Bit of a mess. There seems no logic or consistent criteria for determining which brands have their own sub-forum; the regional section is similarly inconsistent & looks awful - why the trite, clichéd descriptions? And why not a US regional section, or is that because every US brand, however significant or not, seems to have it's own brand section? And why on earth have a strange little section called "Pen Acoutrements"?
I agree and have long been puzzled as to why some brands have a subsection and others do not. I suppose it should based on demand and traffic, but if that's the case, why Cross but no Pilot or Lamy? I'm sorry, but it just doesn't make any sense.
If we're going to be making changes to the FPN structure, we might as well do an overhaul that addresses these points.
The enumeration of all the brands has been on request, because many persons do not know where the lesser known brands should go, thus dumping all in the old Miscellaneous or the old First Stop, driving some members up the wall, so to say. And necessitating mod intervention to move those topics.
Discussions about which forum his own, and which regional have been conducted before. Some have historical reasons, some are extra benefiting from the specific knowledge of their moderators.
It is often a weighing of many factors. Besides, sometimes a regional forum is also difficult to choose. Waterman: USA/Canada/UK/France/Poland(future)/Italian overlays..... So where should it go?
AND: Wait far some time with your grumblings, as not all changes have been shown yet so we may yet surprise you all once more. In some cases we are still weighing factors. Wim has already stated that the whole process will take some time, till the end of the year possibly.
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