As has been spoken about in other posts, the forum should be the easiest of places to negotiate and unfortunately, this forum is not the easiest. For my sins I have been involved with forums of one sort or another almost since the inception of the internet and by far the easiest form is the .php system. Now I understand that this is not the cheapest option, especially if you are hosting it on your own servers BUT I was an advocate of the Simple Machines Forum, software from it's outset. It is highly customisable, reasonably cheap to operate on your own servers and best of all, the initial software is free and open source (my bible). Now I can see and also understand that this site is using it's own software, and to a point it works very well but it's use as a forum makes it hard work to negotiate the forum itself. I feel the use of a third party software platform for the forum would make life much easier for the members here and make the forum far more usable to members in general. SMF software is highly adaptable and can be integrated into almost any system with little fuss yet high security. IMHO, give it a look and if you decide to run with it, you may find the forum more welcoming to new and existing users. I will add that I find everything else in this website very useful and easy to negotiate.
I think the forum is one of the most important aspects to a good community website, but, this one is very hard to navigate. It's almost impossible to browse, check on replies to previous posts and the whole structure is 'clunky'. I'm guessing this is an 'off the shelf' template. Please can it be made easier to browse. Surely a front page with a list of all available sub groups/topics is going to be easier to navigate, especially for those members who are not used to forums.
We have a very active Facebook site, with nearly 100,000 potential users, who engage in a wide range of conversations and daily banter. Our forum seems less popular for daily interactions.
We would like to modify our current Forum during 2014, to enable those who don’t have a Facebook account to share the same experience, and for those that do, to include an additional place to to enjoy conversations and interactions with like-minded Silversurfers.
Do you use regular Forums?
Which ones do you use?
How would you like our Forum to be structured to best serve you?
What topics are of particular interest to you?
Any feedback will will be much appreciated :-)
I use both but am usually more in favour of Facebook.
I find forums can soon get very cliquey by forming little gangs (sad to say usually female, but not excluding some males) who can often decide to ridicule another person’s posts. Worse, admins on forums don’t always know how to deal with this.
On Facebook one can chooses which friends to have which usually means a more pleasant atmosphere 😕
There are many forums on the Internet available for chatting and interacting with others. Are you a regular Forum user, do you have a facebook account, and which is your preferred way to chat with like minded people?