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Old 04-10-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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too many subforums

I think the board would be much simpler, along with being much faster-paced if the subforums weren't broken down by models so much. Combine the 9000, GM900/OG 9-3 and 9-5 forums together because those cars shared so many mechanical components, and have separate forums for the ecotec cars and the longitudinal-engine cars (C900's and earlier). It would make getting information more quickly a much simpler task since there would be more members browsing a given subforum. Another final thing would be to break down the dozens of "off-topic" subforums into an "off-topic" or lounge forum, a "Showroom" for pictures, and maybe a "war stories" thread. I'd also make "cosmetics and detailing" it's own subforum that includes ALL models, so that the model-specific forums only have "performance" and "maintinence" subforums, along with cleaning up the announcements/suggestions/events forums into something less complicated. All this would help to turn saablink into a more user-friendly and faster-paced saab forum.

oh, and make a "mutts" forum for the 9-2x's and 9-7x's because they have as much in common with each other as they do with the other cars, maybe even having links to other forums like NASIOC and whatever forums there are for the envoy for people with mechanical questions.

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9000's really dont share many similar componets with either of those models. Solid axle vs independant suspensin. 9-5 is t7, and most of og 9-3 is t7, while 9000 and ng900 is t-5.
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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That does not make sense....Unlike the Volvo's where there are 700's and 900's and 800' that are all pretty similiar you have multiple versions of the 9000 that have nothing to do with the OG9-3 or NG900 or 9-5's.

And the differences in the 9-5 and OG9-3 is pretty apparent too.. it makes more sense to keep it broken up this way.
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:54 AM   #4
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I love the various sections. I think it makes finding threads and information far easier, because it's all so well-categorized.
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I love the various sections. I think it makes finding threads and information far easier, because it's all so well-categorized.
agreed. although i like the showroom idea, bc we all check out each others pics anyway
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I like the organization. I can search for items better.
example: on saabnet if you search for "bypass valve" on the performance forum, you get all sorts of stuff from c900 to 9000 to ng900 to 9-3 to 9-5 etc...
if you do that same search here, you can search the whole saablink.net OR you can search ONLY in 9-5 forums and get results mor tailored to what you are looking for for YOUR car. Makes it easier to find things IMO
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I love the various sections. I think it makes finding threads and information far easier, because it's all so well-categorized.
Agreed as well. ng900/9-3 are kinda the same...but the 9000/9-5? Those are completely different!
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personally I think the forum - sub form set up works well, it just gets a little annoying when people post to the wrong sections of the sub forums.
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also, I tend to use the "today's posts" and "new posts since last visit" feature, so I am able to see and participate in threads from many forums, not just the one for my car.
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I think that the setup we run on TSL is much better. Saabnet is a pain in the but because of there bb software. Saab central is only slightly better than saabnet because they use the same software we do but each car has only two sections. Performance and General questions and that makes it hard to sift through all the posts looking for specific info. Here, for example, if you wanna find a info on how to do a custom install of gauges on a 9-3 you can look in the customization thread or the tutorial section. Much easier to locate what your looking for here.



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Man I got beat up bad yesterday for my suggestion too and mine was just adding a few words to the title of a sub category.
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agreed. although i like the showroom idea, bc we all check out each others pics anyway
Saablink users who have made a donation of a specific amount have access to the image hosting site so we do have a gallery persay...........if we add a showroom link in place of the showoff your ride forum it could just take you to the saablink image hosting site.



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yea.. I usually use the search tool. What I hate about saabnet is it doesnt show the entire thread, every single post has to be opened individually. so painful trying to get information out of that bb.
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:06 AM   #14
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9000's really dont share many similar componets with either of those models. Solid axle vs independant suspensin. 9-5 is t7, and most of og 9-3 is t7, while 9000 and ng900 is t-5.
coming from the volvo world, there were V70's and S70's on the 850 platform with beam axles and FWD, and V70's and S70's with independant rear suspensions and AWD on the same platform, and don't forget that the 1998 and before cars had bosch motronic with cable throttles and old-fashioned distributor ignition while the 99-00 cars had ME7 with E-throttles and coil-on-plug ignition. Don't forget that you also have the s80's with their 4-speed GM transmissions and the other P2 body models with all sorts of suspension and engine variations. They are all lumped in the same forums and it's alot easier to get specific information on a given car that way because there are so many people that might have something useful to say but don't drive the same model car that you do.

