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In the past two weeks we've done some board expansion and added 9 new boards. All these boards were in some ways covered by our previous boards. About half were pretty unique topics, and about half were splitting off of another board which had specifically covered the topic earlier, i.e. we would have a board covering two products and we split it into two different boards. Instead of seeding the boards with fake posts, we used our search function to search through the board archives to find old posts about these new subjects, and then used the move function to move those old posts into the new boards. This allowed some of the new boards to start with as few as 50 or 60 posts and as many as 300.
It's great because you have relevant discussions in new boards, and the boards seem to be taking off immediately. I really believe in making your boards as specific as possible, but not doing it to the point that you can kill an existing board. I mean we all agree that boards are very organic, and if you have a subject that is discussed in a board that maybe only has 1 post a month, if you split it into it's own board you will likely kill any discussion on that issue because people donít' post on inactive boards. Because of this you can only use the Cut and Divide technique on subjects which have that critical mass of traffic, but when you do my feeling is it lets those sub topics grown on their own and the result is even greater growth than if they had been joined with a larger board.
The other aspect of this is encouraging your moderators to use your board move functions to move off-topic posts into the right board, especially if they can help build up a smaller board.
Anyone else using this technique?
Moving threads into a new forum is a nice way to launch it, too - it provides continuity with past discussions, and also avoids the "brand new" look.
Congratulations on the growth of your forum.