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I miss TechTalk
« on: October 19, 2010, 02:15:56 PM »
I still miss it.  I'm unhappy that it was axed.

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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2010, 02:43:35 PM »
Welcome to the forum! I think you'll find it meets your needs.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 02:48:07 PM »
Hows the testing of TT2 coming along? Last I heard they were testing and never heard another word about it...
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010, 02:52:40 PM »
Still testing...it's not easy to find a way to make it as good as it was but still stay within the budget/manpower requirements.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 02:56:57 PM »
As said above, I also think that if you give it a chance, the forum will meet your needs.  Just for kicks, I took a look at the last 10 TT emails, and they can be summed up as follows:

50 posts about TT and the transition
17 announcements about competitions or requests for GABF tickets
51 beer related posts

That means, on average, about 5 beer related posts that I might be interested in.  Unfortunately, a lot of those posts said the same thing because responders didn't necessarily know that the question had been answered until the next day.

Ironically, I probably wouldn't have signed up for the forum if there hadn't been such a firestorm on TT, but I'm glad I did.

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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010, 04:16:12 PM »
Yup, TT2 is in progress and mostly held up by real life.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 05:19:27 AM »
Yup, TT2 is in progress and mostly held up by real life.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 06:54:32 AM »
Drew with a life???

Now that's a joke!
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 12:58:13 PM »
Just for kicks, I took a look at the last 10 TT emails, and they can be summed up as follows:

50 posts about TT and the transition
17 announcements about competitions or requests for GABF tickets
51 beer related posts

These type of summations continue to irk me. 

Take a look at the RSS feed for the forum.

Milk, BBQ, Hockey, Aruba, Beer in the Bible.  I could go on and on.

There's far more noise and much less of a tight focus on the forum.

For the record, I am not saying that there are not quality beer focused discussions on the forum.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 09:48:26 PM »
Just for kicks, I took a look at the last 10 TT emails, and they can be summed up as follows:

50 posts about TT and the transition
17 announcements about competitions or requests for GABF tickets
51 beer related posts

These type of summations continue to irk me. 

Take a look at the RSS feed for the forum.

Milk, BBQ, Hockey, Aruba, Beer in the Bible.  I could go on and on.

There's far more noise and much less of a tight focus on the forum.

For the record, I am not saying that there are not quality beer focused discussions on the forum.

Oops - I guess I shouldn't have listed the number of off-topic posts since my point was that there were only about 5 beer related posts per day. Even that is a little misleading since on TT, if somebody would ask a simple question, they could get several replies saying the same thing. The repetition is less likely on the forum.  I mostly ignore the off-topic stuff on the forum so it really doesn't bother me. 

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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010, 06:36:46 AM »
One thing that's missing from the forums that we had on TT was David Houseman.  I knew that with every post I made I could count on getting a reply from him and subsequently had some very good discussions with him.

In grad school they told us that the most important thing in the classroom was the students.  The ability to share different experiences and insights significantly increased the value of the classroom.

I wonder how many other folks we lost in the transition...
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2010, 06:43:15 AM »
One thing that's missing from the forums that we had on TT was David Houseman.  I knew that with every post I made I could count on getting a reply from him and subsequently had some very good discussions with him.

In grad school they told us that the most important thing in the classroom was the students.  The ability to share different experiences and insights significantly increased the value of the classroom.

I wonder how many other folks we lost in the transition...

Agreed.

Note: The forum has Gordon Strong, Denny Conn and Fred Bonjour just to name a few.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2010, 06:56:24 AM »
I'd rather have several answers from the semi-educated masses, than one from an "expert". Experts seem to have canned answers for everything.

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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2010, 06:59:09 AM »
One thing that's missing from the forums that we had on TT was David Houseman.  I knew that with every post I made I could count on getting a reply from him and subsequently had some very good discussions with him.

In grad school they told us that the most important thing in the classroom was the students.  The ability to share different experiences and insights significantly increased the value of the classroom.

I wonder how many other folks we lost in the transition...

Agreed.

Note: The forum has Gordon Strong, Denny Conn and Fred Bonjour just to name a few.


Oh, no knocks against any folks, it was just an example.  I've picked up some really good information on mashing over the past couple of weeks.  Houseman was just an example of one person who was a regular contributor, and I haven't seen any recent forum posts by him.

Also, the header of TT usually had an AHA or industry-related post by Charlie P.,  Gary Glass or some other folks.  If there are announcements like that on this forums, I think I lose them in the RSS feed.  There's no way to prioritize certain sections of the forums so they are listed at the top of the RSS feed other than subscribing to a particular thread.  So although it was manually done, there was some value to the organization of the posts.  My RSS reader might be archaic in that regard, but it was one thing that we had in TT that we might not be able to implement with RSS.

Even with all the change, I am embracing the forums more than TT.
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Re: I miss TechTalk
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2010, 07:19:53 AM »
Even with all the change, I am embracing the forums more than TT.

I am very pleased to hear this.
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