|Content to stimulate discussions|
joke of the day, etc...
Anyone know where I can get things like Joke Of The Day, quizzes, simple flash games, etc...?
I prefer free, but would consider paying for good stuff. :)
Ideally, I'd like to be able to load the content via pure HTML into a forum message as I can post in pure HTML.
So, for example the joke of the day site or page would be www.foo.com/jokes.html and they would update it daily.
Quizzes- the cool kind like personality tests, etc...
Quote Of the Day
On This Day in 1842 some dude invented something...
Ya know...stuff along those lines. Sticky me if ya can't post the url here. Thanks folks!
WebBender, not to duck your question (I don't have a good answer for it!), but I don't think a canned joke or graphic will go a long way toward building your community or keeping it active.
If you want to get discussions rolling, try to make a point to post one provocative topic a day, either something you write, a statement by someone else, or perhaps a link to an article. A bit of controversy will bring out the posters. For example, "Widget Market to Die by 2007" will produce howls of outrage from some, and support from others.
This is a little more work, but will go a long way to engaging your visitors. Suggestion: Keep a file or list of these - if you find, or think of, several at once, record the ones you don't use right away for posting on another day.
Thanks. I already do what you suggested. The forum I am referring to is purely an entertainment forum/site.
Another idea (and you might find your daily joke in this form, too) - hunt around for feeds that you could display in a selected area of the forum. That would reduce your work, and an interesting reference might spark some discussion.
Try 123Giggle. Besides e-cards, etc. they also have joke/giggle of the day stuff.
Alternatively, I have a js which produces a Murphy's Law quote each time the page reloads. I've tweaked it myself to a fare-thee-well for any number of reasons, and if you want to try using the arrays to present jokes, and tweak the reload setting, sticky me - I'll provide the original which I got from some scriptsite or the other.... it's a freebie still as far as I'm aware. You could simply rephrase "old chestnuts" and plug them into the array....