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Offline brettuk

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Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:30:11 AM »
Hi all,

I'm starting to have a very good issue on my forum, in which I'm not sure how to tackle.

My forum ranks in Google and is starting to generate organic traffic, however, people are signing up and speaking about their problems, but no-one is replying to them. I am very reliant on getting back and helping these people, but I need to some-how encourage people to help others.

Is there any plugin out there that requires users to respond/reply to at least one post before making their own first thread?

Cheers!
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Re: Must reply to a post before being able to start first thread?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 10:33:03 AM »
I would not suggest doing that, as it might just end up with your forum going silent completely, but if you do want to do it - no need for plugins.

You can set permissions through post count groups, and make additional post count groups so that newbies with 0 posts can only reply, then after 1 post they can create topics, and so on.
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 10:52:21 AM »
You can probably create that effect with group permissions and promotions. First group can only reply and then when promoted they can start new.

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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 10:55:13 AM »
Please, let me know which of your topics on the issue you wish to keep - and I will merge them.
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 05:55:25 PM »
Link?

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Re: Must reply to a post before being able to start first thread?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 07:54:12 PM »
I would not suggest doing that, as it might just end up with your forum going silent completely, but if you do want to do it - no need for plugins.

Hmmm... might be a goo idea to announce it in a topic first or maybe have a poll, see how the users react to this ;).
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2018, 04:44:28 AM »
Link?

Sorry, I should have mentioned that the link was in my signature, but it's a relationship forum that can be found here.
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2018, 05:32:13 AM »
As you skipped my question, I have now merged the topics outside the mod requests -board, because this does not warrant a mod as I can see.
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2018, 12:11:48 PM »
I have sigs blocked.  Looking at your forum, it is kind of unusual.  A lot of legit members, on-topic posts, very little discussion.  Only thing comes to mind is first replies are usually by male member (is that you?), that may be off-putting for female members, and possibly male posters as well.  In my limited experience with this type of forum, I think most women, and many men, would prefer to discuss relationship issues with women.  I've done some work on this forum, been around a long time, always a lot of active topics.  Might pay to register there, have a look around, speak to one of the mods, maybe trade links with them.

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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2018, 02:26:22 PM »
I have sigs blocked.  Looking at your forum, it is kind of unusual.  A lot of legit members, on-topic posts, very little discussion.  Only thing comes to mind is first replies are usually by male member (is that you?), that may be off-putting for female members, and possibly male posters as well.  In my limited experience with this type of forum, I think most women, and many men, would prefer to discuss relationship issues with women.  I've done some work on this forum, been around a long time, always a lot of active topics.  Might pay to register there, have a look around, speak to one of the mods, maybe trade links with them.

Yep, that's me. I tend to use that account to respond to people (as no-one responds, only posts).
I'll try with a female looking account next time .. :)

You have a lot of members, what approach did you take to grow this?
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2018, 10:20:33 PM »
It's not my forum, one of my regulars.  Been around a while, they have a website and blog, a subscription area, and offer various forms of mentoring and counseling.  Don't know if they do any promotional stuff, where their traffic comes from.  You could register there and ask someone.  The woman who runs the forum is Rollercoasterider, she's registered her as PenelopeQ.

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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2018, 11:55:27 PM »
I'll try with a female looking account next time .. :)

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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2018, 12:10:53 AM »
It actually isn't that hard to pretend to be a woman ;). I've tried it before fooling around on IRC, didn't find it really difficult... and I have to add that I was really convincing 8).
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2018, 07:57:03 AM »
So you are going to engage in deception on a forum where you want people to be honest?

Yeah, that's a good plan (not).

Also, Giga... you'd be surprised. Many people clue in pretty fast, they often just don't care enough to say.
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2018, 12:15:34 PM »
Also, Giga... you'd be surprised. Many people clue in pretty fast, they often just don't care enough to say.

Yeah... that's why 5 out of 7 waited at the agreed meeting place at 5 AM on a Sunday :D.
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2018, 01:15:39 PM »
That's your average man on the internet there, horny enough to fall for anything. Why else would all FB fakes thrive so...?
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Re: Must reply to a post before being able to start first thread?
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2018, 02:35:09 PM »
I would not suggest doing that, as it might just end up with your forum going silent completely, but if you do want to do it - no need for plugins.

You can set permissions through post count groups, and make additional post count groups so that newbies with 0 posts can only reply, then after 1 post they can create topics, and so on.

Thanks but how do I change the permissions of post count groups?

I have it set to 'No - Unique Permissions' - but where are these unique permissions?

If I'm right in saying, if I want to have this functionality then the user will need to not be a regular member, correct?
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2018, 03:50:10 PM »
Ah, done it.

Moving forward, in order to post your first thread then you need to reply to someone else's post (I have also created a warning that shows to newb members with 0 posts in the header).

Let's hope this helps!
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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2018, 05:54:32 PM »
No, it won't help, more likely it will turn members away.

Rather than masquerading as a female, just create a genderless profile like you have here.

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Re: Lots of new topics and members, but no responders!
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2018, 06:26:29 PM »
Sir Osis of Liver is right. See brettuk, this works on professional forums, not on forums about general talk like yours. There is an incentive to be a contributing member on professional forums, not so much on a forum like yours. Sure, I like the idea for your forum, but I for one will definitely never log on your forum again. There are hundreds of others just like yours, not to mention FB groups. There aren't that many professional forums that might deal with what I would like to learn and/or share, so I'll try and respect the rules.

Though, this could have one positive effect: at least you'll find out which new members are serious and would like to stick around ;).
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