We've been long contemplating how to restructure our forum hierarchy to participate the new and upcoming Sony Reader devices (PRS-300, PRS-600, PRS-2121). We have considered various options, including separating by device category (pocket edition versus touch edition) and separating by device name (PRS-300 versus PRS-600). Another third option is to put all Readers together in one Sony Reader category and avoid having too many forum sections at the end.
We understand that there is no "perfect" solution which would please everyone. For now we believe that too many sections can get unwieldy very quickly, in particular when updated/newer devices hit the street. Also, it can be argued that many Reader discussions apply to more than one model. So the option of having a single forum
discussing all Reader models seems the most adequate to us. In addition we favor the possibility of tagging threads with a prefix to indicate the device model.
So here is what we have done. We converted the Sony PRS-700 forum into a new forum we simply call Sony Portable Reader (New Forum)
. We haven't considered moving the older 500/505 threads into that forum because first want to observe how well a combined forum section could work.
Which leaves us to the existing Sony Reader subsections in the 500/505 parent forum
- namely "Content", "Accessories", "Troubleshooting", and "Dev Corner". Here too it can be argued that at least for the first three section, it doesn't make sense to separate discussions from the parent Reader forum. In regard to the Dev Corner we are considering the option to moving it out of the Reader forum and creating a new "Developer's Zone" parent forum. This would be done in another step though.
Comments are always welcomed.