Monthly Archives: May 2015

Building Relationships with New Members

Hey everyone, if you’ve been involved in the hobby of managing forums for a while, you definitely know that it can be a real struggle to convince members to stay active. The initial promotion that convinces them to join the forum is hard enough, and then you need to give them a reason to stay on a long term basis. Well, my goal for this article is to introduce a few ways in which you can achieve this. Does that make the topic title sound a little confusing? It doesn’t say anything about that. The overall idea of this article is Continue reading

Perception Is What You Provide

Perception is defined as “a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression”. Basically speaking how you proceed to design and act on your community sets the tone for how successful your forum will be. Perception is a basic psychological need and that goes beyond on the internet where people Continue reading

Forum Promotion’s Forum Cash: Finding a Value Part 1 – Value Based Off of Posting

With Forum Promotion updating it’s rules, services and it’s software, Forum Promotion has decided to remove the restriction on the buying and selling of FP Cash, because it just didn’t seem like a rule that was doing the forum any good, on restricting people from being able to sell something that is deemed to have very little value.

FP Cash, as just a forum currency and without any monetary backing, Continue reading

Usergroups Explained

On any internet forum, you’ll find that there are a majority of groups that members are sorted in. Each level has its own permissions, but the default group that makes up for most of your numbers is the registered member. I will be covering the different types of usergroups you may come across Continue reading

It’s the Little Things That Make the Difference

From my perspective, being a part of forums for over seven years, I’ve observed that a very select group of owners/admins gave priority in undertaking tasks that are considered “behind the scenes.” This is understandable and is expected, but, I couldn’t help but question, could they go the extra mile to help their forum? Think about it, members look up to those who actually engage with members within the community. Generally through making posts and sharing their thoughts on various matters and subjects. This helps to create a bond between members and the staff, and proves Continue reading

Site Battles Madness – Interview with Pandaa

Sorry for the delay on the second interview regarding the Site Battles in our March Madness, replies to the interviews took longer than expected.

I would like to thank Pandaa for agreeing to this interview. He is part of the Community Team, and helped monitor the site battles.

The questions I asked, are in bold. His responses are italicized.

Out of all of the announcements in the March Madness, which were you excited for?

I was very excited for the reordering of the forum to finally be put into place. It was long overdue and we put so much time and effort into making it happen. I’ve always felt like FP was confusing to newcomers, and condensing the board should help a little bit more in the future.

What was your duty or role in the Site Battles?

I helped with setting up the battles in most of the rounds, and I was in charge of paying people for their votes. The whole tournament wouldn’t run without Jack, that’s for sure. However, I know he’s a pretty busy guy and so I just tried to be there for anything that he might not have had time for!

Out of all the site battles that you observed while it was going, which did you enjoy the best?

Tough question! I really enjoyed the Open Carnage vs. Atrium Forum debate. I didn’t know it at the time obviously, but it ended up essentially being this year’s winner vs. last year’s winner. If I’m not mistaken, it ended up with the most total votes in any battle as well (84 votes!).

Which forum do you think had the potential to win but didn’t, due to various circumstances?

I’d have to say FeedbackExchange. Going against a forum like Open Carnage is going to be tough in any round, but FE made it so far in the tournament without so much as a challenge. Sinon has created a really nice forum, and just to make it to the final four out of all the sites on FP is quite the accomplishment. :)

For those sites or forums you voted for, what did you personally use as a judge to vote for those you voted for?

I mainly used the site’s activity and my first impression of it to gauge who was the winner. I can’t really think of a time where there wasn’t a clear winner, in my mind.

I noticed your forum got into the second round of voting, what do you think could have helped your forum out, in the second battle that you ended up loosing?

I really haven’t put much time into my site in quite a while. I need to restart it back up again, but I’d say activity was probably my biggest downfall.

Which forum would you have liked to go against, out of the forums that were in the battle?

Hmm, not sure exactly! Any gaming site other than Open Carnage? Hahaha!

When next year rolls around, do you think you would like to participate in the Site Battles again, either as a participant, or as staff?

Definitely! As long as I’m around, you can expect me to have a part in it!

I am thankful for the time spend for this interview. 🙂

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below!