Can we have a GPS sub section?

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Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby TrevA » 5 Jan 2016, 12:00pm

We get quite a few threads on GPS now and it would be useful if all of the threads could be lumped together in a sub-section, either in "Does anyone know" or " Bikes and Bits - technical section".

Any thoughts?
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Vantage » 5 Jan 2016, 2:00pm

Personally I'm not keen on the idea. For the simple reason that similar subsections would be requested for tyre choice, panniers, racks, saddles and all manner of cycling components. All have had numerous threads about them.
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 5 Jan 2016, 2:04pm

It seems to work quite well over on YACF, though I do realise the danger of fragmenting forums into a thousand and one subsections. But I'd suggest that actually "Navigation" would be better - most people think of GPS as "handlebar-mounted Garmin", but smartphones, smartwatches and even (whisper it) paper maps are all doing the same job.
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby andrew_s » 5 Jan 2016, 2:39pm

I'm not sure it's a good idea either.

If you are interested in GPS, it would have the advantages that posts wouldn't expire off the front page so quickly, and that you could have a few stickies.

The disadvantage would be that you would reduce the pool of question answerers, as you see nothing of it unless you go into the subsection. YACF is a bit different in that the subject line of the most recent post is visible without going in, so there's some chance of it catching the eye. Most GPS topics are from people wanting purchase or usage advice, and someone who's been using GPS for several years, but isn't thinking of getting a new one may well see no reason to visit.

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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Psamathe » 5 Jan 2016, 2:57pm

Fragmenting things too much can make things messy (as said above, we'd have tyre choice, disc brake, etc. sub-sections).

Seems to me it is only useful if the existing structure prevents people from finding stuff ... and the "search" facility is pretty good in that regard. I've found when joining new forums that too many sections/sub-sections can make it difficult to see what is going on and can be a bit intimidating/discouraging.

Also, these things go through busy/quiet times. GPS is probably "busy" at the moment as people start thinking about next year, tour options, gear, etc. You'd probably find mid-summer the topic a lot quieter (and then we might need a "saddle soreness" sub-section).

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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby al_yrpal » 5 Jan 2016, 4:02pm

With a 'view active topics' function and a search box, isnt that sufficient?

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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby TrevA » 5 Jan 2016, 7:49pm

I personally don't find the search facility that useful, but I'm probably using the wrong keywords.

I've recently bought an 810 and was struggling with the set up, but I've now read DCRainmakers in depth review and found it very useful:

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/01/garm ... eview.html
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Mick F » 5 Jan 2016, 8:01pm

The Garmin forums are great and well-worth joining.
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby gaz » 5 Jan 2016, 8:31pm

TrevA wrote:Any thoughts?

If you think there is a particularly beneficial thread you could flag it up for inclusion in the archive section.

If you have the time you could even construct an index of all the useful threads.
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby LollyKat » 6 Jan 2016, 11:13pm

TrevA wrote:I personally don't find the search facility that useful, but I'm probably using the wrong keywords.

The search function needs more than 3 letters before it will work, so it's no use searching for 'GPS' :? . Using google is better.

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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Vorpal » 7 Jan 2016, 1:01am

If you put this in your google search... site:forum.CTC.org.uk what GPS

You will find a number of threads on GPS

You can refine your search by using 'GPS recommendation' or 'GPS maps' or whatever suits your fancy instead.
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Heltor Chasca » 7 Jan 2016, 7:03am

I can see both sides of the debate. If I was allowed to 'wish' for something to change on the forum, it would be for an improved search function. When you search for a subject such as 'GPS' or 'B&M' an error message is returned. Is there anyway that can be fixed? It's such a great forum I could live without it....b

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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Mick F » 7 Jan 2016, 8:19am

Yes, I agree.
The forum search function needs four or more characters. Single three letter words are flagged up as an error.

Quite a disadvantage IMHO.
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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Tangled Metal » 7 Jan 2016, 8:28am

If we have one for GPS can we have a London riding ghetto too. Or at least a SE England one. I see a lot about issues only affecting the big smoke riders and Norfolk or Suffolk or Sussex gets mentioned a bit too. Then I'm sure we could have a few other ghettos too.

BTW how do you read the forum? I suspect a lot click on new or active posts most not individual sections. Of course if the idea is to try and remove the GPS threads from the active threads search link then isn't that divisive? Only the threads I like get highlighted. A little tip, only read the threads you're interested in. It will save you a lot of time.

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Re: Can we have a GPS sub section?

Postby Vorpal » 7 Jan 2016, 9:11am

Heltor Chasca wrote:I can see both sides of the debate. If I was allowed to 'wish' for something to change on the forum, it would be for an improved search function. When you search for a subject such as 'GPS' or 'B&M' an error message is returned. Is there anyway that can be fixed? It's such a great forum I could live without it....b

Although you can't search on things with '&', you can search on three letter words and acronyms with an *

So, *GPS* will get you hits relating to GPS and you can add other words to it, e.g.: *GPS* recommendation

You cannot search on *B&M* because '&' is not a recognised search character in the phpBB search function. You need to use a search engine, like google for that.
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