Post # 1
Hey hive! We’re looking into how we can update the Local Boards section of the site to be more inclusive. I know that some states/areas are really lacking or even nonexistent.
For example, the only Illinois option we currently have is a “Chicago” local board, which is great for our Chicago bees, but not as helpful for Illinois bees not in Chicago. So, what would help us include more Illinois bees?
That’s just one example of where the Local Boards are a bit lacking — I know there are many more areas that need some attention. And because you all know your own areas the best, we’re coming to you for help!
So, how could your Local Boards could be updated?
Suggestions are welcome for all locations — North America and international! Please note though that we’re still talking with tech about what kind of updates we can do here. So while we welcome everyone’s suggestions, we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to implement them all at this time.
ETA: Specifics are helpful. I know that the Illinois board is lacking but personally don’t know how to fix it. That’s why I need Illinois bees to tell me what’s missing! (Again, Illinois is just an example.)
Thanks so much for your help! 🙂
P.S. This discussion is about updating the Local Boards. Please post other board Ideas to Weddingbee’s Ideas forum. Thanks!
Post # 3
I think it would help if the local board showed up with wedding related posts. I used to make an effort to go over to the local board from time to time, now I rarely do.
I think many of us just don’t even think about it most of the time. If the posts showed up with the other wedding posts, I would be more likely to click on it.
I don’t know how easily it would be for tech to set it up though. When someone makes an account, an option would have to come up to select the local board, and then it would have to show up differently depending on what people picked.
Ugh, sorry for the wordy mess. I will try to clarify when my brain is coming up with coherent sentences.
Post # 4
+1 to AB Bride‘s suggestion. Also, I would love some more specific options to the “canada” board. It currently has only 4 cities (3 of which in the Southern-Ontario region), but other than that it is very un-specific, and Canada is large!! Looking at the international board, I’m assuming the same could be said, but I’m from Canada so can really only speak for myself 😉 Thanks for listening to our suggestions!
Post # 5
@AB Bride: I understood your first suggestion but got a little confused about the part when a user is registering. Can you help me understand?
@WannaBeeMrsB: That’s great feedback! Can you give me any specifics as to what we could add/how we could change the Canada boards to make them more inclusive? This is where we need the hive’s help — knowing the Canada boards are lacking is one thing, but knowing HOW to fix them is something else!
I know my state well, but I couldn’t tell you what specifically another state/province/country needs to be better represented.
Post # 6
@Gemstone: Hmm I was thinking maybe a board for each province? Or at least one for the East Coast provinces (since they’re smaller and in the same general location), one for Quebec, one for Ontario (or even multiple for Ontario since it is by far the most populated province), one for the praries, one for the West Coast (or even just BC), and one for the Territories (since they’re generally less populated)? Possibly more than that but that’s just off the top of my head. Right now, there is “east”, “west”, “central”, and 4 “main cities” (which are generally in the same area). I am from Northern Ontario, so I never really know where to post! Central Canada is really very large, so I feel like that’s where the majority of posters are choosing to post, but it isn’t very specific.
Post # 7
@WannaBeeMrsB: Perfect! Just the kind of info we need. Thank you!
Post # 8
@Gemstone: No problem 🙂 Thank you!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble
I’ve only ventured to my local boards a few times. I think I’ve posted once or twice, and realized the threads are really old.
IDK if I’m right at what AB was saying, but maybe when members join, they should be automatically taken to the local board, some type of welcome thing to the area? Or something, I could be getting it backwards myself. I’m in Houston, and was completely surprised there’s so little action on that board, and I see several Houton brides on here every day.
ETA-also, it took me a bit to even find Houston. Heck, IDK offhand where it’s at. I have to go through 3 different regions to find it every time I wanna go to it!
Post # 10
It would be super helpful if the local boards were easier to find – I feel like you have to dig and already KNOW they’re there currently.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
@cheetah2b: I agree, it takes so long to find the Seattle board (and even then I don’t technically live in Seattle, so maybe either Western Washington and Eastern Washington boards or just one for all of Washington…).
I think if there was maybe a quicker link to each member’s specific local board, there might be more activity there. So when I log in and click “local” on the boards, it either takes me directly to Seattle or on the main local page Seattle would be more visible/only 1 more click away.
Post # 12
Agree, we need some way to get more people to post. I also find the Canada boards really lacking. I like the idea of having one group per province. Also, maybe an “Atlantic Canada” board, rather than just “East”, because many Canadians consider Ontario “Eastern Canada”. At least, on the West coast they do.
Post # 13
@Gemstone: I don’t want to see all the local board information when I go to wedding-related, I just want to see mine. I want to be able to customize it, so that when I am signed in ‘Western Canada’ posts show up with the wedding related posts, and that’s a sub-board within the wedding boards.
The most obvious time to select this custom local board would be when registering, but it would also be good if it could be changed. If I were to move, or decided to have a vow renewal in Toronto, I would want to be able to change that customized local board to Toronto, so that the Toronto posts would show up with the wedding related posts, and the Western Canada ones would no longer be there.
Hopefully that makes more sense!
Post # 14
As for the Canadian boards, I like the idea of splitting it into provinces, but maybe regions is better? I would do it based on weddings a bit more. A wedding on the West Coast would probably be very different than a farm wedding. I can’t comment beyond ON, and even then I don’t know customs too well. Here are some of my thoughts though:
- West Coast – beach weddings
- Rockies – BC/AB weddings in the mountains, also popular for honeymoons
- Winnipeg or MB – they have their own local customs, like wedding socials that you don’t see in Alberta, I don’t think Sask. has them either.
- Ontario – Stag and Does are popular there
- Quebec – their laws are different, they have language issues, people joke about being in a different country when they enter Quebec. This province should have it’s own board, and the bees who prefer to speak French could do so.
I don’t know if I’ve covered enough of BC, although maybe they could just fit in with the West Coast even if they aren’t right on the coast?
Post # 15
I think the regions are confusing. In looking for KY on the local boards and it took me like 10 minutes to find it, and even then, KY was all lumped together, as opposed to being broken down into northern kentuky, Louisville, Lexington, and then maybe Bowling Green.
Also, For all of Indiana, there is only Indianapolis. This might be better broken down into Indy, SE Indiana, Evansville, Fort Wayne, NW Indiana
Post # 16
The options for MA are Boston, Cape Cod and W. Mass. I think a Worcester/Central Mass board would be helpful!