Category additions

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by rowlett, Oct 26, 2000.

  1. rowlett

    rowlett Moderator

    Please provide input on the organization of this forum. Under consideration are the following categories. Will they be useful?
    • Photokina (new products anounced there, etc.)
    • Leica Clones (Russian, etc.)
    • Leica Photographers (DAH,HCB,SS, etc.)
    • Also, it may be getting time to list a link to categories whose questions are no longer "new." Each link will show the number of messages in that category. The benefit is faster loading of the initial page. The down side is the necessity of clicking on the link which people might not be inclined to do. Input please.
     
  2. Tony,

    <p>

    It may be a necessary evil, but it does tidy up the page.
    The "camera equipment" forum in the same Greenspun site does this,
    and it is "neater looking".

    <p>

    As long as the older questions that are answered come up when you
    click on "New Answers"... it is not that big a problem. I usually do
    this when ever I read the site, since it saves time.

    <p>

    The new categories are a welcome addition.

    <p>

    Not to kiss butt... but you would have to make A LOT of mistakes
    before you mess up this site, it is still one of the best.
     
  3. I agree on all counts. As one of the "old mail" links, could a link
    be provided that essentially reverts the presentation to this current
    format? Thus you get faster load of the initial screen, and
    optionally the reader could choose to browse the categories as s/he
    currently does with only one additional click. Over time you could
    then see by number of hits what the preferred format is.
     
  4. Unfortunately visitors cannot choose the format because it is an
    administration function only -- and set one way or the other. I'm in
    no real hurry to switch it, though. My only concern is page load
    speed. The longer the wait, the more annoying it is. The more
    annoying it is, the less repeat visits from new visitors and loss of
    traffic by those with slower connections. Right now we don't have
    that much of a problem. But when the forum grows by multitudes (can
    you see the hopeful look on my face??), the switch will become
    necessary.
     
  5. Tony, it is a good idea to add the three categories.
    <p> As for switching to the category only format. I have tried switching back and forth between
    the long form and the short form, finally settle on the long form on my Minox Photography forum.
    Because 1) P. Greenspun does not provide LUSENET users with a SEARCH function; with short form the user must click to several categories and look for what he in interested in; with long form, the user may use the "find" function of browser to look for key words. For example if he is interest in "Leicaflex" he can use "find" to loacate the thread or threads from the long forum quickly-- this is a poor substitude for the 'SEARCH" in photo.net, but better than none. (One main reason I have moved Minox forum to egroups, because egroups provide good text search )
    2) With long form it is easier for internet search engines to locate the threads in
    your forum, that will increase the traffic to this forum.
    <p> For example if I use search engine to look for "Minox duke" or "Minox Warhol" several search engines will get to threads on my Minox forum, in this way that forum has integrated into broader internet structure, and will attracts more new readers.
    <p> This is my 2 cents
     
  6. Great idea.We need more info about Photokina as we all need info about dork cameras like the Zorki,Fed,Holga.This is a Leica site.Real cameras,real photography,real quality.
    I trained as a watchmaker besides my photography.Have repaired some cameras.The cameras mentioned above are the same lack of quality as Russian/Ukranian watches.Trash that topic.I like the idea of masters with Leicas,HCB,DAH etc.
    Folks who attended their workshops.
     
  7. Tony,
    How about as many categories as you/everyone sees fit, then for each,
    no more than say 10 of the latest threads (or those posted within the
    last month).

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    For older messages, provide links to the more comprehensive (and
    slower loading) archive. This archive can be identical to the front
    page with the same categories, but rather than only 10 threads each,
    they'll have all of them (minus the first, most recent 10 threads, or
    those that are under a month old.)

    <p>

    Thus, if you have 7 categories, the front page will load with only 70
    threads max.

    <p>

    Another possiblity is not to have the archive, but rather have a
    comprehensive 2nd page (has all threads), to which people can bookmark
    and go to if they prefer- if they have a fast net connection, and a
    canonical first page that has a summary of the most recent threads
    added, for each category. A little like photo.net.

    <p>

    Dunno if LUSENET lets you do any of this...

    <p>

    RE: Categories

    <p>

    As Martin mentions, since LUSENET lacks a search function, categories
    are all the more important.

    <p>

    Def. yes on a category on Leica photogs. Photokina seems like just a
    yearly event (is that right?)- don't know if a whole category should be
    devoted to it. If you're going to have clones/third party, will
    something like Cosina/Voigt go there too? Maybe a general non-Leica RF
    section?

