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Semiskimmed1976

Novice Member
OK, you seem like a friendly bunch :hiya:

I'm looking to start a new forum for the sport I take part in. It's small, but growing in numbers, and I'm lucky to know a number of players throughout the world. I run one of the best websites for our sport, and looking to develop the site, we want to try a forum and see if it's popular or not.

So what makes a forum successful? What things should I do to make it work and enjoyable for the users? Having never moderated a forum, what things should I look out for - I don't want to be heavy handed, but I don't want to be open to legal forces!

Thanks in advance :)
 

rousetafarian

Moderator
The 'sport' in question isn't dogging is it? ;)

Stuart (AVF owner) has made AVF an immense success over a decade with the help numerous Mods and of course the contributors.

Perhaps direct the question to the Mods as they control what works and rightly so, what doesn't. Creating a balance between an open forum and a nanny-state I would imagine is a very hard task.

Good luck though in your venture.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
It's kind of like asking why you still log onto AVF having joined as long ago as 2003 ;)
we want to try a forum and see if it's popular or not.
There isn't much that is not on the internet these days (no I did not mean it in that way :nono:). With any sport it will be to seek help and advice with training, motivation, kit and just general banter

From the sounds of it, if you are indeed one of the few sites worldwide that caters for this mystery sport then you already have a head start
 

IronGiant

Moderator
It's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string. How you handle it depends on size, audience and expectations on all sides.
Can you give any hints as to what you have in Mind?
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Only if you want to make it available to anyone and or make money from it :)
my most successful site is well hidden ;)
last thing I'd want is for just anyone to find it :)
 
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Ian J

Banned
Stuart (AVF owner) has made AVF an immense success over a decade with the help numerous Mods and of course the contributors.

Perhaps direct the question to the Mods as they control what works and rightly so,
To be honest the mods have very little to do with the success of this forum. Stuart is the driving force and the man with the vision and he tells the mods how he wants it moderated and we carry out his wishes.

The success is down to providing a friendly forum dealing with subjects that many people are interested in.

The hardest job with any forum is actually establishing it as one day one it will have no posts or threads which means that people won't want to waste their time with it so you will need to come up with loads of threads and general activity without making it all look too obvious then comes the hard bit which is to attract members.

AV Forums may well be like a rolling stone now but in the early days there was a tie in to a magazine which helped to attract forum members (including me)
 

Semiskimmed1976

Novice Member
Thanks Ian - I know my question seemed to be a "how long is a piece of string" but I wanted to know whether the success was down to it's moderation, or whether its just luck and getting a good selection of gobby ;) members!

I think you confirmed to me that in it's early days I'm going to have to think of a lot of topics to keep the ball rolling.

Also for those who wanted to know the sport, rest assured it's not dogging (sorry!) but sledge hockey - ice hockey for disabled people. It's a fairly old sport, but for some reason in the last couple of years has really taken off, yet there is no 1 community for people to discuss the sport and get to know players from around the world, something I hope to offer.
 

Semiskimmed1976

Novice Member
Only if you want to make it available to anyone and or make money from it :)
my most successful site is well hidden ;)
last thing I'd want is for just anyone to find it :)
Why hide it? And personally I'm not looking to make money, just to offer something for players of sledge hockey.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Why hide it? And personally I'm not looking to make money, just to offer something for players of sledge hockey.
It's only meant for family and friends to have a natter, same goes for many local clubs and scout and guide groups, where membership will be by invitation only and only members can view the content.

Clearly this is not what you want for the sort of forum you are thinking of and Bertie's advice to be as visible as possible is what you want.
 

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