Thinking of disbanding the "Hot Spots" forum

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Thinking of disbanding the "Hot Spots" forum

Post by Otto Vondrak »

We have a forum called "Hot Spots."

http://railroad.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=41

It's meant for the discussion of popular railfan locations, things of that nature. It's very low traffic, and often the questions go unanswered for long periods of time. There's also a lot of redundant questions that could be better answered at some of our other forums.

>Hot Spots in Metra territory

- Better answered in the Metra forum?

>hotspots in Connecticut..

- Better answered in New England Railfan?

>The meanings of signals

- Better answered in Railroad Operations?

- CSX River Line?

- Better answered in CSX or New York State forum?

I feel that the Hot Spots forum is generating redundant questions. My thought was this... why not move the posts to our forums with higher traffic where they could get better answers and possibly generate more in-depth conversations?

What do you all think?

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Post by Lirr168 »

Seems like a lot of work for you guys to move everything, so as long as you don't mind, I personally don't see any problems with disbanding the forum. As you demonstrated, a lot of these questions could be better answered elsewhere and, beyond that, I think a lot the questions in regards to hotspots are already asked in the forum for the railroad in question.

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Post by Robert Paniagua »

Yeah, especially the rapid transit issues that can be answered in individual forums respectively, and Amtrak railfanning, which can always be used in the Amtrak Forum too. So yeah, I think the hot spots forum can be dissolved with the other railroad agencies forums.
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Post by Noel Weaver »

I would like to see you keep "Hot Spots" because there are some places
where railfans with cameras are totally welcomed and need not fear
needless harassment by over zealous officials, police and others. There
are places in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia and other states where we
can feel free to go to the tracks for a day of enjoyment. The police are
freindly and wave to you when they go by instead of giving you a hard
time, there is a good number of trains and a good variety of power too.
A central location for these places on here has to be a plus and I hope
you will decide to keep it.
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Railfans can be on MTA platforms with a camera as long as they do not disrupt operations.
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I would move them to the Rail Travel & Trip Reports forum

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Post by David Benton »

That would be ok with me , though i would like to collate it into a list of places to visit/ railfan , for people travelling outside thier own area .
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Post by Otto Vondrak »

I tend to agree... Those that cant be categorized into individual local forums could be moved into Trip Reports. It's been my experience that folks looking for local information tend to gravitate to one of the "local" forums and simply post their question there.

I'd like to hear a few more people chime in before I do anything, though. I know a lot of people are still out on holiday, and I'm in no rush to do anything.

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Post by Alloy »

crazy_nip wrote:I would move them to the Rail Travel & Trip Reports forum
That seems like a workable idea to me. It seems like it would still address Mr. Weaver's concern.
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Post by Otto Vondrak »

Anyone else care to comment before we take action?

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Post by Noel Weaver »

I still think it should be kept but maybe it could be limited to public
viewing areas such as Folkston, Goergia, Horseshoe Curve etc and maybe
you could also rename it public viewing areas. You could limit its use to
public viewing areas.
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Post by Otto Vondrak »

Noel, not a bad idea, but you know what I would rather do? I would llike to create a new article that everyone could reference describing public viewing areas across the county (the so-called "railfan parks")...

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Post by Noel Weaver »

Otto, why not just rename the thing and keep the existing material intact?
It should be strictly limited to the "public" viewing areas designated for
train watching and photography.
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Post by Otto Vondrak »

Nothing is ruled out at this point, so we'll certainly consider that as well.

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