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29-12-2014, 11:10 AM
RE: Forum Management Ponderings....
(29-12-2014 11:06 AM)Baba Bozo Wrote:  
(29-12-2014 10:56 AM)gofish! Wrote:  What need would these enhancements serve?

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...#pid709428

What need would these enhancements serve?

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29-12-2014, 11:13 AM
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The Special Guest concept gives all members of the forum a living example of what kind of behavior will be rewarded by the forum owner. Because the increased powers are significant, some regular members will be inspired to raise their game to meet the higher standard and receive the rewards.

This contrasts with the usual forum experience, where there is typically little to no reward for high quality participation, and no significant disincentive for low quality participation, an arrangement that human behavior expert B.F. Skinner would most likely frown upon.

In addition, the forum owner and mods obtain greater negotiation leverage in their relationship with members, because they are now offering something not easily available for free in a thousand other places.

The creation of Special Guest rooms would ideally create a variety of reading/writing experiences for forum members, and perhaps introduce the same kind of healthy competition that exists between publications in the "real world".

The bottom line is to create a significant incentive system, something beyond the somewhat empty likes and rep points, that inspires members to contribute in constructive ways that help the forum owner create a forum that everyone involved can be truly proud of.

The Special Guest system would create a somewhat unique forum that is not almost exactly like all the other forums in that niche, and this relative uniqueness would help fuel word of mouth marketing for the forum, as it would give people something to talk about.
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29-12-2014, 11:16 AM
RE: Forum Management Ponderings....
(29-12-2014 11:06 AM)Baba Bozo Wrote:  
(29-12-2014 10:56 AM)gofish! Wrote:  What need would these enhancements serve?

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...#pid709428

OK, so basically, your's.

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29-12-2014, 11:17 AM
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(29-12-2014 11:13 AM)Baba Bozo Wrote:  The Special Guest concept gives all members of the forum a living example of what kind of behavior will be rewarded by the forum owner. Because the increased powers are significant, some regular members will be inspired to raise their game to meet the higher standard and receive the rewards.

This contrasts with the usual forum experience, where there is typically little to no reward for high quality participation, and no significant disincentive for low quality participation, an arrangement that human behavior expert B.F. Skinner would most likely frown upon.

In addition, the forum owner and mods obtain greater negotiation leverage in their relationship with members, because they are now offering something not easily available for free in a thousand other places.

The creation of Special Guest rooms would ideally create a variety of reading/writing experiences for forum members, and perhaps introduce the same kind of healthy competition that exists between publications in the "real world".

The bottom line is to create a significant incentive system, something beyond the somewhat empty likes and rep points, that inspires members to contribute in constructive ways that help the forum owner create a forum that everyone involved can be truly proud of.

The Special Guest system would create a somewhat unique forum that is not almost exactly like all the other forums in that niche, and this relative uniqueness would help fuel word of mouth marketing for the forum, as it would give people something to talk about.

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29-12-2014, 11:19 AM
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(29-12-2014 11:17 AM)pablo Wrote:  If you build it, they will come.

Not necessarily... take Gordon for example...

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29-12-2014, 11:20 AM
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(29-12-2014 11:19 AM)unfogged Wrote:  
(29-12-2014 11:17 AM)pablo Wrote:  If you build it, they will come.

Not necessarily... take Gordon for example...

He can take gordo with him.
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29-12-2014, 11:27 AM
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(29-12-2014 11:10 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(29-12-2014 11:06 AM)Baba Bozo Wrote:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...#pid709428

What need would these enhancements serve?

Why listen to this ass anyway?

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29-12-2014, 11:30 AM
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(29-12-2014 11:13 AM)Baba Bozo Wrote:  The Special Guest concept gives all members of the forum a living example of what kind of behavior will be rewarded by the forum owner. Because the increased powers are significant, some regular members will be inspired to raise their game to meet the higher standard and receive the rewards.

This contrasts with the usual forum experience, where there is typically little to no reward for high quality participation, and no significant disincentive for low quality participation, an arrangement that human behavior expert B.F. Skinner would most likely frown upon.

In addition, the forum owner and mods obtain greater negotiation leverage in their relationship with members, because they are now offering something not easily available for free in a thousand other places.

The creation of Special Guest rooms would ideally create a variety of reading/writing experiences for forum members, and perhaps introduce the same kind of healthy competition that exists between publications in the "real world".

The bottom line is to create a significant incentive system, something beyond the somewhat empty likes and rep points, that inspires members to contribute in constructive ways that help the forum owner create a forum that everyone involved can be truly proud of.

The Special Guest system would create a somewhat unique forum that is not almost exactly like all the other forums in that niche, and this relative uniqueness would help fuel word of mouth marketing for the forum, as it would give people something to talk about.

"somewhat unique"? "relative uniqueness"?

Is that like "somewhat pregnant" or "relative singularity"? Consider

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29-12-2014, 11:46 AM
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So this thread can now serve as a live example...

Some Special Guests would value freedom of expression over other values such as quality content, and so in their room most or all of the comments above would be published. This would create one kind of reading/writing experience that members could choose to participate in.

Another Special Guest in the room next door might manage this thread in a different way. Perhaps they are a
"tight-assed neo-nazi fascist authoritarian control freak" who prefers that posts in their room contain relevant useful content, questions which help advance the discussion and so on. With their editing choices this Special Guest would create another kind of reading/writing experience that members could choose to participate in.

After awhile each of the above rooms would develop a reputation, a brand, for providing a particular kind of experience, and would develop a following among those who value that experience.

If the variety became sufficiently diverse, there'd be less need for visitors to complain about the forum, as they could simply click to another room to find the experience they are looking for. With more variety, more satisfaction for more people.
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29-12-2014, 11:52 AM
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(29-12-2014 11:46 AM)Baba Bozo Wrote:  If the variety became sufficiently diverse, there'd be less need for visitors to complain about the forum, as they could simply click to another room to find the experience they are looking for. With more variety, more satisfaction for more people.

It is particularly self-centered and arrogant for a visitor to complain about the forum.

Don't like the forum? Go elsewhere - problem solved.

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