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WebmasterPete
01-21-2012, 05:32 PM
Hi everyone,

In taking a look over this board the last few weeks I see a wide variety of posts here, and while many of them deal with 'budget' related topics, there are some that don't. Since this is what we consider a 'very busy' board (lots of traffic), I was wondering if we should set up a separate community sub-forum here for posts that don't necessarily fall into the budget category. We've done this on some of our other large forums and its worked out well. Rather than just make a unilateral decision, I thought I'd post a poll to see what all of you thought. If you're happy with the board the way it is, that's fine and we can leave it alone. If you think a community sub-forum is a good idea, we can do that pretty easily. Just figured I'd ask for opinions :)

Thanks,
Pete

Cheshire Figment
01-21-2012, 05:41 PM
For years this forum has moved from Disney trip financial to financial in general and then to completely :offtopic: discussions. Possibly the forum moderators should be more aggressive in moving the OT threads into the CB instead of having a Budget CB.

I think that keeping it to allow any financial-related discussions is a good idea.

pat fan
01-21-2012, 05:50 PM
It appears that Moderators police what they like and don't care to reply to questions because they are busy policing pet topics.

Bring on the points, I tried asking nicely and quietly....

Nayan
01-21-2012, 06:00 PM
I like it the way it is but I have to agree on the off-topic posts (and there's been a couple doozies!). I know the mods work hard (yay mods! :cheer2: ) but I don't think they need another spot to keep an eye on.

eeyorethegreat
01-21-2012, 06:05 PM
I think that the reason people post :offtopic: threads here is because this is the particular forum they feel most comfortable in. I can understand that. On the other hand I also feel that it can become a bit "cluttered" with off topic discussion. In that, sometimes one has to scan through titles of OT threads to find the budget topics that are meant to be here. I don't take offense to OT threads here but I do sometimes "forget" I am on the Budget Board simply because there can be so many OT threads. I come here looking for budget advice, ideas and info and though some of the OT threads may be interesting or pertinent to other areas of my life, I do feel that the focus should be on Budget/financial issues. WE do have a community boards and although there are different people who post there many of them are also the same as those who post here. A subforum seems like a compromise. Thank you Pete for involving Dis Board members in this decision.

happygirl
01-21-2012, 06:15 PM
I'd say leave it as is it.

hsmamato2
01-21-2012, 06:19 PM
Well, we already have a great community board here...so why do we need 2? I'm not sure if a 2nd budget board would make things easier on the mods....if so that's ok too, but isn't it simpler to just move the OT things?

Robinrs
01-21-2012, 07:01 PM
I think that the reason people post :offtopic: threads here is because this is the particular forum they feel most comfortable in. I can understand that. On the other hand I also feel that it can become a bit "cluttered" with off topic discussion. In that, sometimes one has to scan through titles of OT threads to find the budget topics that are meant to be here. I don't take offense to OT threads here but I do sometimes "forget" I am on the Budget Board simply because there can be so many OT threads. I come here looking for budget advice, ideas and info and though some of the OT threads may be interesting or pertinent to other areas of my life, I do feel that the focus should be on Budget/financial issues. WE do have a community boards and although there are different people who post there many of them are also the same as those who post here. A subforum seems like a compromise. Thank you Pete for involving Dis Board members in this decision.

:thumbsup2

I come here for budget advice, great deals and cool people. In fact, I come her to ESCAPE the CB! :thumbsup2

I would welcome a subforum...with open arms!! http://www.pistonsforum.com/styles/default/xenforo/smilies/smiley_hug.gif

sookie
01-21-2012, 07:18 PM
Why doesn't someone just moderate this board and move off topic posts to the community board, with a trailing flag to show that it has been moved?


