Tag Archives: Forum Administration

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

A Quick Look at Hiring Staff

When it comes to hiring staff, the amount of pitfalls and mistakes which can be made greatly outnumber the success stories. Especially in the online world, where you only have words and possibly a Skype conversation to judge someone by, it is easy to be fooled and end up in a less than desirable situation. The one rule of thumb I always recommend is the “Too good to be true” rule. If someone is willing to go out of their way for you for little or no pay, usually there is a hidden catch. I am not saying that there are not good people in this world, for trust me, there are. They are however greatly outnumbered by the bad people.

So who is it that usually looks to become staff on your forum? The active member is usually your safest bet. Unless of course, there is a hidden grudge from your past that I am not aware of. Someone who has been a member of your forum for a long period of time, actively contributed regularly during this time and never asked for a staff position is usually the best person for the job. If you reach out to them, you are more likely to have a longer, happier co-operation. There are issues with this though. Just because this person is active on your forum, you don’t know how they will handle power. You also don’t know if they truly are reliable, or a total hot-head that will go off on you as soon as a member is hard to deal with or you tell them what to do.

For these reasons, some administrators choose to outsource the staffing of their forums and hire staff on other forums, such as we offer the ability to do here at Forum Promotion. There are however issues with this too. You don’t know these people, they could be anyone. Just because they have staffed other forums in the past doesn’t mean they are the best fit for your forum. What is their true story? Why did they actually leave the forum they staffed in the past? What happened on that forum? There is also always a risk of malicious intent. Maybe they only want to get a staff position on your forum to gain access to information? Even here, there are exceptions, that you can be extremely lucky with, who pour their heart and soul into your forum, only with good intentions.

So, if you can’t trust anyone from the online world, who can you trust? What about a real-life friend or even a family member. Here too there can be issues though. What if you get into an argument in real life, and then this transfers to the forum. People do stupid things, that is an unfortunate part of life and something you must take into consideration at all times. It can also be harder to tell a friend or family member that they did something wrong. Can you really tell your brother his moderation skills are less than sub-par?

At the end of the day, it really does come down to judging character. Look closely at who you hire and instead of just asking for past experience, run your forum like you would run a business. Ask for references, it isn’t an odd thing to do. They don’t have any, or don’t want to share them? This should certainly make alarm bells ring. Your forum is an online entity which contains your investments, don’t treat it any less than that.

Weekly Member Interview #3 – Sarhad12

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

This week, we have decided to interview sarhad12. This member has been a member of Forum Promotion since 19 Jan 2013.

Now on to the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well I’ve been nicknamed “Scarface” by my mates due to me being a fan of Al Pacino and I also have a “Scar” on my forehead which kind of lives up to the name. As far as my age is concern I stopped counting as soon as I hit my 20’s.

I have been living in uk for past 20 years and have been following Manutd football team throughout those 20 years (apart from David Moyes era).

Foruming is my part of my passion, hence I’m always active here on forum promotion.

Oh I forgot to mention I have son who just turned 2 and half, he loves the computer as much as I do. Here is clip of him on YouTube climbing a motorbike ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2JO-G_NZX4 ).

What brought you to Forum Promotion?

I was looking to promote one of my earlier entertainment website, and upon searching on google I came across few forums were I could promote my site, none of them were appealing to my eye apart from forum promotion which took me by surprise, from first instance.

Do you own or are a staff member of a forum, website or blog? If so, please tell us about them!

I currently have two forums, both are on different niches one being YouTube Topics ( http://yttopics.com ),which is completely dedicated to all youtubers. The main feature of it includes promoting YouTube channels, videos and to help YouTubers in gaining extra publicity.

The second forum is the “AdminAds” ( http://adminads.com ) which as the name suggests a promotion forum. Not another Promotion forum “yikes” I know I know, have you seen the movie dumb and dumber?

Jim carey asks “Whats the chances of pretty girl like you and me going on date”?

She replies one in “Million”, Jim Carey grins and says “So you are saying there is a chance”? And to be honest that’s the chance I’m willing to take and hope to get the members of this community to help me in achieving that chance.

“AdminAds” features are almost similar to whats on offer here on FP, slight changes will be introduced to have its own uniqueness.

As a member of Forum Promotion, what do you think is a good defining feature of the community in general?

I really enjoy the services that are offered here on forum promotion such as reviews and postings packages as well as constant updates of posts. And most of all I love the idea of the forum cash which saves us from spending real money to get services that we require.

And What do you think is a good defining service feature that you enjoy here?

Apart from the above, I enjoy the exchanges a lot. It helps me and the rest to build a community as whole.

If you had the ability to add one to two things to Forum Promotion, what would you add?

There has been lots of talk regards to changing theme, though I personally feel that a community as big as forum promotion should be thinking of moving towards XenForo. That way the community will grow further.

Also the PhpBB feels outdated and by changing to Xenforo it will give the extra “zing” a slightly Modern and much more “this” generation type feeling which is what we are missing on forum promotion.

Thank you for accepting to do an Interview. Is there any extra comments you would like to mention?

Not a problem and thank you for interviewing me! Also before I head off I’d like to congratulate you and forum promotion team for coming up with this interview section, it helps us to know each other in depth.


 

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!

5 Challenges a Forum Owner Often Faces

A lot of people nowadays owns a bulletin board (also known as forum). The world wide web is literally filled with thousands of forums. It shows that, many people prefer to have their own communities, hence they launch their own forums. Launching a forum is as easy as making a cup of tea, but the hardest part is managing it.

I have been visiting internet forums for many years, and over the years I have seen many different types of forums. Some forums had amazing communities while some were pure crap. One thing I learned is the fact managing a forum is often much harder than managing a blog or other type of site.

With that in mind, I feel that there are 5 challenges that forum owners often have to encounter:

Keeping Members Active
I think the biggest challenge for a forum owner is keeping members active. Very often than not, a forum becomes a graveyard due to members not interacting with each other. When that happens, it can be hard to revive the forum. Normally when a forum is new, it can be quite hard to convince people to stay active.

Finding Good Staff
Another challenge is the fact a forum owner has to find great staff for his/her forum. Very often a forum gets disorganized and chaotic because of incompetent and immature staff. A forum is as good as its staff, so having proper staff is very important.

Technical Side
Many forum owners are not really good at the technical aspects (i.e. fixing bugs, adding plugins, etc.) of running forums. As a result, they are often vulnerable to hackers and technical errors. They often have to hire people to do these technical tasks.

Insufficient Funds
A lot of forum owners do not have the required capital to properly manage a forum. Even though one can own a forum with minimal expenses, a good forum will always have some major expenses (i.e. hosting, domain, premium plugins, contests, etc.). That is why, one should only open a forum if he/she has the required capital to make sure it is a success.

Personal Life
Last but not the least, personal life often comes in the way of a forum webmaster. If a forum owner has a lot going on in personal life, it can affect his/her activity on the forum.

As you can see, managing a forum is not very easy. One has to face many challenges to own and maintain a successful forum. Webmasters who are up for these challenges thrive, others succumb.