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Scott R Nelson
05-06-2010, 11:35 AM
It seems to me that there is enough interest in photography to justify a specific sub-forum on the subject rather than trying to squeeze a lot of different topics into a few threads in The Back Fence.

Or should I clutter up The Back Fence with a bunch of different photography threads until everyone else begs for a new sub-forum? :D

I can see much more discussion of which camera is best for specific occasions, Photoshop tricks, specific types of photography (sunsets, flowers, people, Etc.), and so on.

And then I wouldn't feel out of line asking for help to get a decent photo of my bougainvillea plant.

What does it take to get new sub-forums added here?

Babs
05-06-2010, 11:45 AM
It basically just takes persuading Lebowski to do it. He gave the okay to home improvement, for example, but not to a running forum or to fashion (:mad:).

Personally, I think it's better to have fewer forums with more activity, than to have a lot of subject-specific forums that never turn bold.

Jeff Lebowski
05-06-2010, 11:50 AM
It basically just takes persuading Lebowski to do it. He gave the okay to home improvement, for example, but not to a running forum or to fashion (:mad:).

Personally, I think it's better to have fewer forums with more activity, than to have a lot of subject-specific forums that never turn bold.

Actually, you have to convince the Executive Committee. And we are quite reluctant to add new fora. We capitulated on the Fusebox thing only after enduring a long blitzkrieg. That may have been a mistake, but we could always absorb it back in if it continues to languish. ;)

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 11:56 AM
I kind of like the photography threads the way they are.

I think a more useful category would be a private 'creative arts' forum, where writers could workshop their work, where photographers could seek technical advice for photos that are not quite finished, and for any other creative work that could benefit from feedback before public presentation.

Babs
05-06-2010, 11:58 AM
I kind of like the photography threads the way they are.

I think a more useful category would be a private 'creative arts' forum, where writers could workshop their work, where photographers could seek technical advice for photos that are not quite finished, and for any other creative work that could benefit from feedback before public presentation.

There's always been pretty strong consensus that we're not adding anymore private forums. However, you can boardmail several people at a time if you want to solicit feedback without exposing your work to the entire community.

Babs
05-06-2010, 12:26 PM
Actually, you have to convince the Executive Committee.

Scott, in that case you'll really only need to persuade creekster. lol.

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 12:29 PM
There's always been pretty strong consensus that we're not adding anymore private forums. However, you can boardmail several people at a time if you want to solicit feedback without exposing your work to the entire community.

Truthfully, I probably wouldn't seriously participate in any private forum like the one I suggested. I was mostly just making the point that I don't think we need a whole forum dedicated to photography, and if we were to add new forums, I would like to see them serve some purpose greater than taxonomy.

Scott R Nelson
05-06-2010, 01:29 PM
Thanks for the feedback. At least I know where to post future photo-related threads. :cool:

And I've seen what happens on forums with too many sub-forums that don't have any action in them.

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 01:48 PM
Maybe a general subforum called The Gallery, where we could feature the creative efforts of CUF makers. I actually think that would be a cool forum to show off everything form photography, to LDS poetry, to Shaka's guitar and amp making. We could seed it with the photography thread. We have some pretty interesting and creative work going on here, and it would be cool to have a place to formally honor the stuff produced by CUF people.

UtahDan
05-06-2010, 02:05 PM
Maybe a general subforum called The Gallery, where we could feature the creative efforts of CUF makers. I actually think that would be a cool forum to show off everything form photography, to LDS poetry, to Shaka's guitar and amp making. We could seed it with the photography thread. We have some pretty interesting and creative work going on here, and it would be cool to have a place to formally honor the stuff produced by CUF people.

I think we should have a porn sub forum.

Jarid in Cedar
05-06-2010, 02:17 PM
I think we should have a porn sub forum.

Linked off of the Foyer

UtahDan
05-06-2010, 02:20 PM
Linked off of the Foyer

That is just oddly enough worded that I wonder if you mean something dirty by it. :rowr:

FN Phat
05-06-2010, 02:24 PM
Actually, you have to convince the Executive Committee. And we are quite reluctant to add new fora. We capitulated on the Fusebox thing only after enduring a long blitzkrieg. That may have been a mistake, but we could always absorb it back in if it continues to languish. ;)

If '71 would post in the right thread it would be on the top of the list right now!

Jarid in Cedar
05-06-2010, 02:25 PM
That is just oddly enough worded that I wonder if you mean something dirty by it. :rowr:

The beginning of apostate training :highfive:

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 02:41 PM
The Gallery.

It is a good idea for a new sub-forum. Creative work shouldn't be relegated to 'chit-chat.'

tooblue
05-06-2010, 03:32 PM
I don't think the committee will create a new forum but you can create a Social Group on your own.

I created Umami but I'm too danged busy to post in it frequently and it seems the other members don't have much to say :(

http://www.cougaruteforum.com/group.php?groupid=5

If you want we could reinvent the group and make it about photography etc. I might even share some custom Photoshop actions, brushes and tutorials I have created. In turn you could teach me some Xcode!