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That does not make sense....Unlike the Volvo's where there are 700's and 900's and 800' that are all pretty similiar you have multiple versions of the 9000 that have nothing to do with the OG9-3 or NG900 or 9-5's.

And the differences in the 9-5 and OG9-3 is pretty apparent too.. it makes more sense to keep it broken up this way.
The RWD volvo 700's and 900's are like the saab 99's and C900's, they were basically the same car with a few changes, while the evolutionary progression from the FWD 800's through the 98-00 x70's to the P1's and P2's that we have today is alot like the progression from the 9000, through to the GM900 and on to the OG 9-3 and the 9-5. Yes there are suspension differences between the cars, but the mechanicals were nearly identical and the trionics have alot more in common than they have apart.

look at volvospeed's layout for a great example of a streamlined forum that covers a huge range of different cars and does it well. AKA when I have a question or problem that hasn't been adequately answered by the search function, I can ask it in a more general forum and have a good chance of getting a good answer within a few minutes. At least in the 9-5 subforums here the wait was more like days in my experience. Performance and cosmetics are also really general topics and a more general format for those makes things helpful. Saabnet has been pretty helpful for me, it's pretty fast-paced but the forum software makes me want to go and play halflife on my pentium II while listening to some nu-metal and watching "independance day". Saabcentral also suffers from having too many forums, while it makes organizing the search feature a bit easier, it really cuts down on the number of responses that you can get to a given thread in a given subforum.

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Old 04-10-2007, 08:11 AM   #15
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There are an abundance of subforums for one reason. Organization.

When you're looking for information, just go to the forum that deals with the category of interest.

For example.. have an idling issue for you're NG900.. go to the NG900 "Car Problems?" section.

Not sure where to look for your issue. Do a search. Your search will yield results and list which forum they came from. If your searching for a soultion to a 9000, and your search comes up with information from the NG900, New 9-3 and 9000 forum, you can quickly choose the 9000 related information instead of searching through 100+ pages of information from car models that are different from yours. You can even filter your search to only search a specific forum. Without subforums, this filter wouldn't be very useful.

Thanks for the suggestion, but you may want to look at the forums and their descriptions. Its organized so you can find information easily, and not search through numerous pages of unrelated content.
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I like the organization. I can search for items better.
example: on saabnet if you search for "bypass valve" on the performance forum, you get all sorts of stuff from c900 to 9000 to ng900 to 9-3 to 9-5 etc...
if you do that same search here, you can search the whole saablink.net OR you can search ONLY in 9-5 forums and get results mor tailored to what you are looking for for YOUR car. Makes it easier to find things IMO
x2..... I was going to post the same thing, but you did it for me hehe.
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I also like the fact that I can minimize the sub forums that are not relevant to me to make my browsing experience better.

I minimize the 9-5, the 9000, the 9-3SS, and the vintage forums so I only see the announcements, ng900/og9-3, c900, marketplace, offtopic, and showoff categories.

This way I can browse and participate in discussions about things relevant to my own ownership (a C900 and an NG900), without having to sift through other models.

This also improves the quality of the information given, because you don't have someone posting things like 'Well I have modesl XYZ, it's not the same as yours, but this is what I did to fix this problem".
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:18 AM   #18
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from the 9000, through to the GM900 and on to the OG 9-3 and the 9-5. Yes there are suspension differences between the cars, but the mechanicals were nearly identical and the trionics have alot more in common than they have apart.
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Ok the GM 900 and the 9000 are not anywhere near the same car. The GM900 was the evolution of the C900 where are the 9000 is the 9-5's older brother.

The trionics are pretty much the same but the cars are different. In the Volvo world a red block is a red block and a white block is a white block so it makes it very easy to lump them together.

I say use the search feature.... you will have a better life. And as for the 9-5 post sitting a few days..well thats becuase there are not as many 9-5 owners on the forums. Most of the 9-3 and GM900 guys do their best to answer those posts as quickly as possible.
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