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Microcontroller sub-categories.. What do you think?

Discussion in 'Site Issues & Feedback' started by ElectroMaster, Aug 12, 2009.

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Do you think the Micro Controllers forum should have sub forums?

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  1. Nigel Goodwin

    Nigel Goodwin Super Moderator Most Helpful Member

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    There's already code all over the net that students can 'steal', so it would make little difference from that point of view.
     
  2. Hero999

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    Why not include a licence agreement saying that if you use the code, you have to say where you got it from ne if they don't, sue. :D
     
  3. ElectroMaster

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    Yeah the point of this topic is to decide weather or not sub forums will be a good idea.

    At this stage I'm thinking of creating just an AVR sub forum to split that content and then their would be a clear line.. How does that sound?
     
  4. dave

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  5. 3v0

    3v0 Coop Build Coordinator Forum Supporter

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    PIC traffic is in the majority. Split off PIC and lump the rest together.
     
  6. Pommie

    Pommie Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    You're advocating putting the majority in a sub forum? That won't work.

    Mike.
     
  7. colin mac

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    After the PIC, there isn't any micro that deserves a forum on it's own, in terms of the amount of threads. 8051 has probably more threads than AVR, even if they mostly come from Saudi Arabia or wherever. So I think it should be two categories, PIC and everything else, if anything.
     
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  8. 3v0

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    Forget about what is a forum vrs sub forum for a bit. I am not suggesting how that should be arranaged.

    What is the sense in splitting off a minor player like AVR and lumping PIC in with the other minor players ?

    3v0
     
  9. be80be

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    Your right
    Know real AVR user will post here we use Pic you know from here Welcome to microchipDIRECT

    Mostly the one's that have posted here are pic users :D
     
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  10. be80be

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    This is what you get when you search for AVR on this form
    There's 494 pages about 8051 uC
    There's more pages on just one chip the 16f628 then there is for both avr and 8051
     
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    3v0 Coop Build Coordinator Forum Supporter

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    That is because AVR has 3 letters and 8051 has 4.

    3v0
     
  12. colin mac

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    It's probably off putting for anyone who doesn't use a PIC to post in the micro section with all those PIC threads.
     
  13. ElectroMaster

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    If we created a Pic subforum it would create a problem for mods as alot of people would just post in the main forum. That's why I think Pic should be left in the main forum.
     
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    What do you think your going to gain there not that many people
    posting for Atmel microcontrollers or 8051 microcontrollers

    If you have the whole world where would you put it.
    Some times too much is a bad thing.
     
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    I am rather confused regarding your motivation.

    There is always going to be the possibility of people posting in the wrong forum. More forums will require more moderation. If the goal is to reduce work then increasing the complexity of the forum structure is out of the question.

    Proper organization of forums will help.

    Maybe the key is to place all uC related forums at the same level including other or whatever. Use the main as place to hold locked sticky threads. (just thinking)

    What advantage do you see in creating an AVR forum ?

    3v0
     
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  16. ElectroMaster

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    Good comments 3v0.

    My aim is to create an environment that will allow the Micro Controllers to expand and evolve into a more user-friendly place which can handle larger groups - with as little trouble to the moderators as possible.

    The benefits, well like Colin says, it's off-putting to come into a forum that is predominantly PIC related when you are interested in AVR.. But it's a great feeling to know the people posting in your forum has the same interests as you..

    It's the same logic as why we don't just have one main forum for electronics..

    PS: sorry it's really late, my writing is very poor atm! :]
     
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  17. srikanthsamaga

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    Its not about equipments.. It depends on college syllabus...
    Many universities are still sticking to 8051...
     
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    Well, the sub forums appear to be working.

    Mike.
     
  19. ElectroMaster

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    I've now setup 2 sub-forums - as you will notice. AVR and 8051..

    I've sorted through some threads and built it up a bit and it seems there is a lot of information about both. 8051 is much more popular than I thought.

    We'll see how it goes. If you notice any problems please do let me know. Thank you all for you feedback.
     
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  20. Nigel Goodwin

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    Perhaps you should relabel it 8051/8951 - as we're still getting 8951 posts in the main forum.
     
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