Notices

View Poll Results: Remove the Computer Science subforum?

Voters
11. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yay

    3 27.27%
  • Nay

    7 63.64%
  • Maybe

    0 0%
  • Keep, but nominate someone quickly

    1 9.09%
Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Removal of the Computer Science subforum

  1. #1 Removal of the Computer Science subforum 
    Forum Ph.D. Darius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    817
    The computer science subforum is the least populated, and least used, of all subforums in current existence. The majority of threads there are homework question threads, and those that aren't generally ask questions about fixing computers. Thus being more of a "computer help" subforum than a "computer science" one. Due to its general lack of activity and poor activity at that, I advocate its removal. I admit there are a few good discussions there, but due to their infrequency I question the need for such a subforum when many websites dedicated to it already exist.

    On top of that there hasn't even been a nomination for a moderator since the nominations began, making the subforum even more trashy. If the consensus is not to remove it, then I advocate swift nomination of someone to moderate it and clean it up. With at least a volunteer so people have an idea as to who to nominate.


    Om mani padme hum

    "In dishonorable things we are not bound to obey any man." - The Book of the Courtier [1561], pg 99 (144 in pdf)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2.  
     

  3. #2  
    Time Lord
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    5,328
    Yay - but this one may be dear to (In)Sanity.


    A pong by any other name is still a pong. -williampinn
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #3  
    Forum Ph.D. Darius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    817
    Curious that so many would vote "no" without even a single response as to why. Perhaps my reputation matters more than my idea.
    Om mani padme hum

    "In dishonorable things we are not bound to obey any man." - The Book of the Courtier [1561], pg 99 (144 in pdf)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #4  
    WYSIWYG Moderator marnixR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Cardiff, Wales
    Posts
    5,810
    i voted "no", because my opinion is that, in order to delete a subforum, it needs to be shown that its existence is actually detrimental to the forum
    whilst it may not be the most popular part of the forum, i don't think there's any evidence that it does any harm
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #5  
    Forum Isotope (In)Sanity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Mesa AZ
    Posts
    2,699
    It's not causing any problems at this time. We actually get a large number of new members who are looking for a good computer science forum. The problem with the forum is that it's too broad to be a real computer science area. We would need sections on various languages, hardware, software, etc. The internet is saturated with forums that specialize in exact computer science related topics, such as C++. Having a computer science forum here is more for completeness then anything else.
    Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #6  
    Forum Freshman SuperflyTNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    41
    It seems fine to me, just because there isn't anyone there now, doesn't mean that there won't be in the future. Besides finding tech wiz kids on computers on a forum like this may take a while. They've got to work out the drok yet.

    I think its best to wait a while and see if we get any takers. Besides there are forums out there dedicated to computer science so people will look for them. Most often than not, CS trained knowledgable people are probably the opposite of us in which we focus on the three main sciences as a whole and looked here for this forum as 'science'. Not computer science. Anyone likely to be wanting to find a CS sub forum in a science forum wouldn't bother, unless they were willing to share their knowledge.

    On a final note, most people here on this forum only have a fair and reasonable amount of well rounded knowledge anyway, with the tech guys and gals who know all kinds of technical and professional information in the specific topics of say physics or biology being the moderators. Which makes perfect sense to me.

    What would fit is someone who is interested in science as a whole and wishing to talk about it, yet having professional knowledge speicifc to computer science. We have yet to meet this person.

    Keep the sub forum, one day we might get someone knowledgable on CS and lose them, because we don't have a CS fourm. And seeing as we don't already have one, I'd say we'd lose out.
    The cake is a lie. I saw it, but it was not really there and merley a trick of the mind...

    If people of the world acted together to make it a harmonous world. We wouldn't need to wait 2000 years for a messiah; we'd save it less than 24 hours...
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #7  
    Suspended
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Posts
    599
    Yay.

    Computer science is kind of a bastard science IMO anyways.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  9. #8  
    WYSIWYG Moderator marnixR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Cardiff, Wales
    Posts
    5,810
    computer science is advanced plumbing
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  10. #9  
    Forum Ph.D. Darius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    817
    Quote Originally Posted by SuperflyTNT
    It seems fine to me, just because there isn't anyone there now, doesn't mean that there won't be in the future.
    It seems to me that, just because there aren't unicorns now, doesn't mean there won't be in the future.

    The computer science forum has been around for many years, and in all those years it hasn't improved.
    Om mani padme hum

    "In dishonorable things we are not bound to obey any man." - The Book of the Courtier [1561], pg 99 (144 in pdf)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  11. #10  
    Forum Isotope (In)Sanity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Mesa AZ
    Posts
    2,699
    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    computer science is advanced plumbing
    Being a computer science and electronics guy, not hardly. Whole lot of physics going on as well. Computers at such high clock speeds as we see today are very much an exact science. Back in the 80's your statement was a little more true.
    Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name
    Reply With Quote  
     

  12. #11  
    WYSIWYG Moderator marnixR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Cardiff, Wales
    Posts
    5,810
    ahem, i WAS joking - i was referring to a senior manager at work who once famously said "why do you need a director for IT ? you might as well have a director for plumbing"
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  13. #12  
    Suspended
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    8,795
    Quote Originally Posted by Darius
    It seems to me that, just because there aren't unicorns now, doesn't mean there won't be in the future.

    The computer science forum has been around for many years, and in all those years it hasn't improved.
    People come and go. All that has to happen is for a couple of computer science geeks to show up and start discussing computers. Not long ago the math subforum here was a ghost town. Now we have several members there who really know their stuff.

    How exactly does the subforum bother you and what will improve if we get rid of it?
    Reply With Quote  
     

  14. #13  
    Suspended
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Posts
    599
    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    How exactly does the subforum bother you and what will improve if we get rid of it?
    You could use that exact arguement to support keeping a subforum called "Unicorns, leprochauns and count chocula: discussion of why they are real and why if you don't believe you are wrong"

    Not saying that anyone here would, cept maybe a few people in pseudo
    Reply With Quote  
     

  15. #14  
    Forum Freshman SuperflyTNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    41
    If you got rid of it, knowing your luck the next day you'd have a tech wiz join the forum saying 'where's CS?'. You'd bring it back, and then you'd find they never return. Might as well leave the bridge open even if nobody is crossing it.
    The cake is a lie. I saw it, but it was not really there and merley a trick of the mind...

    If people of the world acted together to make it a harmonous world. We wouldn't need to wait 2000 years for a messiah; we'd save it less than 24 hours...
    Reply With Quote  
     

  16. #15  
    Universal Mind John Galt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,168
    Quote Originally Posted by mormoopid
    You could use that exact arguement to support keeping a subforum called "Unicorns, leprochauns and count chocula: discussion of why they are real and why if you don't believe you are wrong"
    It was a rumour on the internet that just such a sub-forum existed here that first led me to the site. Overcoming my initial disappointment that reality and fantasy were different, I elected to stay.

    Leave the sub-forum open. If the forum membership grows it may become more active in future.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  17. #16  
    Forum Freshman Schemmy888's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    ??Hidden??
    Posts
    42
    Why do you guys care if the subforum stays or not. It may not be doing anything positive, but it sure ain't doin' anything nrgstivr. Its a purely nuetral force. Heres what I say: Give it another 2 monthes and if it stays the least populated, axe it!
    Schem Labs----The future of the science industry.
    ----------------------------------------------------

    http://schemtech.wordpress.com/
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •