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Old January 20th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is really a questino for the mods (no clue where this should be asked):

There are currently two sets of forums - razr and razr maxx. Given that these phones are identical hardware ('cept for the battery) would it not be benefical to send all traffic (and therefore communitry knowledge) to a common place ?

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Old January 20th, 2012, 06:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I will bring this to the attention of our Mods ASAP.

Good point BTW.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for raising this, you2. The Maxx section was likely created when the device was announced, before the spec was known. It certainly makes perfect sense to combine the two if, as you say, they are otherwise identical.

I'm moving this to the Suggestion Box & Feedback section, where it will be seen by those who make such decisions.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I suspect this recommendation could go either way...

One example that comes to mind relates to the abundance of Samsung Galaxy S II smart phones. Samsung has produced numerous variations of the phone for different carriers. Most are pretty much the same device but are named uniquely... and each has it's own forum here at Android Forums.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 10:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well - to argue in favor of the merger; the samsung phones do differ (mostly in radios) but also in other small features and in a few cases this has result in siginificant different beahvior (ala epic touch 4g LOS issues).

I.e, the xt910 and xt912 probably have more significant changes than the cdma razr mazz and cdma razr 9ala xt912).
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I.e, the photon, bionic and atrix really are different phones even though they share many similar components and this is close to the galalxy s2 example.
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To my knowledge the cdma version of the maxx and non-maxx razr are identical in all ways 'cept the battery.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, part of the thinking with stuff like this is that people google their phone name, and want to go to a forum that is designed for it.

Regular every day people that have no idea it has the same hardware as another phone.

It's one of the uncomfortable places in the administration of AF. Same hardware, different names. Makes it really hard to make it easy for the average guy, as well as for the very technical (who wants to monitor two root forums for what could all go in one?).
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Old January 20th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Can the Razr forum name be changed to Razr & Razr Maxx, so that a search would find it?
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Old January 20th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Can the Razr forum name be changed to Razr & Razr Maxx, so that a search would find it?
I though about the same thing, maybe that would be a good option. Meta tagging willh elp with search results too.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Any news in this?

For sure not doing it?
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I guess we can try the merged idea.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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..sorry guys. Caught some hell for doing that, had to change it back.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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..sorry guys. Caught some hell for doing that, had to change it back.
Ooops, what happened?
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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:11 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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You're the second to say that - yet it is working well for me. Clear your cache and try?
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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Both working fine here.
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..sorry guys. Caught some hell for doing that, had to change it back.

Fair enough.

TBH, I still find it odd that the VZW and GSM versions are merged. I would think the VZW Razr and Maxx would be a much better fit as they are running the EXACT same software build (per Phandroid article). The Maxx has more similarities than the GSM at that point.

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OK, I know this was settled a few months ago, but we have since merged the GNex forums and are discussing it WRT the One X.

I am seeing folks posting the same threads in both forums. As the OP mentioned, the builds on these are identical with the only difference being the battery.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 09:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I think once users are used to the forums, they'll reject changes that change the way they use their favourite forum. I think its more important getting this right at go live (following the gnex) than legacy forums / existing devices.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I think once users are used to the forums, they'll reject changes that change the way they use their favourite forum. I think its more important getting this right at go live (following the gnex) than legacy forums / existing devices.
My concern is that folks are becoming frustrated by having two forums as they are starting identical threads in each.

I was very involved in the GNex merge and there are far more nuances with those devices than the Razr's. In this case the difference is like having and extended battery in the GNex, but rooting and roms are identical.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 09:34 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I agree with Pup, there was some initial complaints with the GNex reordering, but they died off once people got used to it. There is even less justification for these to be separate than that one. Doesn't even need a separate ATR for the MAXX.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:13 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Im not saying dont do it, you all know I hate separate forums. In fact I STILL think there are 2 Gnex ATR forums too many.

I suppose what I am saying is its easier to get it right first time than to change it after the fact. Weigh up how much longevity the forum actually has and offset that against the angst it will cause.
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Im not saying dont do it, you all know I hate separate forums. In fact I STILL think there are 2 Gnex ATR forums too many.

I suppose what I am saying is its easier to get it right first time than to change it after the fact. Weigh up how much longevity the forum actually has and offset that against the angst it will cause.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #23 (permalink)
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oooh when did we get "Like"?

I use tappatalk mostly so never noticed before
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:57 AM   #24 (permalink)
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About 7:20 this morning I saw it show up.
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I am for merging forums. But we should have something like (MAXX) accessories and then have one for the RAZR but everything else can be all in one
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Alright, due to an overwhelming vote, they've been merged.
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