    <p>

    My $0.02.
     
  8. I like the Leica Photographers category.

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    I agree that the Photokina category probably won't get much traffic
    for most of the year. Maybe rename it New Products or something like
    that.

    <p>

    I'd prefer to see a Leica Screw Mount category rather than a Leica
    Clones category. This would include an entire class of Leica cameras
    and lenses that don't currently have a home on your forum. It could
    also include the Russian, Japanese, English and other Leica LTM
    copies, including Cosina/Voigtlander, if desired.
     
  9. Yes, a Leica photographers category definitely. Include URLs too if
    gallery is on the Web. Thanks Tony.
     
  10. All the responses are very much appreciated. The greenspun.com software is not really that flexible, so I cannot implement some of the functions that were suggested above. I have, however, gone with the advice to add the Leica Photographers and Leica Thread Mount categories.
    Since we are all or mostly all "Leica Photographers," I think it would be appropriate to use this category for photographers of note who use Leica cameras, i.e. famous or infamous. Sound good?
    Is having the Leica Thread Mount category in any way reduntant with having the "Classic" category?
    Lastly, please let me know as you spot mis-categorized threads!! (especially LTM v. Classic v. ??)
    Thanks!
     
  11. Tony,

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    Since we are coming up on the fifty year mark for the M series, and
    many consider some of the models classic, I don't think it is
    redundant to have classic and LTM categories. Some out of each
    design are "bread and butter" workhorses, and others are classics.

    <p>

    With the advent of Cosina LTM lenses, many may rediscover the Leica
    bodies that accept these without the M adapters, so the potential is
    there for more dialog about the long out of production LTM cameras.

    <p>

    While the intent is good, perhaps the actual narrative "Photokina"
    might be replaced with a less seasonal term such as "innovations"
    or "new releases"... or words to that effect.
     
  12. Tony,

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    I am Russian and I am afraid to be pre-conceived concerning the
    quality of Russian/Ukrainian cameras like Zorkiy FED, Mir, Kiev etc.
    In 70B- 80Bs I visited a few works (Krasnogorsk, Kharkov, Kiev) where
    these were produced. I was surprised with a low level of culture of
    camera producing in comparison with Wetzlar. It is hard to say but
    itBs a true: nothing changed there from the years of NKVD till now,
    the same equipment, the same technology, the same culture. In 90-s
    the camera producing was almost stopped at all. I remember one
    occasion in FED Works (Kharkov), when I asked for the guide-man: what
    is the crash hearing around there, I was answered that this is the
    Assembling Section where leaf shutters for FED-Micron are assembled.
    Then I saw 10-15 men were sitting there around the table, all of them
    were knocking with hammers upon leafs and axles of shutters. Once in
    Kiev I came with the guarantee-card to service center to order
    adjusting my wide-angle lens. Three days after I came again to get
    back it adjusted (as I suggested). The repairman told me that he
    nothing can do with my lens and advised me to send it to the NezhinBs
    branch of BArsenalB where it was produced. Occasionally I had shaken
    the lens near my ear and we had heard the sound produced with shaking
    glass components. The repairman and me were shocked! Ha, ha! B we
    were thinking about subtle adjusting of the lens and he tried to make
    it vainly centering loosing elements! I knew Nezhin as a village
    where people produce very good cucumbers, but lensesB..(?!?).
    Sorry, but it seems to me that discussing of such kind of cameras (to
    be exact similarity of cameras) on this great Forum would be a time
    to waste. The Leica Forum would become like a whisky diluted with
    plenty of water. BTW, so named Russian Leica-copies of WWII Leicas
    (gold plated with a nazi symbols) are home-made from obvious ones
    produced in Kharkov and Krasnogorsk. Just my two copecks. Thanks.
     
  13. I've made the front page show older questions underneath
    their associated, clickable categories. I think this will be good,
    but if all 40 or so LDF members really start freaking out, I can
    change it back. The top page should load much faster, though.<p>
    Your humble moderator,
     
  14. I understand Victor Randin's point of view but I don't see any harm
    in including a "Leica Clones" category if that's what people want. If
    kept as a separate category, it should prevent the kind of
    adulteration about which Victor has expressed his concern. These
    cameras (FED, Zorki, etc.) seem to have gained some sort of curio
    status, if nothing else. Their value on the market seems to indicate
    that they are of interest to collectors.
     

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