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  • #3747171
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Hey everyone.

    BPL is thinking about deleting the content in the old Gear Swap Forum. This would increase the speed of the whole site because GS represents a large chunk of our database. The old GS Forum has been locked since we debuted the new Member Gear Swap so it’s not going to change anything about how people list items for sale. The question here is: Should we keep the archive of the old Gear Swap Forum around? If yes, why do you want it around still?

    Our current plans for development include upgrading the new Member Gear Swap in Q3 of this year in order to increase its functionality. We have lots of suggestions about how to do that logged in our system already. I will start another thread soliciting feedback on which features our members are most interested in as we get closer to the Q3 development cycle. Let’s not do that in this thread right now, please.

    #3747173
    Jon Fong
    BPL Member

    @jonfong

    Locale: FLAT CAT GEAR

    Dump it.  If the site was locked, it added little value anyway.  Am I wrong?

    #3747174
    Scott Smith
    BPL Member

    @mrmuddy

    Locale: Idaho Panhandle

    Agree . Dump it.

    Surprised its been left up for so long

    #3747189
    Chris K
    BPL Member

    @cmkannen-2-2

    Dump it.

    It’s annoying to search for a piece of gear and 90% of the hits are from the old GS.

    #3747207
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Dump.

    #3747208
    David Hartley
    BPL Member

    @dhartley

    Locale: Western NY

    ditch it – agree with Chris K – more annoying than anything

    #3747210
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present……..”

    #3747213
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Dump it, BUT, there is value in having access to historical data, so perhaps it would be possible to archive it somewhere? I have no idea how this would impact BPL, but it’s something to keep in mind.

    #3747214
    bradmacmt
    BPL Member

    @bradmacmt

    Locale: montana

    Dump it – but PLEASE make the new swap more functionable. It’s pretty bad…

    #3747216
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Should have ditched it yesterday!

    #3747225
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’m with dumping.  i only remember looking up an old listing once in more than 10 years for something that I had bought just to get some construction details. On a related note, I’ve found my browsing of the new gear swap to have dropped considerably after the change. It just doesn’t seem as convenient to quickly peruse for some reason.

    #3747227
    humorless
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    Dump it. Then again, I’ve been a proponent of dumping pretty much most of the old posts in all forums, not just gear swap, though I know that’s not a popular opinion among the old folk here.

    #3747238
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Thanks for the responses. We will be purging the old forum over the weekend.


    @paulw
    – I hear you regarding the potential value of some old posts – Chris gives a use case above where he wanted to see a detail of something that had been posted on the old GS. This is a case of a cost/benefit analysis and we think the benefit of speeding up the site is worth the cost of very occasional access to an old post.

    #3747331
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I agree with cost/benefit calculation. Once per decade for me, probably less for other people, not a compelling case. I look forward to a quicker site. Given the time limited value of old GS posts are you going to apply that to the new GS? Would that be of benefit? After say 12-18 months?

    #3747403
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    I’ve never had a need or desire to search out old Gear Swap threads on BPL.  I occasionally check “sold items” on eBay to get a sense of a “market price” but 1) that’s out 4.3 gazillion sales so it has more relevance and 2) it doesn’t affect the speed of searching.

    #3747407
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    That’s a good point about purging the new GS after a time period. 12 or 18 months feels like a good increment.

     

    #3747439
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Before purging other BPL sections, consider opening them up to the Internet Archive to preserve for posterity, future researchers, and the occasional decade diver:

    https://web.archive.org

    Because it’s not allowed now:

    — Rex

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