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Why did you open your own forum?

Post by rapghsi » Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:34 pm

Why did you open your own forum?
did your forum get to the size you wanted?

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Post by Kazer0 » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:14 pm

rapghsi wrote: Why did you open your own forum?
did your forum get to the size you wanted?


For support with my templates. Size is irrelivant, my target audiance is limited to whoever uses my templates. Although, im glad it isnt too large, else I wouldnt have the time to reply to every question.
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Post by Xamence » Sat Jan 07, 2006 8:20 pm

Dunno, for the pleasure of other fans like myself.

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Post by TheBlackCat » Sat Jan 07, 2006 11:26 pm

Because the Forum where I wrote together with other 100/120 "virtual" friends, suddenly closed, leaving half Italy without board :(

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Post by Natan » Sat Jan 07, 2006 11:48 pm

This might give you some insight :)
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Post by imac600 » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:06 pm

I started it in the hope of Macintosh discussion, but unfortunately no one
seems to be going there. There are a few members, but I wish we had more.

I do maintain links to the forums, including some in my Signature.

And don't count that as spam, or technically having one in my signature
is spam.

If you do count this as spam, then the rules here are way to restricting.

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Post by phillyph » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:14 pm

...just to see if i could do it. it is not as big as i wanted, but i think in time, things will change.

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Post by phillyph » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:16 pm

TheBlackCat wrote: Because the Forum where I wrote together with other 100/120 "virtual" friends, suddenly closed, leaving half Italy without board :(

A great email sending, a quick phpbb installation, and now, after 10 months, over 100.000 posts :)



whoa, this is wonderful. with only 164 users:
I nostri utenti hanno inviato un totale di 97851 messaggi in 2414 threads
Abbiamo 164 utenti registrati


everone must be posting something

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Post by drathbun » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:31 pm

I was a member of a mailing list (listserv) that was being retired. There were over 3,000 members on the list. I assumed that if I built a forum as a replacement, they would come. (Think Kevin Costner for a moment... :lol:)
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Post by phillyph » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:40 pm

drathbun wrote: I was a member of a mailing list (listserv) that was being retired. There were over 3,000 members on the list. I assumed that if I built a forum as a replacement, they would come. (Think Kevin Costner for a moment... :lol:)


did it work out?

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Post by phillyph » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:43 pm

drathbun wrote: I was a member of a mailing list (listserv) that was being retired. There were over 3,000 members on the list. I assumed that if I built a forum as a replacement, they would come. (Think Kevin Costner for a moment... :lol:)


well it looks like it did with the info on the board:
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Post by morvak » Sun Jan 08, 2006 3:49 pm

Since my site's all about self expression and free expression, I used PHPBB (great software btw) as a way for people to express what's on their minds whether they're going to buy anything or not.
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Post by Swizec » Sun Jan 08, 2006 4:06 pm

I opened it so I could distrib my MODs on it and for osme other stuff. THe user base of 51 is bigger than expected since DLing works without registering AND guest posting is allowed :P

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Post by drathbun » Sun Jan 08, 2006 5:02 pm

phillyph wrote: did it work out?

As you found yourself, yes, it did. :-) I often see topics posted here that read "I started a board, how do I get people come." In my case, I already had the people, then just needed somewhere to go. So I gave it to them. 8) The board is 3.5 years old now, and has surpassed anything the mailing list ever did as far as activity.

It was an interesting project. As you can imagine with 3000 members already on the mailing list, there were quite a few "active" and devoted members. But when it came time to do something about the fact that the list was going away, there were 4 kinds of people. Those that did nothing. Those that did nothing and whined about it. Those that were willing to support someone else doing the work, but weren't willing to take the initiative to do something themself. Oh, and me. :-) Many (if not all) of the "whiners" eventually came around and continue to support the board in its current form. Some did not. No biggie.

But that's just a longer-winded answer to "why did I start it?", which essentially boils down to "because nobody else would." We'll go over 200K posts tomorrow.

I'll add a follow-up question to the original two that started this topic:
Why did you open your own forum?
did your forum get to the size you wanted?

I would like to add: What did you intend to accomplish by opening a forum?

If you know the answer to that question, then you know if your board is a success or not. I opened my forum as a replacement to a mailing list. My intent was to provide a migration path for existing members while offering new features that phpBB could do that a mailing list could not, while maintaining (and growing) the membership. All of those goals have been accomplished.

I submit that if you don't know what your goal is, you'll never know if (when) you are successful.
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Post by TheBlackCat » Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:42 pm

phillyph wrote:
TheBlackCat wrote:Because the Forum where I wrote together with other 100/120 "virtual" friends, suddenly closed, leaving half Italy without board :(

A great email sending, a quick phpbb installation, and now, after 10 months, over 100.000 posts :)



whoa, this is wonderful. with only 164 users:
I nostri utenti hanno inviato un totale di 97851 messaggi in 2414 threads
Abbiamo 164 utenti registrati


everone must be posting something


Yep! Actually there are users posting more than 40 posts a day 8O

We are a close community, touching all zones of the Country. Just imagine that, when I disabled the board to apply the upgrades, I keep on receiving emails asking me to hurry up to finish my work :D

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