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Help me out? What do you like in a forum?

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Hello once again everypony <3

 

Just thought I would pop my head in the ever free forest to ask one

easy to answer, yet complicated question!:

 

What do you like to see in a forum? Why?

 

I am in no way promoting or endorsing my website or any other of any kind. I respect the rules

and am asking this question from a standpoint of knowledge. so again, whats your thoughts on what

a productive an "good looking" forum should have?

 

Thanks for all your help, you all are so amazing with questions

and helpful feedback :)

 

see you all around!,

 

Shpigie

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Good looking means nothing said like that. It is all about context. If you are looking for an active niche community you google it or go to some weird place where they index the free forums and choose from a list. The process is often simple:

 

How many Users?

When was the last post?

Are there 2012544 different user groups or just 3? ( Admin, Mod, User )

Is the forum on the default theme?

 

 

All this then gets processed at the same time and whether you join or not depends on the next step.

 

Why are you here?

 

Are you just checking it out in a hope of trying to become internet famous on an <100 user board?

Are you someone who can help a person with a question you just googled?

Are you someone who needs answers for the question you just googled?

Is a friend on it?

Is it free? <- You often only realize by now that the forum might not be free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's take an example:

 

I bought a Bioware game. I am looking for fellow Bioware users and wish to exchange things about that Bioware game you just bought. Chances are you will sign up to the Bioware forums. And there you have a new user.

 

Sometimes you have to sign up to a forum so you can get assistance to a specific game or service. Those could be factors for joining.

 

 

 

But there is one factor you should not forget:

 

Randomness

 

If <marquee> tags would work here I would use them as well...

 

 

Yes, randomness. I signed up on MLP Forums because I called the admin of another ( niche ) forum an idiot. ( Which he was, even he was right to an extent. )

 

I had seen MLP Forums before and did find it particularly appealing. But I still checked it out, desperation so to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has my post brought you? You might ask. Well, when creating a community you need to be there at the right time, fill in the space that was empty before in someone's soul and pour all your effort into it so that users find it to be enjoyable. That is my magic receipt Others might work as well, but that is up to you to discover.

 

 

Just don't bs users and be honest, have a reason for it to exist in the first place and it might take off. ( Second point is very important. )

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Kind people. That's all I care about. On the internet people can bring you down so much, and they won't stop, as you can't see if someone starts to get really sad/angry/crying. It's really quite depressing how bad people can be. I experienced this on another forum, where everybody were assholes and even the mods tried to bring me down because they thought I was a "kid" because I was thirteen. So that's the utmost important thing in a forum. Hell, I wouldn't be here if you guys weren't so tolerant to everybody. Even though I haven't been here very long, I gotta say, I already love this place.

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Very Helpful and insanely deep and information heavy, I will definitely be saving this

text and referring to it from time to time, I couldn't have

asked for a more complete explanation, thank you tons, if only I could give more than one brohoof!

 

You deserve it my friend!

 

Once again,

 

Shpigie

 

Seems the big picture for most people is a friendly community :)

 

But one more question if you all are so kind!

How do you find forums you like? How may a person get a forum going?

Considering this one is so big and towering!

But again thanks for all your help, cant explain enough, being judged by age is over rated, being judged by

the things you post and the ways you treat other people on the other hand is different :)

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Things that I look for when thinking of joining or becoming a regular:

 

1) A layout that's easy on the eyes and isn't too hard to navigate.

 

2) An active user base or meaningful discussion to make up for slow posting.

 

3) A community where people actually mingle instead of just responding to discussions with their own two cents.

 

4) Not too much drama or cliquishness going on.

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First of all, a good forum often looks nice. Kind of organized. Also, it would be colorful and creative.

 

The biggest part of the forum is the people. Bad people is bad forum. Bad admins is bad forum. If they are good people and admins, forums are much more enjoyable, and have a better chance of staying successful.

 

In a forum, they need to make sure everyone can find anything. If you need to go through 20 links to get to a single page, then that's not organized. The way the home page of this forum is made makes it quite nicer.

 

What you like in a forum is often what you like. If you don't like how it runs, then, well shoot, you're free to leave if you really are uncomfortable enough to do so.

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Well I don't like clustered forums, you know, I appreciate this forum and how tidy it looks, I get around here easily with no probs.

 

And the Mods, they really need to know their members, and know their job.

 

The other things, such as drama and all that crap, well they're just natural to forums.....

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Unless what you're focusing your forum around already has a large or growing fanbase, you need to develop a more logical way of thinking of your forum. For example, MLP Forums required almost no advertising and has gotten to its size almost sheerly on search engines. If the topic of your forum isn't growing or already popular, think of new ways to get new users to stay. Think, "If I'm entering this forum, what's going to make ME want to say?" Design is crucial; if your site is ugly and not aesthetically pleasing, nobody is going to stay. For example...

 

I'm not a Brony. Yet, I'll an active user on this site and check it every day. The reason I stayed was that the site was beautiful, and it kept drawing me back. Had it not been the way it is, I would not have stayed. Another thing you need to think about is post quality. You can either have your site be an autocracy and a democracy; if you choose the latter, it's going to need to be a strict democracy. With me, I enjoy having end-to-end control on my forum, but I also am in favor of the community's freedoms and rights. Define what your website is politically; are you a gutter site, or a luxurious site?

 

Choose your moderators wisely, make sure the design is nice, and develop a great advertising plan. Also create a domestic system to make sure users STAY on your site.

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We say there just needs to be two things

 

One is moveability

People need to have an easy time geting what they want when they want it

and..

Second is the forum needs to be very clean

and by that we mean like you can't have a 15 year old being able to find porno within five min of the home page

not saying there porn on this site or on your site just ...um newgrounds....

ya newgorunds...

dont make it newgorunds in other words...

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"Would I want to meet [these other users] in real life?"

 

"Would I be able to be open with them?"

 

"Are they intelligent, respectful and grammatically knowledgeable enough to hold a good internet conversation with?"

(Hurr hurr grammar pun, Prepositions are not for ending sentences with x)

 

"Is there a good mix of humor and seriousness? (OR is it a cesspool of uncomedic sarcasm?)"

 

"If the common religious/non-religious opinion of its membership is Atheist, do they openly oppose religious adherence?"

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I'd like to see a welcoming and kind community. I wouldn't want to join a forum full of rude people. And a forum needs to be pleasing to the eye. Nothing huge and fancy. Kinda like our forum. Looks great and isn't too simple or too complicated.

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A high tech, high quality website with a good staff that cares about members and problems here, along with a good community. I have found 2 already. (This and Simtropolis)

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Thank you one and all :)

 

Your feedback is priceless, and my notes are stacking up to

more than I can handle for one night!! Your opinions will be a great

deal of importance in improving my current and baren forums ;)

 

Ill make sure to check back here for more tips whenever I can!!

Take it easy all, it was a pleasure!!

 

Yours truly,

 

Shpigie

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What i like in a forum is mostly the community and overall atmosphere there. I think that is important to establish

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Staff that don't treat users like peasants. Nothing kills a forum quicker for me.

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I like a forum that has a large active fanbase and fresh new topics all the time. This one is great for that. One thing I strongly dislike is when too many new topics are shot down or 'necro'ing' old threads is frowned upon. I love it when old threads are revived; it gives newer members a chance to chime in on some really interesting stuff. 

A nice layout that's intuitive to navigate is also a big plus for me. If I can understand it with my limited brain, that usually means something is being done right. 

I've been here for two years and so far it's been handled very well and the staff has done a really nice job. 

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Kind and friendly users and staff, is what I like to see most of on here. 

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