WEB What gets you to join a forum and what keeps you there?

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  1. Elusid

    Elusid New Member

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    So I'm in the process of creating a new website and I'm focusing on one thing at a time because it's just me working on it. Right now (as I'm sure you guessed) I'm working on the forum section of it. So what is it that gets you to join a forum and what keeps you there? I'm creating a forum that mainly revolves around consoles but also will have an OT section and what not.

    While I'm at it I'll just get these other questions out of the way.
    • Would be the best way to organize the forums and categories? What have you seen that works well?
    • Do you prefer a really flashy modern looking forum that has 3D looking buttons or would you prefer a more simplistic forum (such as the Steam forums?)
    • Light or dark?
    • Is it nice to have extra code in a forum to do things like embed videos and what not? Would you use the extra features if you knew they were there?
    • Would you prefer immediate activation or one where the admins need to activate the account with a section to post before you get accepted (like here)

    That's all I can really think of right now. Once I get some feedback on these and get the forum sort of set up I'll give a link for more direct advice on making the forum more user friendly and appealing.
     
  2. Nakon

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    frequent new content. It really turns me off if I make a post and check back the next day and it's still at the top of the page. Also bright themes > dark themes except in a few cases.
     
  3. neb

    neb I'm a banana OT Supporter

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    what gets me to join: good content. usually i've found a forum by searching for something and found my answer in a forum.

    what keeps me there: active forum with regular posters, friendly, sensible, etc. regular new posts that are interesting. if i post something it's replied to fairly quickly.
     
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    few rules, no nazi mods
     
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    Vtec44 OG!

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    Content
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    whomadewho Ohhh FCN Ohhhhh FCN!

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    besides OT it's specific shit like sprintusers.com for example because I have questions about my phone or answer questions about my phone. I'm not really interested in any other off topic forums. other interest are sports betting and some soccer forums
     
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    A friend links me to it, it's an interest of mine, or it's tied to another site that I visit.

    It holds my interest as far as how busy it is, new content, etc
     
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    That depends on what categories there are. Obviously you want you rmore important ones closer to the top.

    I like a clean simplistic look, never been to Steam.

    light, with additional skins available

    If on a video game type forum that might be a good pition, the video

    I don't like to have to wait, avoid spam in other manners
     
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    The one thing that keeps me active on a forum is the people on that forum. People I know and who I'm friends with on the forum play a key role.

    I just don't go join random forums and such. Unless they're content specific and I need answers about something.
     
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    Good content by non-admins is what does it for me. If there is core group of people that continually posts and responds to each other, it makes for an always lively forum. Really draws people in.
     
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    Alright thanks for the responses =) So most of that I sort of figured but if the forum has multiple themes, both light and dark, users would actually pick what one they like in theory right? That could solve my problem for types of forums. I could have light and dark and both flashy and simplistic versions. How would I show that to a person just checking out the forum though that there are different skins for it?
     
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    Rawrsome RAWR

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    Some type of announcement below the header and above the forum? Or one of those messages to unregistered users that goes away when they register. There is probably a mod or plugin that does that for whatever forum software you're using.
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    too dark for sure
     
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    What gets me to join?
    Content.
    I usually join sites that have things I need/want.

    What keeps me there?
    Nothing.
    I only go there for specific reasons.
     
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    Hmm alright, well I'll keep that skin and then start working on a new one that's more light, a simple light one. Then after that I'll prob make a flashy 3d-ish light and dark one as well.
     

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