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Sub Topic Forum just for Seniors

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Sub Topic Forum just for Seniors

With 16% of Canadians 65 and over, why not have a Sub Topic in the Forums dedicated to Seniors and Senior issues that include:
Senior Deals
Senior issues
Senior Health & Medical
Senior hours
Senior benefits
etc etc
Instead of having to search in each subtopic for senior related posts.
and not just over 65 years of age but older Canadians.
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This is not an official reply, TomRFD would be best able to respond as only the admins can create forums (etc).

Based on previous suggestions my guess is that a sub-forum would be created only if there was sufficient demand and it made sense from a site operations perspective.
I'm also guessing that when the planned roll out of improved filtering users will be able to select the content they want to see, like perhaps senior related topics.
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UFOcoin wrote: With 16% of Canadians 65 and over, why not have a Sub Topic in the Forums dedicated to Seniors and Senior issues that include:
Senior Deals
Senior issues
Senior Health & Medical
Senior hours
Senior benefits
etc etc


Instead of having to search in each subtopic for senior related posts.
I like this idea.
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Might be sub forum in family forum
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As MrD mentioned, this is just my opinion. This is one of those things that I think will be much easier with the filtering revamp Tom has mentioned in the past. It's not a bad idea UFOcoin but I think it's something that is unnecessary in the long run, I doubt a subforum would generate enough traffic and the filtering system will help isolate 65+ deals later this year. In terms of other senior discussion I feel like that can be already be represented in the Parenting and Family sub. That said I am not a senior so perhaps I am missing that perspective on this.
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Redmask wrote: I doubt a subforum would generate enough traffic and the filtering system will help isolate 65+ deals later this year. In terms of other senior discussion I feel like that can be already be represented in the Parenting and Family sub.
I'm fully in support of content geared towards seniors, but like Redmask said, it's not likely that there's enough demand for any seniors sub-topic to warrant being separated out into a new forum. We don't discourage the sharing of any senior related deal, or general discussion topic, but for the most part users here are not seniors and the amount of and interaction within those threads/forums would be minimal when compared to the overall site and possibly even reduce the amount of people seeing it.

That being said, we are working on a new personalization/filtering project for which a "seniors" tag/filter can be created. It should in theory create an easier way for seniors to find deals/threads geared towards them. When we launch it later this year it'll only apply to the deal forums at first, but we're building it keeping all forums in mind so that it can eventually be expanded for use in Home & Garden, Personal Finance, Health & Wellness, or any other forum as well.
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But on the other hand, we don't necessarily cover every demographic. Like seniors might not like RFD environment, they might prefer some Forum that are specifically designed for seniors or simply meet in tim Hortons
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One year update since I made this suggestion and no sign of anything. Not surprising since we are just BOOMERS, disregarded by everyone and told to meet at Timmies.
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I'm not in favor of too many sub forums.
It becomes inefficient, as then too many areas have to be viewed just to cover it all.

If there is a major focus reason, I could see some.
Senior heath issues - yes
Senior specific finance - yes
Senior deals - no (too much crossover interest)
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UFOcoin wrote: One year update since I made this suggestion and no sign of anything. Not surprising since we are just BOOMERS, disregarded by everyone and told to meet at Timmies.
Instead just complaining, why not provide some business rational? For example, if you can tell majority of seniors want to create an environment that is separated from other generations /we have enough deals for seniors only ...., i am sure RFD will consider

Otherwise someone will request create a sub forum for gen x, gen y, gen z.....

I have to say different generations have a lot in common, for example they all love hockey, they all like green environment, want to financially wise, those are not generation related

I think the best way is you just create a thread on something for example seniors benefits (I think it's a good topic) and we can see the engagement , who knows, might be your thread will convince RFD to create seniors sub forum
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Op, the forum admin previously provided a reply:

“it's not likely that there's enough demand for any seniors sub-topic to warrant being separated out into a new forum”

You’re of course more than welcome to start new topics in the different sub-forums. for example you could discuss assistive living concerns, or questions about PSWs, or any number of other related topics. If there’s significant content around seniors, that would provide a greater incentive for breaking it out into its own forum.
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UFOcoin wrote: One year update since I made this suggestion and no sign of anything. Not surprising since we are just BOOMERS, disregarded by everyone and told to meet at Timmies.
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But seriously - if your suggestion only drew 5 thumbs up, isn't this the proof of lack of demand?
It sounds like a great idea "in theory" - far murkier on how it would be "in practice".
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UFOcoin wrote: One year update since I made this suggestion and no sign of anything. Not surprising since we are just BOOMERS, disregarded by everyone and told to meet at Timmies.
OP has 52 posts in 3+ years of being a RFD member and wants his own sub forum.

Sounds about right.
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UFOcoin wrote: With 16% of Canadians 65 and over, why not have a Sub Topic in the Forums dedicated to Seniors and Senior issues that include:
Senior Deals
Senior issues
Senior Health & Medical
Senior hours
Senior benefits
etc etc
Instead of having to search in each subtopic for senior related posts.
and not just over 65 years of age but older Canadians.
Does rfd know how many seniors visit the site? I mean the demographics of rfd is pretty skewed I think and doesn't represent demographics of overall population
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StatsGuy wrote: Does rfd know how many seniors visit the site? I mean the demographics of rfd is pretty skewed I think and doesn't represent demographics of overall population
Will you post a poll?
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