Scott R Nelson
05-06-2010, 03:34 PM
I might even share some custom Photoshop actions, brushes and tutorials I have created.If the tutorials are online, how about some pointers to them? I would be more than happy to let you know if they're any good. :cool:

tooblue
05-06-2010, 03:36 PM
If the tutorials are online, how about some pointers to them? I would be more than happy to let you know if they're any good. :cool:

They are only available to my students -- and you're not the code guy right. That's Nugent and Space Ghost. :cool:

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 03:38 PM
If the management want to tidy things up, get rid of the book club because it is redundant (books are media, and belong in the Critics Corner).

The Gallery would be a genuine new offering, and could replace the redundant Book Club.

tooblue
05-06-2010, 03:47 PM
If the tutorials are online, how about some pointers to them? I would be more than happy to let you know if they're any good. :cool:

I'll post an actions set later.

Babs
05-06-2010, 04:56 PM
If the management want to tidy things up, get rid of the book club because it is redundant (books are media, and belong in the Critics Corner).

orrr...you could start your own board and keep it as tidy and taxonomic as you like.

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 04:56 PM
The Gallery! Dude, make it happen (and get rid of the book club! The only thread anyone really cares about, between Cormac McCarthy books, is the 'what are you reading now' thread).

Babs
05-06-2010, 04:57 PM
The Gallery! Dude, make it happen (and get rid of the book club! The only thread anyone really cares about, between Cormac McCarthy books, is the 'what are you reading now' thread).

http://cougaruteforum.com/showpost.php?p=348153&postcount=21

RobinFinderson
05-06-2010, 05:05 PM
orrr...you could start your own board and keep it as tidy and taxonomic as you like.

I could do that, but I don't want to. What is a town without a gallery? A town without a gallery. We've got creative people here. One forum for original work. That would be rad.

beelzebabette
05-06-2010, 08:03 PM
I could do that, but I don't want to.
Read:

What is a gallery without a town?

Jeff Lebowski
05-06-2010, 09:40 PM
If the management want to tidy things up, get rid of the book club because it is redundant (books are media, and belong in the Critics Corner).

That's not a bad idea. We probably should merge the two fora. We have discussed this before in the EC.


The Gallery would be a genuine new offering, and could replace the redundant Book Club.

Uniqueness is a necessary but not sufficient condition. Don't hold your breath.

RobinFinderson
05-07-2010, 07:34 AM
Uniqueness is a necessary but not sufficient condition. Don't hold your breath.

I don't think that uniqueness would be enough (avoid making categories merely for the sake of refined taxonomy). I think The Gallery would be more than unique. Here is the pitch:

1. The Gallery would host original creative work. Creative work could be Space Ghost's photography, or YOhio's poetry, or SU's novel (piecemeal), or Lebowski's soil field analysis studies, or Shaka's guitar/amp creativity, or any of our musician's original work, or basically any creative and/or professional accomplishment that people would like to share with the community. It would be a sort of Pecha Kucha (http://www.pecha-kucha.org/what) night for CUF. We have a lot of great work going on here, and it would be cool to have a place where we could recognize that.

2. The Gallery could also become a hosting place for the annual CUFfies, and could contain links to any of the day-to-day posts that citizens find memorable. This would be a sort of yearbook where newbs could get caught up on the local culture by reading examples of some of the more interesting conversations from days past. There could be stickies for things like Noteworthy 2010, Noteworthy 2011, etc. where people could link to ANY post that was noteworthy. These would then serve as the foundation for CUFfy nominations at the end of the year. This would improve the CUFfies.

3. Featuring creative work inspires creative work. I have no doubt that the photography thread has inspired more than a few shutterbugs to go out and shoot around. Having a place where people present their creative work will encourage others to get out there and do something creative.

There you go. The idea for a Gallery. Honor the original work of the CUF community by elevating personal accomplishments and awesome posts above the level of chit chat.

tooblue
05-07-2010, 12:04 PM
I don't think that uniqueness would be enough (avoid making categories merely for the sake of refined taxonomy). I think The Gallery would be more than unique. Here is the pitch:

1. The Gallery would host original creative work. Creative work could be Space Ghost's photography, or YOhio's poetry, or SU's novel (piecemeal), or Lebowski's soil field analysis studies, or Shaka's guitar/amp creativity, or any of our musician's original work, or basically any creative and/or professional accomplishment that people would like to share with the community. It would be a sort of Pecha Kucha (http://www.pecha-kucha.org/what) night for CUF. We have a lot of great work going on here, and it would be cool to have a place where we could recognize that.

2. The Gallery could also become a hosting place for the annual CUFfies, and could contain links to any of the day-to-day posts that citizens find memorable. This would be a sort of yearbook where newbs could get caught up on the local culture by reading examples of some of the more interesting conversations from days past. There could be stickies for things like Noteworthy 2010, Noteworthy 2011, etc. where people could link to ANY post that was noteworthy. These would then serve as the foundation for CUFfy nominations at the end of the year. This would improve the CUFfies.

3. Featuring creative work inspires creative work. I have no doubt that the photography thread has inspired more than a few shutterbugs to go out and shoot around. Having a place where people present their creative work will encourage others to get out there and do something creative.

There you go. The idea for a Gallery. Honor the original work of the CUF community by elevating personal accomplishments and awesome posts above the level of chit chat.

This isn't a bad idea for a forum but I'm not holding my breath.

RobinFinderson
05-07-2010, 01:44 PM
This isn't a bad idea for a forum but I'm not holding my breath.

Sorry tooblue. You with your drawing talent was an obvious omission from the list of our creative folks here.