Archive for January, 2011

The Importance of Forums

The importance of forums is something that we at Lefora and CrowdGather talk a lot about. Today Sanjay Sabnani, CEO of CrowdGather, had the honor of being interviewed by Tom Murphy at SocialMedia.net on just that topic.

The interview centered around the lack of love that forums have received from the mainstream and whether or not forums are becoming obsolete with the rise of social media.

Sanjay summarized the difference between forums and social media by stating that:

“What forums allow you to do is the sum total of everything you can do on the internet….There is nowhere else [besides forums] on the internet where your passions, your hobbies and your knowledge base is sufficiently given credit for.”

Read more at SocialMedia.net

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Forum & Communities Conference 2011

On February 16, 2011 VigLink is sponsoring a one day conference that is bringing together forum owners, brands, and experts to discuss the state of forums today and he direc

tion forum communities will take going forward.

It is an exciting opportunity to meet with other forum owners and to listen to the insights that other forum managers have gained in managing forums.

Sanjay will be attending and he hopes to see some of you there as well!

theForumCon.com
16th Febuary
9:00am – 5:30pm
EARLY BIRD Ticket -$95

Calling All Forum Owners, Win a FREE iPad! A CrowdGather sponsored contest.

Win a free one of these!

The holidays are over and there was no iPad under your tree/menorah? AdminFusion.com, a Crowdgather Forum, is holding a contest to win a FREE iPad.

All you need to do to enter is to be a member of AdminFusion, and write an original (never before used) article about an aspect of owning, marketing or running a forum.

Three prizes are up for grabs, and the winners will be selected by the AdminFusion and CrowdGather staff, and the prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: iPad
2nd Prize: $100
3rd Prize: $50

How to enter? Submit your article to AdminFusion: (Contest Entries – AdminFusion) which only you and the AdminFusion & CrowdGather staff can view, and wait to see if you win!

One entry per person only, first entry is the one which is counted. You have 24 hours after submitting your article to make any changes or correct any mistakes, after that it is final, sorry!

The contest is open until January 14th 2011, and winners will be announced by January 21st 2011!

Top Five Mistakes as a Forum Owner (and how to avoid them)

Each forum is unique but many of have been confronted with similar problems. Although some of these are harder to avoid, with a little planning you may be able to sidestep the most obvious pitfalls of a new forum admin. 

1. Problem:
Not being a leader/Catering to everyone
Setting up a forum requires a lot of time and dedication. Often in the initial phase it is easy to just do whatever you can to get people posting on your site. You cater to their wishes. You don’t step on toes. You encourage posts. And then finally when you realize you have a thriving site, you also realize that you have created a situation where everyone expects to be catered to all the time.

Solution:
How can you avoid this? Well, some of it is inevitable but if you set up clear rules from the beginning you will save yourself some headache. Growing your site through giving in to everyone is only a recipe to creating a site that you probably won’t want to spend any time on. So think ahead about the type of site you want it to be in a year, not only what kind of a site it is today.

2. Problem:
Getting into confrontations with people publicly
It is so easy to get into a word war with members, but there is nothing more damaging to a site’s morale than a whole lot of negative posts.

Solution:
People should be allowed to openly air their opinions but if something starts to escalate to becoming personal between you and a member – take it to a private area.

3. Problem:
Appointing mods/admins that are not ready or are power-hungry.

Solution:

There are a number of ways to avoid this but I recommend either taking a vote or asking your top posters what they think. Also, you may want to consider taking on a mod on a trial basis to start and let them know clearly that you are just seeing if it is a good fit.

4. Problem:
Deleting files. Whether it is deleting objectionable files and then getting complaints from the members, or accidentally deleting files as you move things around. It is easy to do and it can be devastating.

Solution:
When VB asks you if you are sure you want to hard delete…well double check. Always make sure you have a back up of your files. I can’t say that strongly enough. Back up your files.

5. Problem:
Promising to not put up ads on your site

Solution:
Let your members know that you intend to put up ads from the very beginning. Sites don’t run by themselves and there is no shame in covering your costs.


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