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RebelRose:
How do you get people to submit articles, themes or anything that will add to the content of your forum. I am trying to build mine now, it is added to my main site, offering free resources. What is the best way to get articles, themes, anything web related?

TheGamer:
Well, first I coded a cool script for the post template (with help from winrules... he rules! :P) anyhow, example: http://www.gamerunlimited.com/smf/index.php?action=post;board=85.0

See how at the bottom it says Source: and stuff? That helps guide users to posting a correct article.

Then I wrote a detailed guide, read about how the Source: thing works in the guide here: http://www.gamerunlimited.com/smf/index.php?topic=2356.0

THEN, I created a contest with the prize being 400 bucks worth of templates, plus 35 additional dollars via paypal. There's an ad for the contest in my signature.

RebelRose:
I do thank you for your reply it has been insightful.

Isaac:

--- Quote from: RebelRose on August 09, 2006, 01:39:50 PM ---Yes well not all of us can code a script. Thanks for the reply

--- End quote ---
Yes well not all of us can have a successful forum.

One thing to do is offer incentives, such as money, or a link back to the persons website.

RebelRose:

--- Quote from: Isaac on August 09, 2006, 09:43:19 PM ---Yes well not all of us can have a successful forum.
One thing to do is offer incentives, such as money, or a link back to the persons website.

--- End quote ---

yes well a link back is a given in my way of thinking, and it is not just for my forum but for my main site as well, the forum is a support area for the main site.

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