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Weekly Staff Interview Series #11 — MasterA

Hello!

This week, we have a very special edition of the Staff Member Interview Series. MasterA is the current owner of ForumPromotion, who acquired the website a few weeks ago, and has initiated a number of discussions concerning how to improve the ForumPromotion community. This interview discussed many topics, ranging from questions allowing us to get to know MasterA better, to questions involving MasterA’s proposed changes, and his advise for new Webmasters.


Hello, MasterA! Congratulations on your recent acquisition of Forum Promotion! My first question, as with every interview, is this: what can you tell us about yourself?

There is a lot I can say but let’s start off with the basics. I am a 23 years old student currently studying a mathematics PHD and residing in England. I started my first forum when I was 14 so I do have 9 years experience in managing forums. My first forum was a gaming forum and it was hosted with Forumotion. I have also owned many other forums and websites, one being Business Stadium.

Other than administrating websites, what hobbies are you interested in?

You should already know that I enjoy mathematics but some of my hobbies include watching anime, playing badminton, reading and boxing. I am part of the badminton team for my university and we play against other universities regularly.

What other interesting facts can you tell us about yourself? Foreign Languages? Pets?

I have learnt many languages during university. I learnt French, Chinese and Japanese but I am only on a limited proficiency for all 3 languages. I don’t have any pets but I want to have a dog.

Do you currently own any other websites? If so, what can you tell us about them?

Currently, I only own Forum Promotion. I closed down Business Stadium due to not having enough time previously and now I am only focusing on FP.

What made you choose Forum Promotion?

Well, I came across Forum Promotion via google when I was trying to promote my forum, Business Stadium. I thought that Forum Promotion is a great place for webmasters to learn and I have always loved it. I had a short break from managing websites, as I was very busy with life, but when I came back, I wanted to buy an established site. I came across Nerdie selling Forum Promotion and I decided to buy it because I love the community.

As owner, you’ve had a chance to experience the community here at FP in a very unique way. What are your thoughts on the community here at FP?

I think that the community is very friendly. I have talked to many people and we got to know each other very quickly. I got a lot of nice suggestions coming over which I enjoyed reading and hope that the community can help me improve FP by bring them what they want.

Many of us are excited to see the changes which are on the horizon. Which single change that you have proposed will, in your opinion, do the most to benefit Forum Promotion?

I will say that keeping plans open and let member vote for new features will do a lot of benefit to Forum Promotion. The reason is because members are more likely to stay active on the forum if they are able to participate in the major decisions of the forum. We want members engaged in the community and feel valued. I think a big mistake many forum owners are making is that they are not getting their community engaged enough and eventually the forum will go downhill. Even large forums with millions of posts face this problem and can end up becoming dead forums with no active members.

You have been very open with your plans for Forum Promotion over the last few weeks, both with members and staff. Do you advise other administrators who use Forum Promotion to use similar strategies with their own websites?

This is a good question. Different administrators like to take different approaches. The reason why I keep my plans open is because the community builds up the forum and I want everyone to get involved in important decisions. Whilst the administrative team will make the final decision, we want you to have a say. I recommend administrators on other forums do this, as it encourages members to be more involved in the community. It is also important to listen to what members say.

What other advise do you for webmasters who use this forum?

Make the most use of Forum Promotion by regularly posting offers and updates for your website. Members will be more likely to join your site if they see something interesting happening on your website. Another effective way of promoting your website is to engage with the community and participate in discussions. Once people get to know you, they will more likely join your site and help you out and that will make a different.

Thank you very much for doing this interview! Do you have any final comments?

Good luck with your website!


Thank you for reading!

The ForumPromotion Editorial Team

Free Forum Hosts

I know there has been a big debate between free hosting and paid hosting (or at least that I’ve seen). Below are some common questions about free hosting that I’ve gone through and answered. Hopefully, this will provide you with some information about free hosting. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

1) What are the benefits of using a free forum host?
There are many benefits of using a free forum host. If you are a first time webmaster, then using a free forum host like Forumotion or Zetaboards could be the way to go. The admin control panel is easy to navigate through and use, you get really good support if you ever get stuck and need help, you can decide what members can see and do on your forum, you get to share your passion with others, and many more.

2) Won’t I have to deal with things like down time and ads on my forum if I use a free forum host?
I’ve heard that you have to deal with down time if you use a free forum host, however, I’ve never experienced down time and I’ve used both Forumotion and Zetaboards.

Yes, there are advertisements when using a free forum host. That is how the free forum host is able to continue without charging you for the forum. However, there is a way around that. On Zetaboards, you can pay to have the ads removed. The current rate is $0.18 per 1,000 page views. On Forumotion, you can purchase tokens and one of the things that you spend those tokens on is having ads removed from your forum.

3) Will there be any limits when using a free forum host?
No. When you set up a forum using a free forum host, the forum you create will not expire. There is also no limits on how posts you can make or how many members you can have.

4) Will setting up a forum be difficult?
No, not at all. There are several steps you must go through. You just pick a name for your board, pick a “theme” or “skin” for your forum, add a few categories and forums, post a few topics to set the tone for your forum, invite your friends to join and start advertising your forum on social media.

5) What kind of forum can I have with a free forum host?
There really isn’t a limit to what kind of forum you can have. The only limits are your imagination and your dedication to your forum.

6) What kind of support do you get with a free forum host?
I’ve found that the support from both Zetaboards and Forumotion have been really good. They’ve always answered my questions quickly and were able to help me every time. With both Zetaboards and Forumtion, you have the ability to make graphic requests. However, you are allowed to advertise and get a review on your forum at the Forumotion support forum.

7) Which free forum host would you recommend?
I’ve used both Zetaboards and Forumotion before and I will suggest them both. It is hard for me to pick between the two because both have done an outstanding job when it comes to options available for webmasters and providing support. I am sure there are other good ones out there, I just don’t have any experience with them at this point.

Thank you for reading this article! Please leave a comment if you would like to ask any questions, or clarify any of the points I have made.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

From all of us here at Forum Promotion!

We hope that you enjoy Christmas with your family, friends, or however you choose to spend your day.

Please keep in mind that our service staff also has family and friends to spend time with, so all services may be delayed until tomorrow. Thank you for understanding!

Once again, Merry Christmas! We hope you have a great day!

The Administrative Team

 

Weekly Staff Interview Series #10 — Shole

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Staff Member Interview Series!

This week, we have decided to interview Shole. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is the Assistant Team Leader of the Package Team!

Now on to the interview!


Hi Shole, the question I like to start off with, just like everyone else, is what can you tell us about yourself?

There are a lot of things what I could tell you about myself , but I will start with what’s the most relevant. I love forums and sites, creating and administrating them is great for me, it is a hobby for me but I still take it serious. So far I had only forums and even managed to build my own hosting company that I sold, but now I took a different path and created a blog. So far its going great but I am not really sure what I am supposed to do except post articles and promote it. Its really a new field and it is interesting but I feel that there is a missing link, unlike forums blogs seem to be far less interactive.

Now to the boring stuff. I am 21 years old soon to be 22, I am playing basketball professionally and studying Literature in Romania. Currently I am residing in Serbia and I play there for a 2nd Division basketball club. Some of my other hobbies include watching anime, reading(includes mangas), cooking and writing.

I also work as a freelancer/ghostwriter on oDesk and that’s where my biggest income is.

How has your time here at FP been? What do you like about the community?

Wonderful, I always liked FP but at times my real live would take me away from it. I meet amazing people here and I love each and every one of them . Who doesn’t right? The time I spend here is really enjoyable and pleasant, it can get a bit boring at times when I have to actually do packages and stuff, but ‘I still enjoy my daily login into this site.

What can you tell us about The Writing Hut?

The Writing Hut is my blog, it has a simple goal which is to create some sort of writing network where people can share their opinions on different topics. So far TWH’s main focus is on Social issues(feminism, feminazism,internet happenings, gamergate,racism, we call it brain damaging thoughts) , anime, mangas , poetry and stories but we might expand it with new categories or cut some of those. Indeed we have a goal but its not so stable, it can change from time to time as so far I am trying to figure the blogs identity out. In the future I am sure it will hold a lot of interesting articles that will be worth reading, for now if you like things from the 5 categories mentioned earlier you should check it out.

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

My current and only personal project is The Writing Hut, I work daily on improving it and creating a clear goal for it. So far I am a bit stuck but still I am trying to make something out of it. As far as other projects goes I am working on a few Books and eBooks for a few clients online, it takes a lot of time out of the day but I got to earn my bread somehow.

As the Package Team Leader Assistant, what goals do you have for the package team? How do you think it should proceed in the future?

There are many things that are on my mind when you say “Goals for the package team” but the first thing and my biggest priority for now is to build a team together with Lorcan that will provide high quality posts , topics and comments to the members of FP. So far we are working on some things that will help our team members to complete their job and satisfy our customers needs to the fullest.

To be honest I think the Package Team is heading in the right direction, we have great and active members, an amazing team leader and we have the full support of all the other staff members and regular members for which I am grateful . There were indeed times where we found ourselves in a pinch but we got out of it so you can say that we are heading the right way.

What do you mean by equality for package team member? Has it been achieved yet?

This made me laugh. The phrase came from I think the 1st or 2nd time I joined the group chat for the staff members. We were all talking and having fun and we came to the discussion about what team is better and what team has more powers and such. So as the only package member (at the time I wasn’t the assistant leader) I was the lowest ranked amongst all of the people on the chat, therefor it was concluded that the Package Team was the lowest ranked staff position you could have at FP and so came I shouted “Equality for PT member” which became some kind of goal. It doesn’t mean much its just like the feminazis (not to be confused with feminists) shout equality but mean more privileges for the female gender, its the same here I just wanted more power.

As far as if it is achieved yet, no not yet. I am on my path to do glorious things for the PT and I will not stop until we are known around the web as the best of the best.

What advice can you tell newer admins here at Forum Promotion, on what they could do to better their new forums?

There are not many tips I could give those admins, after all they are all experienced and very intelligent , therefor I have seen that they are capable of solving any problem in the best way.
Joshua, M and now TF are longer on FP than I am , they know the in’s and out’s so there is not really much I could help them with.

The only thing that I can say to them is: You can’t please everyone so try to make a decision that will always benefit the forum , not one member only.

What are your thoughts on the Forum Promotion Blog? What kind of articles are you interested in reading? Any suggestions?

I like it , but I feel that it is a bit invisible . Some might say the blog is fitted perfectly into the FP theme. What I would like to see about it is to stand out more. I would love to read about how to run my blog, that would be a great help for me. Other then that I am interested in the interviews as I like to get to know people better.

Thank you for your time, I am honored to be interviewed.


 

And that wraps up this weeks staff member interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading these every week that they are posted!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like!

Most Recent Changes on Forum Promotion

I am both happy and sad to announce the following changes that has taken place on Forum Promotion.

New Administrator

Other than our new owner, which was announced a couple weeks ago, our Newest Administrator is Twisted Fairytale. He is taking over for Nerdie, who has left us, due to his selling FP to Master A, and is now ready to continue to other things in his life.

Twisted Fairytale was the Team Leader over the Editorial Team, which had changes regarding it’s goal not too long ago, and has done a fantastic job as such. And is now ready to take up a new job that has now been given him.

Administrators That had Left

Nerdie has now left us as an Administrator. This is always be a sad day, when the forum owner has to move on from the forum, but we will wish him success in the future! He will always have a place in the memory of those who enjoyed their time while he was the owner of Forum Promotion.

Weekly Member Interview Series #8 – Reverie

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Member Interview Series!

This week, we have decided to interview Reverie. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since March of 2014.

Now on to the interview!


Hi Reverie, what can you tell us about yourself?
Well I’m 22 and I currently am in college to become a teacher. I love movies and video games and I enjoy just talking to friends.

How has your time here at FP been? What do you like about the community?
My time here at FP has been interesting! I joined the party kind of late but have known several members through past forums. I like how the community tries to be a helpful one!

What can you tell us about Atrium?
Atrium is my baby basically. This project has been something I’ve been beyond excited for and the growth has been astonishing! Atrium is a place to come together and talk to all sorts of people! We not only have a general community, but we have advertising and little services as well. We even have resources (Zetaboards Themes, Renders, Avatars, Sigs). Atrium is a well rounded place in my opinion and I love the atmosphere we have created!

Are there any other projects you are currently working on?
Nope, Atrium is my only project right now! I really don’t think I could afford time for another forum due to also having a busy life as well.

I see that your forum, Atrium, has a thriving community. What were the most effective methods you used to gain members and posts?
Honestly it’s all about contacting old friends, making new friends, and just combining new with old to create a diverse community. Word of mouth has been amazing, but we’ve also had great friends who have helped us along the way that we are more than grateful for.

What advice do you have for members here on ForumPromotion who are new to administrating forums?
Do not give up on a project. Try sticking with one project as long as possible. I feel that many new admins are not sure of themselves so they feel the need to create multiple forums, in this case most of the forums die and they all become wasted time. Put all your effort into one and you can expect some great results!

What are your thoughts on ZetaBoards? Have you ever considered switching hosts?’
Zetaboards is one of the best free forum software! It has many pros while there are a few cons it is an overall enjoyable experience. I’ve considered using other hosts in the past but haven’t done so yet!

What would you suggest to improve Forum Promotion? It could be anything.
My suggestion would be to enforce more community participation. I feel as though most of the posting around the general forum (not the post exchanges and etc) are by staff members. It would be nice to see more of a community atmosphere while also keeping up the advertising and other sections.

What are your thoughts on the Forum Promotion Blog? What kind of articles are you interested in reading? Any suggestions?
I’ve actually never read many forum blogs. I would love to see tips for other advertising forums and such, I know there was a topic that once had some good ones though most are dead now. Or a topic such as “How to create an atmosphere” or something along those lines would be nice.

Is there anything else you would like to talk about during this interview?
I would just like to say thank you for asking to interview me, I appreciate it! I hope I could help in any way.


And that wraps up this weeks interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading these every week that they are posted!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like!

An Online Presence, Part 1: Words are your friend

Creating a presence online is not always an easy task, nor is it one that should be taken lightly. There are thousands of examples of people all over the globe who have attempted to create websites, forums and blogs but have never succeeded. The reasons for this can vary greatly, but one, which many fail to take into regard, is reputation.

Reputation is a broad word, which consists of many things; respect, rapport, trust; all these things fall under reputation. A reputation can be positive, negative or anything in-between. One common characteristic however is that it takes time to build, although this time varies greatly depending on the kind of reputation one is aiming to establish.

In the real world, which is how we refer to the world outside of cyber space and computer monitors, reputation can be built in many ways. Through our character we can be known as a grumpy individual or a one who is positive and open. Through our body language we can be regarded as introverted or extroverted. Through our tone of voice we can be mocked or listened to. Our clothes tell the story of our lives, our make-up reveals what we are trying to hide and the look in our eyes says more than a thousand words ever would. The words we use will instill respect and trust, or disregard. The way we use these words says more about us than anything else, and that is what makes words so special. This is the luckiest thing of all, being that words are the only thing we have at our disposal on the Internet.

The Internet is not like the real world. We cannot see the person we are talking to, we cannot judge their character, read their stance, stare into their eyes or hear the tone in their voice. All we can do is read the words they put forth. This makes words powerful, more powerful than many like to think. Words in general can encourage, empower and excite, they can also hurt, damage and cause great harm. If used in the correct manner, these words can establish life-long friendships, respect from people who one may never get a chance to speak to in the real world or even, if you are lucky, make earn wealth and success.

The thing that is so great about the cyber world is that it offers equal ground for every user. Today over 90% of the world has access to the Internet in some form and while the economic situation is not the same in every country, everyone has the opportunity to create something. That something may not be a world famous forum with millions of users or a blog gaining thousands of hits a day. It could however be a profile, a character so to speak, that is respected, trusted and seen as a true friend by many.

Anyone who uses the Internet frequently enough is able to name someone they know online who is like this. A person they can go to for anything, ask any question, discuss any issue with and know that they will receive support or help. They also could name a person who has great skill within a particular trade, such as web design, programming or managing forums. Yes, it is true that being a great web designer does not require mastery of words. It does however require the creation of such a reputation and it is not something that can be created through being rude and obnoxious to clients or not answering e-mails in a timely and courteous matter.

The first thing that must be taken into account is time. Rome was not built in a day and neither is reputation. It can take months or even years to establish true respect and trust, especially in a forum community. The diversity of the member base in most forums is what makes forums one of the most challenging environment to build a reputation in. Not only is this environment challenging in itself, the reputation the industry has built does not help either. Today, many people are more wary than they were 10 years ago about joining new forums. With so many people attempting to found forums and then giving up after only a few weeks or months, many people fear joining new forums as they feel their efforts and conversations will be wasted. With this said, if your end goal is to create a successful, thriving forum then don’t try getting people to join when your own account only has 2 or 3 posts on whatever forum you are advertising on. Work hard, show you are willing to work for things, and when you have a stable base upon which to build, consider starting the forum of your dreams.

This is part 1 of the series of articles which is titled An Online Presence. The next installment will be posted soon.

Administrating a Forum: Be Polite, Enthusiastic, and Rational

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The most important figure in a newly founded forum its its administrator. A forum can succeed or fail solely based on how the administrator conducts himself. A polite administrator can encourage members to stay active through his personality but an out of touch, robotic, or rude administrator can very quickly destroy a forum.

There are three qualities which a good administrator has: politeness, enthusiasm, and rationality. These qualities need to manifest into not only every post the administrator makes on his or her forum, but also the forum’s rules, structure, and policy.

Being a Polite Administrator

When a forum is new every single post made on it by someone other than its founder is like a miracle. Without new posts a forum can quickly starve to death. Posts are like breathing; if air is deprived from a person for only about a minute that person will die and cease to exist forever. Similarly, forums are kept alive by new posts. If the forum becomes inactive, the inactivity will continue, and build upon itself, until the forum is a graveyard.

What does this have to do with politeness? Everything.

People like being complimented. One reason why people post on forums and websites, or talk at all, is for self-confirmation. So that they can know that whatever they are doing is a good thing. If someone posts a link to their website and wants feedback then that means they want to be told not only how to make their website better but they also want to be told that their website is good and valuable; even if it is lousy. If someone posts on a topic in an anime forum saying that One Piece is a great anime, then deep down, they want to be told that they are spot-on, and that they did not waste their time in watching it.

What I am suggesting that administrators do is this: when someone posts a message on your forum encourage them to post more messages through positive reinforcement. Not only will it make members feel good about themselves but also about the forum they are posting on. It will also make users happy so that they do not create controversy on your forum.

Here are some ways to do this:

  • When someone posts a suggestion ALWAYS say that you are considering it and that it is a good suggestion even if it is terrible. Of course you can point out problems with it but also lace those logical points  with different compliments.
  • When someone posts a link to their own website always say that the website is good, regardless of whether it is or not, then proceed to point out whatever issue make it less than good, without outright saying that it isn’t any good.
  • When someone breaks the rules give them the benefit of the doubt. Send warning/reminder messages to them exclusively via private message and not via the public forums. Do not talk about the status of someone’s account (warnings, etc) in public and if someone does ask just find a very polite way to say “no comment.”
  • When someone says they are interested in something do not say that whatever they are interested in is no good. You don’t have to compliment it but if you really don’t like itsimply don’t post on it at all; unless whatever they mentioned is against the rules.
  • Write rules & announcements as simply and informally as possible.
  • Do not publicly discuss things like “bans”, and do not mention specific consequences in your rules. You can mention those in private guidelines for your moderators.

Being an Enthusiastic Administrator

A good administrator needs to post frequently, be involved in the community at every level, and be interested if not in every discussion, then a lot of them. Not only is enthusiasm about post count but also about appearances. An administrator must present an image of success to members and staff alike so that people feel that the forum is doing well. If the forum doesn’t appear to be doing well, it won’t do well. Below are a number of ways an administrator can show enthusiasm.

  • Your forum is succeeding. That is the image you need to present. And even if the forum is not active right now, you need to present the image that your forum has intrinsic value, either in the idea or in its content, and that it’s making a comeback.
  • Your members’ posts and websites are interesting. As mentioned in the section above; every post on a new forum is a godsend. You need to show interest and make a reply if you can think of a good reply to make.
  • Your forum is a great idea. If anyone is going to believe in your forum then it firstly has to be you. If you are bored by the idea of your foru then you need to shift your forum’s focus to something else. When you find an idea you are interested in, make sure that the people around you know how interested you are in that idea, and that you believe the website will succeed.

Being a Rational Administrator

An administrator needs to take an analytical approach to running a forum. That means quantifying the progress which has been made with the forum, analyzing which marketing methods have been most efficient, and working with designers to create branding which is calculated to engage users who are interested in the forum’s subject matter. There are many things which a rational forum administrator will do. Below is a rough list.

  • A rational administrator must be patient. That means accepting that it will take time for a forum to gain attention and giving staff members plenty of time to turn around their activity.
  • Metrics are very important when administrating a forum. By that I mean monitoring the post count and registrations as well as monitoring what causes the post count to increase (such as bumping a promotion topic on a particular forum, or buying an ad). This also combines well with patience because if an administrator can engineer their forum such that the post count increases at a steady rate the forum will be successful. It just may take time.
  • A good administrator must be able to understand, or figure out, what people want whether it is in a suggestion thread or whether considering what to offer guests who have not yet registered.

Conclusion

There are three qualities which are crucial to the successful management of a new forum: politeness, enthusiasm, and rationality. If you do not possess one of these qualities, however, then there is still hope. You can always find an administrator for your website who has one of those qualities, so long as you treat him or her with respect.

I hope you have found this article to be informative. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Weekly Staff Interview Series #9 — Eren

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Staff Member Interview Series!

This week, we have decided to interview Eren. This member is a staff member of Forum Promotion, and is one of our own at the Editorial Team, #BetterRedThanDead!

Now on to the interview!


 

Hi Eren, the question I like to start off with, just like everyone else, is what can you tell us about yourself?

My name is Kyle and I am 26 years old. Despite my age I’ve done a lot with my life especially in the realm of healthcare. I am a 4 year veteran of the United States Air Force specializing in surgical technology. That means I am a part of an operating room and I participate in surgeries alongside surgeons. I can assist in any type of surgery including C-Sections. I have been a volunteer (and paid) Emergency Medical Technician Basic for 10 years now (nationally, and two different state levels)and have a vibrant history of providing the care and treatment you would expect when calling for an ambulance. I’ve spent time as a volunteer fire fighter but never really gained an interest in that sort of thing. I’m a storm spotter with NOAA and the occasional Storm Chaser. As you would expect I’m a webmaster who has been doing forum administration for over 14 years now. I have a love for forums, design, and simple coding but my interests hardly ever extend past being a hobby. I am currently enrolling as a full time nursing student.

