Let's look at them:
Originally Posted by Mfusick
Stickies take a lot of responsibility, and if posters that started them are gone and haven't posted in a while I think that means yank them.
The first is the best. We all agree on that I think. Mindbomb does a good job with the MPC-HC and it's still a good thread.
Last Activity: 06-11-2014 12:24 AM
Well done. Mindbomb.
The second is a classic in that it's started by renethx (personally my most respected HTPC poster) and it get's very little action but has 5 million views, most of them long before 2014. The thread really serves no purpose whatsoever anymore, and it's not kept up to date so it has no value IMO. But it's a classic, so I feel bad bashing it to hard out of nostalgia. I actually plead guilty to bumping this one a couple times myself. I bumped it a few times and actually deleted my posts later, you'dd see tere is only a few posts from 2014 and there is periods of a month at a time in 2014 with no activity. Verdict: Forum would be better without out, or at least it would not be missed very much if it was gone.
The third gets some action. Dark Slayer actually inherited it, and he put a worthy effort into reviving it and updating it. It's not a ton of action, but I can't say I hate it. It has recent action. I'd suggest starting over might make sense for this one, with a clean slate. The old data in that thread really is not relevant and anything with an old release of XBMC is pointless IMO. The forum would be better off having Darkslayer make a new one that gets stickied, even if it was just a copy paste the important stuff to a clean slate start. I like dark slayer too, so I am hesitant to condem his thread or hammer a nail into it's coffin. This XBMC thread I am basically indifferent about. The forum probably needs some XBMC representation, but a fresh start might be better.
The 4th is the FAQ FOR 3D- Again this one does not get a ton of action, and the majority of the early posts are outdated. I'd also suggest that in 2014 3D isn't so strange or secret at it was 4+ years ago when it started. I'd also think this is a topic that people would use the search function for, or just start a new thread. None of the outdated info in that thread offers anyone any value. I could say it all in three or 4 sentences:
"Intel icore (i3/i5/i7) or modern AMD CPU can do 3D, or modern Nvidia or Radeon GPU cards. You need 3D capable software like TMT, PowerDVD, or stereoscopic player and a 3D capable display. You can rip 3D ISO or discs with MVC encoding into MKV using MakeMKV, or playback from ISO- both work well. Using SBS or Top/Bottom encoding is generally worse performance and/or picture quality and takes more space at full 3D."
What else do people need to know these days ? Verdict: Forum would be fine without it being stickied, it can be bumped if needed. The OP of that thread has not posted in it for years. That alone is grounds for dismissal IMO.
The 5th one is Assassin's guide. This one will be controversial I think so I will tread lightly. Bottom line, he has not posted since he got sent to banned camp 2-11-2014, his brother posts a couple times a month but most of the stuff is generally supporting their HTPC business. The thread is not well maintained since they moved everything over to a dedicated webpage and most of the action in that thread is generally to direct traffic to their "free" guides they get ad revenue per click from their site, and supports their business. I know he is loved so I tread lightly but facts are facts. It seems strange AVS supports driving HTPC traffic to their ad supported sites, as it competes directly with AVS website. If the guide is not maintained on AVS then why the heck is it still stickied ? Just post a link to it is all that is needed, and I don't seem much reason that needs to be stickied. Verdict: Forum would be fine without it being stickied, I doubt the thread would disapear but there is no good reason it must be stuck in everyone's face anymore.
The 6th one is Mediabrowser- That thread is a total joke. It's based on a version that no longer exists and all the posts in that thread are useless. Verdict : get rid of it. Replace with a modern MB3 sticky would also be ok.
The 7th one: HTPC Tweaks and fixes. Total joke. None of that stuff is needed or useful IMO. There has been so many additional and better work around options developed in the last couple years that thread is probably a hindrance at this point. The last time the OP posted was "Last Activity: 01-31-2014 09:18 PM" and he averages "Total Posts: 98 Posts Per Day: 0.04" Verdict: Clearly this needs not be stickied anymore.
The 8th is "show me your HTPC set up" that one is kinda cool. It does not get much action, and certainly does not need to be stickied, but I think a thread like that is fun to look at the pictures and see peoples set ups. Too bad no one uses it anymore. Verdict: Forum would be just fine without it being stickied, and people would still show off their HTPC's.
The 9th is the Mediaportal thread. It has only two posts in the last year- both simple advertisements driving traffic to the new release of media portal. This thread is done, put a fork in it. No reason it's needs to be stickied. The OP only posted twice in the last year, and not a single other AVS member has posted in this thread. The OP can still advertise mediaportal and bump the thread twice a year if he wants but no reason it should be stickied any more. VERDICT: Remove it.
The 10th sticky (mother of god we have over 10 stickies?? WOW. Do we really need these?) is the Windows 7 Media Center one. It's not bad, but it's outdated. It has 6 posts in it from 2014. The first post is primarily driving "donations" through paypal for tech support for the OP. GreenEyes Last Activity: 03-10-2013 08:24 PM So AVS is basically stickied advertising for a guy that hasn't posted here in a year. I'd argue that non of the information in this is really up to date or needed either. Verdict: AVS will be better off removing this sticky.
The 11th is from Bob Sorel. He's a super moderator. I'll take no offense to his post. I also assume "super moderator" means he can post or sticky anything he wants and it's none of my business to say anything about it.
There you go.
This forum would be better without stickies. That is my final answer.