What gives? Well, this topic was here first. Actually it's a case where officially, this topic really should have been moved to Books because that's exactly what the forum is for. But when I first saw the topic here, I chose not to move it, precisely because I wanted to see how well discussion would fare here compared to inl Bunkhouse Porch. And then when you posted your thread and Michael moved it to BP, that gave a good point of comparison. Not that it was planned; we bartender/sheriffs didn't compare notes about it, it just worked out that way. But the results do seem to suggest that maybe having a separate forum for books discussion does not actually help promote books discussion...
I just read somewhere that conversations on the Internet follow "Life" game rules: they die from both over- and underpopulation. Maybe we should separate talking about programming books (in bunkhouse porch forum) from non-programming book (Meaningless Drivel).
Maybe we should separate talking about programming books (in bunkhouse porch forum) from non-programming book (Meaningless Drivel).
I too thought about it. But it might not be feasible. What happens if you start a topic on technical books, and later people start taking about non-technical things or vice versa? (which is not very uncommon). Is there a way to soft-link a thread to more than one forum? The thread should be visible in both the forums and when you update the thread in one forum, the other forum should reflect the changes too. I don't know whether this feature is supported in UBB or not, but if it is there, it might be a good solution.
It seems to me that the Bunkhouse Porch forum is virtually dead in comparison with MD. It's so common for people to drift from a discussion of just about anything to books on the subject. As an example, you could argue that the whole basis of one of the most popular (and polemic) threads recently, "Bible Study", was all about a book. Perhaps an example which stretches it less would be if we discussed Michael Moore, who shot "Bowling for Columbine" and wrote Stupid White Men, amongst a lot of other things. The discussion would contain Meaningless Political drivel, but surely would also include a discussion of his books. But restricting it to the Bunkhouse Porch would squelch discussion of the movies, wouldn't it? Maybe BH should just be abandoned and books should be allowed to be discussed in MD.