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Old 05-30-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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I am new to posting here, but I've been researching city-data.com and reading the forums for some time.

I am resident in the I-81 corridor, and I am trying to learn more about the specific area of the Eastern Panhandle. There's lots of information here, for sure! But it is sometimes a little hard to find, because the posts about the area in general, and specific places in the area, are all posted under the general West Virginia forum.

I would argue that, because the Eastern Panhandle in general, and the I-81 Corridor in particular, are among the fastest-growing areas in the US, in terms of population growth and economic growth, this region may hold a special interest to everyone from folks thinking about moving here, to vacationers, to investors.

If people are coming here looking for information, and for opinions, and perhaps looking for knowledgeable contacts in the specific area of Eastern Panhandle/I-81 Corridor, wouldn't it make sense for there to be a forum for the specific region? The other sub-forums seem to all cover mostly the western or central part of the State, but perhaps most of the "action" is in the eastern part of the State, specifically in the Eastern Panhandle.

Submitted for your consideration,
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:06 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I am new to posting here, but I've been researching city-data.com and reading the forums for some time.

I am resident in the I-81 corridor, and I am trying to learn more about the specific area of the Eastern Panhandle. There's lots of information here, for sure! But it is sometimes a little hard to find, because the posts about the area in general, and specific places in the area, are all posted under the general West Virginia forum.

I would argue that, because the Eastern Panhandle in general, and the I-81 Corridor in particular, are among the fastest-growing areas in the US, in terms of population growth and economic growth, this region may hold a special interest to everyone from folks thinking about moving here, to vacationers, to investors.

If people are coming here looking for information, and for opinions, and perhaps looking for knowledgeable contacts in the specific area of Eastern Panhandle/I-81 Corridor, wouldn't it make sense for there to be a forum for the specific region? The other sub-forums seem to all cover mostly the western or central part of the State, but perhaps most of the "action" is in the eastern part of the State, specifically in the Eastern Panhandle.

Submitted for your consideration,
I agree, I felt for a very long time that Berkeley and Jefferson Counties should have their own sub-forum. When you look at the WV forum, they are sometimes dominated by threads pertaining to this area. So, not only would having a sub forum benefit those interested in this area, but it would open up WV thread for more of the threads pertaining to the entire state. -mmccul
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:32 PM
 
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1 81 is only thru Berkeley Co & only 20 miles long! Check any Post for Martinsburg &/or Charles Town They usually cover Berkeley & Jefferson Co
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:24 PM
 
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Maybe not specifically the I-81 Corridor, though you might call that the "main drag" through the region. How about "Eastern Panhandle" or "Eastern West Virginia"? Think of it as Eastern Panhandle, or all of West Virginia east of, say, Seneca Rocks, leaving Morgantown to have its own sub-forum, which it already has.

The way I understand it, the center of the state is pretty unpopulated, with most of the population near the western or eastern parts. And I do see a lot of discussion on the subject of business, new construction, development and that sort of thing, covering pretty much the I-81 Corridor and everything within maybe 20 miles or so to the sides of that.

I have to say that I have heard that it's kind of a sore spot in State Politics, that the Eastern Panhandle thinks it's a whole different state, sorry if I touched that sore spot.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:02 PM
 
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I agree. It would be nice to have our retail threads in a smaller, easier to navigate space.
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:10 AM
 
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New sub forums are not created because somebody posts a thread in a state forum. The forum owner (Administrator) makes that decision, generally based on thread activity in the parent forum and suggestions posted in the threads in the About the Forum area that he starts when he is considering adding new sub forums. He will probably never see this thread.

One reason information is harder to find in the WV forum is that this forum has a VAST number of threads started with zero replies when compared to most other forums.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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New sub forums are not created because somebody posts a thread in a state forum. The forum owner (Administrator) makes that decision, generally based on thread activity in the parent forum and suggestions posted in the threads in the About the Forum area that he starts when he is considering adding new sub forums. He will probably never see this thread.

One reason information is harder to find in the WV forum is that this forum has a VAST number of threads started with zero replies when compared to most other forums.
Thank you very much! Is there a FAQ section about this that you could point us to? And is there a particular format that might make this more appealing to the Administrator? For example, like an RFC for the internet engineering task force types? If anyone supports this notion, should we all go to the "about the forum" area and each of us all state our case?

Thanks again,
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:02 PM
 
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Here's one.

//www.city-data.com/forum/faq/1...ums-added.html

There is more. I'll eventually find the threads in About The Forum and post some links.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:16 PM
 
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There is more. I'll eventually find the threads in About The Forum and post some links.
Thanks again, I found that, and I think I have also found the right place to ask about this issue.

I also brought up the point, based on your remark, that there might have been a threshold already reached, if the signal hadn't been drowned out in all of the noise of zero-response new threads. I guess we'll see what happens.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:27 PM
 
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Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As you can also see the Area covers a LOT Not just Jefferson & Berkeley Counties! So calling it that Not going to help much!!
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