With Bitcointalk's one millionth post, it seems we've reached the point where some boards are just too big. Here are some of my ideas for splitting up.
: Hyperactive (>200000 posts)Red
: Urgent (>100000 posts)Brown
: Potential threat (>50000 posts)1. Bitcoin Discussion177249 posts as of this posting.
The board that has the most posts also happens to be the second-most general (Off-topic, of course, is more general). Bitcoin Discussion currently has four subfora: Press, Legal, Meetups, and Important Announcements. I propose the following to ease activity in this board:
- Add new subforum: Security
- Add new subforum: Adoption
- Move new threads that belong in other boards into the other boards more frequently. To accomplish this, I suggest appointing some new moderators in charge of moving threads away.
Part of the reason Bitcoin Discussion is so big is because... it is too big. A thread is most likely to get attention if it is posted in Bitcoin Discussion. Conversely, threads don't often get attention for too long: none of the top ten threads are located in Bitcoin Discussion.2. Newbies105067 posts as of this posting.
Part of the reason Newbies is so gigantic is because there's a much larger audience if threads are posted there. The other reason is a large amount of questioning and technical support. If it is technically feasible, I believe the following subforum additions will ease activity in Newbies:
- Technical Support (Newbies)
(This board is growing rapidly. I remember when I was a newbie, my thread asking for help got pushed off the page. Nobody checks the section frequently enough to keep up with its demand.)3. Speculation58085 posts as of this posting.
Speculation is such a new board that even I recall its creation. Now, rather than being split off, it needs to be split. Speculation is huge because of volatility in Bitcoin's price and because of the importance of Bitcoin's price. Speculation is too big. It needs to shrink, but it is unclear how.
(This board is growing rapidly and measures should be decided soon).4. Marketplace53490 posts as of this posting.
Because of how this board works, the number of posts is not yet a problem.5. Mining51428 posts as of this posting.
With so many subfora already, it's difficult to add more. Plus, this board is undergoing slow growth if any. No other board over 50000 is as stagnated as this one. Speculation is much faster-growing, and doesn't have a single subforum yet.
That deals with the boards I have suggestions for.