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2020, Category_News and Announcements, Community, forum, internet, new year -

We want to wish you a special, happy new year moving forward in 2021! The last year has brought many changes for every country - as we're sure you know, there has been the coronavirus / COVID-19, controversial elections, Brexit, and more. However, many great things have happened both offline and online too! We have seen our members expand their websites, earn more money online, and connect in new ways. As humankind, we have prevailed in the face of a global pandemic, among many other challenges. Although there are many still struggling, the internet has once again shown strength and...

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Administrator, Category_Forum Administration, Category_Moderation, censorship, Community, debate, forum, free speech, freedom of speech, moderator, online, political, politics, protected speech -

Forum administrators and site owners should be careful when publishing any sort of public political statement. It is all too easy to get invested in politics to the point of debating, or even arguing. There are times when one side of any issue can be considered factual, with opposing arguments perhaps lacking any facts, evidence, or convincing theories. Those can be the most troubling to deal with for any moderator, whether they are in a televised debate or handling post reports on an online community board. It's important to understand the difference between providing a good user experience for your...

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Administrator, app, Category_Other, Community, development, featured, forum, render-bb-code, SEO, social media, social network -

I was a long time forum user and owner who never wanted to acknowledge that the peaks of forums were long past. In the 90's and early 2000's, the forum community as a whole was much different. Not only that, the software we used was too. While live chat messengers did impact or help stunt the growth of forums, they were never a true alternative. For that reason we saw forums and live chats thrive together. Even as social media giants rose from the depths of obscurity, forums persisted and lived on. However, it is now 2020 and those times...

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Administration, Administrator, Category_Forum Administration, Category_Forum Posting, Community, Content Creation, featured, forum, Members -

Several weeks ago, I asked our community about their thoughts on using multiple accounts to falsely boost activity in a new online community. Today, we'll be looking over all of the responses to my questions and breaking down the pros and cons of using fake member accounts on an online forum to make a website appear more popular.

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Admin, Administration, ban, Category_Forum Administration, Community, featured, forum, Member, owner, shadow ban, Staff, suspend, warning -

A community can bring a sense of family, friendship, loyalty, and even love. It's no wonder you may struggle with banning a member from your forum, even if they are acting out of line. Perhaps you still hold hope that the user can improve their behavior and follow the official rules. It's always important to consider alternative consequences to banning, and there's many reasons why. Keep reading to learn how to deal with negative or disruptive community members!

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