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So I wondered,
I currently don't allow guest posts, but I read another thread where someone posted that guest posts were their strongest source of contribution.
Aside from having to bot-proof posting priviliges, does allowing guest posts discourage community building at the expense of encouraging more posts?
Some members drop some incredibly helpful url's, amazing stuff. I'm really thankful for the url's they drop. I'm not having a problem with self-promotion. For my situation at this moment, allowing URL drops is working fine.
I like URL drops - on my own private not megamegaMONSTERbusy fora. For places like here, I don't think so....
I have PRIVATE fora. Guest posts aren't, period. There's no way short of hackerish mussing about to guest-post on my boards. There ARE places/times/situations where guest posting is not only logical, it may even be necessary. I don't personally have experience of those, but as has been noted MANY times previously, I do NOT know everything there is to know about this thing, much less understand everything I MYSELF THINK I know about it, so my opinion is no doubt worth less than - um - whatever your preferred denigrator is today....
Topic order is an interesting question. I can't say that I've seen much effect on individual forum volume from where it is placed, though it seems logical that very visible forums might get more attention. I guess I'd lean toward putting the most popular topics in visible locations, along with the forums you want to try to grow. OTOH, you could stick a popular forum or two near the bottom just to be sure people scroll through the whole list. Overall, I don't think this issue will have a big effect on posting volume.
I am pretty new to this site. Once we tried points system in our forum and gave away prizes.
But the sad things is no one was eligible for the prize. Nothing seems to interst them. We are building a community website for Indian people basically chennai channel.
And the problem I faced when I allowed the guest to post is that they started to post nothing relating to that topic and some gave some worth replies but they never came back if the thread owners thanks him or replies him...
And now after sometime it is slowly picking up. I think it is all the time that matters a lot for any community to grow well.
In order for a forum to grow you have to get a great deal of visitors everyday and you got to make sure it remains fresh or no one will join. Why you think I joined webmasterworld over all the other webmaster forums? Because it's fresh and up to date.
This is where I've resorted to hauling in friends of long-standing from other fora (some of which are long-defunct - like the rpg forum about 50 of us had on Delphi after BG1 came out.... but many of those folks are STILL good friends!) to help out with question answering and topic starting - you can answer all the questions you want to, but if nothing other than newbie question topics shows up, you still have a problem!
robotsdobetter is absolutely right: you NEED that mix....