- 18/09/2018 at 12:26 am #18045
Well I wasn’t totally sure what to add in here if im perfectly honest. I think the idea of a forum as a resource for information is a solid one. Im not sold on the choice of name at all . In fact Im firmly against it . But alas the decision is done now and we should just roll with it and Support Al and the team.
Firstly as my usual place of residence amongst the Dad network is in the Fitness section. Perhaps having its own place on the forums here under health perhaps would be ideal. But need to distinguish between mens health and child’s health. I can see the start thats been made here but would be nice to see a solid framework to add resource other than man extra random threads. In fact this very topic should be something more like general chat or general discussion. Rather than just name it “The DadsNet forum” . Just feels very …default.
Anyway not all negative . Just trying to be constructive somewhat. Good luck guys.
- 18/09/2018 at 9:15 am #18073
Interested to know why you’re ‘firmly against’ the name change? Does it make any difference if the Community is now at least as good as it was before, if not better with the new forum and much better way of being able to search, join and/or create a community?
Just my tuppence worth.
- 18/09/2018 at 9:49 am #18083BenParticipant
My first thought when it was announce at the Dad Network was that it would just be seen as a MumsNetspin-off and it would lose some of its originality, though i am not sure that’s the right word. Think I was worried it would just be seen as “oh, someone from MumsNet just made a small Dads one” and I know a few others around me a the time thought the same. Even at that stage it was clear it was happening though so i just kinda shrugged and hoped I was going to be proved wrong. And I still do maintain that hope. And anyway, I work in marketing and I am still to be convinced that a name means very little when trying to build a community, it’s the people that count and that’s what we are here for. Plus Al and all have worked their backsides off for this and Dad Network (gulp) has made me 1000% a better Dad so anything I can do to help/support/not get in the way, I will try to do.
I agree on the sub forums thing but then I know it is also super easy to then have a million sub forums, with about three people posting in each one. So it is a difficult balancing act. I wonder if a General chat/nonsense area, a “your kids” area and then “yourself” area would do it. Terrible names obviously, but hopefully people get the general gist if what I am getting at? Maybe that is too general and there needs to be some middle ground.
I’ll stop waffling now.
- 18/09/2018 at 10:13 am #18093
Alternatively, the name may bring in many new members who weren’t aware of what The Dad Network was, but now instantly recognise what it is as the name has become a general term in every day use.
Always two sides to an opinion. :)
- 18/09/2018 at 10:23 am #18094BenParticipant
For sure, it’s all ifs buts and maybes. Al clearly felt the change was needed so the change was made. Personally I haven’t come across Mumsnet in everyday use but the figures they have suggest they, if not the name itself, is recognisable so I assume it was felt this would generate more members. Time will tell.
Plus higher numbers don’t equal a more helpful place, but that is an entirely different kettle of fish and one that is much harder to manage!
- 18/09/2018 at 1:24 pm #18146
That is very true, but I think if you hear the term TheDadsnet, you are more likely to think “Oh, a Mumsnet for Dads, great”.
I hear what you re saying about branding a company with a name, but you’ve nothing to lose doing so, yet calling something Red Fish or whatever, isn’t going to help you much either!
- 18/09/2018 at 2:37 pm #18174
But why should we be “a mums net for dads”? And just its own entity. To me personally shows a lack of imagination and vision. Sorry its how I feel.
- 18/09/2018 at 7:38 pm #18224
Sorry you miss my point. I didn’t say the site has to be a Mumsnet for Dads, I said people will instantly know what the site is generally for, and when they visit they will see the site offers so much more.
Surely it’s just better to get new Dads through the door to build the community. My nearest community at the moment is 50 miles from me, I’d like a more local one which will happen once more Dads join.
- 19/09/2018 at 9:35 am #18288
Surely the community aspect is stronger through Facebook. This is more useful as a place to post and log resources of information. Because of the archiving abilities. Also I do need to make it clear as i stated in my OP . I am 100% behind Al and his team , I merely aired my humble opinion. :)
- 19/09/2018 at 1:34 pm #18307
I think we both are :)
But on FB you can’t have functionality like the Community locator though.
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