How has your time here at FP been? What do you like about the community?

My time at FP has been fun so far. I like the people who run the forum and those that make up the staff as well as the community at large. I also enjoy the topics we talk about and how we can, as a whole, bring back the concept of forum communities on the internet. Overall it’s a very good community and I’m excited to see how it’s going to evolve in the coming months under it’s new leadership.

What can you tell us about Political Debate Forums?

Political Debate Forums is a old but new community. It’s built off of an old political forum database that I used to administrate in 2010 but had been running on it’s own independently as soon as April 2014 as well. It’s an anonymous web platform for debate, discussion, and argument about all things political in the US and the rest of the world. It’s an ongoing project that’s received a lot of positive support and continues to grow at a good rate.It’s main mission is to protect free speech and to create a unbiased and mostly unmoderated platform while recognizing some order does need to be maintained.

You can visit PoliticalDebateForums at the following URL: http://www.politicaldebateforums.com/forums/

Do you have any advice for those of us interested in starting a new debate forum?

This is not an easy niche to start in. Don’t start up in it unless you are dedicated, like debates, have thick skin, and can relax on the moderation. For a long period of time you will be talking to yourself. When the forum does finally grow you have to keep a delicate balance of political thought and theory to maintain good order.

What methods were most successful when promoting Political Debate Forums?

So far the best method I have used is networking on larger political forums and linking via my sig as their rules allow. Most of these forums don’t really care if you have a link in your signature. Some won’t mention it. Asking the lead admin usually opens doors.

When moderating a debate forum, have you learned anything about cooling down arguments which get too hot? Could you share some of your experience with us on how to best accomplish this?

Free speech is the very root of a political forum and forums in our niche often die out when users are censored or feel censored. For the most part I recognize my users are all grown adults, most are of voting age and higher, and many are there for heated debate and argument. There are simple rules in place but unless we really need to cool something down or shut down a thread, such as in a case of general forum drama, we generally let things work themselves out. It’s worked very well so far.

Are there any other projects you are working on at the moment?

I have none right now but I am propositioned every once in a while to help on communities.

Are you a staff member at any other forums or websites?

No, my forum and life offline are far too time consuming to do much other than what I do at FP and my site.

What advice can you tell newer admins here at Forum Promotion, on what they could do to better their new forums?

Work on your design and style. I generally look at many of the forums that are posted on FP and quite a few are very sloppy in design or just generally look bad. I usually do not comment because I don’t want to be “that guy”. Design is the welcome mat to your forum and without a unique and welcoming theme you are shutting the door to a large portion of your potential success.

What would you suggest to improve Forum Promotion? It could be anything.

I would really like to see FP move to better software at this point. I don’t like free forum systems and this one especially is outdated. I’ll support whatever measure the new admin takes but I would like to see this forum expand, grow, and take on more important meaning.

What are your thoughts on the Forum Promotion Blog? What kind of articles are you interested in reading? Any suggestions?

It’s generally a good blog although I think we could do much more with it. For example it could be more a magazine styled theme and involve a lot more on being a webmaster. Right now it doesn’t really grab the eye or welcome the user in. I enjoy articles on design and administration tactics the most.


 

And that wraps up this weeks staff member interview! Thank you for reading this, we hope you will continue reading these every week that they are posted!

Feel free to comment below on the interview. Also, feel free to ask the person that got reviewed any questions you feel like!

New Ownership on FP

Hello All,

I would like to take this moment to let you all know that Forum Promotion has been sold to MasterA. I believe he will bring a lot to the table and overall move Forum Promotion in a great direction.

I am truly excited to see where he can take the website as he has a lot of devotion and seems really excited to get started, and has plenty more time than me to manage the website.

Please join me in welcoming Mastera to the Administration Team, and also ownership of FP!

Thank you for everyone who has severed on the FP staff while I was owner. It was a pleasure to work with you all!

Best Regards,

Nerdie