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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Peter McLennan » Wed, 17 Dec 2014 6:54 am

All good ideas. I'm definitely warming up to the idea of running the challenges/competitions on a monthly basis. We could set a schedule that would include a deadline, voting (if that's voted in!), announcements and promulgation as a web page (like this) (if that's voted in).

I also like the idea of encouraging people to review as a part of this. After all, if they're going to vote, they must have an opinion—and hopefully a reason for it! I've always wanted to find some way of rewarding people for reviewing, but without getting too bureaucratic.
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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Oldmeadow » Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:17 pm

This sounds great. Will there be a word limit on this?

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Writers Bloc » Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:35 pm

my opinion would be that yes, a limit would be imposed but maybe can change this limit per challenge (one month 500 words the next 3000?) keep it interesting :)

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Peter McLennan » Thu, 18 Dec 2014 6:39 am

We must take into account that the forum's members write in diverse genres (including non-fiction) and styles—and most have limited time to write. To be as inclusive as possible, the rules that apply to any challenge should be fairly broad.

I acknowledge that challenges must have rules (or they'd all be the same!), and that it's good to encourage people to try new things. Ergo, a balance needs to be set.
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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Edwin-Nweze » Thu, 18 Dec 2014 7:48 am

Loving these ideas.

Might be worth checking out the 1225 challenge I've just attempted. It's a good example of a broad challenge with rules. http://www.simonpclark.com/2014/12/i-am-bad-blogger-1225-story-challenge.html
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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Star Greywood » Mon, 28 Sep 2015 9:30 am

Thought I'd reignite this thread given that it's 10 months on and new members have since joined.

What *I'd* personally like to hear from the users are answers to the following. I think that these responses *could* prove useful in identifying strengths and weaknesses within AWF so that we can grow the forum to where it ought to be :D

Thanks in advance for your time and your contribution!!

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1. Are you a member of other online forums either related or non-related to writing?

2. How often do you access those pages?

3. Do you post each time you log in?

4. What motivates you to return each time/so regularly?

5. Do they have a mobile-friendly version of their page that you mainly access?

6. What inspires you to contribute?

7. Are there forum functionalities that you think could be added to the AWF? Please list them as suggestions:

8. Do you find that your interest/motivation to write comes and goes throughout a year? For many the answer is "yes" and this explains why members join and then disappear sometimes never to be seen again.

9. If you could change/implement/wish for anything for the AWF, what would it be?

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My responses:
1. Are you members of other online forums either related or non-related to writing?
Yep. I'm a member of a number of aquarium-keeping forums, and a member of many associated FB groups

2. How often do you access those pages?
I haven't accessed the forum in quite a while, but I view almost all of the FB groups multiple times a day.

3. Do you post each time you log in?
No. I used to be a very active member, but my interest has dwindled. Now I'm simply keeping up appearances.

4. What motivates you to return each time/so regularly?
It used to me my personal interest in the subject and also the socialising. Nowadays it's purely business-related as I reply to customers etc

5. Do they have a mobile-friendly version of their page that you mainly access?
FB groups, yes. The main forum I use, yes.

6. What inspires you to contribute?
A great culture: consistently friendly, enthusiastic, and down-to-Earth users. The forums with arrogant and cranky contributors are usually avoided. There's no place for "God" mentalities in my life.

7. Are there forum functionalities that you think could be added to the AWF? Please list them as suggestions:
* One of the forums I used to attend regularly has a few buttons that you can press for "quick replies". They have "Cheers", "Informative", "Love it" and one other that I can't bring to mind at the minute. This allows users to acknowledge posts/replies without being forced to either commit time to a full-blown reply, nor just view it and say nothing. I think it's great for the time-poor folk, but there IS a risk that some could use it as a cop-out means of replying. Fortunately there are many MANY regular users over there, so that's not a concern.
* A mobile-friendly version

8. Do you find that your interest/motivation to write comes and goes throughout a year? For many the answer is "yes" and this explains why members join and then disappear sometimes never to be seen again.
Absolutely! I find this will all thing I turn my attention to! lol.

9. If you could change/implement/wish for anything for the AWF, what would it be?
If I could inject it with a constant flow of members who regularly log and keep it moving forward, I would. Perhaps I can assist by promoting its FB page or something. It feels stagnant, and that's not a new thing. People leave, but they don't always reach out to say why. If it's life getting in the way, that's fine. But if it's bc they don't like something, it would be really helpful if they could let the mods know.
Perhaps we could look at surveys that are automatically PMd to users when they haven't logged in or posted for a month or so?? Could be a great way of getting some practical feedback.

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby AJ Konlucko » Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:30 am

1. Are you a member of other online forums either related or non-related to writing?
- Yes I am active on a number of forums, groups and Facebook pages

2. How often do you access those pages?
- A few times a day.

3. Do you post each time you log in?
- Mostly.

4. What motivates you to return each time/so regularly?
- I like to keep up with what is going on.

5. Do they have a mobile-friendly version of their page that you mainly access?
- Normally I do it on my computer.

6. What inspires you to contribute?
- Seeing what other people are doing / posting.

7. Are there forum functionalities that you think could be added to the AWF? Please list them as suggestions:

8. Do you find that your interest/motivation to write comes and goes throughout a year? For many the answer is "yes" and this explains why members join and then disappear sometimes never to be seen again.
- Yes. Often I come and go. I have only recently become more active again.

9. If you could change/implement/wish for anything for the AWF, what would it be?

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Peter McLennan » Mon, 28 Sep 2015 5:12 pm

Star Greywood wrote:...
* One of the forums I used to attend regularly has a few buttons that you can press for "quick replies". They have "Cheers", "Informative", "Love it" and one other that I can't bring to mind at the minute. This allows users to acknowledge posts/replies without being forced to either commit time to a full-blown reply, nor just view it and say nothing. I think it's great for the time-poor folk, but there IS a risk that some could use it as a cop-out means of replying. Fortunately there are many MANY regular users over there, so that's not a concern.
* A mobile-friendly version
...
Perhaps we could look at surveys that are automatically PMd to users when they haven't logged in or posted for a month or so?? Could be a great way of getting some practical feedback.

Great ideas. I've added these to my to-do list.

We do, or did, have a mobile version via the Tapatalk app. TBH I don't know if AWF is still listed on it since it seemed to be seldom used and I stopped monitoring it. If there's a need, I can get it going again.
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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby Star Greywood » Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:47 pm

It certainly didn't come up on my phone. But in saying that, if there is another option aside from something that makes you 'sign up' that'd be fab. There's another forum I used to frequent that had a mobile version via Tapatalk and Tapatalk themselves wanted me to signup in order to use it, otherwise I had to use the desktop version. I don't like being forced to sign up to anything lol

If there's anything I can do to help, sing out :)

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Re: How can we increase Forum Participation

Postby AJ Konlucko » Tue, 29 Sep 2015 8:20 am

I have just has a look at some stats.

We have 630 members out of 1122 which have 0 posts. We also have a lot who only have a small number of posts and have not been active for a long time. I wonder if it would be possible to send an automated email to each of them, advising that their accounts will be removed in XX days if they don't login and post?


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