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by reptileguy
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

I found an old topic similar to this one. Here is an interesting post in it: Basically, keep things interesting, and keep in mind what users want. If your forum is growing, has activity, and content, keep doing what you're doing, otherwise, it will take something else to bring it down. There are man...
by reptileguy
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

First off, I fully understand the anti Facebook rants :) I see it differently though. Holger is right: FB only takes, never gives! But when it comes to FB, Reptileguy only takes, never gives. I don't post private stuff on FB. I don't wait till it ceases to exist but rather use it for my own advantag...
by reptileguy
Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

Because it takes the discussions and the traffic away from your forum. I would never start a FB-group related to my forums content myself. If anybody else does then you cannot stop them (you can only stop them if they use protected names and such). You have a point there, Holger. However, I believe...
by reptileguy
Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

Holger wrote:Delete the FB-page/group!
Why, Holger?
by reptileguy
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

not really but kindof - repitileguy the main block gets used but im trying to encourage members to put in the general chat board it used to be quite active a few years ago, under a different name using different software which then got hacked, i merged the 2 websites together and the main section i...
by reptileguy
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

I think you should rethink from scratch the look of your forum. Start by embellish a bit the forum theme . [...] Hi uirebit, that's what I did: start with the default prosilver and modify it. I still need to get used to the architecture of version 3.1.3, which is a bit more complex than 3.0.x, but ...
by reptileguy
Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

You're welcome cally6008.
Are you struggling to keep a forum active?
by reptileguy
Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

I modified the prosilver style and sent emails to almost all members (individual emails, no mass mail). The forum is slowly coming back to life. Only a handful of people are inclined to participate. But it's a start. A couple of years ago I was following this blog: http://www.communityspark.com/ I'm...
by reptileguy
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to help casual users cope with an active forum
Replies: 3
Views: 2485

Re: How to help casual users cope with an active forum

Create quiet corners for casual users: small forums for specific groups of users (based on age, gender, home town, interests etc.) where the topics of the larger forums can be discussed at a slower pace 8-)
by reptileguy
Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

Thanks KevC. Putting a new style on is a great idea. In 3.0.x I had my own custom style, which was gone after the upgrade to 3.1.3. So now is a good time to install something new and put out a mailshot. I know a board like the one you describe: Everything has been discussed at length. New members ar...
by reptileguy
Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

You're right.
And I'll be honest: I started my forum (15 years ago) with some fake accounts. But I don't want to do this now to revive the forum. There must be other ways to get it going again ;)
by reptileguy
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

As for creating multiple accounts or paying people to post: I would feel uncomfortable doing that. I don't want to deceive my members.
by reptileguy
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

reptileguy, you may find that you have more active members on your forum, than on your facebook page. It's getting harder to reach people using posts on a page (blame FB for messing about). Do you mean active readers who never post? Yes, plenty of those, I see them in the site stats. It may be hard...
by reptileguy
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

Re: How do you keep your forum active?

I haven't lost interest. Not at all.
The forum is up to date again, with a little help from you ;)
I'll give it another try. But it's ironic that my forum's Facebook page has more members and is more active than the forum itself.
by reptileguy
Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep your forum active?
Replies: 58
Views: 54231

How do you keep your forum active?

The hardest question of all... how do you get new users? I was browsing this 9 year old topic for ideas, when I realized that getting new users is not a question for me. My forum has been quiet for two years. No one posted anything. The negligent admin (= me) didn't even bother to upgrade it. Never...

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