One thing that would mitigate this problem would be if the "stars" didn't drop off a topic if it gets moved. It wouldn't solve the whole problem, but it would make it easier to look for moved topics you've previously followed or posted to.
A bigger suggestion would be to update the description of "Travel, Polls and Preferences" - most moved threads (at least in my experience) are moving from C&CA to TPP
, and some of the topics moved don't fit the current description:
"Opinion-based discussions about aviation. The best, worst, biggest, smallest. Or seeking advice as to a preferred carrier for a trip you are planning, etc."
I know that, at the least, posts to C&CA asking for information about a flight they recently took or are about to take (registration, equipment, etc.) are now supposed to be in TPP
, yet they don't fit this description (unless you really stretch "etc") - these are factual requests, not opinion.
If the goal is to reroute certain topics to TPP
, that's fine, but the description needs to be expanded to include them, perhaps by stating that information requests (be they for factual info or opinions) go here. Or by stating that any discussion of an individual's travels - opinion or factual, past or future - goes in TPP
. (That might have been the intention of adding the comma between "Travel" and "Polls", but that's not exactly clear.) Perhaps TPP
needs to be renamed entirely?
And there still seem to be some ambiguities on what's moved to TPP
vs C&CA - this week, a topic on airports that were originally military bases was moved from C&CA to TPP
(that's how I noticed the "star" issue). Yet similar discussions (history of airplane type "X" with carrier "Y", airline "Z"'s history at a certain airport, etc.) have remained on C&CA. Inconsistencies like this make it hard for members to know which board to start a topic on and frustration when they're moved, and create work for the moderators.
If it's desirable to move historical discussions like these off C&CA, that's understandable, but again, the description of TPP
needs to be changed to make it clearer as to what's supposed to be where. Or perhaps historical discussion should have its own forum?
I don't mean this as criticism of the moderators or the moderation process, just that the ambiguities in the definition of TPP
are creating confusion among members and more work for the moderators.
Here's a suggestion for updated descriptions, getting away from the terms "factual" and "opinion" since there's no real way to get "opinion" entirely out of C&CA, and some "factual" info requests would be on TPP
. My hope would be that a redefined and expanded TPP
would get more traffic, eliminating another reason for topic moves, members posting advice requests on C&CA just to get more responses.
Commercial and Civil Aviation
- Discussion of events in the airline, aircraft, and airport industries. If it's happening in commercial aviation, you'll get the facts and commentary here first.
Travel Information, Advice, and Preferences
- Opinion-based discussion about the industry (e.g. "What's your favourite airline?"), and requests and discussion related to individual members' past or future travel, such as advice on airline, hotel or route choice, registration or equipment information on a past or future flight, etc. (Detailed descriptions of a past trip should be written as a Trip Report.)
If it's decided to split purely historical discussion out of C&CA, the C&CA description could just be changed to "Discussion of current or possible future events..." I'm not sure how to get historical discussion into TPP
without the description becoming really unwieldy, though.
(edited for grammar)
[Edited 2011-07-15 09:51:39]