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Names of knives in posts?

Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:09 pm

Hi, not sure where to put this, but this seemed best.

It's a request--could people put the names of knives they're referring to in their posts? I know part of the purpose of this forum is to drive traffic to the sales pages, but it's a bit annoying to *have to* click on a link to view a knife to know the product the poster is referring to. Can people include the name of the product? Many times I'm familiar with it, so don't need to always click on the link. By all means include the link--I'm sure many people will continue to look at the product for additional information.

Re: Names of knives in posts?

Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:32 pm

Todd, good suggestion. I'll look to edit some of the topic titles to clarify the product.

Re: Names of knives in posts?

Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:37 pm

Thanks for listening.

To be clear, I'm not just talking about topic titles. I think any post in a thread that has a recommendation should include the name of the product as well as the link. I guess that takes a little more time to write, but it makes it a lot more user-friendly.

Re: Names of knives in posts?

Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:59 pm

I agree. Sometimes the links are changed so they reflect the name of the knife, other times it's just the link. It gets confusing when there are different models under the maker, too that makes it hard to determine which one they are referring to!

Re: Names of knives in posts?

Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:36 pm

Yes name and link together is the way to go. That way people that are casually reading the forum don't have to follow the link and those that are interested in the knife or what it looks like can follow the link to check it out. I'll try to be more consistent doing this on my posts since I'm the #1 blabbermouth on here.

Re: Names of knives in posts?

Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:30 am

Also, try to use the full name or, at least, an unambiguous name.

Like any group for quicker, easier communications, we tend to use nicknames, abbreviations, or shortened names and terms. This "group speak" is a real barrier for people unfamiliar with knives or Japanese.

My favorite example was when a knife was identified by the first name of the knife maker. Being an English only speaker, the name just seemed like another mysterious Japanese term to me. Took me a while to figure out what was going on.
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