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In with the new: dpreview forums expanded

By dpreview staff on Jul 22, 2011 at 23:49 GMT

We've just made the biggest changes to our forums since the site was established, 11 years ago. This includes expanding the scope of dpreview forums to include areas dedicated to discussion of photographic techniques and digital video. We've also introduced totally new Off-Topic and For Sale/ Wanted forums. You'll notice a couple of minor name changes and a shuffling of the order of a few of the existing forums too.

New forums for dpreview.com

This is a pretty big change for dpreview, and marks the end of an era where the conversation on the site was restricted to purely gear-related topics. Over the next few months you're going to see far more photography-related content on the site, though worry not; none of this will detract from our in-depth reviewing of cameras (and the soon to return lens reviews). The camera-specific forums remain, but you now have a place to discuss the art and techniques of photography and photographic subjects without getting into brand wars.

This is also something of an experiment for dpreview - we're all keen photographers and want somewhere to talk about pictures (rather than cameras) every now and again, and we think our users will too. And if we're wrong, and the new forums don't get used, we won't have lost anything and we'll just close them.

We've split the forums on the main index (and in the menu) into five broad groups, and most of the old (existing forums) are where they used to be (in the first and second categories). We've merged the two Konica Minolta forums and split the Challenges and Galleries forums back out into separate boards, and we've made a couple of minor name changes, but the old forums are otherwise unchanged (as are their URLs).

Rather than blather on here any more, I'll let you go play with them using the menu at the top of the page.

The Off-Topic forum

After much consideration we decided to add a forum for discussion of matters unrelated to photography to our boards, mainly because it should help keep the rest of the forums on-topic. Feel free to discuss the price of fish in here, but please keep it civil - all the usual rules apply.

The For Sale / Wanted forum

This one really is a bit of an experiment, but it's also something people have been asking for as far back as I can remember. There's some specific rules for the new forum (and you can only post one thread a day), but it's pretty rudimentary at the moment, If it takes off we will add functionality and a buyer/seller feedback mechanism.

If you have a suggestion for a new forum use the feedback system.

Comments

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jul 23, 2011)

forums should be the 3rd or 4th item on the main menu, it the only reason i come here realy

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TEBnewyork
By TEBnewyork (Jul 23, 2011)

Well easy answer start from the right and then they are only number three.

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mais51
By mais51 (Jul 23, 2011)

Private sales only please - there are plenty of sites for commercially available products.
Personally I'd like to see more tutorial, tips and technique type Sections and preferable hosted and moderated by DPreview experts

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TEBnewyork
By TEBnewyork (Jul 23, 2011)

Wow two great additions in one day. Particularly pleased about the Phone Camera, Tablet & Apps forum. There is so much creative work being done it will be great to have a place to share work and ideas.

Once again, thank you to the whole team at dpreview. Great Work!

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Jul 23, 2011)

May I suggest DPR add a Pets Photography Forum. Thank you for considering, Simon.

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Janet Stonich
By Janet Stonich (Jul 23, 2011)

Where is the section for post processing --- Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. tips?? I visited this section daily and learned many techniques and help. --- Please bring it back!!!

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Josh Hays
By Josh Hays (Jul 23, 2011)

I believe you're looking for the "Digital Darkroom" forum.

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jalywol
By jalywol (Jul 23, 2011)

These sound great!

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Miguel Teotonio
By Miguel Teotonio (Jul 22, 2011)

Great !!!

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Jul 22, 2011)

Long overdue, DPR. Better late than never. :-)

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Jul 23, 2011)

Better late than never is my motto

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Jul 23, 2011)

I like the changes. DPR forum members have been clamoring for them for ages.

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Marla
By Marla (Jul 23, 2011)

Thank you DPR! Thanks Simon et al. You've done a great job here - and lots of exciting additions and positive changes to look forward to.

The only negative for me is that I will have to find a way to keep myself from staying around all day. :-)

Maria

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LVPhoto1
By LVPhoto1 (Jul 25, 2011)

I'm going to probably open a can of worms here, but I want your opinion!!!

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