Could this site improve by being easier to enjoy?

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Investy, May 16, 2008.

  1. Investy

    Investy Senior Member

    My humble opinion is that this site is too complex, daunting, with too many individual sections which results in people not bothering to get involved.

    I often find myself confused with navigation even though Ive been here a while, but the same is not true of say housepricecrash.co.uk where its very easy to navigate

    IMAGINE YOU STUMBLED ACCROSS THIS SITE;
    You want to find out about where to invest - do you go into property for sale, or buy to let, or how about the main board (which is not apparant it is a main discussion board - I just happen to know it is).

    I personally think if you have to many boards, people intereact and get involved less as they dont 'stumble' accross coversations, they have to actively seek them out.

    The Moroccan forum for example has sub forums for certain groups of people - I think this causes lower interaction and engagment as people hive off into little groups much of the time

    THE SUPERMARKET APPROACH
    Super markets deliberately cause users to 'wander' seemlesly thru the store in order to cause the user to engage on a greater level.

    If you have most people concentrated on one main discussion panel I think you might find a lot more interaction - for example someone might post on a main board that Dubai is great - and I will be drawn in, whereas with it being tucked away I would currently have to take the conscious decsion to go to that section.


    Also there are many non useful marketing approaches - often just 2 lines that really clutter the place up and often those OPs have little interest in debate. They also often Im afraid come accross as intectually challenged - with no mention for example of how easy it is to repatriate funds or set up a will, instead just some useless nonsense along the lines of "buy here, its really great and last year went up 8%"


    Just my 2 penneth
     
  2. Investy

    Investy Senior Member

    Bob

    I just re - read my post and it's all negative and not a true reflection of the whole!

    I should have added that this site is far superior to the likes of CH4 where the mods jump on users at every turn and where the rules of engagement are ott. I like the fact TP is an exchange for frank debate. Some forums seem to forget thier customers and assume a high and mighty attitude which drives traffic away.

    I' have been into some sub forums here that deal with specific places but I've noticed if you want to offer some critical analysis you are seen as a troll or imposter into a private club! This means national sections become a self appreciation society with little ion the way of comparative analysis.
     
  3. jessicatam

    jessicatam New Member

    I like the separation for the areas - each country / continent has their own concerns, trends, etc.

    I think it may be easier for newcomers if the general sections were at the top of the board, and easier to see, and the country boards were 'collapsed' and you could open the ones you were interested in. It would make for less scrolling past countries you didn't want to invest in.

    Maybe you could ask where people were interested in buying property when they registered, and automatically have those boards displayed prominently when they logged in?

    Just a suggestion.
     
  4. apacheman

    apacheman New Member

    I agree, i'm new and the site is pretty overwhelming.
     
  5. Peter Mitry

    Peter Mitry <B>Egypt Forum Founder Member</B>

    To Speak or not to Speak?

    Just read your post Investy and I agree with you 100%; there is a tendency in many sections of the forum for anyone with anything negative to say about absolutely anything to get jumped on from a great height. Whilst it is important to avoid leaving ourselves or the forum open to litigation, surely the most successful formula is to create an environment where we can all contribute in any way which seems appropriate? The very nature of a 'forum' is that it reflects a cross section of opinions.
     
  6. redfeffer

    redfeffer New Member

    informative site, but quite difficult to guage how much weight to attribute to the comments - some are highly subjective
     
  7. redfeffer

    redfeffer New Member

    ...my inital feel is that there are some very helpful contributors, but their posts get swamped by agents trying to sell stuff!
     
  8. nubianqueen

    nubianqueen New Member

    i agree!

    nubianqueen!

    p.s. when i have got jumped on! i keep quite for a while!
     
  9. Chris Campbell

    Chris Campbell New Member

    Unfortunately, this practice seems common on many 'informational' forums where members sometimes have something to 'sell' or territory to defend.

    I also believe in having a balanced dialogue where a reader can make their own mind up on hearing both the negative and positive points but accept it can be difficult to achieve.
     
  10. Propertyzone

    Propertyzone New Member

    I agree with Redferrer - Forums are an excellent way to have questions answered, and to gather information, as part of a wider research procedure. I would not for instance take everything I read on Wikipedia as gospel, just the same I would not place 100% trust in something I have read on a forum, as you never know what motives a particular user has, and whether comments are factual, subjective or misinformed. Having said that I think that this forum is certainly one of the best around and as part of any research process, or fact finding excercise it is an excellent place to look for information.
     
  11. Peter Mitry

    Peter Mitry <B>Egypt Forum Founder Member</B>

    Welcome to the forum propertyzone; there seem to be a few less of us than there used to be but I suppose the global economic climate has something to do with that
     
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