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    Okay, we'll take it from here:
    Furet, I reckon some schemes have way too many threads. For instance the M7 has about 5 of them. Of course the one in infrastructure is the only one with photo updates and written progress. Very often people google the M7 but those little threads come up first?

    I think the reason the smaller threads come up first is because they're in the C&T forum and get more hits, which makes them more searchable. Obviously this forum was very quiet for a long time and because there was no mod, Infrastructure languished for a while.

    I created the M8/N8 update thread here well over a year ago but it was getting very little attention. Then I noticed that C&T already had threads for C-C and C-M and I sort of forgot about this forum and posted over there instead. I even created the M-F and M7/M8 threads in C&T rather than here, again because they get more notice over there.
    But I think that's starting to change now, and this forum has become busier in recent months.
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  • Could search results also be affected by tags?

    Say for the M6 Athlone-Ballinasloe thread, it should have the following tags (in my opinion):
    • M6 Motorway
    • County Roscommon
    • Athlone
    • Ballinasloe
    • Inter Urban Route
    • Galway Dublin Motorway
    • N6 National Primary Route
    • Ireland
    Could probably add a few to that. For the M6 Athlone-Ballinasloe thread I have added Roscommon & Ballinasloe as tags I think. I can only add 2 as I'm not the thread creator (who can add 5).

    I will change 'Roscommon' to 'County Roscommon' now.




  • I can add 25 tags to threads in this forum. I'll put a few more on that thread.
    I think it would be good to put the tagging facility to greater use; then we can use the tags as an index or find-aids. They will allow threads to show up under the most relevent categories in the 'Infrastructure Index Thread' (which has been stickied, and which anyone can contribute to). As for tags affecting searchability, I haven't a clue about that!




  • I added "Nenagh" and "Limerick" to the tag list on the M7 Motorway thread. Still look what comes up on google:

    http://www.google.ie/search?hl=en&q=nenagh+to+limerick&start=0&sa=N




  • Furet , if I start a thread I see ( below the main box where teh body of the message goes )

    "You may add 5 tag(s) to this thread."

    I take it that is standard for a user but can a mod edit that first post and add MORE tags by any chance ???

    I started "The Mysterious Thread" to test this, have a crack and delete "The Mysterious Thread" once you arrive at a conclusion :D




  • Duly deleted. Please don't do that again. My powers are far beyond your comprehension, SpongeBob!

    And yes, a mod can add 25 tags to any thread within their forum.


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  • tech2 wrote: »
    I added "Nenagh" and "Limerick" to the tag list on the M7 Motorway thread. Still look what comes up on google:

    http://www.google.ie/search?hl=en&q=nenagh+to+limerick&start=0&sa=N

    If tags do effect Google searches then it will take a day or so (I'm not sure how long really, it might even take longer) for the search results to be different to reflect the new tags. Google don't update thir stuff instantly from what I have heard.




  • In addition many threads outside this forum have been tagged with the same tag in order to unify the subject matter.




  • I have no problem with the different sections on some roads being discussed in different threads. Some people, who live/work near particular sections may only be interested in that section of the road, and not in the whole road.

    As well as which, certain threads attract enough contributions to merit their own separate discussions.

    I think a case-by-case approach is needed. For instance, the N/M18 is not attracting enough at present to have a separate Crusheen->Gort thread.




  • I agree with the above. Where many sections of the same road are being built concurrently one single thread would probably lose coherence.




  • serfboard wrote: »
    I think a case-by-case approach is needed. For instance, the N/M18 is not attracting enough at present to have a separate Crusheen->Gort thread.

    The M18/M17 PPP should be in a different thread though IMO as some of it is not the M18. I would like to see a creation of this thread soon.


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  • How can the forum be improved? Well people should be more encouraged to get the ol' crayons out. It may look slightly silly and one could argue it's pointless since the ideas people come up with here will most likely never be implemented... but I think it's always interesting to see different approaches to problems that board members here might take.

    Mysterious' junction diagrams are a key example of this I think. Despite some of them being arguably impossible to implement, at least it got the debate started and a lively (if somewhat heated) discussion going.




  • I would also like to see more diagrams and mysterious will be back soon with a new diagram, I am reliably informed.




  • Furet wrote: »

    And yes, a mod can add 25 tags to any thread within their forum.

    Grand so we can PM a mod with tags once we run out then :D

    For the M6 Galway Ballinasloe thread I suggest

    athenry, athlone, ballinasloe, loughrea , cappataggle , cappataggle toll , loughrea , oranmore, claregalway , bridge, bypass, galway, infrastructure, interurban route, m6 motorway, median, motorway, nra , fastest galway, day trip galway , daytrip galway , 2 hours drive dublin , 2 hours drive galway ,




  • Sponge Bob wrote: »
    Grand so we can PM a mod with tags once we run out then :D

    For the M6 Galway Ballinasloe thread I suggest

    athenry, athlone, ballinasloe, loughrea , cappataggle , cappataggle toll , loughrea , oranmore, claregalway , bridge, bypass, galway, infrastructure, interurban route, m6 motorway, median, motorway, nra , fastest galway, day trip galway , daytrip galway , 2 hours drive dublin , 2 hours drive galway ,

    I will look on any such PMs as visual pollution and won't be best pleased! Back on topic...