Seems like if someone actually was involved in moderating this board then this wouldn't be a problem.

sookie
01-21-2012, 07:19 PM
I think that the reason people post :offtopic: threads here is because this is the particular forum they feel most comfortable in. I can understand that. On the other hand I also feel that it can become a bit "cluttered" with off topic discussion. In that, sometimes one has to scan through titles of OT threads to find the budget topics that are meant to be here. I don't take offense to OT threads here but I do sometimes "forget" I am on the Budget Board simply because there can be so many OT threads. I come here looking for budget advice, ideas and info and though some of the OT threads may be interesting or pertinent to other areas of my life, I do feel that the focus should be on Budget/financial issues. WE do have a community boards and although there are different people who post there many of them are also the same as those who post here. A subforum seems like a compromise. Thank you Pete for involving Dis Board members in this decision.
I can understand that too. It doesn't bother me, but I do understand that it bothers some people. I say leave it the way it is or just have someone actually come and mod every once in a while. I didn't think we actually had a mod on this board... so maybe someone who loves the BB could be assigned to it.

eeyorethegreat
01-23-2012, 07:15 AM
Just bumping in case anyone else had input.

TifffanyD
01-23-2012, 08:58 AM
I vote for no sub-forum since there is already a community board. But I do think this board should be kept only for budget related topics.

Marionnette
01-23-2012, 10:01 AM
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JB2K
01-23-2012, 02:08 PM
No sub-forum needed (as I feel there are plenty of places on this website to discuss whatever moves you), but I would really like to see one of the BB regulars become a host/moderator, so they could have the power to move some of the more "off-topic" stuff to the Community Board, or other compatible forum without embarrassing the Moderator Team (for inappropriate threads/posts left on the BB way too long).

Fact of the matter is this board is assigned a moderator/host (aka-mad4themouse) who has not been heard from since 11-09-2009, which is more than 2 years ago (but still listed as someone who actively hosts/moderates the BB). For whatever reasons only known to aka-mad4themouse, that person has (obviously) not been present on The DIS in a long, long time. Fix this oversight, and a majority of your problems will be solved.

I think the lack of a full-time, dedicated moderator is what enables some posters (who have never mentioned anything Disney) to come here, post their financial woes, and hopes we will solve all their problems.

Thing is, the Budget Board has evolved into something way different than it's original intention (to plan Disney trips on the cheap, which is what brought me in) -- anymore, it's become something of a place where some are seeking financial advice/airing their financial "dirty laundry" while there are others who come here to vent about anything that bothers them (which was made evident by a thread that was recently locked and caused me some issues because of a comment I made).

My bottom line about the BB is that it was not intended to be, say, another Clark Howard or Suze Orman-type webiste (and I don't think the owners want it to go in that directon, either).

Hope this helps...

StitchandPooh'sMom
01-23-2012, 02:34 PM
I'm fine with it as it is, but I also understand that some/many people don't like to see OT posts (I tend to just skip over them, but I am on the BB often enough that there aren't that many new posts to scroll through each visit).

I do think that sometimes threads are moved too aggressively - I like reading threads about eating at home or using coupons, even if they don't specifically relate to Disney, because it helps me divert more money to the Disney fund. I also enjoy reading other travel threads - questions about nice, cheap hotels in other places, etc. They are off topic, I guess, but I'm always looking for a good travel deal! :goodvibes That's just personal preference, though - I don't know that they necessarily belong on the Budget Board.

The CB seems even busier than the Budget Board, though, so is it more helpful to the moderators to move threads to the CB or to a BB sub-forum? I think the BB posters can roll either way as long as we understand the rules.

Thanks for the opportunity to be involved in the solution! :thumbsup2

StitchandPooh'sMom
01-23-2012, 02:44 PM
Thing is, the Budget Board has evolved into something way different than it's original intention (to plan Disney trips on the cheap, which is what brought me in) --

While I agree with your post, and I also came to the Budget Board looking for ways to plan Disney trips inexpensively, I don't know if there is enough material to sustain the budget board if it is limited to Disney discounts. Room discounts are discussed on the Codes and Rates Board, airfare on the Transportation Board, and ticket brokers on the Theme Parks Board. I like knowing I can get mister fans at Walmart for cheaper or knowing that the Disney Store is having a sale or free shipping. I also like knowing when Target clearance goes 75% off, even though it has nothing to do with my upcoming Disney trip. I'd hate to see those posts go away (and maybe you're not suggesting that they do), but I also don't want to see it morph into relationship advice or a credit/finance board with no Disney connection.

I do think consistent application of whatever rules are decided would be a good thing. I know the moderators are overworked, but a better understanding by all of us of what should be on this board would be a good thing.

