In your opinion, how active should administrators be in the public forums?

Aussieart

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This is definately a big issue for me, I post quite a bit on my forum as it's fairly new (130 members) I really don't like posting so much on my own forum as I do have other things I need to be doing, like thinking up new ideas and promoting the forum itself.... I find it difficult to do all these things when I have to keep the conversations going on the forum too. It's so frustrating... I have hardly any new members signing up which makes it even MORE frustrating! I don't know how you guys do it all, I seriously didn't imagine it to be this hard. :banghead:
 

Harmonie

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Hello ya'll

Being an admin on my board I am VERY active there. I do all welcome threads to the new members and I even mod 2 forums just so I can stay in the loop with all the members.

The board started in the beginning of January this year, and so far we have
Threads: 1,472, Posts: 8,308, Members: 106, Active Members: 63

and out of that this is my status
Join Date: 01-16-2006 3,114

We have 6 not including me mods that are great with making sure there area is being handled. We ask them to at least post 3-5 new topics in there area a week, but they can go over if they want. This is my board and these are my members and I enjoy interacting with them all, they are what makes the board grow and b/c of that I am grateful for them adn want to know them on a personal level as well. We are a close family that loves new people!
 

Badger

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Aussieart said:
This is definately a big issue for me, I post quite a bit on my forum as it's fairly new (130 members) I really don't like posting so much on my own forum as I do have other things I need to be doing, like thinking up new ideas and promoting the forum itself.... I find it difficult to do all these things when I have to keep the conversations going on the forum too. It's so frustrating... I have hardly any new members signing up which makes it even MORE frustrating! I don't know how you guys do it all, I seriously didn't imagine it to be this hard. :banghead:

It is alot of work Aussieart, but don't do it alone even though it may be tempting. We would drive ourselves into the ground if we tried to do everything ourselves. Pick out the best posters, ones you think are reasonably trustable and assign them jobs like greeting new posters, keeping the conversation going, etc to free you up to do those more important things that need doing.

It is amazing how many people love to get on the band wagon and pitch in to help for free! They do it for the shear fun of volunteering, to be someone, to have a sence of power or authority even if they can't use it. My site has over 100 volunteers that do everything from writing a portion of the monthly news, writing future polls, moderating the boards, running clubs, greeting new players etc. And I need each and everyone!! It is win win for all!!

The fine difference between a stuggling site and a great one is whether or not the owner/manager has the ability to coordinate and deligate chores to others. Share the load and you will profit from it!!
 

kofoid

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I am on my board all day hehe I don't post as much as I used to because I personally think the more the Admins post, the more desperate you look. Now grated I am still posting 25 times a day, but I used to be more like 100 a day. I sounds like an alcoholic, don't I LMAO


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B2W

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I participate everyday and I make a nice amount of posts too.

I was a super mod for a message board before I made mine and the Admin there was MIA for three months. Didnt leave his contact info or anything. Went through major issues on that board with spam and oh...he didn't give us the rights to ban people. I coudn't work that way. We figured he didn't care so afterwhile, the community didn't. We left his board and he came out of no where apologizing and begging us to come back...huh? Too late! LOL!

Admins should participate out in public and make their presence known.
 

ShadowLink64

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Active administration is needed on our site. The thing we noticed is that if the staff are really active, the members will be active as well. We've watched other sites lose activity because their staff weren't making a public presence. :(

I'm not exactly sure what the science in all of it is, but I see no harm in going out on the public areas of a board and making a presence for yourself. :p
 

Ncturnal

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It's fairly safe to say the majority of the people on our board have no idea who the mods and admins are. We don't advertise who holds those roles at all. We do have anonymous moderator accounts to deal with situations as they arise, although those situations are few. Our board has a really good feel, and there are no problems with mods getting a big head or people being agressive toward any of the mods or admins. I think it's an idea that is not in practice in any other forums that I'm aware of, but we are extremely happy with the results so far. Our focus has been on the community, not the staff, and after a year I think it has worked out very well. All that said, if an admin/mod has a proficiency in certain area, they are very active promoting their sections and helping where they can, but they do so as individuals and not as admins/mods.
 
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krisDOTco

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I am not very active on my own, but I own that one and take care of all of the server-side issues. That's all taken care of, as is the majority of other things.

I think an Admin doesn't need to be as active as the Supers or the normal Mods, because they are like 'overseers', the ones who aren't there to increase traffic, more like maintain the level that is already there. That is the job of the rest of the Staff.
 

Roody

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I guess it depends on the site. I personally am very active on my boards, and remain the top poster. I think getting out there and interracting with fellow members makes you seem approachable. :)
 

Patriot

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I think admins should be in the public forums because it will make members think you are a real person not a serious admin that just changes everything and posts in staff forums. In my forum, I like to post in the public forums.
 

carwash

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I participate in my forums. The way i see it, I started my site because I like the topic, so I'm going to be a member first and an admin second.
 

