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Aside from a well developed community, with many members, what is it that draws you to a forum? Which of those things are the most important to you?

 

Is it purely the colors? Perhaps the use of simple gradients? Or is it more than that. Is it possible to draw someone in with just the use of simple colors, and basic gradients, or does it have to be something really flashy.

 

In addition, is there anything about the "default" look which could help improve the first impressions?

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I look for forums that do not have too many members, actually. I dislike being in huge forums that have that "big city" feel. The most important things to me when it comes to the forum are the theme/colors/layout, the fact if it had giant ads or not, and if the content on there is something I can click with. I do not join many forums, I join those that I feel like I can dedicate time too and not get bored.

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I agree with [uSER=1]@Thomasss[/uSER] big forums you tend to feel a bit small until you get in with all the content to see where you would fit in, smaller forums its great to start the community up and feel like you fit in right away.

 

Content is good and the same again if i can relate to the conversations i will likely join and pay my part in the community, i love being social and enjoy getting involved where i can.

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Which of those things are the most important to you?

It is the decentralized way of communication.

I also like the structure very much, FB and the like is all very mixed up.

 

Before I deal much with a forum I do inspect it:

Is it behind Cloudflare? -> close tab

Use the website reCAPTCHA v3 -> close tab

Does it integrate Google Captcha? -> then I will not register

 

If I am interested in the topic of the forum and there are only "little things" like here the external integration of ajax or google fonts, I will tell the administrator.

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I like to join forums where there is a clear amount of activity on the site and that it has a nice design to it as well. If you can have a chat with people and also enjoy the design of the site it makes it much easier to use.

 

I tend to not join a huge amount of forums anyway because it's hard to remain active on a few, let alone lots!

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What attracts me to a forum? First I always look at how the forum looks graphic wise. If it looks attractive and has a cool design I would join. I would also look at the activity of the forum. It doesn't have to be huge but enough members to keep it active. It's also good to join a brand new forum sometimes so you can say you were there in the early days :D

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It is the decentralized way of communication.

I also like the structure very much, FB and the like is all very mixed up.

 

Before I deal much with a forum I do inspect it:

Is it behind Cloudflare? -> close tab

Use the website reCAPTCHA v3 -> close tab

Does it integrate Google Captcha? -> then I will not register

 

If I am interested in the topic of the forum and there are only "little things" like here the external integration of ajax or google fonts, I will tell the administrator.

 

Did I read your post right? In that if a website uses Cloudflare or reCaptcha you won't join the site because they're trying to secure themselves?

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Did I read your post right? In that if a website uses Cloudflare or reCaptcha you won't join the site because they're trying to secure themselves?

 

This is my understanding of reading that post too. I don't see why that would be a big deal for someone?

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On 2/24/2020 at 6:09 AM, Tealk said:

It is the decentralized way of communication.

I also like the structure very much, FB and the like is all very mixed up.

 

Before I deal much with a forum I do inspect it:

Is it behind Cloudflare? -> close tab

Use the website reCAPTCHA v3 -> close tab

Does it integrate Google Captcha? -> then I will not register

 

If I am interested in the topic of the forum and there are only "little things" like here the external integration of ajax or google fonts, I will tell the administrator.

You're insane. If you do not join a site because they are more secure and try to prevent spam, what sites do you join? most modern sites are behind CloudFlare to use reCAPTCHA. 

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Personally, a professional look on a forum is the difference between me signing up or not. In fact, one of the reasons I signed up to Forumer.io is because I was in awe of the professional look. If the forum looks like it's run by a kid, and I can tell, I won't be signing up.

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14 hours ago, ARx182 said:

Personally, a professional look on a forum is the difference between me signing up or not. In fact, one of the reasons I signed up to Forumer.io is because I was in awe of the professional look. If the forum looks like it's run by a kid, and I can tell, I won't be signing up.

Agreed. I think this is why I put so much into the theme of the community, because without it looking good, people will not give the content a second thought. 

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The forum needs to have a professional theme that works good on mobile devices as well. I don't really care about the size of the forum as long as it's somewhat active. But I would refrain from getting involved in forums that use free forum software, unless it's an already established and active community. 

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The general structure of a forum, as well as level of activity and theme tends to draw me in. If it's easy to navigate then it's easy to engage in conversations with other members. I don't mind if the community is large or not, as long as there's at least one other person engaging in conversations it's fine.

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On 10/24/2020 at 5:08 PM, Ravenfreak said:

The general structure of a forum, as well as level of activity and theme tends to draw me in. If it's easy to navigate then it's easy to engage in conversations with other members. I don't mind if the community is large or not, as long as there's at least one other person engaging in conversations it's fine.

I completely agree with you here. Sometimes it doesn't purley depend on how active the community is, it could be whether the forum makes you feel like your apart of a family or home. Discussion Boards generally, are struggling in this era because of the increasing numbers of people turning to the likes of Facebook & Twitter.

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My first impressions are the graphics, layout, theme etc. I tend to like general-discussion forums and join them a lot more than very specific/niche ones (with a few exceptions). I do like talking about specific topics but I do have a range of what to talk about and would also like to read about other interests that may strike to me. I also look for any user reward features or perks such as a promotion system or awards. This would incentivise me to become active too.

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