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Old 10-05-2017, 11:29 AM
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The more niche the forum and the more strict the rules (for links and advertising) the more alive it seems to be in 2017. A few forums I participate in are crazy-active but they're also specific to my really specific hobby and hometown sports team.

I think reddit has taken a big chunk of the forum-type market. The upvote/downvote feature and collation of interesting subjects to the end user is very user-friendly. Instead of visiting 10 different forums you can see them all on your main page.

I like forums though, I like to keep everything separate.
 
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Nothing else gives you the same amount of control as a forum. Even with the rise of Facebook Groups, there will always be a place for dedicated communities.
 
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Nothing else gives you the same amount of control as a forum. Even with the rise of Facebook Groups, there will always be a place for dedicated communities.
Isn't it easier to make a facebook group though? A facebook group can be made in 5 minutes while a forum takes a while to set up.
 
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:06 PM
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Isn't it easier to make a facebook group though? A facebook group can be made in 5 minutes while a forum takes a while to set up.
FB Groups are convenient and require very little effort to start, yes. FB Groups are just that though, FB's Groups, not your groups. You own your forum.
 
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FB Groups are convenient and require very little effort to start, yes. FB Groups are just that though, FB's Groups, not your groups. You own your forum.
Ah Yeah. That is a good point. I didn't think of it that way.

I think forums were bigger in 2000-2010 before FB was big. The only way to talk to people you wanted to talk to was IRC or forums.

Now we have social media and discord so naturally forums just feel different I guess.
 
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Because of spammers like this - <member no longer a problem >.

I mean I have seen him posting multiple posts on one single thread and what his comments are:

Comment 1 - aSGGSGSGSgfvsVG

Comment 2 - wrhhEHTTEHTEAHTE

Comment 3 - ahhghdhdehagh

Comment 4 - FGHFSDHehhndte

Comment 5 - dsfdhhdedhheth

Comment 6 - DGANDHhetheah

and the list goes on. Mind it these all are comments as separate posts on one single thread -

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Old 10-13-2017, 05:42 AM
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Because of spammers like this - <member no longer a problem >.

I mean I have seen him posting multiple posts on one single thread and what his comments are:

Comment 1 - aSGGSGSGSgfvsVG

Comment 2 - wrhhEHTTEHTEAHTE

Comment 3 - ahhghdhdehagh

Comment 4 - FGHFSDHehhndte

Comment 5 - dsfdhhdedhheth

Comment 6 - DGANDHhetheah

and the list goes on. Mind it these all are comments as separate posts on one single thread -
I removed your links as another mod acted on the member and the posts.

I am not removing your post as I hope it might serve as a warning to other spammers.
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I removed your links as another mod acted on the member and the posts.

I am not removing your post as I hope it might serve as a warning to other spammers.
Glad to learn that Mods acted superbly fast
 
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I think the forum failed to generate revenue and probably tempted not to target a particular niche. Just my humble opinion.
Maybe the forums became littered with spammers, and all the good potentially "paying" eyes left.
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The more niche the forum and the more strict the rules (for links and advertising) the more alive it seems to be in 2017. A few forums I participate in are crazy-active but they're also specific to my really specific hobby and hometown sports team.

I think reddit has taken a big chunk of the forum-type market. The upvote/downvote feature and collation of interesting subjects to the end user is very user-friendly. Instead of visiting 10 different forums you can see them all on your main page.

I like forums though, I like to keep everything separate.
People on reddit tend to be contemptuous, downright snooty. I tried my hand at it and then let it go. There's nothing you can get there that you can't get elsewhere.
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Maybe the forums became littered with spammers, and all the good potentially "paying" eyes left.
Maybe because today there are new means of fast communications and problem-solving communities. I think that is why the forums are slowly dying.
 
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Maybe because today there are new means of fast communications and problem-solving communities. I think that is why the forums are slowly dying.
Forums are means of fast communications, aren't they? I get notices from subscribed thread activity instantly.

Forums are also problem solving communities, right?

That said, the most prolific forums today are those sites with higher-level activities that that reject spammers trying to "up" their post count with junk replies.

I searched out an SEO forum the other day after leaving here, and could easily see how most of this sites members at V7N would get chewed up and spit out before they had a chance to even see what time of day it was. I kid you not.
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what makes forums to luck users is that when a person posts a post it takes long time for him or her to get comments but in social medias like facebook after posting your post you only wait for 5 seconds to get comments and now days some social medias have forum plugins which makes people to not go for forums.
 
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No personal disrespect intended to you.

Ahh the young generation's need need for instant gratification.
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Spam, spam and spam have so much spam on forums and administrators can not handle it. There is not much quality discussion, they all ask again to ask the questions already on the forum most of the questions are intended to increase their post count, i joined a number of webmaster forums, but most of the forums people do not share anything, no discussions, sooner or later the quality of the forum will go down and lead to the death of the forum when no longer attract members
 
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When looking at the amount of people online, there are thousands of guest, but few of those guest convert to real members, why?

One thing to keeping the community alive is newsletters. People sign up on a forum, visit a few times, leave and forget about it.

There are a number of forums I visit with good active members, it seems web master forum and web development forums have been most affected. For example, I visit a metal detecting forum that has a steady active membership.

This leads me to believe fewer people are opening websites and forums. Why else would webmaster forums be so affected?
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When looking at the amount of people online, there are thousands of guest, but few of those guest convert to real members, why?
Spam bots would be my guess.
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Spam bots would be my guess.
It is not just this forum. A forum I run can have 3,000 - 6,000 guest at any given time. Out of that 3,000 - 6,000, only 10% may be members. So it may be 300 - 600 members out of 3,000 - 6,000 non-members.

I think one of the things that kills forums is over moderation. locking threads and telling members to use the search feature will kill a community.

There is a fine line between too much and not enough moderation.
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I think one of the things that kills forums is over moderation. locking threads and telling members to use the search feature will kill a community.
While that may be a factor, most of the simple questions asked ad nauseam can truly be searched. However, most of these posters are just trying to run up their post count to enable their signatures. Most junk posters are are paid posters, IMO. I'd also bet they are not the ones clicking on the banners and buying forum services.
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