OK, longer response now:
Ten years ago, when the site started, the site was about men's fragrance and grooming. It was what I knew about, so that's what I made a website about. All the discussion was hosted at an email mailing list
called eGroups, which got bought by Yahoo. We stayed there until about 2003, when I decided I would like to have the discussion hosted on the main site. At that time, we got the same amount of posts in a month, that we do in a day now.
When we moved to a Bulletin Board system (like we're on now), There was a Mens Fragrance Board, a Mens Grooming Board, and an Off Topic board. The Market Place system was already hosted on the same bulletin board and had been for a year or so.
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In 2004, I made the decision to downplay the 'grooming' side of things -as I'd lost interest -- and cover female fragrances too. Though the site was mainly men, we had a few hardcore ladies (hello Tigrushka et al) who used to come and 'hang out' here. Back then, if you wanted to discuss women's fragrances you had to either go to Make Up Alley - or - Perfume of Life (previously known as the Long Lost Perfume Chat Club, and also hosted at Yahoo). Basenotes had become known as the place for men to discuss fragrance, so just making the men's board 'all fragrances' would mean that the women's discussion would get lost, and they would go elsewhere.
The boards generally worked fine, but it became apparent that some topic weren't gender related, and were about fragrance in general. To cover this, I opened the Fragrance Industry Board. However, this mainly got used for stuff specifically to do with the industry. In hindsight, it should have been called the General Fragrance Board (or something like that)
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So the proposal - merge the male and female boards together.
Merging the two together would mean that this combined fragrance board would be 70% men's fragrance and 30% womens fragrance. The female fragrance discussion would be pushed down and you will find this time in a year it will be 90% / 10%
Contrary to popular belief - the boards aren't for the discussion of male and female fragrances (despite the names). Many people here wear fragrances from brands that don't specify pour homme
or wouldn't bat an eyelid at wearing a scent from the 'wrong' gender. The boards are for discussion from the viewpoint of a male or female, so if you're a guy who is interested in wearing Mitsouko and what to see what other guys think , you can.
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We have a few issues with the boards at the moment.
The first being that the Men's Fragrance Board is seen as a general dumping ground. People see it has the most threads/eyeballs and post in here regardless. Case in point. This thread has nothing to do with men's fragrance, yet it's been posted here (I'm not calling out the OP - this happens a lot, and it's just an example that's nearby). Similarly - many threads such as 'natural vs synthetic' etc aren't men's fragrance discussion either, and would more correctly be placed in the Fragrance Industry Discussion / General Fragrance Board.
Maybe a solution is to hide the '234 viewing
' and '234400 posts' statistics, so that when people come to post, they look at the board most suited. I (and mods) probably need to be more proactive in moving non men's threads.
* * *Things to think about, while we are on the subject
Is a merger a good idea, or will it change what people come to the boards for?
Would a renamed 'Fragrance Industry' board, with active moderation in moving threads into it be beneficial?
Interested in your thoughts