Claire&TheBoys
01-23-2012, 04:05 PM
I like this board the way it is. The CB has a lot of regular threads - followers of this and that - and I think topics like "Free Shipping at DMR" would get buried in a hurry. I think of the CB as more of pop-culture threads and I like the money-related topics here better. Thanks for letting us have a say!

Fjobe
01-23-2012, 04:15 PM
I would like to see a sub-forum but not as a "community board" type thing. I would really like to see a separation of Disney/Vacation Budgeting and Family/Home/Life budgeting. I have seen so many threads that turn into "why are you coming to a budget board to ask about spending thousands on your Disney vacation?"

TosaTrio
01-23-2012, 09:37 PM
While I agree with your post, and I also came to the Budget Board looking for ways to plan Disney trips inexpensively, I don't know if there is enough material to sustain the budget board if it is limited to Disney discounts. Room discounts are discussed on the Codes and Rates Board, airfare on the Transportation Board, and ticket brokers on the Theme Parks Board. I like knowing I can get mister fans at Walmart for cheaper or knowing that the Disney Store is having a sale or free shipping. I also like knowing when Target clearance goes 75% off, even though it has nothing to do with my upcoming Disney trip. I'd hate to see those posts go away (and maybe you're not suggesting that they do), but I also don't want to see it morph into relationship advice or a credit/finance board with no Disney connection.

I do think consistent application of whatever rules are decided would be a good thing. I know the moderators are overworked, but a better understanding by all of us of what should be on this board would be a good thing.

:thumbsup2

Rynosaur
01-24-2012, 10:37 PM
i think there should be a sub-forum. i try and come to this forum to check out some deals, see how others save money, and see how they spend money. I understand that people feel comfortable and many are scared of change, but if you keep allowing this to be a place full of off topic topics then you should not call it the budget board.

also i am sure there are people who could help moderate, but people tend to moderate themselves. if you think you would have to mention the thread is OT, or "im not sure if this belongs here" then you know to put it in the sub forum. if your thread doesnt really have any numbers of any sort, then it probably doesnt belong in the budget board.

i know i can skip threads, but with so many off topics in this forum, i just stop reading and close the tab i have open for this forum.

My5Mouseketeers
01-25-2012, 08:01 AM
I think the lack of a full-time, dedicated moderator is what enables some posters (who have never mentioned anything Disney) to come here, post their financial woes, and hopes we will solve all their problems.

Thing is, the Budget Board has evolved into something way different than it's original intention (to plan Disney trips on the cheap, which is what brought me in) -- anymore, it's become something of a place where some are seeking financial advice/airing their financial "dirty laundry" while there are others who come here to vent about anything that bothers them (which was made evident by a thread that was recently locked and caused me some issues because of a comment I made).
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You have a very different definition of what this board is about than I do. It never occurred to me that you were only supposed to discuss ways to save money at Disney on this board. The description of this board says "Learn the 'in and outs' of smart earning, saving, and spending your money. Our motto: 'Any dollar saved or earned is another dollar for Disney!' Be sure to visit our DIScounts Page for more Disney money saving tips!"

If a person want tips on how to get a $300 for a cheaper price or how to make the $25 they have left to feed the family till payday, they should both be able to come here for advice. I do feel that there are quite a few Off-topic posts on this board. I think part of that is that the posters feel comfortable and know a lot of the personalities on this board AND they also feel that these people are more like minded with them. I cant see the harm in having a budget community board.

JB2K
01-25-2012, 02:16 PM
You have a very different definition of what this board is about than I do. It never occurred to me that you were only supposed to discuss ways to save money at Disney on this board. The description of this board says "Learn the 'in and outs' of smart earning, saving, and spending your money. Our motto: 'Any dollar saved or earned is another dollar for Disney!' Be sure to visit our DIScounts Page for more Disney money saving tips!"

If a person want tips on how to get a $300 for a cheaper price or how to make the $25 they have left to feed the family till payday, they should both be able to come here for advice. I do feel that there are quite a few Off-topic posts on this board. I think part of that is that the posters feel comfortable and know a lot of the personalities on this board AND they also feel that these people are more like minded with them. I cant see the harm in having a budget community board.

