http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-chowhound-20151010-story.html"For 18 years, as the Internet and social media grew in prominence, Chowhound provided the food-obsessed an online community, a forum and an archive for a massive amount of accumulated conversation on discussion boards that were organized geographically and had threads that stretched back years.
Until last month, when a comprehensive redesign of the site prompted many longtime users, including many in Los Angeles, to abandon the site."
I agree. The problem with SkyscraperCity and ScyscraperPage are their superbroad global focus. It is overwhelming, unfocused and unfriendly for many users.Does the world really need another skyscraper website? I'd say keep it local and focus on specific cities as opposed to starting yet another general worldwide site. UrbanToronto's strength has always been its hyper-local focus. Take that and replicate it in other cities. There's no need for another SkyscraperCity or SkyscraperPage.
In fact, that is the precise idea behind this new site. Projects threads exist in the local sections and are merely aggregated to the SRC main forum. Members don't have to venture out of their local section at all. Each city has its own landing page as well as local news articles and database. Here's Calgary for example: http://skyrisecities.com/database/cities/calgaryBut, if you have an UrbanToronto, and an UrbanVancouver, UrbanMontreal, you can maintain the (very) successful UrbanToronto format of hyper-local focus with regular local news stories and userbases. All those threads can then be aggregated into the main forum on SkyriseCities.
But then how does that differ from the Toronto section at SkyscraperCity? Or Calgary at SSP?In fact, that is the precise idea behind this new site. Projects threads exist in the local sections and are merely aggregated to the SRC main forum. Members don't have to venture out of their local section at all. Each city has its own landing page as well as local news articles and database. Here's Calgary for example: http://skyrisecities.com/database/cities/calgary
We considered this. The only problem with this is length of thread names especially when there are more than one developer and architect. This is especially true with mobile devices.
Within the forum its similar to the Calgary subforum but world wise there's a big difference. Any post within our Calgary section will also make it to the world page as there is only one thread per project. And there will be a thread for each individual project as opposed to large threads with multiple projects being discussed. Finally SRC is taking an integrated approach with the content. We have news (where's that on SSP or SSC?), the project databases and forums tightly connected. SSP and SSC are basically what UT was before we adding the databases and news stories. It works well at UT and there's no reason it won't work well on a world level.But then how does that differ from the Toronto section at SkyscraperCity? Or Calgary at SSP?
Here's Calgary's subforum: