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    General Why do people create forums?

    Shortie861 Sep 26, 2011

    1. Shortie861

      Shortie861 Administrator Staff Member

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      I have come across many forums where the administrator just doesn't seem to be that interested in the forums they run, you can tell this by the lack of new posts created, the quality of posts made and also their attitude towards members who make suggestions.

      Have you ever come across a forum where the owner hasn't seemed to bothered about the forum they ran?
       
    2. fiona1964

      fiona1964 Chataholic

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      Yes and I got banned on one like that just because I PM the admin about a lot of spelling errors
       
    3. zararina

      zararina Chat Addict

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      Yes, I have been a member of different forums and I had experienced a forum that has no regular/daily posts. And I live the forum of course since I could not read more interesting and useful posts there. I also wonder what is the purpose of that forum owner since he/she was not posting at all as well. To be able to encourage members to be active, it should start from the admin or moderators of the forum.
       
    4. APS

      APS Administrator Staff Member

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      I've seen several forums where you wonder why the Admin started it in the first place.
      I think a lot of them think it's easy to just up a forum and away you go.
      Newsflash - it takes a lot of hard work.
      I've been on forums now for about 12-13 yrs and I've never been banned :)
       
    5. Naiwen

      Naiwen Chat Addict

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      Yes, I seen it. Well, it's a matter of opinion hey guys? Some think the admin's not a good one, some others will like the guy or girl.
       
    6. Marc

      Marc Crazy Dave FTW!

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      Yes, but I just don't join, lol.

      Can you explain this a little more?

      At my forums, I say it as it is. If the suggestion isn't going to benefit the forum or isn't in the direction the forum is going, then I'd say it's not going to happen.

      Although, if it's a valid point, then I'll normally take it into consideration.
       
    7. Juice

      Juice New Chatter

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      I've joined one forum where the owner of it was interesting the $$$ he made through his ads.

      I create forums for people to join, chat and have fun and meet some interesting people. :)
       
    8. Shortie861

      Shortie861 Administrator Staff Member

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      Yes sure :) by this I mean staff who really are not interested in members opinions when they make suggestions even though they have a section for it, either don't reply or they do but with a not really interested attitude. I think it's fine for staff to disagree with a suggestion if they don't think it will be of any use on the said forum as agreeing with every suggestion will just leave you with too many un used features and forums.

      I have known people like that, some of which I am no longer associated with their forums especially after knowing that they use donations on their own personal things rather than for the forum itself, think it's wrong. I myself am the same I will create a forum for people to come in, meet new friends and chat.
       
    9. fantanoice

      fantanoice New Chatter

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      When I was younger and less experienced, I mainly started because I had seen other amazing forums and wanted one myself. I was not really prepared for the work involved for a few years after, though.

      I'm guessing it would be the same for some other aspiring Administrators. Sometimes you also come across people who want niche forums that nobody else has provided so they take the leap, so I guess that is another possibility.
       
    10. Marc

      Marc Crazy Dave FTW!

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      Almost everyone on the Internet creates a website or a forum to make money. I don't think that anyone isn't interested in making a little extra $$$.

      Sure, they wouldn't start monetizing the forum at start, but later down they might do it, or sell it in the future.

      Eventually when your forum gets larger, you'll have no choice but to do so, to pay for the server bills, etc.. unless you have the extra money and willing to spend it, ;)
       
    11. Ikram45

      Ikram45 Getting There

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      If you want to create a community, You would have to listen to your users. This is always the first step to start off with.
       
    12. Beverly

      Beverly Getting There

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      I created my forum so my friends and i would have a nice place to talk about whatever we want. Also, i wanted to meet new friends, have new conversations with people that i just met. It's a process. My forum has actually been much busier in the past. But this month, things are a little slower.

      On a good week, there are many new discussions and many responses posted.

      I think it's a fun place to be.

      And, i'm working on adding some new things that might spark interest with members, keep them coming back.

      Really though, if one of my forum members feels comfortable enough to open up their heart and confess something they need to talk about, then my purpose for creating a forum has been fulfilled.

      A forum should feel safe, like a second home, where you can say what you need to say and there won't be consequences. A place to confess something that needs to be said without having to worry that those in your inner circle (as in personal life or at home) will find out or take offense. Hopefully that comes across when people visit my forum, that they can talk, it's a safe haven, a get away to express joy, gripes, friendship, just whatever.