It is difficult in a member-driven forum whose content evolves daily and in often-unexpected ways to maintain order in its content. As this forum, we rely on indexing, the use of a Pizza Glossary (http://www.pizzamaking.com/pizza_glossary.html
), a Recipe page of some of the best recipes (http://www.pizzamaking.com/pizza_recipes.html
), a basic “search” feature (in the form of a button at the top of each page), an “Advanced search” feature (accessed through the search button), and other features under the Forum topics board. The Advanced search feature is one of my favorites. I use it every day to find things. I like it so much I even wrote a post on how to use it, at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,3101.0.html
In addition, as a Moderator, one of my chores is to see that posts are in the right place, and to move them around (or delete them) if necessary. Also, both Steve and I and others have more than once reorganized the entire content of the forum from an indexing standpoint (and rearranged posts) to make it more user friendly and easier to access. I agree with you that it would be nice if posters were more explicit and thoughtful in their posts in referencing other threads, posts, etc., but not all posters do that. Also, much of what is written on this forum is truly evolutionary in nature and it is not at all uncommon to find a single recipe morph into something new and take several pages of a thread to cover. In fact, it is perhaps much more uncommon to find a given recipe with instructions, photos, etc., all in one place. Even all the recipes for 00 “clones”, such as the one in the CI article that lead to this digression, are scattered in different posts on the forum.
As for Canadave’s recipe, I did a search using the Advanced search feature and promptly found it. It is at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,2175.0.html
. If you are interested in a Lehmann recipe, the ones I have worked on are, by intention, pretty much in one place, starting at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,576.0.html
. My work with the Lehmann recipe evolved over a long period of time and led to a long thread, which prompted me to create a “roadmap” to the more pertinent Lehmann recipes. The roadmap is updated and improved regularly to track the many variations of the basic Lehmann dough formulation. (See http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,1453.0.html
I think that you will get the hang of the forum and its organization and tools the more time you spend at the forum. When I first joined the forum, I read every post. That would be tougher to do today because of the increased number of posts, and I don’t necessarily recommend that others do so, but I suspect I would still do it, but in manageable chunks.