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lurker prevention
pregonaut Offline

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lurker prevention
Hello guys.

I love our nice forum and I think we have some great contributors here. And like any other forum we have lurkers not posting something meaningful.

In my opinion we should change something, if possible without bigger problems:

> Links and attachment-previews should be only visible for registrated users. Especialy links to cloud drives. That would be better to restrict search engines and lurkers.

> Some content should be only visible for active users, especialy in the "pregnant teens" sections. E.g.: a user must have more than 25 reputations. A VIP area could also be a solution. Only users with an higher reputation have access to this area.

This could be an incentive to our not-active "friends" always asking for "any more???" ;-)

What do you think?
April 26, 2016 1:26 pm
Bagabula Offline

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RE: lurker prevention
Forcing users to make accounts is absolutely worthless. The forum does not make money based on the subscribers, but by the visits. By locking out lurkers that are not doing anything bad you'd basically get much less pageviews and turning people off from visiting the forum.
April 26, 2016 1:44 pm
muchbirth Offline
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RE: lurker prevention
Needing 25 posts is an awful lot, let alone reputations... Like, The forum isn't exactly jumpin' usually, or at least not the parts I hang out at regularly. By requiring such things, you just end up with a really cluttered forum full of people with nothing to say, but saying it anyway to see what they want. I don't think I'm anywhere near that bar, even though I regularly check many different topics, because I make the effort to at least offer something meaningful to conversations. Just, something worth considering.

That said, unless something is going on I haven't noticed, I'm not seeing a ton of skeeze. Maybe just requiring an account to POST something, like comments or threads, is enough? And if you're getting blown up by "any more" messages... I mean, that's not really that big a deal. If nothing else, "any more" is an expression of interest. Compared to what I've seen elsewhere, if your largest issue is people being annoying with their enthusiasm, it's something to be grateful for.

Then again, I am but a humble fool. Tongue
April 29, 2016 12:00 am
trivialconquest Offline
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RE: lurker prevention
Definitely can't agree with that. There is little more repelling to newcomers than some reputation/post requirement and need to register. Stinks of elitism and would probably kill off the community sans the most dedicated few, and a site can't run on just a handful.
April 29, 2016 9:26 pm
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Spambasket Offline
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RE: lurker prevention
Not gonna work, and as a lurker, I disapprove anyway, heh.
May 7, 2016 10:31 pm
Coretz Offline
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RE: lurker prevention
(April 29, 2016 9:26 pm)trivialconquest Wrote:  Definitely can't agree with that. There is little more repelling to newcomers than some reputation/post requirement and need to register. Stinks of elitism and would probably kill off the community sans the most dedicated few, and a site can't run on just a handful.

I second this. When a forum demands that I do something, I typically move on to another.

I consider myself a lurker cuz I almost never add any content, but that's because I don't have any to add. I feel like everyone else has what I have, but also, my files are a woeful mess and I'd have to spend a lot of time making sure I'm not adding duplicates...

On the other, an acquaintance of mine just gave birth, so I'll probably add those pics soon, after making sure there's nothing else, and figuring out how to keep them relatively private.
May 12, 2016 12:35 am
dude666dude Offline

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RE: lurker prevention
I, like many of our more Junior members and several senior members have expressed, also have to disagree with this idea. the fact is that this forum is already a fairly niche forum, with a slightly "Limited" audience. it's not that there aren't a lot of people who like pregnant women, but to try to limit a site like this will only drive away people in an already limited supply. Let's face it, not a lot of people want to come out in the open with this attraction, and in many areas it is still "taboo." We need to retain as many people as we can if we want to keep this forum successful. Like many of the more regular contributors on this site, I have been with this forum nearly since it's conception after pregnantcommunity's death. And in all honesty, there are times even I don't have any major inkling to post, and just damn well want to look at some pictures of pregnant women. Lurking isn't really all that bad in a lot of aspects as mentioned since it adds traffic to the site.
(This post was last modified: May 16, 2016 12:57 am by dude666dude.)
May 16, 2016 12:54 am
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