- Feb 9, 2015
Could you please share the site with me? I am curious about the site itself. But basically he is on vB anyway, so he is at least a decade behind anything. I think the replies in that topic display a lot of things we all think and say, confirmed by the audience we don't have anymore. Like many people say that they used to visit forums but don't do that anymore.
I never understood why you'd hide the contents of "What's new" from a guest (default vb4 I believe).
Use Elasticsearch? And I don't agree with that generalisation about how expensive it is to show new content with purely databases. You could even argue that it is cheaper than showing the contents of an individual forum, as a forum shows the same content, but filtered down to a specific forum.New content is a kind of search, and search is a feature usually disabled to guest back in those days. Not sure if more recent forum split that out into it's own thing with it's own permission but disabling Search for guest back then can stop bots from spamming it (forum software needed to generate search index from database and store in temporary table so it can be a big deal if spammed)
It's not about the site's platform, or theme, or if he builds a new Pokemon game or forum currency.I think if he modernised the forum, he could totally bring it back. His site definitely looks outdated, pretty much dead too.
All the above you've mentioned is User Experience, they all connect. Yes content is important but so is everything else.It's not about the site's platform, or theme, or if he builds a new Pokemon game or forum currency.
This is exactly the kind of thinking that gets legacy forum owners focused on the wrong things. (If I just upgrade to another platform or install a pretty theme or focus on SEO optimization when I have no authoritative content, then my website will suddenly become successful ... ).
I know he's a webdev, but he needs to shift his thinking into a chief executive: what's his community strategy and objectives, how is he going to execute on the mission, how will he build domain expertise and authoritative content, how will he promote his site?
I always thought the same about MyBB, answers were always dismissive like anyone interested in discoverability for their and other forums is mad.I never understood why you'd hide the contents of "What's new" from a guest (default vb4 I believe).
Elasticsearch can help with that.1 thing that still carries over to this day tho is search delay. You need to wait 30 seconds between search etc. you've probably faced that before it's pretty common everywhere still.
I agree. Simply switching software or changing to the latest trend in graphic design for forums isn't going to fix anything.It's not about the site's platform, or theme, or if he builds a new Pokemon game or forum currency.
Unless there are new users interested in the topic to take their place, membership continues to fall and the forum dies
Wringing your hands and moaning about the good old days isn't a productive strategy.