  • We should try get more non road infrastructure on here.
    the postcode thing
    power grids/gas
    phone/broadband/telecom/radio transmission stuff




  • I agree. There's only one way to do that however: start the threads. I have added those categories to the stickied Index thread, so people should take a look there. I have no problem with an old thread from this forum being bumped. Infrastructure is a very long-term thing after all. The Spirit of Ireland thread has slipped down the charts, but it's a great discussion. Under signage we have another thread, started a few years ago by Victor, relating to Irish placenames replacing English placenames. All of these things can and should be discussed here, but it's up to posters to contribute, if they so wish.




  • I just noticed the exclusively Irish focus of this forum. I'd like to see more international infrastructure projects covered too, so if anyone's interested, work away...




  • Impossible to improve this forum




  • Big movement of threads last night. What do the M6'ers think we should do about the two M6 motorway threads? Lock one, or merge both?




  • We should try get more non road infrastructure on here.
    ....
    phone/broadband/telecom/radio transmission stuff

    Yes, these are infrastructure, but I think they are already well covered in the IrelandOffLine, Broadband and Cable and Digital TV forums.


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  • Move them all back and Ban Victor :D

    Seriously the Infrastructure forum should include all large fibre initiatives ( only fibre ) and associated policy and planning issues of which there are none !!!

    I am planning GE-PON in my area at the moment .




  • bk wrote: »
    Yes, these are infrastructure, but I think they are already well covered in the IrelandOffLine, Broadband and Cable and Digital TV forums.

    Out of curiosity bk, in your forum is there a greater emphasis on how broadband, etc. functions once it has been installed, or do you cover plans to roll it out as well?

    ****

    Infrastructure Index Thread duly updated with numerous sub-categories.




  • The only 'rollout' possible is fibre , everything else is 'rolled' . That is why I suggested that large scale fibre and ducting be covered here and nothing else .

    A couple of mickey mouse bits of copper and replacement copper and slow stuttery wireless is irrelevant . We either do it big or we die, economically .




  • Furet wrote: »
    Big movement of threads last night. What do the M6'ers think we should do about the two M6 motorway threads? Lock one, or merge both?

    Lock the Athlone->Ballinalsoe one ... or, if there is still demand move it to C&T. The road is finished (more or less).
    Furet wrote: »
    I just noticed the exclusively Irish focus of this forum. I'd like to see more international infrastructure projects covered too, so if anyone's interested, work away...

    You don't even have to go that far. How about Northern Ireland roads? For example:

    These and other schemes can be found here.




  • Sponge Bob wrote: »
    That is why I suggested that large scale fibre and ducting be covered here and nothing else.

    I agree. That is all that's needed in this forum.




  • Fibre ducting should be added to all Main Roads , Sewer Schemes , Regional water schemes, Replacement Pipe schemes , Gas Pipelines ( that is done I think) , Railway alignments , New Housing estates etc, New and Rebuilt footpaths to housing estates .

    After 20 years we would have quite a lot of it .

    The ducting should then be allocated to a 'special' local government services entity that actively maps and exercises these wayleaves and actively gets fibre into it .

    It will take 20 years before there is a lot of ducting but it would be better than today where there is virtually nothing and we are behind countries with proper plans to install it like Estonia , Australia , Holland , New Zealand, Korea , Japan , :(

    Like is the ESB putting fibre down with the new UK Lekky Interconnector, if not why not ???




  • Sponge Bob wrote: »
    Like is the ESB putting fibre down with the new UK Lekky Interconnector, if not why not ???

    Apparently, 20+ years ago (not sure when it was built) when part of the Galway ring road was being planned, someone from the ESB went along to a meeting with the poeple responsible for planning/developing the road and asked if they could plan it so that the ESB could put some ducting in while the road was being built. This was to save the ESB from having to do expensive digging in future, avoid any disruption and avoid any damage to the road. He was basically told to mind his own business and the road was built without the ducting. I presume the planners just weren't arsed at making the extra little bit of effort to organise/co-ordinate the laying of the ducting.

    Over the last few months the ESB have been digging the cycle path and footpath on this stretch to lay new cables, causing some late evening/night time lane closures on the road. :o

    That's what we're up against - people who really couldn't be arsed.




  • KevR wrote: »
    That's what we're up against - people who really couldn't be arsed.

    Unfortunately, 'tis the case with most things in this country. :(

    However, as interesting as this discussion is getting, I'll have to cut it short, we need to bring this thread back to discussing forum improvements.

    This topic deserves a thread all to itself.




  • Furet wrote: »
    Out of curiosity bk, in your forum is there a greater emphasis on how broadband, etc. functions once it has been installed, or do you cover plans to roll it out as well?

    Furet, I'm a mod on the Cable and Digital TV forums only, however I'm a regular contributor to the IrelandOffLine and Broadband forum.

    You are correct, the Broadband forum tends to be posts about how to get broadband and issues with it.

    However the IrelandOffLine forum tends to be very heavily focused on communications infrastructure and strategy on how to improve it and a lot of experts in this area tend to visit this forum.

    Don't get me wrong, you are more then welcome to talk about it here, themore the merrier, I'll join in myself, just saying that many of the experts who regularly visit IOFFL mightn't think of looking here.


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  • serfboard wrote: »
    How about Northern Ireland roads? For example:

    There already is a thread about it here. Should that C&T thread not be moved here too?


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