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Dilinja
28-09-11, 09:41 AM
Do we have any internet clever clogs out there that have any ideas for driving more people to the forums?

I'm starting to feel like I'm talking to myself in here :D

Paul Nuttall
28-09-11, 11:08 AM
We're trying to be more active in here with regards to the editorial staff and, hopefully, once our users see that that will get more people in here! We do have quite a lot of users who will sign up, ask a camera question and then never come back... one of the hazards of our titled I guess!

TheFatControlleR
28-09-11, 11:38 AM
... We do have quite a lot of users who will sign up, ask a camera question and then never come back... one of the hazards of our titled I guess!

Indeed Paul, such is the way of the specialist forum. Users post their queries; if it's not resolved they don't return, if it is resolved they don't return. Problem solving is rarely an attraction in itself.

Additionally, the vast majority of new users sign up to upload images to the comp galleries and never contribute to the forum.

For any forum to thrive there has to be a core community that is open and, an old fashioned concept, fun to visit and frequent. I'm not suggesting this place isn't fun to visit but it hasn't quite acheived the critical mass required, yet.

Personally, I'm not convinced the dark design helps attract or retain users, it's all a bit 'gamer' community, IMVHO. ;)

Dilinja
28-09-11, 12:28 PM
Indeed Paul, such is the way of the specialist forum. Users post their queries; if it's not resolved they don't return, if it is resolved they don't return. Problem solving is rarely an attraction in itself.

Additionally, the vast majority of new users sign up to upload images to the comp galleries and never contribute to the forum.

For any forum to thrive there has to be a core community that is open and, an old fashioned concept, fun to visit and frequent. I'm not suggesting this place isn't fun to visit but it hasn't quite acheived the critical mass required, yet.

Personally, I'm not convinced the dark design helps attract or retain users, it's all a bit 'gamer' community, IMVHO. ;)

Mine was resolved and I returned, I think I just enjoy being the exception to rules :D

In another thread someone raised a similar question (I hadnt found it before I posted my own). One of the responses was that maybe all the posters had moved to AP. I did some digging and found www.AmateurPhotography.co.uk (will that get autofiltered? ;)). They have a year long competition for Amateur of the Year which looked really appealing. Im not suggesting you copy the format, but perhaps take it and twist it a little. They ask people to send in one picture each with a specific brief such as "nightime", "skylines", "black & white" etc. Could you guys do something similar but incorporate articles on technique and useful tips for how to take good pictures on a particular subject?

I have some other ideas if you'd be interested in hearing them?

Pete

wave
28-09-11, 02:12 PM
I look in as much as possible and answer what I can, I know others do the same

Dilinja
28-09-11, 02:26 PM
I look in as much as possible and answer what I can, I know others do the same

You certainly do Wave, I think you are one of the most frequent posters.

I was just wondering if there was a way of driving new people to the site and retaining them. Its a shame to see the forums underused when there are so many knowledgeable people out there.

TheFatControlleR
28-09-11, 02:27 PM
What I said earlier notwithstanding, we do have a dedicated core of helpful forumites here, one always sees the same names answering the both the drive-by inquisitors and those of longer tenure with equanimity, which is wonderful - an inclusive rather than exclusive forum is always preferable IMO.

I just think there's a need to build upon these solid foundations, although how is anyone's guess - I'm sure we all have ideas for improvement, but there are no sure-fire winners.

Dilinja
28-09-11, 02:41 PM
I just think there's a need to build upon these solid foundations, although how is anyone's guess - I'm sure we all have ideas for improvement, but there are no sure-fire winners.

I agree. As mentioned before, I'd be happy to offer any help I can. I may not know much about photography (yet :)) but I do know about forums!

wave
29-09-11, 01:42 PM
For the most part people come here to get answers now the more people who can answer the better as we dont all know everything. what we need to do is once we see a question is to answer it as quick as we can then that person may ask another question and they will ask it here. With a bit of luck they may stick around.

BenEvansPhotography
09-10-11, 07:32 PM
I've got some experience about this from another life. Would recommend the following; http://www.scribd.com/doc/21797466/Confessions-Of-A-Moderator

It's basically about forum dynamics and how to encourage and maintain a thriving, friendly atmosphere. :)