I'll leave it up to the DIS powers-that-be to determine what course to take with the board (after all, it's their money/website to do with as they see fit). I know if I were the owner, I would be a bit cautious with having financial advice dispensed from my board (coupon clipping is one thing, but sometimes, this board explores what I call "life-changing" financial advice, such as investing, which should be left to financial professionals). Just my take on it -- no need to read into it...

My main beef is that this board, one of the busiest on DISboards.com , has not had the presence of a dedicated host/moderator in well over 2 years and there are some people who take full advantage of that fact and continuously and throw-out the occassional post asking "how to transfer money to their PayPal account quickly".

In fact, it's going-on, right now, as you read this very post (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2866339&page=1).

(The correct answer, BTW, is "buy a GreenDot Money Pak at nearly any convenience store/drug chain", but whenever that option gets suggested, the conversation suddenly takes a different direction by the OP).

But then again, if you're a regular around here, you already know what I mean...

the5marions
01-26-2012, 06:48 PM
I have lurked on this board for many years, although you will notice I just joined a few months ago. I joined when there was a similar issue about what direction this board should take, and at that time I stated that I like it as it is. If something is not of interest to me, i simply skip it. I have found much useful information and good ideas on this board - some related directly to Disney and some not. I say if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

StitchesGr8Fan
01-27-2012, 01:37 PM
I like the idea Pete.

elaine amj
01-27-2012, 01:49 PM
It's such a busy board that I can see it benefting from subforums.

I don't see the point of a community subforum though - other than that some folks just feel more comfortable posting in only one board and get to know the people. I have spent many years on forums and I remember my first year or so, that's what I did too. I had no idea who else was posting other than my own forum. Eventually I discovered "view new posts" and found out about everyone else.

What i'd like to see would be several subforums:
- Disney-related budget talk
- Coupons, sales, and freebies

The main forum would be budgeting in general

DisneyEater
01-27-2012, 04:09 PM
Why doesn't someone just moderate this board and move off topic posts to the community board, with a trailing flag to show that it has been moved?


Seems like if someone actually was involved in moderating this board then this wouldn't be a problem.

It's such a busy board that I can see it benefting from subforums.

I don't see the point of a community subforum though - other than that some folks just feel more comfortable posting in only one board and get to know the people. I have spent many years on forums and I remember my first year or so, that's what I did too. I had no idea who else was posting other than my own forum. Eventually I discovered "view new posts" and found out about everyone else.

What i'd like to see would be several subforums:
- Disney-related budget talk
- Coupons, sales, and freebies

The main forum would be budgeting in general

I would like to see a sub-forum but not as a "community board" type thing. I would really like to see a separation of Disney/Vacation Budgeting and Family/Home/Life budgeting. I have seen so many threads that turn into "why are you coming to a budget board to ask about spending thousands on your Disney vacation?"

I agree with these posts. I would love to seperate Disney budget topics from household budget topics and if we have to have non-budget related stuff on here I would rather have a sub-forum for that as well, though i would prefer to just move it to the community forum in the first place.

superme80
01-28-2012, 01:43 AM
:thumbsup2

I come here for budget advice, great deals and cool people. In fact, I come her to ESCAPE the CB! :thumbsup2

I would welcome a subforum...with open arms!! http://www.pistonsforum.com/styles/default/xenforo/smilies/smiley_hug.gif

Glad to see I'm not the only one wh does that. :) I am all for a sub forum too.

rockundergirl
01-28-2012, 01:34 PM
INHO, I think its best to leave it the way it is. I think fundamental issues prevent the board from ever being 100% on topic, and attempts to create that type of environment will just destroy the appeal of the budget board.
1) Money is involved in EVERYTHING! Maybe you can't buy love, but you can buy/sell pretty much everything else. That fact makes almost any topic budget related. i.e. Should I declaw my cat... / no that's abuse so buy this product/yes that's best if the cat is destroying your property etc..
2) When I look around I see most of "off topic" info in the REPLIES to the posts. We start off talking about what grocery store near disney has the best deals and 2 pages later someone is getting flamed for not putting shopping carts back while simultaneously getting praised for creating jobs, because college kids need to work at supermarkets cleaning up shopping carts or the economy will collapse.

