[Announcement] Proposed Forum Restructuring!

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[Announcement] Proposed Forum Restructuring!

Postby Yas » 04 Sep 2005, 20:11

Salaam Alaykum,
We are looking to improve Ask by restructuring the forum layout. While Ask has been currently structured to be completely comprehensive, it seems that many forums are either under used or dormant. Furthermore, several forums are quite specific and too acute in certain subjects. In fact, some forums mainly have only static content (a good example of static content is the current Holy Qur'an section which mainly has pasted articles/ayahs and no discussion essentially - these will be moved elsewhere, or taken down temporarily). So basically things which are not essentially for discussion.
That said, we are inshAllah undergoing a much wider restructuring and redesign in which most of the static content such as articles and media will move elsewhere, leaving the forum to serve its purpose of purely discussion. As a part of this, the forum will be undergoing restructuring - basically the layout of the forums and their subjects will change so that we have fewer forums, each allowing much greater flexibility to discuss many topics - for example, topics such as hijab and prayers may both come under a new "general religious issues". As a result of this we hope to have a smaller Ask that is much easier to browse through, user-friendly, and easy to use.

Currently we have approximately 60 different sections on the main page - that is quite ALOT by any forum's standards. After restructuring these will be trimmed down to 27. This will be achieved by generalizing various topics to allow flexibility, and by the use Sub Forums - a feature not currently on Ask - where smaller forums are inside the main forum. Anyway, these are the proposed new sections (notes are added in brackets where necessary, main forums indiciated with a "-", sub-forums indicated by a ">"):

Section: Welcome to Ask!:

-ASK! AN ONLINE COMMUNITY
-ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
-THE SOKONI: BUY & SELL (All sections of the Sokoni compressed in 1 - sub-forums will be introduced if necessary.)
-MEDIA GALLERY (this will have the below sub-forums inside it:)
> Nawhas & Marsiyahs
>Lectures and Majalis
>Photos and Images
>Videos


Section:Contemporary issues:

-GENERAL ISSUES
-CURRENT EVENTS AND LATEST NEWS
-LAUGHTER THE BEST MEDICINE
-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
-POLITICAL WARFARE
(Speaking out against injustice e.t.c.)

Section: Religious Issues:

-EVENTS AND OCCASIONS (Subforums inside below:)
>Ramadhan and Fasting.
>Muharram and Kerbala.
>Other Islamic Months.
>Zilhajj & The Pilgrimage.
-THE HOLY QUR'AN
-INTER-RELIGIOUS DEBATE
(Possibly sub-forums)
-GENERAL RELIGIOUS ISSUES


Section: Socio-Cultural Discussion:

-FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS
-MARRIAGE
-EVILS AND VICES
-GENERAL SOCIAL ISSUES
-CULTURE CLASHES
-HEALTH AND SPORT



Section: Language & Literature:

-LANGUAGES
-POETRY & FICTION
-WRITER'S CLUB



Section: Q & A Forums:

-ASK THE SCHOLAR
-ASK THE DOCTOR
-ASK ANYONE: HELP AND ADVICE
-CARERS AND THE FUTURE


Section: Segregated Sections:
Mens/Womens - whichever applicable.

So this is the new layout which will take effect soon inshAllah. All the current posts will be moved to their appropriate sections - nothing will be lost, other than static content which will reappear on the bigger Ask in a month or so. Before going ahead with this, I'd like your opinions, feedback and suggestions if any at all, as they are important and valuable - it's your Ask in the end. :)

Take care,
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Postby Muntazir Manji » 05 Sep 2005, 01:37

salaams,

Good idea on the new layout! Already looks very convenient...maybe i overlooked it.. but i think having a separate group/sub group on the ahlul bait would be an excellent feature..
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Postby Yas » 05 Sep 2005, 14:01

Oh yeah.. definitely.. I'll do that! Btw, change your avatar in the Profile section - it's currently not showing. Almost all previous avatars aren't showing after the crash. :(
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