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[edited by: rogerd at 1:25 pm (utc) on Sep. 16, 2004]
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In the Content forum, college students have been recommended often as fairly literate but cheap writers.
However you decide to pay, be wary of those who will game the system to maximize their return. If you pay by the post, you may get short, low content posts. If you specify a minimum length, you may get longer posts which are wordy but have little thought in them. If you pay by the hour, you may get higher quality posts but in low quantity.
Note that personality (either real or assumed) can be important if you are adding a high volume poster to your forum - if your "seeder" is friendly and helpful, that will improve the atmosphere of your forum. Conversely, if your seeder is mildly obnoxious and espouses extreme views, that can spark discussions and unify the rest of your members in opposition.
If you find a good contributor (in terms of quality, quantity, and cost), hang on to that person!
Register on your own site with several user names, and post using these names. Not only will it save you money, but you will get posts to the quality you want. As members do not know that it is you using other names, they will start posting answers. Just dont tell your members, get posting up, and gradually let your other accounts dissapear.
Or, use one alias and just let your mods know that you'll occasionally post with that name to stimulate conversation on topics where you don't want to imply an "official" board position by posting as the Admin.