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Change Florida forum name?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by doug, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Now that it looks like were going with a larger regional approach, would you prefer this Florida forum be expanded to South East, or would you prefer it to be a sub-forum of South East (thus pushing it down another level).
     
  2. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Ideally? Neither, as the most active "region" to start with I think Florida is and will get enough attention (as I guess CA will also) as a stand-alone State.

    If I have to choose, then IMO we should expand to South-East. We already need 2 clicks away from the main page to view the thread list so making it another sub-forum down would push it to three clicks (right?) and I think that is too far down.
     
  3. doug

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    You could book mark it.
     
  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I had thought of that, but I'm thinking more of the user experience. Personally, I dislike adding ever more bookmarks as I build a long list, then occasionally go back to clean them up because I can't find what I want.

    In general from the TMC home page you are only one click from a thread list, followed by one click to read posts which is great. Adding two clicks up front may impact the user experience and discourage use.
     
  5. ElSupreme

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    As for someone who does not live in Florida, but does live in the SE. I would think Florida being its own region is probably fine. I mean it is 800 mile drive to the Tesla store in Miami from Atlanta.

    Southeast: MS, AL, TN, NC, SC, GA

    And parts of VA, LA and north FL can join in if they feel like it.
     
  6. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    660 miles. But I'm not sure it's the store that would be the deciding factor (and maybe there'll be one in Tampa!). Larry did a survey around FL and the result was that the large majority would travel up to 2-3 hours for get-togethers of various sorts. We see another function of the Florida Owners Group being one of lobbying various issues at a local level and promoting EV use. Some of these things have broader resonance depending on geography of course.
     
  7. dsm363

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    Certain states are big or potentially big markets and could be on their own (California, Florida, Texas) but if they had to be included in a region, I think that's fine.
     
  8. ElSupreme

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    Whoops I was thinking of the Houston Store.
     
  9. Larry Chanin

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    #9 Larry Chanin, Mar 28, 2012
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    Hi Doug,

    I agree with Nigel.

    For now it makes sense to leave it as Florida. Folks have the option of creating threads that deal with local issues or announce local events. As Nigel suggests there may even be times when we are dealing with lobbying at a Statewide level where the Florida level forum would be appropriate. After we have sufficient content it will be easy for you to decide whether sub-forums are warranted.

    As the content accumulates, you may find that certain topics, which are regional in nature, warrant being made into a sticky. Those regional stickies could eventually demonstrate whether or not its time to convert them to sub-forums.

    Larry
     
  10. johns258

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    I support Nige's and Larry's positions on the Florida level for the club. In fact when it first began, it was the "Southwest Florida" club as I recall and I suspect once the car goes into production owners will be popping out of the woodwork pretty fast and from a sheer numbers point of view it might make sense eventually to go back to localized clubs or chapters.
     
  11. dsm363

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    Active clubs within a state or region can maybe be made a sticky at the top like Larry suggested.
    Texas forum not very active, just hanging out with Florida I guess:smile:
     
  12. doug

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    Well Florida is clearly the most active so far. It was you guys who asked for it.
     
  13. NigelM

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    Thanks Doug. Hope this configuration works for everyone; we seem to be picking up local contact pretty regularly right now and we're directing them to TMC....maybe one day FL can truly match CA for being a "green" State.
     
  14. doug

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    I guess I'm done tinkering for now. At least I believe nobody is left out (well besides 3 continents). We'll see what kind of usage we get.
     

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