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
Since the Australian dollar has dropped in price, the savings for clients paying from overseas have risen significantly. There’s never been a better time to buy AUD from another currency. If you are a new client from America you should notice some really amazing savings, so what are you waiting for? Continue reading
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
We listed feedback boards in our list of essential boards every forum should have for good reasons. Feedback boards can really help you grow and level up if they’re approached correctly, and if your forum is without one it is likely going to suffer.
Take a look at these reasons to get behind a feedback board on your forum. Continue reading
Following our blog about 5 Essential Boards Every Forum Should Have, we have 5 more boards everyone should consider adding to their forums. These boards won’t work on all forums, nor are they a necessity for all forums, but paired with the right forum these guys can really help your forum grow and level up! Continue reading
Feeling like something’s missing from your board arsenal? Fear not! We’ve compiled a list of 5 essential boards (but there’s over 8 board ideas!) every forum should have on their board indexes. Take a look and see if adding these boards will help your forum grow and level up!
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.