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Old 11-19-2006, 08:04 PM
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Default Forums slow down this time of year?
Was wondering if anybody else has a dip in activity starting about this time of year, during the holiday season.
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I think you have to expect it this time of year. There are so many things going on, anything from finishing up assignments in school before the holiday break/ end of semester , holiday shopping, family events, etc, etc.
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I've got the same problem. And I've got a newer forum than most (40 members) and its not looking good for me right now. My moderator and another very dedicated few members are always on, but its still a little disappointing. Link in my sig.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:28 AM
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The summer's slow. The holiday's are slow. The new year is slow. Whatever. There's nothing behind any of that. Don't advertise, and no one will find you. It's not as if they aren't online. You just have to find a way to encourage them to make your board a bookmarked pitstop.

(and simply saying 'bookmark us' is immaterial; you give them something that can't be found elsewhere)
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For us the summers slow because a lot of our members are travelling around the festival and party circuit. It is now the winter nights are drawing in, well in Britain anyways, that we have more folk on the forum... its all cool, and what will be will be

It is actually refreshing to see folk out and about and doing stuff instead of hanging at home spending their lives on the puter perish the thought hehehe
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I actually found this week and on Thanksgiving day I had more activity. I guess because all schools are closed, and people post waiting for their Thanksgiving dinner when theres nothing else to do.
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I've noticed the opposite of the OP's observation. We have more activity, although that's probably due to our site growing (every month seems to be more active than the preceding one).
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All depends on the demographics of your forums really. If your members are the kinds of folks that post during work hours to alleviate boredom, yeah, it'll drop. If they're students, you might see a rise in activity, especially if your forums are related to a hobby or game.
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All depends on the demographics of your forums really. If your members are the kinds of folks that post during work hours to alleviate boredom, yeah, it'll drop. If they're students, you might see a rise in activity, especially if your forums are related to a hobby or game.
My first post here, but totally agree. I find that it depends on the demographics of your site. I think most our forum members at SAHMs and we are a shopping forum (deals) so we don't see much of a drop at the holidays because we are all yapping about our holiday shopping deals. I guess it depends on what your forum is about as well as who your members are.
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On the holidays themselves, traffic is slow of course, but the overall timeframe (November-January) is usually busier on my site. Not sure why...maybe it's just that more people are online doing shopping and stop in to the site to post. I don't know...

Summer is the slow time for EP. The kids are out of school on summer vacation and parents are busy with their kids' various activities. I usually have a posting contest or two to keep things moving.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:05 AM
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I've too noticed a drop in the summer due to the kids being off school, and although the forum activity has increased since September we are still suffering from loosing a major back link at the end of September.

Members are active and the site itself is busy but the stats are showing a big drop in unique hits.
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We try to involve Holiday activities on the forums. It worked really well for Halloween and hope Christmas is as good.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:52 PM
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I might even go as far as getting a christmas template, christmas games an d vmoies for my theatre and arcade, and make my ranks santa hats or something!
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The administrator for our site has a Christmas skin and it is awesome. During Halloween, we had avatar contest, trivia contest and we are getting ideas for Christmas as well.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:26 PM
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Anyone have a good christmas skin for phpBB2?
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:09 PM
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I think certainly December is a slow month .. I for one dont get as much time on my forums as I would like, what with xmas shopping etc ...so I would think its the same for a lot of ppl ...members go home, visit families, go on holiday, that kinda thing

I agree with traceymw post above ... adding things like a halloween/xmas skin is always gud idea, as is a Xmas-dedicated forum
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Our fourms become dead every year from around the 18th December to the 4th January. I think it's the time for families and playing with their new toys. Most of our male adult members seem to be getting xBox 360's off their other halves, so that will probably add to the dead-ness.

Doesn't stop me and the other admin doing the annual forum dusting and removing all the outdated posts, dead links and members who haven't posted in more than 6 months.

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Old 12-11-2006, 03:23 AM
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We're still doing ok, just above average for the year so far this month, although it's slightly down on last month. I always figured that if things are slow then you just work harder
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I see distinct seasons for my members.

New Year, Spring and Fall are the best times.

Right now, till the "New Year Resolutions" come into play, we are the lowest of the year in activity.
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:22 AM
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I thought I was the only one having this problem. Although the decreased activity has enabled me to get quite of bit of work done of the forums. So I guess that's the up-side of it all. lol
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