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January 14, 2007
4:49 pm
Martin Christy
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SPLIT FROM ‘Moderators required’ in ‘Forum community’

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Chemical, please do discuss your ideas here.

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January 14, 2007
8:46 pm
ChemicalMachine
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One thing which most small forums which wish to grow include is an off topic forum, where the discussion of politics and anything whatsoever is encouraged. Usually, this generates a lot of discussion, as those who are interested in a specific topic (such as chocolate) almost always share a large set of marginally related interests. This discussion increases the frequency at which members visit the site¸ which leads to an increase in on topic discussion throughout the forum.

Take a look at the following forum: http://www.straightbourbon.com…../index.php . This bourbon related forum is very active and has a large population of knowledgeable active posters. I see no reason why bourbon should generate more discussion than chocolate, as I know many more people who enjoy chocolate than bourbon.

They have a bourbon of the month forum: http://www.straightbourbon.com…..y.php?f=38 . They choose a bourbon for discussion, and then the members re-visit the selected bourbon (or purchase it for the first time) and discuss it. I think that something similar could work well here for chocolate. I am not very familiar with the Chocolate Connoisseur’s Club, but perhaps seventypercent could simply add a sub-forum in which the bars featured each month are discussed.

January 15, 2007
1:38 am
Martin Christy
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Great ideas ChemicalMachine, will implement these.

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January 15, 2007
4:25 pm
Chrissie
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I really like ChemicalMachines suggestions. I have often wondered why there doesn’t seem to be much discussion of the connoiseur’s club in the forum. I have considered joining the club but have held back because I would really like a little more information about the club, especially specific bars that have been included in past months collections. It would also be good to know how many other forum members subscribe to it and what they think of it.

The off-topic section to the forum also really appeals to me.

Great ideas ChemicalMachine!

January 17, 2007
2:05 pm
Martin Christy
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We’ve always planned, and still plan, to have much more about the Club online, with some content exclusive to members and some public (probably time delayed). This is in the pipeline, just time always seems against us. We will be making a lot of the newsletter content available online very soon, I hope.

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January 18, 2007
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Martin Christy
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Should we have one, generic off-topic forum under the ‘General’ category, or should we create an ‘Off-topic’ category and have separate forums withing that, like ‘Confectionery’, ‘Other foods’, ‘Politics’, ‘Leisure’, ‘General chat’, etc.?

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January 19, 2007
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ellie
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Confectionery and Food and Drink do generate quite enough for separate forums, don’t they already? All the rest might go under “Other”, imho. “Politics” – sounds heavy..

January 19, 2007
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gap
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I’d agree. Maybe along with Confectionary, Food and Drink, “Chocolate Business” or something along those lines? There do seem to be quite a lot of people on the site who do/are looking to run their own chocolate business. Maybe an area for them to discuss startup plans, marketing, equipment etc?

January 19, 2007
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Martin Christy
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While we’re reviewing this, another thought. Should we have a section especially for professionals to discuss techniques, equipment etc. At the moment these kinds of discussions are rather scattered or end up in the ‘General’ section. Might make it easier to find this kind of stuff.

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January 19, 2007
1:03 am
Martin Christy
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gap, we had the same thought at the same time! Maybe a ‘professionals’ category, with ‘Business’, ‘Techniques’, ‘Equipment’ forums?

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January 19, 2007
3:24 pm
wrks4choc
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I love the idea of a ‘professional’catagory. That would be extremely helpful, I love the discussions here and find that we have everyone from someone working with chocolate for the first time to people that have been professionals for years, it’s quite a group! So to have a seperate catagory to answer some of the questions, concerns, problems, or even positives of the business world of chocolate would be great!! I could help in those areas but I could also use help as well, that’s why I love this forum so much, everyone is always eager to help and answer any and all questions!!

Keep it Sweet!

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January 21, 2007
12:28 am
Seventy%
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Have now implemented these ideas, including removing the Chocolate Week forums and moving all their posts into the single Events forum.

Comments and suggestions welcom.

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January 24, 2007
2:04 am
Martin Christy
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I’ve just had a session moving topics around and renaming sections to make things clearer. I hope now the pure chocolate bar sections can be kept for just bars, and I think the new chocolatiers sections should be a great resource, and it will be much easier to find info.

Does anyone think we have too many categories now? Are we missing anything?

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January 24, 2007
3:17 am
gap
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Martin,

you have done a fantastic job with the website. It must have taken a while but I think it provides a great resource on bars and also on chocolate in general. Thanks for your efforts.