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Mick the Metalsmith16 Nov 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

Think we could see these here?

The US is too big for just one folder even if the UK events and groups didn't get confused within. And vice versa. Postings get lost and are hard to search for by region.

This would be a resource I would welcome paying an enhanced membership fee for.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Nov 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

Do you mean, splitting the Clubs board into separate boards by region (i.e., US Clubs, UK Clubs, Australians Clubs, etc.)?

Mick the Metalsmith16 Nov 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

Even further than that… by US state and/or region.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 1:21 a.m. PST

And of course what defines a 'club' ? In our state,
for example, there are a number of gaming organizations,
most without formal structure, and with different
gaming types (40K, Historicals, etc)

Mick the Metalsmith17 Nov 2017 4:02 a.m. PST

Should it matter? If two or three guys meeting in someone's house, post contact info for others to find them' that's enough of a club. The point is to have a permanent sorting to help others find them in a region. Formality should not be a requirement. Maybe the less formal will grow enough to become a full fledged society with a map to help them be found.

Back in the old days, the AH General magazine had a backpage listings to help players connect. It was sorted by state and nation

Personal logo edmuel2000 Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

Perhaps there might be a "contact" board, or several of them (broken into regions)? Both "clubs" (basement and other) and players could post there.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 8:04 a.m. PST

I remember the old AH Generals and the opp wanted ads.
Never found them very useful, mostly because of the
distances involved.

However, IIRC, members here can post their ZIP codes.
Perhaps that could be used as a search criterion ?
Some members list county, but unfortunately the county
listing only shows raw numbers, not member names.

EDIT: OK, found what I sought, but it's of limited use.
The 'Member Locator' area shows total members by
Nation, if you click on the US you can get to the members
by State, and clicking on the State gets you members
by County. For example, North Carolina has 255 TMP
members, Wake County (where Triangle Simulation Society
began) has 29 members and my home county (Orange) has
6.

Again, not super-useful, but an indicator of how many
TMP users are in a given county IF the list is kept
up to date, which of course we don't know.

Mick the Metalsmith17 Nov 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

I am not looking to reach out for tmp users in general, but a place sorted by region where those who WANT to solicit new blood into their meetings or advertise their cons can post. How up to date it is would obviously depend on them. It's just a sorted bulletin board.

Currently if I travel to a town and want to find a group, TMP has very limited search tools to find them. Even postings about cons don't always indicate the when and where of the event that enables filtering out the places you can't visit. Signal to noise ratio is not up to good searches based on region.

Subfolders as an organizational tool in other places are sadly neglected here. How many levels of nested subfolders can be created by the software powering TMP? Are there technical hurdles preventing it?

Mick the Metalsmith17 Nov 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

I found the old AH listing very helpful for finding PBM games and when I moved to a new air force base.

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2017 5:36 p.m. PST

While organizing cons/clubs might distill some of the topics down, I fear it might also serve to mask topi s and events from casual view, therefore working to prevent new blood from hsppening upon your a tivities.

Mick the Metalsmith21 Nov 2017 1:21 p.m. PST

How could it do that? New topics still show up on the front page.

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 7:29 a.m. PST

"How could it do that? New topics still show up on the front page."
I don't read the front page for new topics: I go directly to the boards and look over topics that seem interesting.
Putting folders in would add another layer to conceal the actual topics themselves; if you want people to notice your group or activity, even serendipitously, burying the notices and comments is not the way to go.

Are there not folders already with "Wargaming in…" as headers?

Mick the Metalsmith22 Nov 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

The "wargaming in" are not specific enough. Try visiting a new town and finding a club from there. It doesn't work well. Not to mention it is filled with things not even remotely club or event related.

If the folder for clubs was subdivided into states or even regions there wouldn't be a burial at all. Or just replace it with 5 or six regional folders all at the same level instead of nested.subdivisions.

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