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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 1, 2012

Time to add more engineering discipline specific sections on CE?

Just wondering whether we should offer dedicated sections for more engineering disciplines? For example, there are a lot of instrumetnation, product design engineers signed up on CE and they may not find any place to post their discussions. Awaiting your responses!
The first cabinet of India had just PM and thirteen others ministers. Did the job more effectively in my opinion. Proliferation of sub specialities (in medicine, these tend to be called Super specialities) only dilutes content. Can we not consider doing what you did for civil engineering. Under that broad umbrella sub sections cater to specific areas.
Prashant Munshi
Prashant Munshi • May 1, 2012
Engineering is a vast field. So many branches, subjects and disciplines; The pace of development in each of this is really astonishing. The purpose of this blog is to provide platform for exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience for all the engineers irrespective of their disciplines and hence as the need be we must obviously start the new sections. I don't think anybody would be averse to this idea. But I think each of the sections/disciplines should have its own group of moderators, having expertise in the respective fields to monitor the quality of contents.
Smriti Jha
Smriti Jha • May 1, 2012
I second that idea. Probably be more creative and add a little something for the freelancers as well? Many of us have side projects in our purses, independent of our engineering subjects. What better place to discuss them but here?
Smriti Jha
Smriti Jha • May 1, 2012
I'd like to take a leaf out of Reddit's architecture here. It features a lot of subsections, with the most active topics from all over Reddit making it to the front page. Individually, keeping an eye on every subsection is impossible for humor-seekers. Here, @bioramani's point comes into picture as not all subsections are buzzing with participation and some only have a new topic per 4 or 5 days but classification helps have an organized archive. If there's a pointer, or highlight on the front page, that'd compliment the managing of the new divisions.
Bionic
Bionic • May 1, 2012
I think creating a new subsection is a welcome developement.
But the problem is whether its going to be active, am saying this is because some sections which are already existing is passive if you post there will be no reply and it takes days to update a new topic so creating a new subsection is ok by me but we must put hands together to make is functional, active and worthwile.
Uzoma Iheanacho
Uzoma Iheanacho • May 1, 2012
The_Big_K
Just wondering whether we should offer dedicated sections for more engineering disciplines? For example, there are a lot of instrumetnation, product design engineers signed up on CE and they may not find any place to post their discussions. Awaiting your responses!
Yeah I think it is timely.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 1, 2012
May I request our regular CEans to post their feedback here?
lovejeet
lovejeet • May 1, 2012
me too double Sir Bioramani and prashant. the idea is that forum should not to be too technically branched so that other branch students can also take part in the active participation's in the topics of other disciplines too.
Vignesh Raghav
Vignesh Raghav • May 2, 2012
Under Engineering we can have sub-sections ,so that content searching becomes easy .
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 2, 2012
But where should we accomodate the discussions related to instrumentation engineering or aeronautical engineering or say agricultural engineering? The 'Other Engineering Disciplines' section is almost empty unless someone from the staff contributes to them.
What happens if a potential list of disciplines is put up for a poll?
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 2, 2012
bioramani
What happens if a potential list of disciplines is put up for a poll?
That hasn't worked for us. The number of responses are too limited to really decide anything based on it. I just thought of getting feedback from our most active members so that we can think of keeping the new sections active.

I'm all game for creating sub-sections under the top level engineering domains. But then can someone help in finalizing the 'parent' engineering branches. So far we have :-

Electrical / Electronics Engineering
Mechanical / Automobile Engineering
Civil / Structural Engineering
Chemical / Metallurgy Engineering

We need to have place for Aeronautical, Mechatronics, Biotech/Biomedical, Agricultural, Industrial, Instrumentation engineering and so on; right?
Vignesh Raghav
Vignesh Raghav • May 2, 2012
The_Big_K , Guess if we start the engineering specific threads ,contents might get poured in , we have specific EEE,ECE,Mech,Civil,Chemical engg threads active ,since we dont have dedicated one for aeronautical ,mechatronics,industrial engg. we dont have enough contributions .Also you can add automotive engineering like aerospace engineering .
Do we have enough CEans from those fields to answer/post the queries/answers; otherwise they would die. If we really need, How about having them as sub sections in Other Engineering Trades?
The_Big_K
We need to have place for Aeronautical, Mechatronics, Biotech/Biomedical, Agricultural, Industrial, Instrumentation engineering and so on; right?
Biotech/ biomedical (at least the devices part) use a lot of chemical engineering as also metallurgy. So they can be a subset of that. Incidentally Metallurgy itself has now expanded as Materials Science, which includes ceramics, plastics and composites.

The most user friendly option is probably what you said in the beginning. List all separately. However, if that occupies too many pages we may have problems again.
Knotty issue.
ISHAN TOPRE
ISHAN TOPRE • May 2, 2012
I have certain different opinion. Provide a generalized layout (that which is evolved from this discussion). And also let the members customize the various sections at any place on their will. The customized website design would only be available to that particular account.
Yahoo Answers has a drop down menu for each main category, which carries all sub categories. As soon the cursor is moved over the categories the corresponding menus drop down. WE can try some such to minimise clutter.
zaveri
zaveri • May 2, 2012
Vignesh Raghav
Under Engineering we can have sub-sections ,so that content searching becomes easy .
i think vignesh said it.

we can have the other fast developing branches of engineering under one main branch.

for example , under mechanical we can have automobile, mechatronics, production , aeronautical, etc...
CE Designer
CE Designer • May 2, 2012
I tend to agree with Vignesh Raghav for ease of browsing and finding information we should split the main discipline into sub-disciplines.
This will also eliminate people asking the same questions that were asked 2 years ago because content will be easier to find. Mechanical is so broad. There is Manufacturing side and there is the Design side.
Chemical can be split into Petroleum and Process Engineering.
Under electrical you can have Instrumentation and Control.
There is Petroleum and Process Engineering which we need. Maybe you can put these under chemical section.
Basically, my view is that when you have hundreds of pages per thread it very difficult to browse.
Detailed categorization will be more user friendly i believe.
CE Designer
CE Designer • May 2, 2012
bioramani
Yahoo Answers has a drop down menu for each main category, which carries all sub categories. As soon the cursor is moved over the categories the corresponding menus drop down. WE can try some such to minimise clutter.
Not a bad idea at all
Mr.Don
Mr.Don • May 3, 2012
In my belief(strong belief) : More disciplines will always add more value.
Bionic
Bionic • May 21, 2012
Uzoma
Yeah I think it is timely.
uzoma watzup introduce yourself lets know one another better.

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