The making of a community
So there are communities everywhere on the internet. They all get together hang out and have fun. It is a place where you can make a name for yourself and share discussions with others. But with a community, people need a place to get together. That is where the social experiment starts my friends. That's right I have created a forum for readers of ReachingPerfection.com to get to know each other and hang out. But this forum will be a bit different from the rest of the ones out there. Many of us who have tried to find communities to be a part of have seen many communities fail. Their forum gives off the sense of inactivity and slowly and slowly, you no longer want to be part of that forum and just forget about it. So my goal is to avoid that.
So what do I think the problem is with most forums? The active members are too spread out and even if there may be like 30 active members it doesn't feel like a lot because there are 6-14 different categories of forums to post in and some people only post in the ones that they like the most. There are LOADS of forums that you can typically see at a community. News, Introductions, Off-Topic, Media, Halo Discussion, Forge Discussion, Game Discussion, Site Suggestions, Staff Forum, Content Database, etc, etc, etc. When a forum first starts out they cannot afford to spread out their members like that. Members need to all be consolidated in one space to keep them active. I sort of started that by giving making the blog the centralized place for all readers, so now it is time to spread the site's wings and take flight.
I have created a forum with ONLY two areas to post in. The main area where you will be spending your time is what I call the "Spam Collector". The spam collector (SC) is a place where you can do ANYTHING. Rant, multi-post, make big letters, single word post, duplicate posts, etc. Why have a place like this? Because when you have nothing better to do you can post in that forum with whatever is on your mind. No restrictions at all. The only rule that I am going to enforce there is that if there is serious disrespect being thrown around, those posts will get deleted. Simple as that. Oh and you do not need to register to post either... you can just fill out the name part of the post without having to sign up and tying yourself down. The second area is "Introductions". This place is simple. Just register and introduce yourself and welcome/get to know everyone else that posts an introduction. Registration is easy, all you need is a password and email and you are done.
Just the beginning
This is just the start of a huge social experiment. Over time I will be trying new things to see what improves activity and makes a better community. With the current design you will always have somewhere to post and you guys won't be spread out too thin, making sure it won't feel empty. In the future I plan on adding more areas. The cool part is that regular forum goers will INSTANTLY notice the new area to post in and that area will instantly start to get traffic and not feel empty. Other experiments I have in mind is giving active members mod powers to lock and sticky topics. This means that 100 of 300 members could have mod powers to help improve the site instead of having a dedicated staff. This also lets people feel more needed and have more of a role at the site. And if you abuse the power, it is easy to take away. ;)
Participate in the Experiment
I hope you guys enjoy the place to chill and hopefully you guys will make good use of it. The forum will slowly improve over time. Let's just get it active first... sound good? So go spam away my friends. Have fun and make a name for yourself. Get to know each other. Remember the lessons on advertising, investment, nurturing, and reputation... keep in mind that you are making a name for yourself in this community. In the future you will be able to share your works with others here, and many more things. Right now this is a time to get to know each other and have fun. Follow the link below or the link in the top menu bar. See you guys on the forums!