If the concern is getting your users to the correct information... tweak your search. I notice one word key phrases don't yield the results I'm after when I try to search threads. Maybe make more search parameters? ( date range , sort by most replies etc.. )

I happen to work in internet marketing and I'm wondering what the push for relevancy is about ? Just a lot of complaints?

Rynosaur
01-29-2012, 11:05 PM
I happen to work in internet marketing and I'm wondering what the push for relevancy is about ? Just a lot of complaints?

being in marketing you should have an idea about the important of things being relevant. you aim to hit the intended audience with hopes of gathering more interest.

we come here for budget related things, and some stay for the familiarity of the people who have discussed in the threads. And if some people just want to wish pixie dust on people or know who has filed taxes, they can should that in a sub forum, not the main budget board.

the goal is not 100% about money, it is staying the most relevant about how you budget your money. i.e.if you are looking to purchase or sell some things, tips on saving, investing and or managing. when things do go off topic, people can just say, "lets get back on topic" and if they do, great but if they dont, just move the post to the off topic forum and it can continue there.

rockundergirl
01-30-2012, 11:39 AM
being in marketing you should have an idea about the important of things being relevant. you aim to hit the intended audience with hopes of gathering more interest.

we come here for budget related things, and some stay for the familiarity of the people who have discussed in the threads. And if some people just want to wish pixie dust on people or know who has filed taxes, they can should that in a sub forum, not the main budget board.

the goal is not 100% about money, it is staying the most relevant about how you budget your money. i.e.if you are looking to purchase or sell some things, tips on saving, investing and or managing. when things do go off topic, people can just say, "lets get back on topic" and if they do, great but if they dont, just move the post to the off topic forum and it can continue there.

well yes , you are correct. However from an internet marketing perspective the end game normally is to create conversions. That can be a product sale, a click on a banner, a sign up to a mailing list... etc. From a search marketing perspective in particular you want the words ( content) on each page of your website to be relevant to the ads that are served up this is a best case scenario for conversions. So lets say a lot of content and links use the word " dog" that can make an ad server put petsmart advertisements on that page. Which is something you want to avoid because for one when that ad is taking up the space of a relevant ad you are losing money for paid search and if the site you created is optimized for terms that have nothing to do with dogs you can loose organic search rankings etc.... Anyway that's kind of irrelevant in this case as I'm pretty sure they aren't thinking of creating a sub forum to aid advertising revenue... I was just curious. :-)

MineMail
01-31-2012, 05:56 PM
I don't think an off-topic subforum is necessary. You already have the Community Board for that purpose.

I very much appreciate the on-topic threads in this forum about saving money, creating budgets and advising, not just "how to save money at Disney" topics. The almost-free ballet slippers thread was a great find.

Most of the members are good about providing advice with a caveat of "check with a professional," so the Disboards aren't at jeopardy of someone giving out bad investment advice, lol.

However, I agree that more moderation is needed on an ongoing basis. I remember when a whole bunch of threads were moved to a more-appropriate forum and some protested, but after looking at the topics, only a few were moved in error (imo.)

Some people are new or careless about the forum they start a topic in initially. They get an idea and just post it here because they already had the forum open, not necessarily because they thought it was the right place. Others see it and think "well, it was okay for them, I'll do the same." By moderating regularly and enforcing the rules fairly/consistently, the "wrong forum" topics will be more manageable.

I don't often go to the Community Board, so I can't speak to the atmosphere there. Could it be that some of the off-topic posts here were deliberate, to try and avoid CB regulars? I have seen that on other boards, where they create little cliques. That is a more difficult issue.

kaytieeldr
01-31-2012, 10:40 PM
I missed the vote, but I would have voted FOR a community sub-forum. It works on the Camping Board, it works on the disABILITIES Board... why wouldn't it work here?

Tuesday at 10:30 PM I see at least a dozen posts that have nothing at all to do with budgeting and would be more appropriate on a Budget Board (because the posters are comfortable here) subforum. How to learn to use a Mac book, how to use Amazon Prime for downloading, Disney wedding...

csmommy
02-01-2012, 01:16 PM
Why doesn't someone just moderate this board and move off topic posts to the community board, with a trailing flag to show that it has been moved?


Seems like if someone actually was involved in moderating this board then this wouldn't be a problem.

