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Join Our Experiment to Increase Posting Opportunities & Membership

WE BELIEVE FORUMS CAN INCREASE POSTS BY RENAMING THE INTRODUCTION BOARD TO “HELLOS AND GOODBYES” BECAUSE:

  1. It’s not as aggressive as “introductions” and may help people feel more comfortable saying hello.
  2. Newbies wont feel like they’re in the spotlight and be more likely to post.
  3. People will post about going away for the weekend, holidays, surgeries, family and other events.
  4. Returning members will be more likely to reintroduce themselves because it’s not just for intros.
  5. Because it’s a casual come and go sort of forum it will attract more activity and feel a LOT more fun and a whole lot less annoying than an introduction board.

POSSIBLE RISKS

  1. Tantrum goodbye posts. Admins are asked to keep watch to ensure that this is taken care of as you feel is appropriate for your own forum (locking, deleting, etc) and to count how many you have as that is important information for this experiment.

HOW TO JOIN IN WITH THE EXPERIMENT [BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30 2015]

  1. RENAME your introductions board to “Hellos and Goodbyes”.
  2. Make an announcement on your forum about renaming it. Include a few lines about members being allowed to post they’re going away, and welcome to say hi again when they return from being away. Please include examples such as holidays, exams, surgery, events, etc or use those in the board description.
  3. Link me to the announcement topic to tell me you’re participating (and if you do NOT want a credit link). Emails welcome if you don’t want to comment your URL.

GATHERING THE DATA

Next Level SMF will travel to each forum and gather data about how many topics they had the month before the change, and how many topics they had the month following the change. The number of members will also be taken into account as will the type (hello/goodbye/hello again) and popularity (views/replies) of the topics before and after the change. All data gathered will be anonymous (an ID of some sort may be used but not the forums name/url). Each participating forum will be given a thank you link in the blog post discussing the data (please advise in the comment/email if you do not wish for a link to be included).

At the end of the month the admin will receive a short 5 question survey asking them to rate out of 5 how much the change affected posting, if it affected posting in the forum as a whole, if they had any tantrum posts, and if they will continue to keep their board renamed. There will be a comments box optional as well. Each admin will be presented with their forums data, and a link to the completed blog post.

6 months later each forum will be revisited and data will be re-gathered to see if the change has long term effects on posting. Admins will again receive a copy of their forums own data and a link to the blog post. Admins may be re-given the 5 question survey at this time.

15 OUT OF 50 FORUMS PARTICIPATING SO FAR, JOIN US NOW! MENTION YOUR FORUM IN THE COMMENTS TO TAKE PART!

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8 Comments on "Join Our Experiment to Increase Posting Opportunities & Membership"

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Andrew Allen
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Andrew Allen
October 6, 2015 5:17 am
Alan
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Alan
September 26, 2015 4:13 am

Great idea! I’m in… http://jfk.fanforum.co/

xtian
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xtian
September 3, 2015 3:48 pm

I have changed the Intro Board to Hello’s and Goodbyes on the XS1100 Australia forum
http://xs1100.com.au/forum/index.php?board=11

chiwasaki
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chiwasaki
July 1, 2015 12:36 pm

I will be more likely to post in a board called Hellos and Goodbyes. This is more interesting instead of using the usual Introduction title. A very good and interesting suggestion that will definitely help others. =)

Member
June 24, 2015 3:07 am

Sounds like an interesting idea. It is great when simple actions like renaming something can produce positive results. Do keep us updated.

Burke Knight
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Burke Knight
June 23, 2015 3:44 pm

WebMaster’s Haven, A webmaster forum, for new and old webmasters to share info, ideas and more!
http://www.webmastershaven.net/

We are very pleased to be a part of this experiment. I hope it goes well, and I hope a certain someone keeps me posted at our usual hang out. WebMaster’s Haven is a relatively new forum, so anyone that cares to, can come check it out, and see how we did our “Intro” board. I’m sure it looks better now, than it did before I learned of this idea, and I thank my very good friend for informing me of it. 🙂

Member
June 21, 2015 11:41 pm

Creative Burrow, a non profit organisation for writers, readers, artists, musicians, illustrators, designers, editors, agents, publishers, and all other creative individuals is going to help with this experiment!

Here’s our announcement

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