How about "Best threads" stickies as FAQs?

With so many recurring questions and good information scattered across different threads, why not have a sticky in each section where we collect great threads for different topics to keep osbolete topics down?
If this gets out of hand, hopefully someone will be nice enough to compile the information in that thread in the first post..

For example in the cymbal section we could have links for topics like "Best Beginner / Rock,... cymbals" or "Breakage and Technique".
To give an example for the Cymbal section. I sorted the subforum by number of replies to find the popular threads but there are also short threads from years ago that still contain lots of good information. Having a few tags so people can use "Ctrl+F" to search for example for the tag "Cheap" would be helpful. So I could start the thread like this:

Bad Worst
Bad Worst
Ride Rock
Jazz Cheap

Maintenance and Technique:
Technique Breakage

And so on, then people can add more recommended threads. It would be best to keep discussion and posts like "Yeah, that's a good thread" down, so the thread remains mostly a collection of interesting links.

What do you think?


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Basically the problem is that most, best of, worst of, etc threads, bring only opinion and little fact. Those with Gretsch drums will recommend Gretsch drums, etc.
Yes, but there are still outstanding threads. Maybe a thread is good because someone explains something in detail. Or it's just a huge collection of points to consider. Of course, the posts on a forum are always subjective, so an FAQ-thread wouldn't "solve" that but there quite a few recommended reads hidden below thousands of other threads. This could also bring some new life to old threads and make them an even better collection of opinions.

And I think we would need some catchy tags like "best", "pro" and so on because that's what new users often look for. They might find 10 threads in an FAQ-thread by looking for these tags. Maybe only half of the threads are helpful to this person but that's still an excellent ratio compared to scrolling through hundreds of pages in the search function or by browsing the pages.

And it doesn't have to be about buying only. For the Technique section, we could collect threads for tags like "Rock Solo", "Latin" or whatever else.
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..For the Technique section, we could collect threads for tags like "Rock Solo", "Latin" or whatever else..

I think for the technique-section is more important to know who gives the advice..

Everyone is allowed to have an opinion and write what works for them and all such things, but i honestly think there are only 3-4 active members at the moment whose advice in that section has any educational value..

I am not one of them btw, because no one here ever saw me play, and i really think thats a very important aspect if taking and applying advice from someone..

For me personally that also goes for gear..

If i would consider to buy a sort of drum made from a certain sort of wood, the advice from someone who actually knows something about building drums (Andy for example) would have much more value than to hear that 200 other people really like those drums because of whatever reason..

Because, maybe what 200 other people like, i wont.. :)

And if a member whose playing i never heard tells that a certain drum has exactly the sound he needs because a lot of sustain or what else, then to me thats not saying too much..
oldskoolsoul: I completely agree. There's a lot of information with varying degrees of importance. So, let's say Tony or Alex wrote a few great posts on the topic of soloing on the form of a tune, you could put a link to that thread into the FAQ-thread like this:
Jazz Solo Form - http...
Maybe we could include a one line description in addition to the tags like:
Jazz Solo Form - A detailed introduction and videos in the posts by member X - http...

That is also why there is a search box. Type in, Best Crash, and read the results.
There are actually quite a few obstacles for new (and old) users. Type in "Hi Hat" and you get no results because these words are too short. This applies to many drum and music terms unfortuantely (B20, B8, COB, Ska, Rap, Tom, ...).

OK, so you try "Hi Hats" instead. Hats has 4 characters, so the search finds these threads:
As you see, most of the threads on the first page aren't about Hi Hats in general. The word just comes up. There are ten pages of results but there are certainly more threads that contain the word "hats".

So, next you realize that you can go to the "Cymbals"-Subforum and search "This Forum" instead of "Everywhere". These are the results:[child_nodes]=1&c[nodes][0]=15&o=date
Still, very broad results.

Also, the search returns links to the same thread for every post it finds. All of this will sway a user to just creatings a new thread: "Hi, which Hi Hat should I buy for Rock. I have a $100 budget."
Such threads have been created thousands of times.

Now, instead imagine one FAQ-sticky per subforum. You look for "Hi Hat Rock" and see five recommended threads. Because somebody has recommended the thread, it is pre-selected and not a blind search.

I mean, there are stickies in the sub forums already because these threads are essential reads. But there are more outstanding threads that you don't find unless you look really long. The idea of an FAQ-thread is that it's a user-informed collection of essential reads. I think we're all grown up enough to only link to really great threads and people can like your posts in the FAQ-thread, so others can see that these links were helpful for other members.
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