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How to Make Your Poster Information Panel Neat and Compact

We all know and love that spot that shows who posted the post we’re looking at. The poster information panel is one of the most important aspects of forum posts…or is it? We place so much information in there it actually becomes the most ignored part of the post. Information overload takes over and we block it out as we read.

Other websites use this area differently and bring back the importance of this information through minimalism. Reddit and Tumblr only display usernames, while Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Digg, and blog comments display only a username and avatar. Forums have somehow fallen behind this trend; Forums are the only places where the poster information panel includes post counts, karma, gender, group info, and more.

Besides being messy, many of the buttons are completely unnecessary. We don’t need any buttons for going to the members profile, viewing their website, emailing them, what gender they are, or their social networking identities when their name already links to their profile – where this information is much better served. Having this information on members posts can double or even triple the length of posts, forcing viewers to scroll more and driving readers away. Continue reading


5 Unexpected Benefits of Off Topic Boards for On Topic Forums

When it comes to off topic boards many admins are unsure if they will add anything of value to their forum, and worry about the implications. While at times they can be a distraction from the topic at hand, they can also keep forums alive and kicking – even thriving – when they are approached effectively.

So the question is not whether you should have an off topic board, but how to approach it. Essentially it’s the same as on topic areas: Establish a posting standard and enforce it through moderation and by example. By deleting the topics that don’t add to the forum (eg: “Show us your desktop!” type topics) and posting more meaningful topics you will see the benefits these boards can bring… Continue reading


Be Taken Seriously as an Admin: 5 Reasons Spelling and Grammar Are Important

Many people overlook the importance of spelling and grammar, especially when it comes to staff and administrators. While typing without capitalisation and regards to grammar is something mostly found in very young admins (specifically teens) it’s not a problem that is exclusive to them.

Spelling and grammar are very important not only to being understood, but also to being taken seriously. You don’t have to know how to spell 15 letter words and always put apostrophes in the right spots, but you do have to be able to make your posts able to be read and understood.

Take a look at our 5 reasons reasonable spelling and grammar are important for administrators who want to be taken seriously.

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