In Reply to: Splitting Forum posted by HW on November 25, 1999 at 12:11:00:
Any attempt at splitting will not solve all of the problems. The flamers will flame on the wrong part of the board on purpose. I think bimmer.org even used to have a "flame" board, but it didn't attract the flamers, naturally, because that isn't where they got what they wanted (attention).
If one part of a split board gets far more posts than the other, which is usually the case, then people will post "inappropriate" stuff on the other part just so people will read their post. (As an example, A4.org has a separate wheel and tire forum, but people still post wheel and tire questions on the main forum because they don't get responses in the "correct" place).
Some people have discussed registration as a way to provide order to the board, but this has its own problems. Anyone can register, so it really doesn't prevent anything. Free e-mail accounts are easily available, so banned accounts can quickly return under another name. Registration also discourages some people to register and provide valuable input.
Maybe the best idea I have seen so far is the "voting" method, where a message can be automatically removed from the board if 10 or so people vote to remove it. The flames would quickly disappear. Unfortunately, some messages of value could disappear too. Let's say that someone posts that they think an Auto. Trans. is the way to go and they list some valid reasons. Would a small contingent of manual trans owners vote to remove the post because they don't like auto transmissions?