Resolved Shouldn't the iOS 6 and iOS 5 and earlier forums be merged

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by ajiuo, Jun 23, 2015.

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    Yeah I'm thinking it's probably about that time iOS 6 gets thrown in with the iOS 5 and older folder.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say its not a bad idea at this stage.
     
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    I completely understand the logic behind doing this, but as the old versions get older, less and less people will visit the forums for each version. So let's say someone comes to the iOS 6 forum in about 2 years asking for help with iOS 6 on an old iPod touch. How many people will be visiting that specific forum compared to the forums for both newer versions and the iOS 5 and earlier forum? If the iOS 6 forum were merged into the 5 and earlier forum, there's a higher chance that person would be able to receive help.

    I guess what I'm trying to ask is this- will there ever be a point where forums dedicated to older versions of iOS and OS X become so sparsely visited that you'll merge them into the "X and earlier" forum?
     
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    It's possible, and you've identified an advantage of doing so.

    Luckily, users don't find new threads or posts only by viewing specific forums. A good number of users (a majority?) use the New Posts or the Spy features, which display the most recent activity regardless of forum. Also, when you use the Advanced Search page, you can click the top-level iOS forum to search across all of its subforums at once when a specific topic interests you.
     
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    Ahh, gotcha. Yeah, I don't use the New Posts or Spy features, so I kinda forgot they existed. I guess I'm pretty traditional in that I browse through the individual forums, except for the occasional thread in the "Latest Replies" section that catches my eye. Either way, the New Posts and Spy features certainly help increase the visibility of a post or thread regardless of the forum it's in.
     

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