I vote for this option.

Rynosaur
02-01-2012, 07:36 PM
I don't often go to the Community Board, so I can't speak to the atmosphere there. Could it be that some of the off-topic posts here were deliberate, to try and avoid CB regulars? I have seen that on other boards, where they create little cliques. That is a more difficult issue.

deliberately posted in the forum is a blonde joke thread. that was the first thread i see when i logged in. I have yet to go to the community board and at this point I feel there may be more budget speak there. By having any different forums at all creates cliques. So by having a separate OT forum within the forum just gives the budget board cliques the specific place just to chat

DebMcDonald
02-05-2012, 04:36 PM
I vote for leave it the way it is. I've been frequenting this section of the board for years and years and consider the budget board followers my friends - I've gotten great advice, great recommendations, etc. If a post doesn't appeal to me I don't need to click on it nor read it.

rockyroad
02-21-2012, 01:55 PM
I like it the way it is now.
I would prefer that it not be changed.

talulabelle
02-22-2012, 11:25 AM
We don't need another community board - anything that off topic can go to the regular community board. (ok - they are way nastier there, but it is what it is) The mods can hardly police what there is now, I don't think they need another board to watch.)

If there was going to be a subforum then it should be all budget info that is not Disney. I love all of the budget items and have benefited from great deals by reading the budget board regularly, but it would just be easier if when I was planning a Disney vacation , I could go to a "Disney related" budget forum and not have to weed thorugh so many posts. I 'd like to see it separated as "Disney trips on a budget" and "everything else budget"..

I don't really see many topics that are not at all budget related. SOmetimes the title looks that way, but if your read the threads, they almost always are somehow budget related.

Jordansmominjax
04-01-2012, 10:20 PM
I think u should keep it and enforce the rules if possible. Maybe re direct people that are lost.

Doug123
04-03-2012, 01:13 PM
Pete,

Thanks for asking!

Personally, I come to the Budget Board to find deals at Walt Disney World or the Disney Cruise Line. Lately, I've been discouraged because most of the items on the board, while possibly valuable, have nothing to do with budgeting at Disney. Budgeting for Disney? Yes. Budgeting at Disney? Not so much.

Some have suggested simply enforcing the original meaning of the board. First, this has not worked (for one reason or another) up to this point, so I don't think it would fully work in the future. Second, and as I said before, the non-budgeting at Disney posts may be valuable to others. As you said, the board is a popular one.

I suggest having a separate board. It would allow those that want to budget for Disney to go to their own board, and those that want to budget at Disney to go to their own board. In the end, everyone wins.

Thanks again and keep up the great work.

Doug123
04-03-2012, 02:30 PM
Repeat Post (oops)

JB2K
04-17-2012, 11:01 AM
I think u should keep it and enforce the rules if possible. Maybe re direct people that are lost.

Yes, and while we're at it, bring aboard a "dedicated moderator", as the Budget Board, one of the most-trafficked boards on TheDIS, could benefit from having a constant moderator presence (the current moderator, "aka-mad4themouse", hasn't been heard from on TheDIS in a few years, and I think it's time to move on, since that person has obviously done the same).

JohnBilotti
05-23-2012, 02:09 PM
For years this forum has moved from Disney trip financial to financial in general and then to completely :offtopic: discussions. Possibly the forum moderators should be more aggressive in moving the OT threads into the CB instead of having a Budget CB.

I think that keeping it to allow any financial-related discussions is a good idea.

I agree

JohnBilotti
05-23-2012, 02:09 PM
Yes, and while we're at it, bring aboard a "dedicated moderator", as the Budget Board, one of the most-trafficked boards on TheDIS, could benefit from having a constant moderator presence (the current moderator, "aka-mad4themouse", hasn't been heard from on TheDIS in a few years, and I think it's time to move on, since that person has obviously done the same).

A tradition like no other

doubletrouble_vb
07-15-2012, 10:07 PM
Its been awhile since I've been on the disboards. I used to be here a lot but financial circumstances made Disney an unreasonable choice. I thought I'd start factoring in Disney again but knew I'd need suggestions from the budget board to help me along. A quick glance at the board told me there are topics that need to be moved to the community board. As some one mentioned previously, if the original topic does not seek monetary advice of any kind it should be moved to where it does belong...frequently the community board.

