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    Hello,

    I have been tasked with starting a message board / forum system for our company..

    At this point I'm fairly confident on what technology I'll be using, but I have no idea what kind of categories to have.

    So.. for all you employees out there.. what would YOU like to see for top-level (or lower level) forum categories?

    Thanks!
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    Why don't you give us your own samples so that we can get a good idea of what you are talking about?
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    OK. Here's my thoughts.. It's a unionized technology consulting company of about 300 people, spread out between 3 major locations with several smaller locations.

    General Forums
    - The Water Cooler (general chat, meet new people)
    - New to CompanyName? (just started? Need some help finding out how things work?)
    - Website Feedback (Suggesions, comments, etc.)
    - Thoughts and Suggestions (do you want to discuss an idea to make CompanyName a better place?

    Department Specific Forums
    - Human Resources
    - Power Supply
    - Infrastructure Services
    - one for each department/group

    Technology Forums
    - How Does This Work? (technology problems? Post your question here.)
    - Programming Problems? (??)
    - ??

    Do you think this is too many different categories? Should I just have one or two general categories to start, and then build them out over time?
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    That looks excellent. I would start with those categories/forums and let the users suggest new ones.

    I have found that some forums never take off. I just merge them with another and don't look back.

    You might have an off-topic area for when a question doesn't fit any of the other categories. I would name it carefully, because you don't want it to be a place to hang out and goof off.
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