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Attracting new members
For a new forum to grow it needs a secure base of participants, which I am anticipating we will have at least for a while, but it must also attract new members.

The old D&D got a lot of members, I think, from those that had gone into My Opera in search of answers to problems with the Browser and peeked into the Lounge. Also the Blog area would have attracted a lot of them.

I would think that's normal, a discussion forum growing out of some sort of product, be it a commercial item like a magazine or a smart phone, or some "cause" which gets people going. Religion, Hobbies, Politics or Green Planets being examples.

I'm not sure that we could all agree on any of those things (which is the joy of DnD nee D&D). But maybe provision should be made for such to grow.

We have a ready-made group of potential new DnD people who were not necessarily in D&D but were participating in the Opera software/browser area. Some of those will be leaving, with no incentive anymore to comment or improve the Opera Browser as it becomes Chopera. So why not have a parallel area in this site entitled something like Browser Wars or Internatter or something which hosts all the discussions that people would like to have in comparing browsers or other things of more general interest.

We could also have more casual Lounge area where word games or whatever are played.


There will be other areas that might attract members - any ideas?

The downside of this suggestion is that it would increase the demands on the system that frenzie is putting in place and turn his quixotic gesture into a burden. That would not be good and we must bear that in mind.

I was wondering what the overall Forum could be called and the title "Forum at the end of the Universe" came into mind. Of course it had been used before and I found this site which is a pretty exact parallel to this in its initial rationale. Note the cautionary remarks in the second post. That has been remarked upon by many here; we need to take account it it and find a solution.

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Re: Attracting new members
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I posted a link to this site on another forum I am a member of. Might be able to attract some new members around here.  :cheers:

Re: Attracting new members
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I posted a link to this site on another forum I am a member of. Might be able to attract some new members around here.  :cheers:


Why??

I seem to be doing well enough reinventing myself on a regular basis .... who needs new blood?

RJ makes sure I bleed enough (don't get me wrong, occasionally I get my shot to the knutts in too just when he thinks he's got me)  

Good goin' there Johnnyreb!

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Re: Attracting new members
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I posted a link to this site on another forum I am a member of. Might be able to attract some new members around here.  :cheers:
Good for you - I've done the same, even invited one or two to join in who I thought would be fun members, but so far it's not really worked.

If I look at the threads we have in DnD Central, some have become hackneyed and very difficult to contribute to because they have so much back baggage and history that it's a daunting idea to even get into them. There are some timeless threads such as Good News which don''t need any knowledge of what has gone before to contribute but for many I've found it difficult to get back in after being away over Christmas.

Maybe some more thread titles would help, or even re-inventing some to give them a fresh start.

Edit: I just saw Jax's Thread on repetitive titles on "What's Going On ...". It fits with what I was writing above.


It's good to see that the Otter Browser Ping generates interest - thanks to Emdek for that one in linking us to Otter as its official forum.


By the way - congratulations, Manchester United have at last scored more goals this season as Bournemouth.  Wont last of course.
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Re: Attracting new members
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The titles in that overview were not "repetitive" (well, with one exception).

I don't think existing threads will deter new members, quite the opposite. Lack of activity, or too much of the wrong activity, might.

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I posted a link to this site on another forum I am a member of. Might be able to attract some new members around here.  :cheers:
Good for you - I've done the same, even invited one or two to join in who I thought would be fun members, but so far it's not really worked.

If I look at the threads we have in DnD Central, some have become hackneyed and very difficult to contribute to because they have so much back baggage and history that it's a daunting idea to even get into them. There are some timeless threads such as Good News which don''t need any knowledge of what has gone before to contribute but for many I've found it difficult to get back in after being away over Christmas.

Maybe some more thread titles would help, or even re-inventing some to give them a fresh start.

Edit: I just saw Jax's Thread on repetitive titles on "What's Going On ...". It fits with what I was writing above.


It's good to see that the Otter Browser Ping generates interest - thanks to Emdek for that one in linking us to Otter as its official forum.


By the way - congratulations, Manchester United have at last scored more goals this season as Bournemouth.  Wont last of course.

Yeah, it was my favorite sports forum, and as it is, the new member @Djcrenshaw, took me up on the link. I had hoped others would join too, but then again, it appears to me that many in my region of the deep south are very wary of getting in on an international forum and international opinion. After all, opinions masquerading as facts are much more comforting. ;)

lol, yes, I doubt it lasts either.  :cheers:


@SmileyFaze: :cheers: sir and lol!