All that is required is a moderator. I really dont think this board needs to be split but if it is it should be split between budgeting tips for Disney and generally family budgeting (tips, tricks, coupons, whatever).

If a person really wants to interact with their "family" on the budget board on off topic items they can go ahead and post it there and the the "family" can follow the post to another location. And yes they will have to deal with the "strangers" that frequent the other forum. As a result maybe their "family" will grow.

Praying Colonel
07-16-2012, 09:08 AM
I think u should keep it and enforce the rules if possible. Maybe re direct people that are lost.

This.

Maddle
10-19-2012, 02:00 AM
I like the Budget Forum exactly the way it is. I don't think we need subforums.

Thank you for asking for our input.

Maddle

kaytieeldr
10-19-2012, 09:00 AM
Right now, I think this board needs a subforum just for Christmas gifts - with one thread for each age/group.

Most of those threads - and there are quite a few - aren't even about budget. They're just "what should I buy?" or "what are you buying?".

isla bonita
11-19-2012, 09:28 AM
I love his forum when ever I have any questions they are always kind and reply withouot making me feel foolish.

Love you guys!

Thanks for all your help these past years!

tink2dw
11-20-2012, 05:12 AM
Here is the evolution of this board from the Early Days till now and why it is what is now.

It start as a way to learn about pinching every penny out of Mickey that you could save. Then it went from saving to how to scam every penny out of Disney. That was Aggrievedly Frown on to the point of flaming. Mod's then suggested the board switch to ways to save money at home that all board member could use. Hence the Target sale, saving at Walmart, Dollar Store, and Saving on Gift giving sales, then Black Friday, and Black Savings Day Etiquette, Cyber Monday Sales, and now Small Store Hometown Saturdays. The budget Board helps find new washer, dryers, freezers, refrigerators, down to shoes for the kids on sale, to save those pennys for Disney Trips for every budget!!!

We do worry about our DIS friends, in storms, sickness, the dreaded Disney Trip Cancellations, we send prayers, pixie dust magic, and our friendship.

WE welcome new DIS'ers and Returning DIS'ers, we share our experience, how we saved up, what deals to look,and. how to save while at Disney Parks.

If there HAS to be a sub-board Please make it a Disney Trip Savings Budget, That would split whose looking just for Trip Savings and give them what they want.

I do not want a Community Board. I'm always planning a trip, so I never go to any of the Community Boards on the DIS.

annsteere
12-20-2012, 04:37 PM
I don't really care if the non-budget threads went to the current community board or to a new budget community board. But, I would like to see this forum be just budget related threads.

Cyndy
12-29-2012, 05:40 PM
I loved this board in the beginning, but it strays so far from the topic on so many levels I seldom visit and when I do, I seldom find "budget" info. I am a DVC member who while not on a thight budget since the kids are grown and we are blessed with a good retirement, however, I have always been frugal and love frugal ideas for both disney and general life planning. Using those ideas we have added so many special things to our trips like birthday fireworks crusies and outstanding events some that are no longer available. Planning and savings tips are the best!

tink2dw
01-02-2013, 02:44 AM
For WDW and Disneyland DEALS I always to www.MouseSavers.com. I can work out my own budget from those deals.

Airfare - has board
park passes - www.MouseSavers.com -AAA
hotel - has a board - www.MouseSavers.com -AAA - Entertainment Book
ground transport - has a board
food costs - you know your own needs
and souvenirs - you can set your own limits

usually for 1/2 the cost of booking thru Disney reservations

Halbleib1
01-02-2013, 03:04 AM
I think it is very similar here to the disunplugged board. People have gotten to know each other and if they post to the reg. community board it gets lost amongst all the other posts. Also many people tend to stick to certain boards and do not look at the others. I know I do not look at the general community board very often. It is much easier to connect with people that you have gotten to know on the board that you always communicate on.

