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schweb
05-06-2006, 02:14 PM
This is just a poll to gather some input as we decide what we want to do with this topic.

A caveat before we begin...

This poll will not alone determine the outcome. Even if 100% of you vote to create or not create one it doesn't mean that will be the end result, there are many other factors to consider.

Now when you vote, we'd really appreciate a post with the reason why you voted the way you did.

And to end, this thread IS NOT a place to flame Windows users (nor is this board in total).

to_tough_to_die
05-06-2006, 02:21 PM
I vote no. I simply see no need for a new forum for Windows users (even if they are using Mac hardware). As you have pointed out before, there is an "other software" forum. Also, I'd like to point out that it's in the name. MAC-forums.com. Not Mac users who also run windows-forums.com, just Macs, and Macs only.

mr g5
05-06-2006, 02:30 PM
Yes because many threads now are about putting windows on mac.

baggss
05-06-2006, 02:34 PM
As you could have guessed, I voted yes. I don't think we are going to get a flood of Windows only users here, but we already have a fair number of users who want to run both OS's on their Macs.

coach_z
05-06-2006, 02:57 PM
yes becuase it is apparent that windows is becoming a part of macs and i believe our forum should grow according to new advances by apple.

also, a lot of people have questions about it and issues concerning running windows and it will be a good, well defined, place to ask
-chris

evolve
05-06-2006, 02:58 PM
I vote no. I simply see no need for a new forum for Windows users (even if they are using Mac hardware). As you have pointed out before, there is an "other software" forum. Also, I'd like to point out that it's in the name. MAC-forums.com. Not Mac users who also run windows-forums.com, just Macs, and Macs only.

I would have to agree. We do have an "other software" thread.

dtravis7
05-06-2006, 03:23 PM
If users would actually use the new forum and post their Bootcamp/Windows questions there, it would be good as to keep it away from the rest of the fourm, but a lot of people just post where they want lately in the wrong forums.

I am for the new fourm if it's used properly.

inflexion
05-06-2006, 03:48 PM
Yes id vote for one but make it an alternative OS forum rather than a windows one.

Its still going to be relative as long as people keep the stuff in there informative and usefull

MJGUK
05-06-2006, 04:06 PM
I voted.....cautiously, for 'Yes.

Cautiously because I think you (Schweb) and the rest of the admins (if they contributed to the decision) have made the right call by delaying this decision.
Simply because whilst at one point there was indeed a plethora of Windows/Bootcamp posts, now it seems to have calmed down quite a lot. Or at least as far as I can see (blindness is an option :P).

That said, In my view I am verging towards the 'It can't hurt, you can remove it if it doesn't work' option.

However, you have proven that your original decision was a good one and I think that should play a part in your considerations, too :)

PowerBookG4
05-06-2006, 04:40 PM
I voted yes, because alot of people are already flooding the boards with questions related to windows on their macs, how to, and why boot camp won't work on their computer. If we have a forum dedicated to it there can be basic how to information in a sticky, and then people can also read problems from other people and post their questions which relate to windows on their macs. This will also allow for people to look for what they want easier, but if they have to look through the "other software" thread they will have to look at other questions not relating

I think since apple is now officially supporting putting windows on their systems, we should follow their path and also support the software.

mraya
05-06-2006, 06:56 PM
Yes, to keep order inside the threads. It is true BootCamp is just "Other Software...", but i can see a lot of people asking about Windows programs running in macs and they can ask this in many different parts of the forum, but to keep them in order it's better to have a specific section.
Also there is MJGUK's point, you can remove it later if it doesn't work.

lil
05-06-2006, 07:50 PM
I have voted 'Doesn't Matter'—as it does not affect me greatly not wishing to use Windows at home at all (I have 'fun' with it every day at work!) but on the same count I am happy for users to post about it here.

Vicky

EDIT-XTREEM
05-06-2006, 08:18 PM
I think it will be good cause it can help out people looking to use boot camp

jram
05-06-2006, 08:28 PM
Windows anything in a Mac forum, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

baggss
05-06-2006, 09:20 PM
Yes id vote for one but make it an alternative OS forum rather than a windows one.

THAT is a good idea...

Badger
05-06-2006, 09:23 PM
Like it or not it will be part of the Mac world. It should get the same coverage as linux etc.

inflexion
05-07-2006, 09:54 AM
Exactly Apple isnt supporting windows its just allowing users to install another x86 OS on machines that dont support EFI and still rely on a BIOS hence why i suggested alternative OS forum.

For me id like to use Ubuntu linux on an intel mac rather then windows but hey thats me

MacWill
07-28-2006, 06:25 PM
I said No.

Keep it Windows Free ;)

Brown Study
01-06-2008, 02:01 AM
I voted no.
I think since apple is now officially supporting putting windows on their systems, we should follow their path and also support the software.Boot Camp is an Apple app. Windows isn't. Apple itself doesn't support Windows. Why should it? Why should MF? Unless like Apple with iTunes for Windows and Safari for Windows, it hopes to gain a wider audience.
Like it or not it will be part of the Mac world. It should get the same coverage as linux etc.Windows is not a part of the Mac world, any more than Vista is part of OS X's world (or my world, at least).

If MF ends up with pure Windows forums, the site's name would be misleading. A more neutral name would be the logical next step by INET International. Ars Technica, for instance, has Mac, Windows and other OS forums. But its name is platform neutral.

mac0s9user
01-06-2008, 02:19 AM
this thread is old (2006) and don't we have an area now for windows/linux?

bryphotoguy
01-06-2008, 02:26 AM
Good catch mac0s9user. I didn't see that either.

mac0s9user
01-06-2008, 02:28 AM
ok i am confused. what brought this up?

oh. ok. I thought it was new too until i started reading the posts

MacFanBoy
01-06-2008, 03:25 AM
Yes.

This forum is Mac Forum and not Mac OS X forum.

Therefore you could run windows only on a Mac......

So technically you should be allowed to.:D

Khaiyrah
01-06-2008, 07:37 AM
I like the 'other software' idea... this is called 'Mac-Forums' and not 'Mac-and-maybe-a-bit-of-windows Forums' so i dont really think Windows deserves a place on a mac forum. :)

schweb
01-06-2008, 09:20 AM
It's already done. I'm going to go ahead and lock this as it's no longer pertinent.