We’re not closing our minds to any suggestions, but frankly, I don’t see anywhere near the number of questions about computers that would warrant a separate forum.
Currently, we can handle most questions in existing forums:
- “How do I expand memory on my SPD-13?” would go in GQ.
- “Which printer do you like best?” would go in IMHO
- “Talk about the cool computer graphics in the movie CITIZEN KANE II” would go in Cafe Society.
- “What’s the fastest way to download pirated movies without being caught?” would not go anywhere on our boards, new forum or not.
The other argument is that there are plenty of boards where you can get tech help. Our boards really don’t serve that function. We don’t provide medical or legal or other professional advice, either. There’s a difference between boards offering opinions (yes, there are lots of places to rant, discuss arts, etc., too) and those offering technical advice (on computers, pets, African violets, etc.) We try to remain generalists, and dedicated to the Cecil Adams principles: WWCC? (“What would Cecil Consider?”) For example, Cecil would not answer a technical computer question in his column.
Hence, while we don’t mind the occasional such floating around, we don’t consider it to be related to our raison d’etre (those are dried grapes from Etre, CA.)
Finally, we’ve discussed it amongst the Moderators from time to time, and in the past we’ve felt that such a forum would need a Moderator who is reasonably well versed in computer technical stuff. The Moderator would need to know when someone is trolling or bullshitting, for instance, and that’s not easy in a technical field unless you know the field.
So those are the reasons why we haven’t, so far. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth thinking about from time to time – just because we rejected an idea in the past doesn’t mean that we can’t reconsider as circumstances change.