Soccer9
01-13-2013, 09:09 PM
Any one know any websites where you can get thirty one bags for cheap? Does anyone recommend there bags? :confused: thanks :)

bubbapeanut
04-29-2013, 07:08 PM
Any one know any websites where you can get thirty one bags for cheap? Does anyone recommend there bags? :confused: thanks :)

While, I don't think there is a specific site to get thirty one bags cheap... I know that hosting a party can get you some awesome free stuff. I hosted one last June and got 200 pucks in free stuff 3 free hostess exclusives and 3 half price items...

Also they have an outlet sale 2x a year. Find a local consultant in your area.


Their backs are amazing!!! I have one for almost every use and function

Eastern
07-09-2013, 12:05 PM
I have gotten some great tips here. Even when I am not planning a Disney trip, I always check out the Budget Boards. I would keep it as it is. The unpopular posts scroll off quickly enough.

naomiatx86
07-14-2013, 01:54 PM
No sub-forum needed (as I feel there are plenty of places on this website to discuss whatever moves you), but I would really like to see one of the BB regulars become a host/moderator, so they could have the power to move some of the more "off-topic" stuff to the Community Board, or other compatible forum without embarrassing the Moderator Team (for inappropriate threads/posts left on the BB way too long).

Fact of the matter is this board is assigned a moderator/host (aka-mad4themouse) who has not been heard from since 11-09-2009, which is more than 2 years ago (but still listed as someone who actively hosts/moderates the BB). For whatever reasons only known to aka-mad4themouse, that person has (obviously) not been present on The DIS in a long, long time. Fix this oversight, and a majority of your problems will be solved.

I think the lack of a full-time, dedicated moderator is what enables some posters (who have never mentioned anything Disney) to come here, post their financial woes, and hopes we will solve all their problems.

Thing is, the Budget Board has evolved into something way different than it's original intention (to plan Disney trips on the cheap, which is what brought me in) -- anymore, it's become something of a place where some are seeking financial advice/airing their financial "dirty laundry" while there are others who come here to vent about anything that bothers them (which was made evident by a thread that was recently locked and caused me some issues because of a comment I made).

My bottom line about the BB is that it was not intended to be, say, another Clark Howard or Suze Orman-type webiste (and I don't think the owners want it to go in that directon, either).

Hope this helps...

Yes I agree with this 100%. I would like to come here for planning Disney & any other theme park trips on the cheap although when I started coming on here I noticed off topic things and did a post on off topic subject- SORRY!

JB2K
07-15-2013, 10:43 AM
Yes I agree with this 100%. I would like to come here for planning Disney & any other theme park trips on the cheap although when I started coming on here I noticed off topic things and did a post on off topic subject- SORRY!

Thanks, naomiatx86 -- but here we are, much much later, and little has changed (truth be told, the "woe is me" posts usually happen in the run-up to Black Friday, so we'll see some of that, later, this year).

And our "missing moderator" is going-on 4 years, now without any semblance of an apearance on The DIS...

My5Mouseketeers
08-08-2013, 06:17 PM
Yes I agree with this 100%. I would like to come here for planning Disney & any other theme park trips on the cheap although when I started coming on here I noticed off topic things and did a post on off topic subject- SORRY!

The description for the Budget Board says "Learn the 'in and outs' of smart earning, saving, and spending your money. Our motto: 'Any dollar saved or earned is another dollar for Disney!'"

So when someone wants to ask about doing their own nails or what do to with the chicken that they bought on sale, they are NOT off topic. They are saving money for Disney. Of course, there are rants and asking for parenting advice type posts, which are off topic. But unless someone is going to change the purpose of this group, you can't say that saving money is off topic.

Laineysmom
04-22-2014, 07:24 AM
I am not a regular poster so I'm sure my opinion means nothing but I wish the budget board was split into one strictly for wdw vacation budget tips and then non-Disney or vacation budget posts (similar to how the disabilities board has two areas). I come here mainly for the Disney related tips but have a hard time sorting thru all of the posts. While I do like reading the general budget ideas, I wish I could filter so I can find what I'm looking for faster.

Burnedout
08-24-2014, 02:50 PM
Well, we already have a great community board here...so why do we need 2? I'm not sure if a 2nd budget board would make things easier on the mods....if so that's ok too, but isn't it simpler to just move the OT things?

That makes sense for the regulars. But how does it affect the new visitors to the forum?

mrsboz
12-06-2014, 10:11 PM
Love it the way it is.....