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Random thought

I noticed since the member only forum was created lots of people are joining and never posting. Could it have something to do with this?

It was sort of expected given that was sort of the idea but at the same time, we'd need data from the admins to confirm that we're just not misinterpreting the background noise of people joining and not posting.

The forum has always had users that sign up but never post but we were more interested in the amount of regular 'guests' we had.

Whilst I am aware that most lurkers are more casual fans, I was concerned that some of this traffic was abusing some of the information we share on the forum. By forcing these people to sign up, we are encouraging the honest lurkers to contribute whilst we can actively track the movements of the dishonest ones and take action accordingly.

I am happy to say that for the most part, it has worked. The amount of unique visitors that were only viewing the 'Sale' topic on a regular basis had dropped dramatically (obviously). The forum has suffered a decline in total hits but I'm not really bothered about that.

Here's a suggestion, don't know if its possible with the forum software or not.

Some forums make you have to have x posts before you can post links.
This would cut down on link spam.

On a slightly related note: How about a 'You must have x posts to view this part of the forum"

Like 5 or so posts?

I don't think we need to be any more exclusive than we are being at the moment. Regular posters who are deemed to have actually contributed to the forum are rewarded with free UK shipping (or discounted international shipping) for their Blastersmiths UK orders. I think adding extra levels of complexity beyond the current system will come off as a little elitist and off putting.Smile

The way it works i guess and people still sign up.

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