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Forum or Community
which sounds better?

 4:49 pm on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay I've got a prominent link on my science site's navigation bar to my forum. There's only space for one word. I'm considering re-labelling it from Forum to Community to attract more clicks.

Any thoughts?


Matt Probert

 5:58 pm on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Community sounds better. More inclusive and mutualy supporting than a forum which implies a place for ranys and debate, rather than cooperation and support.

Ooops, sorry Webmaster World! <BG>



 10:36 pm on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree with the "Community", instead of "Forums". It sounds more friendly and open.


 3:51 pm on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>to attract more clicks

I like "Community" better, but I think "Forum" is more easily understood and might actually draw more clicks.


 4:50 pm on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

People unfamiliar with "community" might just click it out of curiosity?


 5:11 pm on Dec 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think it actually depends on the site. Overall, I like Community better. But I find that when I go to a site like Opera's for the express purpose of looking in their forum, I quickly scan the links looking for the word forum. Although, they call it Community, so I have to then rescan the links for something that may lead me to their forum, I see Community, and then I say OK, it might be in there. It's a tad annoying. I don't know. It's just a thought.


 11:48 pm on Dec 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

community if u want to be professional

forum if you want to be fun.


 4:21 pm on Dec 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think of a forum as a tool. I think of a community as the collection of people who use that tool.


 6:12 pm on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

The average web surfer knows what a forum is, but they sure don't know what a community is (IMHO).

One way to determine which you want to use is to ask your users and also your friends. See which they understand and how they react to each term.


 2:35 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think people are gradually being exposed to "community" as a code word for "discussion forum" - quite a few major software sites and the like are using it for their "one word link" now. Despite the positive connotations of community, it may be a bit nebulous for some people.

Unfortunately, as "community" becomes more commonly used to describe forums, it will probably also lose its original positive overtones.

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