I've always been interested in the sociological side of life and there are many times I've wanted to start a topic here on Frihost but struggled to find the appropriate forum to discuss it in.
"Why is our advanced society so obsessed with the private lives of 'celebrities' ?"
Philosophy & Religion forum?
Nope, I'm not focussing on the moral issues, more the social constructs and reasons behind it.
Possibly something politically motivated as a convenient distraction, but probably more media inspired.
World News Forum?
Well if I wait long enough I guess I'll find a mainstream news report to comment on, but unlikely.
This is kind of the only place I can see would accommodate the topic but its inherent nature seems to be one of shallow discussion and limited detail. I suspect an attempted in depth look at the reasons behind the way people feel/act would die a quick death here.
Which brings me back to the question/request for a new forum which could perhaps look at issues from a more sociological perspective?
I'm sure many of us have an interest in this slant on life and the many different topics which could come out of it. Perhaps while the Philosophy forum discusses the moral rights and wrongs, the new place could focus on the contributing factors behind the subjects at hand?
People & Society? Social science?
Interested in any comments, even if you think its a lame idea!
My first thought was an anthropology/sociology section under science... but, I think it would be too limiting under the science forum, and there is a large non-science component to both of these human studies... It would probably fit better under Lifestyle & News.
All in all, I think it's a good idea, Sociology/Anthropology/Human Behaviour is a pretty dynamic field with lots to consider; there could be some pretty interesting questions in such a section.
I think a good question to ask is, "How many are going to use that forum?". While it's definitely nice for to have a section for everything, we also have to remember that creating a forum section that only has limited use is not a good thing. If we *could* put it in the philosophy section if we can't justify making a new forum just for topics like this.
Total agreement there.
I can't see sociological discussion going on very well in the Phil forum - it's why I avoid making any topics there - the reasons behind peoples social or life issues can often become sidelined by the moral or ethical slant that philosophers sometimes vociferously focus on.
I'd support the idea. As you say, such discussion would be out of place in p&r (being neither) and I would resist any attempt to include sociology under the mainstream science banner - although I wouldn't object to a 'social science' category, which would, of course, include sociology, psychology etc.
I think it would fill a possible 'gap' in the forums, and I'm certain that many people will have some interesting social comments to make which deserve deeper discussion than can be hoped for in General Chat.
I'd also resist any calls for it to be under the mainstream science banner and was thinking of a similar Social Science category as you mentioned.
...hmm, 60+ topic views and no votes 'no' so far, that's got to be a hopeful sign
One feature that is available now to members is the front page where the latest topics are listed on the right hand side and where the section they are posted in is not relevant at all only the topic. I’ve never been a big fan myself of an idea that certain posters go to particular section or hang out in a certain sections because of the section. I just look for a topic that interests me and go from there so where the post is located is not so important. Maybe that’s just me.
Yeah, you're right about the broader application of the word relationship; semantically, this sort of thread would work there... functionally is a complete other story (as you point out).
I would predict a test run of a topic like this over there would result in utter failure. I really don't think that forum is use a whole lot by most people. I generally avoid it, for example, though I have been popping by lately, now that my "procrastination mode" has been properly engaged Simply, I don't think it has traffic with the people who would really be interested in a topic like watersoul is using as his example.
Sounds a bit more on psychological side of Sociology to me. I would like a more psychological forum or forums to post in.
I will certainly propose it in the staff forum. I can't promise anything, since I know Bondings is a busy man, but I'll advocate it to the best of my abilities.
Cheers BM, no rush or huge importance level in my mind though, just an idea I think could be interesting if someone has some spare time or inclination to make it happen
It seems like a good idea. On the other hand, we already have quite a lot of forums already. I'll think about it for a few days first.
Thanks for that Bondings, I know what you mean about the number of forums though and I wondered about maybe a simple name adjustment instead - Politics & Society or something else along those lines - It could probably get just the same results by 'opening the door' to broader discussion there?
I realize that you have little time Bondings, and this is obviously low in the priority list as having a tip top functional forum as we have is already more than perfect, but perhaps there are a number of Sub-Forums that can be nixed, and some re-organized. More than the People and Community, we probably need to re-organize and revitalize the IT Forums and Sub-Forums as they are probably the most important Forums for the Website, particularly for generating meaningful discussions, however seem to be pushed a little below the others. For example, would there be any benefit to for at least a month or so push all the IT Forums under the General Chat Forum? For newcomers who obviously have joined so they can start their own Websites, maybe that would be more of an incentive to post than to go search for the IT Sub-Forums. Or to get tripped up in chit chat Forums where they may not be as good and then come to the conclusion they don't really belong? Whereas if they could immediately have seen IT topics to ask for help and questions, there may have been an incentive to come back and ask more?
I'm just thinking here along the lines of how to generate more posts by streamlining and revitalizing the forums we already have. Also, there are always trends, and today's forums may not be as good as they have been so can either be nixed or modified, or pushed down in the order they are. I'd really like the blogs sub-forum to be at least on top of the General Chat Forum for example, etc. etc.
+1 this. Frihost has far too many pidgeon-holed sub-forums as is and they cause more problems than they solve: New (or even old) users being overwhelmed and unsure where exactly to start a thread, the tedium of clicking through a dozen or more sub-forums to find a discussion you want to participate in, unpopular forums giving Frihost the appearance of being much deader than it really is, discouraging broader discussions that could cross over between multiple topics ...
I mean, are discussions about operating systems really that far removed from other computer software? Are the scripting questions so busy that they need a whole group of forums devoted to them? How does religious discussion NOT intrinsically include faith?
I'm in favor of the idea... the only comment I would have is a small one; when making the title/description of the forum, psychology should probably be included as well...
(And that it should definitely be one of the science forums.)
((And while we're at it, we could take 'education' out of the science forums, and merge it with 'jobs and learning'... since very little of the content there has anything to do with science.))