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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/8/2013 at 17:40 admin

Hi all,

Just want to ask people to work to keep conversations on topic. Here is an example of a thread that has veered right off topic (and which I have now locked).

Our full user guidelines are here.

Obviously I have FAR better things to do than go through threads deleting piles of irrelevant staff -- that's what you have Idle Banter for -- please keep it in there and out of the travel threads. So please keep the above request in mind when you're posting.

Thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/2/2014 at 18:28 admin

Just bouncing this back up to the front page.

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Posted by MADMAC on 14/2/2014 at 20:25

that thread did wander, but it was a good thread.

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Posted by busylizzy on 14/2/2014 at 22:27

THe problem is, Mac, that when people want to lokp up info in the name of research, you have to waste time wading through dozens of posts that have no relevance to what you are looking for.

The wanderings can make an interesting discussion for the forum regulars, but it's highly frustrating when you are looking for useful info.

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Posted by MADMAC on 16/2/2014 at 12:11

Liz
I would say that the key info is almost always upfront. The topics don't start to drift until the questions have largely been answered. Maybe not always, but usually.

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Posted by littlebird on 18/2/2014 at 02:19

Got to agree with Mac. The relevant info is always first then as folk do they drift into conversational mode. Where's the harm in that?
Seeing as, like most guidebooks the information is rapidly dated. (Found this on many occasions) Hotels no longer exist, change name, price etc The real contributors to a site like this are the people who kindly give their time with realtime information. Unpaid and now subject to an editorial policy.
While I'm on the subject of contributors- the paid variety. Is this site aiming to go upmarket? I see a lot of references to boutique hotels in Phnom Penh . I get the impression most people want somewhere clean and safe. If you are travelling for months $90 a night seems a little excessive. I can stay in Phnom Penh in a hotel with cctv, cable tv,hot water, clean sheets and towels everyday for $7.Bangkok-a fine hotel with a/c on first class transport links for 500 baht
Isn't that what the majority want?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 18/2/2014 at 04:54 admin

@Littlebird: It's not always the case actually. The reason I bumped this post back up was due to a recent post where a new poster asked something, and the next 20 posts, while interesting perhaps, were not answering what the OP asked. The harm in that, I guess, is someone comes to ask a question, asks it, and it doesn't get answered.

Yes you're correct in part in saying contributions to this site are unpaid (via the messageboard, reviews etc) but there's also a team of 15 or so paid writers -- some of whom are regulars to this forum -- they're real too. It's a mix.

If you look at our PhnomPenh listings you'll see the vast majority are well below $90 -- at a quick skim most are below $35 actually. The Kampot update we just finished featured a bunch of places for under $10. But we do have a pricier spot on the front page at the moment - perhaps that was what caught your attention. Front page featured spot varies -- just whatever tickles our fancy.

The majority? Well, it varies - pick and choose as it suits you.

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