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Insisting that users have to register in the early stages of a forum?

Or is it better to let anyone post without having to register to help build



8:54 pm on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it off putting that anyone can post without having to register?

Basically users on my forum can register to own a user name or they can post under any name providing its not registered.

Any ideas?


9:35 pm on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Depends on the amount of abuse you that get of your forum. Making people register to post is good to keep control of members, and really its so simple and obvious to do that its almost the accepted norm.

However if its working for you to have them post as any name then go for it. I think it will fall over when / if you site gets more people to it, owning to human nature.


9:35 pm on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In my Forum I am able to control who can view/post each Forum section. I can make it Public Viewing and posting--or Public viewing and Registered Members Posting.

So when I set my forum up I have the section open to the Public to View and Post. In this area I have the TOS, and the Welcomes as well as a few other BAITING items. This way a visiting guest can post an introduction, or make a comment on the things in that section...and get interested in my forum.

In the later sections I have them controlled where only registered members may post... This way I attract the interest of possible forum members by allowing them the free post here or there and get them hooked and when they want to post in the Real Disscussion areas they need to make a choice about registering and become serious.



9:52 pm on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

thanks will probably leave things as they are until people start losing their heads!


3:58 am on Sep 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In my experience, the early weeks/months of a forum are sane enough to skip registration. Sure, you'll get the occasional spammer, but in that phase you want to make it as easy as possible to participate.

As the forum achieves some level of popularity, though, you'll have to deal with problem posters, more spam, nickname impostors, etc. - when it hits this point, you'll have to go to registration for more tools to prevent problems.

On the plus side, by that time you'll have enough people who are forum regulars that registration won't be a big turn-off.


6:39 am on Sep 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Totally agree with the above, I usually leave guest posting on for a couple of months on a new forum just to get the interest up and have something on there that hasnt been written solely by myself!

Once popularity builds up switch to a registration only forum.

I even have one that I've had to turn new registrations off for the amount of abuse, trolls and spammers on there, its registration by email to admin only!


8:32 pm on Sep 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Similar experiance to those above, but I just thought I'd add this.

Guest posting is allowed on my forum, but the majority of posters (it's just starting out) register first. I think most people have got so used to registering to post that it probably won't make much difference whether or not you allow guest posting.


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