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Getting a forum off the ground.

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Hello,

I've had my gaming and computers forum for 3 months now. It's currently got only 18 members.

Can someone please look on my board and tell me what may be stopping people from joining.

I've told some friends, but they haven't been on for at least a month (can be seen in my signature).

I think some people are forgetting about my board.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

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There's basically no content. You need to get posting. Several times, every day. If you can't think of anything to post, neither will anyone else. Multiple forums with no posts at all is a sign of a dead forum and that's why people don't register. Content, content, content.


The 80s animations are a hard on the eye too. Also you're making a forum on quite possibly the hardest subject of all to make a forum on. There are a bazillion gaming sites so getting a slice of that market is almost impossible unless it's about a brand new game that's really popular.
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It used to be a forum about everything, similar to JLA forums.

I'm thinking about changing it back to that again.
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Forums on everything are really hard to do as well.

Firstly you're going to have hundreds of forums on a whole range of subjects that have no posts in them for a very long time. You'll find it hard to attract users to a site just for the forum about, for example, photography because there are huge specialist sites out there for that. And any other subject you can think of.

You'll need huge amounts of server power to run anything over 1000 forums.

You'll need a huge team of people to manage it and you won't have that until you get people to sign up which will be hard as well.

Choose something you like that you know a lot about. That's the best place to start because you can start posts and answer questions too. The only other guaranteed success (almost) is if you start a forum on something that is brand new. A car, a game, a brand, a toy etc because people getting it will want to talk about it and you're one of the only sites out where where they can do that. but again, you need to be knowledgeable about the subject of the board. You can't set one up about a new car for instance and then not actually have one because people will suss you out quickly.
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Whether it's catchall forum or gaming forum you have uphill battle especially with Facebook and other social media networks. Years ago I tried catchall type forum for my local area and it failed, even with traditional advertising etc. What was successful was one small section that filled a void which expanded into what I have now. It's declined over the years for many reasons and one of them is social media outlets I wasn't competing with when I created it.

I don't want to discourage you but I'll be blunt, what can you bring to the table that the other million sites just like yours don't have? Find a niche and you'll be successful but that is not easy to do for gaming.
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Did you take your forum down? I get an error message when I try to access it from your sig.
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Random American wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:48 am
Did you take your forum down? I get an error message when I try to access it from your sig.

It's not down, I updated to 3.3.1 and it's broken.

I'll fix it soon

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qcz wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:46 pm
I'll fix it soon
I just took a look at it. The colors of some of your user groups (ie. Support Team & Founder) are hard to read with the main PhpBB Retro Scheme due to the group coloring. Overall though, competition is probably why no one has registered, as thecoalman has said. I was also on an inactive forum that covered some of the same stuff you're trying to cover, and the owner had a hard time finding new members.

One thing I should point out is that you should probably advertise your forum a bit more on your main page since nothing else is really there now anyway.

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Hi,

What do you mean by 'advertise'?

Thanks for the help you've provided so far.
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Hi.
You should probably have a better description on what the forum is for. There really isn't much of a description of what your board is or what it is for, except that it is very inactive. You play a game called bhop, so maybe make a detailed topic on why you like that game, and link to that topic on your main page as well with a description to get people interested in discussing it. By "advertise," I meant writing a description and posting interesting content in an attempt to get people interested.
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This is also not a good description. If you want to get people interested, tell people what your forum is about (ie. Games, Commputers, etc.), and it might not be a good idea to tell people how inactive it is either.
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Oh, yeah. Thank you. I completely forgot that I had a main page
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Any joy with getting it off the ground yet?
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Dan Stylez wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:20 pm
Any joy with getting it off the ground yet?
19 members.

168 posts

I've progressed a bit
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I understand about getting things going. My own forum was designed as a discussion forum for clients, but I realized that my clientele (mostly low-info users, mostly seniors) simply don't have the expertise to use any kind of forum.

At the same time, I mostly checked out of Twitter and Mastodon. I didn't particularly like their models, and wasn't getting any social engagement. That was fine earlier, as I prefer having actual social interaction with folks in the real world - but thanks to the pandemic, I have not been able to get out and socialize. I'm an extroverted person, so this is a difficult time for me.

So I've mostly been pushing my forum as a general social media site. I have graphics and "flair" that folks can decorate their profiles with, I have a group that members can join which hides the technical forums, and so on. I only have about 20 users, but I guess that is okay - I'd rather have a few friends who I can talk to than a whole lot of folks who I don't necessarily relate to. I've been up for about three months (not counting a bunch of time when my hosting company screwed up my site; I changed companies) and I have almost 900 posts in all.

I'm just trying to be persistent and take advantage of opportunities. For example, when we started discussing an online radio station in my Music forum, I sent an email to the station letting them know; one of the DJs showed up and joined the forums.

Having new users - especially those I don't have to explain the forums to! - would certainly be welcome, of course. We're at [removed] (I'm based in Columbia; that's the answer to the registration question.)
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