Christopher Weeks wrote:This thread is pointing to a local weakness that I've been thinking about too. I think this place is better when we go find an old thread and contribute to that, but the scavenger hunts incentivize, even if only subtly, the fracturing of the discussion into new posts (which staff might then go and fold together, requiring work on their part).
I also really love having a thread full of all sorts of good answers to a question. I've been known to, on occasion, go and merge a bunch of old threads on the same subject into one comprehensive thread on the subject, like this thread: Cat Litter--What to use and how to compost it
. If you find a bunch of threads on the same subject and think it'd make sense to merge them, you could probably make a post about it (like in the Pollinator's only forum, or in Tinkering) and maybe a moderator with some free time will push the magic buttons! A lot of us like having things nicely organized around here, so chances might be pretty good that someone will take a stab at it.
Another thing you can do is make the thread...and then you'll likely find other threads on the same subject. If you do, you can make a reply in the thread with links to other related threads. I've done that quite a few times. The first one that comes to mind is the Staple Foods
thread. I was learning so much through all the threads, and so wanted to list them all in one place for people to more easily find the info.
That leads me to another type of thread I often end up making: ones with links or lists full of info! Like Raven, I like to stash my research here on permies to make it a lot easier to find it (like my Toilet Paper Castle
and the Favorite Preschool Aged books about nature
). And, sometimes I find myself answering the same question over and over, and so just make a thread that answers the question to refer people to, like my Edible Plants for Wet/Shady Areas
. Sometimes I spot a bunch of really great threads, and so make a thread that indexes those thread, like List of Dr. RedHawk's Epic Soil Series Threads
One thing you can do to get inspired for thread-making ideas is to click on the profile of someone who's made lots of good threads, and see what they've done. Pearl Sutton has made 300+ threads
, with lots about growing specific varieties of food, managing finances, some silly threads, life management, neat things she's found, etc, It looks like I've made like 600+ threads
. It seems like a lot of of them were SKIP/PEP badge threads, some were silly things, others were projects or questions I had, and a lot were helping out permies by making digital market threads. (that's another idea for a thread! If you have something you've made--digital things are easiest, but you can sell physical things here on permies, too--you can make a Digital Market thread selling it. It doesn't cost anything to list something there, and it might make some money!).
Another type of thread you could make is a Book Review thread! Got some books that you love (or hate, or have constructive criticism about) that you don't see on the book review grid
? Go ahead and make a Summary Thread for it! (here's a tutorial on how to do that
) You can actually make rewiew threads for:
BooksSeed & Plant SourcesDVD/FilmsGearCritter Breeders
Think of all the knowledge you can stash here on permies in 100 threads!