Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    JeremyZ's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 05, 2010
    Location
    Chicago suburbs
    Posts
    119
    Specs:
    Macbook Pro 13", 4th gen Touch
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    There's one for Switchers. Presumably, we're not all switchers. Those who are, are we forever destined to stay in the Switchers forum?

    Seems like there is a niche waiting to be filled for those of us who are no longer Switchers but Switched, and those who were never on the PC side. (it must be very few)
    If it's worth doing, it's worth OVERdoing.

  2. #2
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    clayneal's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 27, 2009
    Location
    Lincoln Nebraska
    Posts
    2,146
    Specs:
    late 08 macbook 2.0 4gig 320hdd10.7.3 32 gig iPhone 4s
    Isnt that what all the rest of the topics cover ? I mean the whole forum is Mac .

    Clay
    MY ADVICE COMES WITH A DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

  3. #3
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    VegasGeorge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2006
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV USA
    Posts
    893
    Specs:
    iMac, and Macbook Pro
    I have to admit that I've scratched my head more than once trying to decide which forum to post in when what I had was more of a general message than one of the more specific sounding topics in the forum list. For example, suppose I wanted to comment on uses for the Command Key. It touches on hardware and on the OS but doesn't really fit nicely in either. I think a General Mac topic category for experienced Mac users (not switchers which implies new Mac users) would be nice.

  4. #4
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,758
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    So, you pick the one that most closely matches your topic. In the example you pointed out, OS X - Operating System is a pretty good fit.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  5. #5
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    schweb's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2002
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    13,190
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro | LED Cinema Display | iPhone 4 | iPad 2
    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I have to admit that I've scratched my head more than once trying to decide which forum to post in when what I had was more of a general message than one of the more specific sounding topics in the forum list. For example, suppose I wanted to comment on uses for the Command Key. It touches on hardware and on the OS but doesn't really fit nicely in either. I think a General Mac topic category for experienced Mac users (not switchers which implies new Mac users) would be nice.
    For teh command key, are you talking specifically about the physical key on the keyboard? Then it's hardware.

    If you're talking about the function it provides, that's software.
    schweb | community leader
    flickr facebook twitter tumblr google+ about.me

    Mac-Forums: On Twitter | On Facebook | On Flickr


  6. #6
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    cuhnool's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 02, 2008
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    1,502
    Specs:
    MacBook 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo | 1GB RAM | OS X 10.6.3 | 250GB External HD | 8GB iPod Touch 1st Gen 3.1.3
    No general Mac forum? I would think "Apple Desktops" and "Apple Notebooks" are pretty general forums. . . plus you have "Other Hardware and Peripherals", where the description states "Other Apple systems and peripherals discussion".

    Software wise, you have forums for the general OS X operating system, it's applications, and developing on that OS. For other Mac OSes, you post in the "Windows, Classic, Linux, and Other OS" forum; it's description: "Discussion of Classic or running Windows, Linux and other OSes on the Mac".

    I find the organization of the forums perfect here.

  7. #7
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,466
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyZ View Post
    There's one for Switchers. Presumably, we're not all switchers. Those who are, are we forever destined to stay in the Switchers forum?

    Seems like there is a niche waiting to be filled for those of us who are no longer Switchers but Switched, and those who were never on the PC side. (it must be very few)
    Think of it this way...I'm sure there's a "delicate" balance between too few & too many forum categories.

    Too few categories...and yes too many dissimilar topics mixed together. Too many categories...and things just become chaotic.

    There will never be enough categories to perfectly satisfy all questions or topics. Just choose the forum category that you think best fits your posting...if it's not the best category to use...the admins will move it.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  8. #8
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?

    Member Since
    Jan 27, 2007
    Location
    *Brisvegas*
    Posts
    5,658
    Specs:
    17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
    I agree with the above. And here's how I see it.
    All the people new to Macintoshes who do not know where to post their questions can post in the switchers area. But ones these people become more knowledgeable with their Macintosh they will learn which areas their questions fit into. And can post in the appropriate area.

    It's like the switchers area is like primary school. And when you pass that you can move into secondary school where you can place your questions in more appropriate areas.

    And for me the switchers area is for all those new to Macintoshes or have basic questions about Macintoshes. It's to me more then it's area title would suggest.

  9. #9
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    toMACsh's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 30, 2009
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    5,828
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
    Yeah, but....
    Is everybody either a recent switcher, a long time ago switcher, or a grizzled Mac veteran? Might there not be some who are just new to computers altogether, and they happened to start with a Mac? Or, is that no longer possible in the technology age?

    I'm not proposing a new forum for such people, if they exist. But a change it the title might be appropriate. Something like Switcher and New User Hangout would cover all bases. Now, I know what an ordeal it is to change a forum title, so I'm not holding my breath.

  10. #10
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    cuhnool's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 02, 2008
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    1,502
    Specs:
    MacBook 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo | 1GB RAM | OS X 10.6.3 | 250GB External HD | 8GB iPod Touch 1st Gen 3.1.3
    I would think the term switcher refers to a group of people who are new to the Mac environment.

    Btw, has anyone read the description for the Switchers forum? I would think that's enough information to know who the forum is for. . .

  11. #11
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,758
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    When you organize anything by categories, inevitably the mentality used to make the divisions doesn't make sense to some people.

    In short... "You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.".
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  12. #12
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    toMACsh's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 30, 2009
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    5,828
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
    You're right on both counts. Or, is that you and Abe?

    Go look at the AppleInsider Forums. People post where it makes sense to them according to the Forum titles. But, many post in the "wrong" forum according to the descriptions.

    And yes, the description of the Switcher Hangout is right on the mark.

  13. #13
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?

    Member Since
    Jan 31, 2010
    Posts
    26
    Specs:
    MB, 4GB RAM 500GB Hardrive
    I'm not exactly sure what box I fit into with the whole 'veteran' 'long ago switcher' etc. because I used mac's at school when I did computers (I stopped doing that class about 2 years ago) and now probably have some elementary questions about mac computers but I still know most of the basics, if that makes sense? So I dont think that necessarily the switchers forum should be considered primary school, I know you were just using it as an example, but to me it seems like a place for any question that may arise about macs in relation to PCs, but then again I havent been here that long (try a day ) so I haven't really got a feel for the forum so much, so I could be off.

  14. #14
    Why no 'General Mac Forum'?
    toMACsh's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 30, 2009
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    5,828
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
    There's not "test" of your Mac credentials that permits you to post in the "newbie" forum.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. general question regarding posting on any forum
    By OnlyTimeWillTel in forum Community Suggestions and Feedback
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-21-2009, 03:44 PM
  2. General questions about Mac OS X.
    By NcR in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-13-2008, 04:44 PM
  3. New General Mac Software Forum
    By Emrys in forum News and Community Announcements
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-15-2003, 11:02 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •