The trouble with FAQ's (I've written a few) and pinned subjects is that as much as we would like they rarely get read, peoples eye's see 'pinned' or 'sticky' and instantly their head says boring and they look for the new subjects.
Sadly, they often aren't maintained & aren't as useful as newer topics might be. ONE good solid FAQ for this forum would probably be beneficial, though. I know I'd have at least looked at the initial post in one, if there were one.
My C64 FAQ that I created many years ago for a C64 newsgroup was maintained solidly by me and also by the guy that took it over (I think its still in the wild even now) but we still got the same level of same questions. I'm not against the idea at all, I love it but if anyone is hoping to see less traffic question wise then you may be disappointed.
The problem is information overload. I'm not talking about FAQ's, I'm talking about the average internet site, there is so much info in text and icons and links and on and on that the average person skims quickly and if they don't see what they are looking for it's easier to post and ask. How many people have filled out long online forms and finally hit return, then the site blinks back to the form, telling you that it wasn't completely filled out, you must fill in the highlighted spots? Information overload. I ignore about 50% or more of what's on a web page becuase of all the ads and lists and icons. I think most people are the same. FAQs are great, unless you miss seeing the link to them...
AtariAge is great, but I 99% of the time I go straight to one specific forum and ignore the rest. Why? Information overload. There's too much to take in and no one has the time to go through every forum and read everything. Too many seperate forums to keep track of.
It all comes down to information overload, so people throw up their hands and just post a quizitive thread.
Edited by Gunstar, Fri Jan 6, 2012 9:05 AM.