Topic titles and replies to existing topics

Dear members,

We would like to remind you of a couple of seemingly minor points, but points that will help your fellow members (both old and new) find what they’re looking for quickly and easily, and also help to reduce topic duplication.

Topic Titles

Please remember the importance of clear and self-explanatory topic titles when creating new threads on the forum.

As regulars will have noticed we often have topics created on very similar, if not identical, subjects because people have been unable to find what they were looking for when searching for information.

Poor search results can be caused by topic titles being somewhat vague or in some cases completely meaningless to the subject matter contained within.

Please spare a moment to consider the title of your topic before you post it. Your fellow members should know what to expect when they click on your topic.

Descriptive topic titles become even more relevant when posting in the #club-meetups category.

Please do not assume that everyone knows where XYZ town is. It will help your fellow members greatly if you could post the county in the title too. Similarly, please also put the date and time in the title where possible.

Topics with titles such as “Tower monument meet up tomorrow” will mean nothing to 99% of your fellow members. Where is the “Tower monument?” No. We don’t know either. Furthermore, people reading your topic for the first time (which may be a week later) will assume it’s tomorrow.

Replies to existing topics

When replying to an existing topic please take a moment to help improve the discussion even further.

Bumping a six month old topic with a one word/line reply in agreement does not help your club members.

Any such post that do reopen an old thread will be deleted.

Our Discourse forum suite provides tools that enable you as members to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Thank you.


Bumping this thread.

Please ensure that you create new topics with titles that convey something about their content and/or purpose.

Topic titles similar to “What about this?” really don’t help anyone and, after “today” a title that says “XYZ beach this morning.” is not relevant after that day. Add the date, or use “this morning” in the text of the post (that shows the original date) as far more meaningful.