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Has anyone done this before? I have a new forum that is getting about 400-1000 visitors a day and almost no posts on it. Obviously it is because there is nothing being discussed so people just leave.
If anyone has any ideas on this or has done it I would love to hear if it worked.
Also, does anyone know of any formal services that specialize in something like this?
As a better alternative, consider identifying a few good posters in your forum now and see if you can work out an incentive plan - you'll be familiar with their work, they are already on the site and respected... multiple good reasons to go that route. Of course, once you start adding incentives, quality could decline.
I don't know if this has been covered before, but I started my forum sort of as a blog. I just started posting bits and pieces of information I knew about the subject and let people start ask questions. I sort of cheated because I knew ahead of time what kinds of questions people were asking via email, before the forum was started.
Since I didn't really have time to answer their individual questions, one at a time, I started posting parts of the answers in the forum section. Then, just waited for them to start asking for more info.
I just started posting bits and pieces of information I knew about the subject and let people start ask questions.
That's what I have always done, and it's never failed.
A new forum should be treated like your own blog, but one that the public can join and respond to.
In reality, it's just a form of CMS. You need to provide the initial content.