Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:It seems to me that what we care about is people posting. If they are not registering so they can post then I don't care how many guests come along and view all the existing posts. Therefore, I reqire registration to be able to post anywhere. Most people that won't register wouldn't even post if they did so why bother getting them to register to see the rest of the board etc.?
Very good points but when a board is in its infancy people will be less likely to sign up if there are no (or very few) members, regardless of whether they plan on posting or not.
My aim at the moment is to get people signed up, after that it will be to get the people who have signed up to make a valid contribution to the forum. Once everything is up and running I will have exactly the same view and standpoint as yourself.
Guests and a few members are all I have at the moment. I'm trying to build up my content and have gotten to a state where I am getting a reasonable amount of hits (considering the size). Now I want to entice people who are giving me those hits to sign up, by making the content visible to members only (and bots). I understand that users can use the google cache but that's not ideal.
I couldn't tell you the amount of forums I have viewed and not signed up to because I took one look at the amount of members/posts and didn't see the point.... even though I found the information I was looking for there.