SadistiX

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it sux to have no one reply to your thread. so im always there to fill in that gap :)
 

KeesTalk

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Well, I'm quite active on my forum. Sometimes, I think I'm a bit too active.

Honestly, the more visible an admin is, the more people are going to notice and the more flak and back handed comments you'll be taking as a result of being that active. Then again, I also believe that admin shouldn't just post once in a blue moon and be hard as hell to contact either.
 
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Methos

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I run an MMORPG site and at the moment I am very active, as my community grows I will be stepping back and leaveing the forum work for my Lead Moderator to deal with. The way I have usergroups setup and the levels of staff worked out, I will only deal with a small portion of my over all staff.

My other Admin and myself will be working directly with the development team of our game and not have much time for the everyday users, everyone knows there roles on the forums and in the game, I leave it to them mainly due to one of our motos for our community is "For the players By the players", it gives them more of an appeal that they are all connected and play a roles in what goes on in the community, like with giving suggestions as to what they would like to see done in game and what would make the forums more appealing for others. The MMORPG I am doing already has a very tight community, there are around 14 seperate servers with there own forums, and alot of times I hear and see the same thing on most of them...the owners (admin) play to much of a role in things on the board, shooting players down on aspects when only player suggestions where made among other things that can bring even the most law abiding member to bear there teeth. By me allowing my community to aid in the running of things it brings them closer and they feel they "are" a part of the board.
 
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rolfw

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I guess that it depends on te type of forum as to how active the admin needs to be from a posting point of view. Many boards like ours, have several admin and they do different things, some have more time than others and some have very specialist interests, whilst others more general, some maybe just deal with server side and control panel issues.

Horses for courses, but if you are building a new board, get in there and post your heart out, because if you don't, nobody else will. :)
 

BGonaSTICK

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When I set my board up, I had two ID's, one mod and one admin. I needed to test out the relative functions and operability etc.

I planned on using the mod signon and only using the admin signon for 'admin' functions behind the scenes.

Boy, I soon got fed up with all that logging on and off every five minutes!

I found I was using the admin signon all the time, so eventually I gave up.

My admin logon now dominates the board, but as more members get involved, it's working out well. At least everyone knows the boss is watching! :cheeky:

Oh, hi Rolf! Nice to see you here! :worship:
 

rainbowtatt

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some days i post a lot on my forum, some days i don't post at all. it depends on my mood and what's (not) happening on the forum.
 

Puddleduck

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ShadowLink64 said:
Active administration is needed on our site. The thing we noticed is that if the staff are really active, the members will be active as well. We've watched other sites lose activity because their staff weren't making a public presence. :(

Oh, now that makes a lot of sense. I've seen that happen, too, where other members are online more than the staff, and they tend to get into this cycle of either a) self moderating (posting friendly reminders, emailing a member of staff to point out problems/spam, etc.) or b) posting randomly without much care for the rules. And since some people don't tend to like either of those, the active member count gradually dips over time.


Anyway, I personally feel that being an active member as well as an admin is important, not just for your members but for yourself. I think there's always a chance you'll burn out and start to feel resentful towards your board if you don't ever get to enjoy the aspects of it that your members do. It helps when enforcing rules, too, since you can be friendly and you aren't scaring anyone into listening to you by being the big bad mythical Administrator that everyone talks about but nobody's ever seen.
 

Belak

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Mine is a small forum, so to say that I have the largest amount of posts on my board shows either that I am a narcissist who created an entire community just to talk to myself, or I am very dedicated to my forum. I have two other admins one of which doesn't really post at all in the actual forum, except a few times because he does a lot of the behind the scene work, and because he really is only an admin because it is his server we are on. When we were on free hosts I was like him and did a lot of the behind the scenes work, while my third admin, and the co-creator kept people busy and had almost the same amount of posts as me. However, I am creating a place that I want to be, and that others want to be in as well I hope. For me this means that I want to still be an active member in my forum. I can't imagine just backing out and pretending not to exist, or making a second account as I don't like that sort of thing. I understand that there will be trouble, but I hope to be like Fans even when my board gets big too.

As it is, and as it should be for a small board admin I know every topic and post very well. This actually served me on my first crisis as a board owner when my topics and posts started deleting and sometimes the mod logs wouldn't keep track of them. So even if I didn't have an appreciation of knowing everything on my board before, I vertainly do now.
 

lupin84

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carwash said:
I participate in my forums. The way i see it, I started my site because I like the topic, so I'm going to be a member first and an admin second.

Exactly. Couldn't agree more. The site and forum was started because it was something I was interested in, so why not take part in the community too?
 
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