re-phrase the OP. Why isn't there one sub-forum for everything west of Denver? Is it because of the misconception of people outside of Colorado that Denver is in the mountains. Or, is it the tendency of Denverites to let people think that? Or, maybe both!
IMO, the Colorado forum is for the areas that are not covered by the sub-forums, e.g. Ft. Collins, Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs, and also for issues of general interest in Colorado such as the wildfires. I agree with duster1979. In fact as of this moment, the earliest date the first page of each CO forum goes back a ways:

CO: July 10
Boulder: June 18
Colorado Springs: July 11
Denver: July 14
Ft. Collins: June 2

There seems to be more cohesiveness in the Colorado forums than on the Pennsylvania forums, as a visitor to both. Posters in CO will post both on their city forum and the state forum; there is less of that in PA, which has only three city subforums and two area subforums for a state with more than twice the population of CO.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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My take having been around message boards and internet forums dating back to 1986 or so, is that too many subforums breaks apart the conversations and eventually seems to result in less traffic and discussion over time.
Exactly.

Ideally, there would be some kind of tag metaphor to let you filter down comments pertaining to a particular region without confining those comments to a single sub-forum container. But that's not realistic because a) it's an awful lot for the web developers to invent, especially in an html-driven site, and, b) it would rely on all users knowing about that tag metaphor and using it correctly, which is highly unlikely. So less is more in this case.

Geographically speaking, you could make an argument for having 'High Country', and 'Western Slope' forums in place of the current 'Boulder' and 'Ft Collins' ones (then just use Denver forum for those and COS for Pueblo and the eastern plains). But, demographically, it makes more sense as is.
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