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11:35 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure whether this forum will run or not.I am planning to place vB on it.
What you think non-computer related forum can run successfully?
11:46 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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you wanna make it french language I can bring you about 1,000 sign ups in 7 days.
and so on ..
10:27 am on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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wow its great.
but it will be in english..
is there any option available in vB to view forum in multiple languages.
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What you think non-computer related forum can run successfully?
yep, I'm not allowed to list any urls, but a google search for 'big boards' will take you to a site listing the biggest boards on the net - whilst many of them are very much focused ont he digital world, others aren't. As for farmer forums, I don't know how web-savvy that particular niche is going to be, i.e. how many people you're going to be able to attract.
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>> I don't know how web-savvy that particular niche is going to be

Today's farmers, at least in the US, are often quite computer savvy. They access weather info, calculate fertilizer and irrigation requirements, etc.

As bradley phil noted, lots of successful forums are non-technical. In most of the developed world, computers are becoming almost universal, with broadband Internet access reaching ever-higher penetration.

The challenge, Rolozo, will be to get the word out. Are there other agricultural communities? Certainly, it would be worthwhile getting related sites to link to you. Maybe some press release activity? Low CPC Adwords?

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Today's farmers, at least in the US, are often quite computer savvy. They access weather info, calculate fertilizer and irrigation requirements, etc.

...and ongoing market analysis bigtime. Selling at the right moment on the futures market can make the difference between a good year and borrowing against the equipment. International events have a huge effect on the markets, so an international site could be a real draw. The website for Public TV's weekly "Market to Market" program has an RSS feed that might be useful.

IMHO, the biggest challenge with farmers would be to get them together at a forum. They're tech and business savvy, but also can be extremely independent (and many of them guard their strategies as closely as successful ecommerce webmasters). If I were going to attempt it myself, I'd try to have a website with information a lot of farmers want, and hope that when enough get there they'll start talking to each other. Offering some current in-the-news agricultural topics for discussion might get the ball rolling without requiring them to get too personal right off the bat.

 

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