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What Are Your Suggestions To My New Forum?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by universe, Feb 4, 2007.

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    universe, Feb 4, 2007 IP
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  2. souljaboytellem

    souljaboytellem Banned

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    It's alright..
     
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  3. Diether

    Diether Peon

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    #3
    Few suggestions:
    - upgrade to the latest version of SMF (1.1.1)
    - Get another theme
    - Way to many subforums. Start small and expand when there is a need for.
    - Post as much as you can. It's completly empty now and nobody will join an empty forum.
     
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    smartfeeds Well-Known Member

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    I would look for those forum poster services, I seen this somewhere before not sure where they have a paid service in which they get people to join the forum and make posts to help fill up the forum a little to make it look popular. You might want to do a google search on forum posting service or something like that..
     
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    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

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    Wow - that's a lot of forums! Perhaps shrink it down so that each current category is actually a forum to start. Even on a large forum, that would be too much scrolling to get around the pages.

    It would be helpful to put something on your forum explaining what its purpose is. I couldn't really tell from a first look.
     
    Jacqueline, Feb 4, 2007 IP
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    Doctorlove Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    I agree with Jacqueline. That was probably one of the longest forums i ever saw.

    You need to short it down. Use SubForum's setup, under a main category forum, rather then making all folders display on main site. It will help you reduce the size of the forum.

    Regards

    DL
     
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    universe Peon

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    I upgraded my forum to smf 1.1.1. and i posted some topics.What are your suggestions?
     
    universe, Feb 10, 2007 IP
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    Right now your forum is too big and scares people off. I suggest making some of those boards child boards. The default theme is a huge turn off for people browsing the internet. Members like to join forums that look good/interesting. I suggest you download some themes for the SMF website. If you go to a cCollege/school/work/etc. You should pass the link around at those locations and with your friends to get some members posting.
     
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    Notting Notable Member

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    1. Have just 5 boards to start with and then gradually expand as you need to.
    2. Create some fake members and start posting with them (a few a day)

    Good luck
    Notting

    http://www.findallinone.com/ <-- is your main problem! (what is it supposed to be?)
     
    Notting, Feb 10, 2007 IP
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    Post a lot more!!!
    It still looks way to empty and way to big.
    You need at least 20 topics in every subforum to start!
    And you definatly need to get another theme as well!
     
    Diether, Feb 10, 2007 IP
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    universe Peon

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    Still way too big in such a way that it will nearly always look empty and will put people off using it.

    When I started my forum, I started with 4 boards, now with 2.6 million posts, I only have 18 boards.

    More boards = harder to navigate and harder to make look active.
     
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    Also a lots duplicates (career, politics, computers & technology,....)
    Try to create more broad category, with only a few subforums.

    eg:
    Entertainment and culture
    Movies & music
    Computers, technology and games
    Art and litereature
    other


    It will still leave you with quit a few subforums though. So you really have to make sure you fill them with good content!
     
    Diether, Feb 12, 2007 IP
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    universe Peon

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    ltjman22 Well-Known Member

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    That looks very clean cut and nice to the eyes! Just get some marketing under your belt for the forum and you should be good to go. Make sure you have a intro/new user forum for them to post in!
     
    ltjman22, Feb 15, 2007 IP