As you are well aware the current state of the forum has become the "elephant in the room", pardon the metaphor. The only way to deal with the lack of activity is to tackle things head on and make productive improvements to help the current situation of the SDH. Sitting back on laurels and hoping that things take a turn for the better will not help in any way. This is why I've made this topic: What does your forum need to improve and change? (What SDH Needs V2) - credit to Static for the name.
In this topic I want you to specifically state what you enjoy on the forum, what you do not enjoy, and improvements and reforms that can be made to make this place on the whole, a more enjoyable place with active discussion and debate. Only then will people consider posting more and coming out of their hibernation of inactivity. Only then will SDH feel and become like the good times, back in the day. Pardon the second expression.
Again I'll reiterate what I want you to do:
- State and explain the things you like about this forum (if any),
- State and explain the things you do not like about this forum (if any),
- State and explain the things you want improving and how to improve them.
Please engage in active and helpful discussion so we can turn this place around, thanks.
- Lazy Boy Al (Wpr96 )
OFFICIAL SUGGESTIONS, IMPROVEMENTS AND REFORMS:
(This will be a list of things that we, as a forum, have discussed in this topic to improve the state of the SDH)
- Re-organising the content, display and demographic of the forum as a whole. The current design caters too much to WWE and WWE games. Whilst this is a good thing, and brings in activity in that regard, it doesn't give those coming for WWE news and games news a reason to stick around after the game has been released. To have substantial activity throughout the entire year (and not just the 6 months in the build-up and release of the annual game) we need more focus upon other games and specifically Off Topic considering it is the widely regarded as the most active section.
- Encourage members to participate in active, good quality debate and discussions rather than dropping one line in a topic, leaving and never returning to see others' responses. This could be implemented via a post in the staff announcements, similar to "Want to learn English?" in Off Topic and also mentioned in the Board Rules complete with a new section which will earn prestige and promotions on the forum
- Regarding current activity, we're not getting a lack of guests coming onto the forum, as we recently smashed the record for "Most Online" back in September, it's the lack of members signing up that's the problem. Possible restrictions in certain sections could solve this or prompt the guests to sign up in a more persuasive manner by perhaps including a message every time they view a new section. The one we have at the moment is good but we need more of it to get more people signing up. ---NEED MORE FEEDBACK ON HOW THIS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED
- A complete change in the ranking system, removing the requirements in the Supporter's group and adding other stipulations so it is continued to be reserved for the best Members who aren't VIP's. Also change the Staff and VIP groups around, perhaps increasing the size of each. This suggestion in specific is down to Andy Badwool for the most part.
- Reforming MOTM in it's entirety. If this award is to continue perhaps have it accesible to ALL of the members, considering we value equality and for example a Moderator such as myself is just as much as a member as a a Member. Pardon the terrible pun. Nevertheless, as previously mentioned, it should be the member with best post quality which wins Member of the Month rather than quantity.
- More things that integrate forum members together rather than having recognised "CAWs" members and "SDH" original members. This could be achieved by Events and therefore setting "Events Managers" and competitions --- MORE SPECIFICITY AND FEEDBACK NEEDED ON HOW THIS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED
- More interaction on Social Media, perhaps make someone the "Social Media Correspondent" or "Social Media Manager". We need more communication on these platforms to encourage and entice more members into joining.
Edited by Alex, 16 December 2014 - 06:56 PM.