What makes your online community appealing to members?

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Lisa

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Obviously, there are a lot of online communities out there and no two are alike. But, with that said, there are many online communities that cover the same subject - so what do you think makes your community more appealing than another within the same niche?

We know what will put people off a community - trolling, flaming, too few members, too few posts, over-heavy moderation, cliques, etc.

So what turns people onto your community? What do you do to keep your members coming back for more?
 

Steve

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So what turns people onto your community?
Good content and atmosphere.
What do you do to keep your members coming back for more?
People like to feel wanted or praise, do that with "Likes or reactions" but also being sure to try to keep topics alive. Hopefully the community is welcoming to help with that. Get rid of trolls that disrupt discussions.
 

zappaDPJ

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Much the same as Steve. I also do what I can to ensure that the forum platform promotes content rather than hiding it behind a wall of functions. In short I want my forums to be easily accessible to someone who's just bought their first computer/tablet/phone.
 

Nev_Dull

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In a word, comfort.

There are much larger forums on the same topic as mine, as well as many other blogs, wikis and sites. And my members visit many of them (as do I). But my members choose to make my forum the place where they discuss the things they find elsewhere. They do so because they feel like they are speaking with friends in a comfortable place where they can share ideas, debate, and disagree without being dismissed or attacked. Many of them have tried to join discussions on those larger sites, and haven't enjoyed the experience.
 
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Lisa

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In a word, comfort.

There are much larger forums on the same topic as mine, as well as many other blogs, wikis and sites. And my members visit many of them (as do I). But my members choose to make my forum the place where they discuss the things they find elsewhere. They do so because they feel like they are speaking with friends in a comfortable place where they can share ideas, debate, and disagree without being dismissed or attacked. Many of them have tried to join discussions on those larger sites, and haven't enjoyed the experience.
I love this. I think it's my favourite reply (sorry, everyone - Nev_Dull won the internet today).
 

sixlxvi

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In a word, comfort.

There are much larger forums on the same topic as mine, as well as many other blogs, wikis and sites. And my members visit many of them (as do I). But my members choose to make my forum the place where they discuss the things they find elsewhere. They do so because they feel like they are speaking with friends in a comfortable place where they can share ideas, debate, and disagree without being dismissed or attacked. Many of them have tried to join discussions on those larger sites, and haven't enjoyed the experience.
This is true for mine as well. The bigger forums have a lot more info and activity than we do, but they also have a bunch of cliques, trolls, memes, and immaturity. We don't want or need that. We also look much more modern than the competition. A lot of the old established big boards are still on outdated vBulletin versions or even outdated and ugly XF versions at this point. User friendliness and just being pretty really does help.
 

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Right now my forum is a little to young to be exceptionally appealing, but what made my forums stand out, besides decent design, is the exceptional content quality. I've always 'enforced' great quality threads and replies, tried to keep the chit-chat to a minimum and encourage on-topic discussion as much as possible.
 

MagicalAzareal

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It's usually the people. If the right people are there, then even if you have an awful looking vB3 forum, you will still get people coming in, but neglect that and you won't form up a community even if you spending a thousand dollars on it.
 
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