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I am in the process of creating a philosophy website forum, just a general place people can come and discuss any type of philosophy they so desire. I am currently in the design stage of creating the boards and I would like to ask for layout opinions.

If any of you have any experience with philosophy then perhaps you could let me know if I have missed any major areas, there are repeating areas, or areas you feel are not needed?

The link provided is NOT the actual forum. I am simply using a free website template (proboards - free service) to design the layout. The real forum is not yet operational and will be on vBulletin. This website has no information regarding what my actual website will be called or anything that could be considered advertising in any way, it's just a generic template/test board I am using for the first stages of the forum design. This is merely me asking fellow users who are interested in philosophy and website forum design if I have covered the main grounds for a potentially successful forum.

Any help would be high appreciated smile.gif. Thanks.


http://testboard1123.proboards.com/index.cgi
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This is just some ROUGH design changes and by no means a criticism of your current layout. The only changes I would really make is make a consistent banner location at the bottom of the page and draw the users eye to the site navigation. After that I moved some small elements around to balance the layout.

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If you have questions feel free to ask.
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Thankyou for that HalfWayCrook. As I said, it is not my final site, I plan on placing a banner towards the bottom of my vBulletin website when it is in operation. This post was more about identifying the names of the boards (ethics and morality, society, politics etc) and to see if I missed anything obvious, or the boards appeared too cluttered for a new message board?

Thanks. I look forward to any more comments from your or anyone who wishes to help me out thumb.gif.
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I would probably include a logic forum, maybe linguistics, and subforums for say classics, german philosophy, modern, etc.

wikipedia says:

language, law, science, religion, mind...but, I'd think even that's probably not enough, if you're leaving out specific forums for say, aesthetics (perhaps that falls under mind?)

I also don't like grouping epistemology and metaphysics hmmsmiley02.gif

but what do I know. Either way...great idea dude.
 
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Looks good Sin. Can't say there is anything that jumps out at me that needs changed.
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I would probably include a logic forum, maybe linguistics, and subforums for say classics, german philosophy, modern, etc.
wikipedia says:
language, law, science, religion, mind...but, I'd think even that's probably not enough, if you're leaving out specific forums for say, aesthetics (perhaps that falls under mind?)
I also don't like grouping epistemology and metaphysics hmmsmiley02.gif
but what do I know. Either way...great idea dude.

I was thinking that logic could be placed in the 'Science' section. The philosophy of language typically does not fair well on other philosophy forums that I see on the net, I feel it could go in the 'General Philosophy' section, if the demand is there I can always add it in the future.
I grouped epistemology and metaphysics together because one can not discuss epistemology until one has defined their metaphysics. They do ultimately come hand in hand together, or at least that is what I have been taught.

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Looks good Sin. Can't say there is anything that jumps out at me that needs changed.

Thanks thumb.gif.
This will be a work in progress for at least 4-12 months I would imagine. I wanted to discuss philosophy with other people over the internet however I noticed that there are only 3-4 philosophy message boards out there, and none of them are exactly active or even look well maintained. They all seem to have pretty bad designs (in my opinion) and I felt I could build a better looking and better managed website for myself and everyone who is interested, or even just partly interested in the subject.


Any other opinions would be welcome. I'm a long way from finalising anything.
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