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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by carlosreyes2k
    Originally posted by Vault-emort
    I probably prefer everything in one thread, but thought the convention on here these days was one per event, so that's what I did for Osaka.
    As it stands not every meet has a thread for each event. Just the big ones.
    Exactly. And if you look at the total reply counts for the two meets, you can see that thread-per-event made a lot more sense for Doha than it did for Osaka. But one probably could have predicted that just looking at the start lists and considering the time of day.

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  • carlosreyes2k
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    Originally posted by Vault-emort
    I probably prefer everything in one thread, but thought the convention on here these days was one per event, so that's what I did for Osaka.
    As it stands not every meet has a thread for each event. Just the big ones.

    Keeping it the way it is is fine by me.

    Now onto other threads like that Goucher one I just saw.

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  • Vault-emort
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    I probably prefer everything in one thread, but thought the convention on here these days was one per event, so that's what I did for Osaka.

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  • Jon
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    Originally posted by lalala
    It actually annoys the hell out of me
    Me too. For championships I can understand it because there's always a lot of pre-event talk and championships usually last for a few days, so it makes sense to have separate threads for each event instead of one big long one to span several days of action.

    But for individual grand prix events (sometimes even the GL meets) it's just unnecessary. If you're away from the board when a GP meet is taking place, you come back afterwards and all of a sudden there's a couple dozen new threads - half of which have already slipped onto the second page of the forum section - and most of the new threads have just a few posts in them. It's just not very user-friendly.

    Maybe a better solution would be to group events together, i.e. "Doha - men's sprints", "Doha - women's field events", etc, etc. That way there'd be around six threads per GP, and each thread would probably only reach to three or four pages max. For those who are following the meet live, it means they won't have to keep reloading one big long thread, nor will they have to keep flicking from loads of separate littler threads. And for those who use the threads to catch up after a GP, it will be much quicker to do.

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  • gh
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    given that it's something that's not going to be moderated the mantra should be: better too many threads than too few.

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  • trackjudge
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    Re: Do We Really Want a Thread For Every Event?

    Originally posted by carlosreyes2k
    Originally posted by donley2
    Do we really want a single thread for every event?
    Yes[quote]

    Does that imply temporary separate forums for each meet, as gh has had for big championships? Otherwise, there could be hundreds of threads for ongoing meets, esp if many coincide on the same day (e.g., bunch of national championships).

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  • carlosreyes2k
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    Re: Do We Really Want a Thread For Every Event?

    Originally posted by donley2
    Do we really want a single thread for every event?
    Yes...

    And yes every athletic event is "marquis" if it's your event.

    Just my opinion...

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  • ExCoastRanger
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    Generally like event-by-event threds, especially when forum format is such that you can't always tell to whom or what a particular post is responding. Let mods decide when it's appropriate.
    Would like to see event results posted on the thred asap. Often discussion turns to splits or how so-and-so looked at the finish, without the big-picture context for those without immediate access to the info.

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by EPelle
    Doha was because gh requested it.
    I think that's probably the best answer to this. Let gh decide when event-by-event is appropriate and do it only then.

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  • EPelle
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    Last year's Doha meet:
    http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... hp?t=30573

    Start lists up. Then who's got what on which channel. Then a bunch of results posted in the body of the following pages... often (not always) becomes a cut/paste of what is already available in the results. Finally, of interest, Marlow stated, "The results of this meet are making me light-headed." gh replied, "This will go down as the meet we get in every Olympic year where we think that the U.S. season is pretty darned good, and then comes a major across-the-board explosion like this one."

    Unfortunately, there was not an explosion of great dialogue about the events which unfolded. I also like event-by-event threads, because it makes a search a hell of a lot easier to perform at a later date. There were 284 on-topic replies on the event-by-event threads compared to 114 replies about the meet on the single Doha thread last year.

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  • lalala
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    It actually annoys the hell out of me, but I thought the "separate threads" thing was popular so I've said nothing...

    Absolutely so for a championship or if something "big" happens that needs separate discussion but generally, most GP meets can be contained within one thread I reckon...

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  • EPelle
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    Doha was because gh requested it. I also like it that way... it helps tremendously when attempting to wade through a meet where I have little to no time to actually watch it unfold.

    (I wish the same could be done with "24" -- a thread I can't open until the end of this season, as we are several episodes behind... wishful thinking).

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  • LopenUupunut
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    To take that point further, perhaps if last year we'd had an "Osaka 2008: Zhang Very Convincing In wHT" thread, T&FN would have put her on the formchart she certainly belonged on, and life in the prediction games would have been just that bit simpler. :wink:

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  • LopenUupunut
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    I think it makes sense to have separate threads for every event, even for meets like Osaka. In my experience the separate event threads create many more replies than one single thread, indicating they either create more interest or perhaps simply are a more comfortable posting environment. To take just one example, look at Osaka '09 with its separate threads and compare with Osaka '08 with a single thread. The difference in total number of replies is huge. Of course this year had a slightly better field, and heaps better conditions, but that doesn't explain half of it. My guess is that if we'd had a single thread it would have had two or three general posts near the top, and then degraded into a duplicate of our current Wariner 44.69 thread.

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  • tandfman
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    As I suggested earlier, I agree with Powell. I think it made sense and worked well for Doha, but not for Osaka.

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