Ask Andy About Clothes Forum Review Why Ask Andy Is The Best Men's Style Forum On The Internet Hi! I'm Carl Centeno, the founder of this style blog. Today, I'm going to be talking about Ask Andy About Clothes and why I think it's the best forum on the web. If you haven't already, please click up there and comment to my my blog; I would appreciate it and these posts will come right to you.
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And I'm also going to link to Ask Andy About Clothes right down there as well. Okay, Ask Andy About Clothes, I first discovered this website probably four years ago, but I know that it's been around for over a decade. It was one of the first forums out there and has really, in my mind, built itself as the finest men's style forum you can see out there on the web. Now, I like Style Forum and I think that's a great forum as well, but there's something about Ask Andy. Maybe it's that it's built around a person and that the quality of their answers and their comments, it's just top notch, so that's the number one reason why I think it's the best forum. It really comes down to they've got good moderators. Their content and the detail that they put in to those answers, it's just top notch. It's not as big as Style Forum. I think they have about one millions posts. They probably got, I think the last time I checked, 78, 000 threads, so quite a bit, tons of content there, which Style Forum is even bigger.
But when it comes down to it, I just look at the quality of those answers, the moderators, the people that are coming in there. And the number two thing is you could actually go check out what they've got, their tutorials, so I don't think Andy really pushes these too hard, and I'm going to link to them down below as well, but these tutorials are awesome. They're written by some of the best people, so you've got Kirby over at The Hanger Project. He wrote a great article on high quality men's hangers. So where else are you going to find the people that are out there I think selling and making some of the best men's items out there coming in to Ask Andy and actually writing a great article? Hendrik Pohl wrote a great article on men's ties, amazing article, and you're only going to find this at Ask Andy. Again, the big thing here is going to be those forums and where people come in to contribute, so this is probably the number three thing, is that I find the person that comes in and contributes the general contributor, the general questions on Ask Andy are higher quality than what I see usually on other forms. They're a little bit higher of a level, so you can tell that people spent time lurking around, checking out and reading through everything, and then they come on and they ask really good questions, which then tailors and seamstresses and people that own companies come in and answer right there. In addition, let me think, tutorials, high quality content, it is a complete focus on men's high-end style, so you're not going to find them really talking so much about t-shirts except in kind of a negative way, so you can look at that as a good thing or a bad thing. I look at Ask Andy About Clothes as a very focused forum and exactly what I'm looking for. So how could it be improved? What would I like to see Ask Andy improve upon and make better? The look of the forum. It's very hard to navigate and to find your way through it. There's a lot of broken links, so things like that really at times drive you nuts because you think you're going to be going to a great article.
You click on it and the link doesn’t work, and I've tried this multiple times. It's just a huge monster and part of that is probably because of their history that forums have been around for over 10 years, but it's also just frustrating and I'm hoping they're going to be able to upgrade it. In addition, I would like for Ask Andy About Clothes to be more about directing people down a path. So if I want to make a purchasing decision, it's really hard because I'll go look at all the merchants that are listed and there's just so many. It's like a big directory, but I just don't feel there's a direct and Andy, he does a good job of going in sometimes and pointing out that he gives this company his two thumbs up, but he does this with so many of them, it's kind of lost. It's like, Okay, which one is his favorite? Because he's recommending this tailor over in Thailand, but he's also recommending this tailor over in London. Obviously, there's a big price difference and which one should I go with? In that way, I would like to see I don't know if he can be improved. Again, it reaches so many people. It's such a big forum. Perhaps it's just something that is always going to be their Achilles' heel. Okay. This has been Carl Centeno with this style blog.
I hope you enjoyed the review. Go check out Ask Andy. You're not going to regret it, but make sure anytime you go to a forum, make sure that you've got a good, strong foundation in men's style. I've got my Men's Style Guide. I wrote this for part of this. The reason was I wanted people if you go over to A Tailored Suit I'll link you down below as well. There are going to be a lot of links down there. If you go to A Tailored Suit, you can read through my Men's Style Guide. It's really solid, objective comment that helps you build a foundation. Once you have that foundation built, you're going to find that it's a lot easier to navigate through the forums because you're going to have a rock to kind of hold yourself on because there is some bad information. Some stuff does make it through the filters and some of it is just a bad opinion, and how can you really argue with that except to argue with it? But if you’ve got your foundation solid, you're going to do well on the forums. Take care.
I'll see you in the next post. Bye-bye.