marcus wrote:I know what you mean. I'm not sure whether that's something I can do - the forum is all hosted differently, and it's probably something for Thomas to deal with. But we should certainly consider it. Or we change the main forum to "Discuss 4th Century and early 3rd Century BC Macedonia"Paralus wrote: Perhaps the site could do with a fresh face? Well though I realise it is devoted to the fellow Alexander III, it would appeal to more were it ever slightly widened. Sub-forums, on the main forum index page, which might deal with Macedonian history, Philip II, the immediate successor period, archaeological news etc as well as "off topic" might just widen the appeal.
My thoughts on this are that we should leave the first forum on the page, as is - "Discuss Alexander the Great". A second forum on the Successors/early Hellenistic period is rather obvious as we already have members with a great interest in this topic (which does relate directly to Alexander), and it would likely bring in new contributors as well. But what about the earlier periods? A forum on Philip and early Macedonia makes sense, but this would exclude related people and events in the rest of the ancient world. Would a Sub forum on, say, Fourth Century BC Civilization be too general a topic? Within that subject header one would be able to discuss historical events or individuals in Persia, Asia, mainland Greece, etc., many of which shaped and affected Alexander and Macedonia in one way or other. And topics such as archaeology, society and culture could/would be included. But is such a title potentially open to too wide an interpretation? The idea of additional Sub forums is to expand on the subject of Alexander rather than to move away from him completely, so we would appreciate any and all input from our members.Paralus wrote:So, do you think we could manage, on this platform, the proliferation of "sub fora" related to Argeads; Greek / Macedonian history; Diadoch hisory; Hellenistic themes etc?
I suspect that there are those who would like to see individual forums on subjects such as Ancient Persia, Archaeology, and so forth, but my personal concern here is that if too many Sub forums proliferate we may end up with several which will see very little active participation. On the other hand, the Sub forum heading which I suggested above would allow for threads discussing Plato and his philosophy, as one example. Not that there's anything wrong with debating Plato, but is a forum attached to the oldest (and best!) site on Alexander the Great the right place for such discussions?
We need your thoughts on this, Pothosians, so express your opinions and show your enthusiasm – please! Ultimately it will be Thomas' decision, but he (obviously) has the best interests of the forum and its members at heart.