@celestin - Don't hold a grudge against me, but after reading your post I just feel like banning your entire fucking mother country, but first things first.
I don't hold a grudge against you and I'm not really upset at anybody, furthermore, I don't think I really criticized your staff. Besides the 'pat on the back' stuff; but that wasn't a shot at the staff, that's just what I see. I just type the way I type; I go all the way. If you're offended, that's cool - it's your right, but realize I am trying to help you increase your overall forum activity. Some people take it very well, you, not so much. Different strokes for different folks.
If you want to ban me, go for it. I came here to leech some manga, but since I try not to just leech and actually contribute a bit I tried to post a bit in a variety of boards and ended up rather disappointed. Then of course, every single link was dead too so that wasn't accomplished either. MegaUpload or whatever got taken down and your links got shared; I read your FAQs and understand you need to do some housekeeping. I didn't criticize you for that either; its out of your control.
Its not a democracy, sure. But you did ask for opinions. I didn't say remove 'pat on the back' posts - they are absolutely vital to a forum. The break the ice and let people be silly and whatever. But since the content is usually so trivial the posts tend to have very short self life. There's no real point to go back to them in a year. And that is perfectly fine! That's just what banter is. And sometimes, it can be very good at building community, but more often, not so much.
An international community is a very good community. Congratulations. Very serious about that. You can get differing viewpoints and those conflicting viewpoints, when they begin to collide, can generate very, very good dialog. Not stuff like my country is better than yours, just day to day stuff. Its super interesting to read, its super interesting to take part in and it helps keep people coming back. But when people talk about 'giving each other cookies,' none of that stuff comes into play.
Immediate recommendations? Like right now? Okay:
#1 - Bugs and whatever... not too important. Forums are a social thing and people will forgive little things like that since they're not coming here to grade your forum anyway.
#2 - Merge writing and word games. The topics in them already overlap ( three-word stories in one, six-word stories in the other ) so I think there's some confusion on intention amongst your users.
#3 - Make a Games board, merge in Minecraft ( its very small anyway ) and Cosa Nostra as sub-boards. A MMORPG sub-board would probably also be a good idea.
#4 - Computers & technology should be a separate board, which will happen automatically when you make a dedicated Games board. Webhosting and file sharing... hmm... your call really. Normally, I'd recommend merging it into a computer / technology board as a sub-board, but your forum is very based on file sharing so I can see it being important enough to deserve an entire board.
#5 - Language & culture is an absolutely brilliant board. I'm planning to read it this weekend and see if anybody has some kind of topic like this is what life is like in my country. Hopefully their will be people yapping away about Swedish hobbies or something. I understand they have a very strong motorsports culture. Interesting stuff.
#6 - Brain academy is very weird. Is it to help people learn English? I would focus the board or merge it. Pretty interested in hearing what you were thinking when you made that board. No need to be sensitive about that comment; its not doubletalk. Literally why did you create it?
#7 - Only one comment on any boards below Playgrounds because I don't go there. It's kinda odd you have a yaoi board but not a yuri board to match. Just for balance you know?
Replied: April 20, 2012, 10:02:08 PM
And you, a newcomer to the forum, I'm sure can tell us that jCafe has never experienced this synergy during any of the 5 years its been online.
Point taken; I can't. I may have jumped the gun there, though at the same time, I'm not certain if I said your forum has no synergy. Did I? I think all I said is that getting that initial, synergistic core takes some luck. Hmm. Well, let me clarify if that wasn't clear. Your board does have synergy - I mean you have users with over 10k posts for crying out loud. That's beautiful. But that synergy doesn't seem to have been applied in areas that really build community - the kind of energy that makes people go, 'hey, you know what? I'd like to know your contact information so in case this forum ever crashes and burns, I can still talk to you.'
If user browsing count is any indication, your top two or three boards don't even see a quarter or the activity as the bottom two and I think the topic was about what to do about the top boards.
I agree with this. A lot of people do.
Again, something you as a newcomer have not seen but doesn't necessarily mean does not happen.
Yeah, its obvious, but your forum does kinda lack it. And point taken again. I can imagine you're too busy with housecleaning right now to bother too much either.
Here's where I disagree with you. I saw your post over in the games forum. I might have even replied if you had given me something besides a video that I had to leave the site to watch. You didn't even frame the argument. What if someone couldn't view the video at all? How would they know how to respond? I thought that it was a good topic but a video that users may or may not be able to watch and a "go find my opinion in the multitude of comments" is not a good way to start a thread. I'm hardly surprised that the denizens of the game forums didn't respond.
Your other topic, in the debate forum, is a HIGHLY SELECT argument that offers very little of an in to people who are not arms enthusiasts (the few on the site that I know, too, aren't exactly the debating type).
All of my other posts have been very long. Just like this one. I have a very stream of consciousness writing style. I'm not certain if you really want to read a 2,000 word thesis; those tend to be just as scary. If you really, really want me to post up, than sure, but its a shit ton. Besides, generally, I am more interested in other people's ideas than my own. Not that I might not think their ideas suck, but sharing is caring. Why don't you start with one reply, and I guarantee you you will see a lot back from me.
That said, it hadn't occurred to me a person might not be able to view GT. Good point.