I think that would encourage people to post more off topic computer related stuff.
I don't think that would encourage people to post off topic content, I think it would encourage people to post their threads in the right forums. Adding a troubleshooting section would help to keep the forums on topic and more organized.
Here are some threads about troubleshooting:
This is just a few of them, there are much more, and as you can see, they are all over the place. A similar problem for a power supply was found in 3 differents forums (Silent front, Power supplies and Off Topic
). Having a new Troubleshooting
section would help in different ways:
- By removing the troubleshooting stuff and placing it its own section. This would also help to keep the forums more organized.
- With all troubleshooting stuff in a common section, it will be easier for any user to see if his problem was already solved. There are too much threads about installing Windows XP with SATA drives. But they are all over the place, in different sections, and difficult to find. Having them in a single section would help to reduce the number of threads with the same subject.
i'd say at least 2 or 3 more off topic computer related sections are needed
I don't think we need 3 or more sections. I think the Troubleshooting
section is needed. Another section for General Computing
would be helpful too. Right now, the Off Topic
section is badly organized. I think a section for General Discussion
and another one for General Computing
would be enough. There are some computer products that are not silent at this time but they are promising and worth mentioning. Also, I saw a few threads in System Advice
, The Silent Front
and Off Topic
where users were asking for the best smartcard readers, SPL meters, floppy drives or CRTs. Those thing don't belong to silent components and could be placed in the General Computing
section, keeping the rest of the forums more organized.