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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby AJ Konlucko » Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:09 am

Here is a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Wri ... 6/?fref=ts

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby AJ Konlucko » Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:08 pm

R Munro wrote:
PGB wrote:Here is a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Wri ... 6/?fref=ts


Yay!

Shame I don't have Facebook.


I can understand that some people don't like / want Facebook, no pressure ;)

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Peter McLennan » Mon, 18 Jul 2016 3:07 pm

I guess it's about time that I/we concluded the issue of how to better support individual genres. To attempt to summarise the options:
  1. Forum sections for each genre. Technically, we'd want a matrix-type arrangement, with ‘writing’, ‘publishing’, ‘reviews’, etc, for each genre. This would be quite cumbersome, so I'd suggest just subdividing 'reviews' in the first instance.
  2. Tags in topic titles; eg, [FANTASY]. These would be searchable but cumbersome to enter and, I suspect, usually omitted.
  3. Custom topic/post icons. These are not searchable.
  4. Custom smileys. These are not searchable.
  5. Custom BBCode Tags (eg, like [b] for bold). Not searchable.
  6. Custom user profile fields. Not easily noticed and wouldn't tag individual posts, but would allow members to indicate their interests.
  7. Members Page field. As above.
  8. Custom-built forum modification. Great, except that it would be a huge task.
None of these options seems ideal. My feeling is to go with #1 and (maybe) #2 as an option.

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby AJ Konlucko » Mon, 18 Jul 2016 3:37 pm

Peter McLennan wrote:[list=1][*]Forum sections for each genre. Technically, we'd want a matrix-type arrangement, with ‘writing’, ‘publishing’, ‘reviews’, etc, for each genre. This would be quite cumbersome, so I'd suggest just subdividing 'reviews' in the first instance.
Thoughts?


I think adding some sections in reviews would be a good idea, I can't see much benefit to having a heap of sub-sections which don't get much use.

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby AJ Konlucko » Mon, 25 Jul 2016 2:56 pm

BettyBoop_71 wrote:Give me some time to get to know the forum and I will be able to offer some suggestions. I have experience in running a forum for children with special needs.


That sounds interesting, what is the name of it? (If you don't mind me asking)


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