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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby aphasiac » 30 Apr 2015, 14:38

Dragonbones wrote:Most posters here are in Taibei, so it's a natural assumption that they want greater Taibei locations in answers.

How are we users, especially new members, meant to know this though? I've been using this forum for over 3 years and until I started this thread, I genuinely thought this was a general Taiwan ex-pats forum. :ponder:

The really confusing part is that if you go to the Living in Taiwan forum, every thread does specify a location, even people posting about Taipei?!
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewforum.php?f=8

Maybe someone could update the site rules?
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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby headhonchoII » 30 Apr 2015, 15:18

Now you start to understand why there are actually fewer posters from central and South Taiwan than there should be. There's no effort to reach out to them either, which ones thinks is a little odd.


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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby Ermintrude » 30 Apr 2015, 17:26

aphasiac wrote:
Dragonbones wrote:Most posters here are in Taibei, so it's a natural assumption that they want greater Taibei locations in answers.

How are we users, especially new members, meant to know this though? I've been using this forum for over 3 years and until I started this thread, I genuinely thought this was a general Taiwan ex-pats forum. :ponder:

The really confusing part is that if you go to the Living in Taiwan forum, every thread does specify a location, even people posting about Taipei?!
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewforum.php?f=8

Maybe someone could update the site rules?


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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby jesus80 » 30 Apr 2015, 20:04

I'm not saying it again: Non Taipei Citizens Forum already!
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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby Matchstick_man » 30 Apr 2015, 21:15

Ermintrude wrote:
aphasiac wrote:
Dragonbones wrote:Most posters here are in Taibei, so it's a natural assumption that they want greater Taibei locations in answers.

How are we users, especially new members, meant to know this though? I've been using this forum for over 3 years and until I started this thread, I genuinely thought this was a general Taiwan ex-pats forum. :ponder:

The really confusing part is that if you go to the Living in Taiwan forum, every thread does specify a location, even people posting about Taipei?!
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewforum.php?f=8

Maybe someone could update the site rules?


Yet the world still turns. :cactus:


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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby antarcticbeech » 01 May 2015, 01:07

aphasiac wrote:
Dragonbones wrote:Most posters here are in Taibei, so it's a natural assumption that they want greater Taibei locations in answers.

How are we users, especially new members, meant to know this though? I've been using this forum for over 3 years and until I started this thread, I genuinely thought this was a general Taiwan ex-pats forum. :ponder:


It's a private website maintained by a handful of part-time volunteers, not a federally funded outreach program.

If new members are sentient enough to realize that Taipei is biggerer than all the other towns and villages then they are well on the road to Forumosan literacy. :thumbsup:
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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby HomestayTaiwan » 26 May 2015, 14:20

This bias is sadly not only in the forum.

Everything you see on TVs or Newspapers seems to happening only in the Taipei zone!
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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby Chris » 26 May 2015, 14:49

That this forum is biased toward Taipei should come as no surprise: most participants (indeed, most expats) live in or near Taipei, so given no other information, it is reasonable to assume a poster lives in the Taipei area, as that is the maximum likelihood. (Yeah, I majored in Statistics.)

Knowing this, it would be helpful to provide the pertinent information. For instance: "Where can I find computer supplies?" will get a reply like "Guanghua Market". But "Where can I find computer supplies? I live in Kaohsiung." would solicit more helpful replies.

If you (in general) are from outside Taipei and are dismayed with the Taipei-centrism, you can help by contributing more non-Taipei-oriented content. Taipei-centrism isn't the forum's mission; the forum operators want it to be Taipei-wide. This is where you come in.
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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby antarcticbeech » 26 May 2015, 15:29

Chris wrote:If you (in general) are from outside Taipei and are dismayed with the Taipei-centrism, you can help by contributing more non-Taipei-oriented content. Taipei-centrism isn't the forum's mission; the forum operators want it to be Taipei-wide. This is where you come in.


Exactly. It's great to have posts coming in from the less-populated (and more beautiful :) ) areas of Taiwan - we all want that, I think. But the website is in no position to compel anyone to post. Unless they want to start paying us, in which case I volunteer to be Forumosa's man on the ground in Orchid Island.

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Re: This website has an annoying Taipei bias

Postby Matchstick_man » 26 May 2015, 20:12

See, even the typos are Taipei-centric
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