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ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

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Hi all,

As website software, ocPortal has just about everything, and certainly more than anything else out there out-of-the-box, but frankly our forums are far quieter than those of other systems. What can we do to liven them up for you? What can we do or change to encourage you and others to get more involved, to start topics that aren't just related directly to ocPortal?

Should the staff be posting more or less? Should we be leading by example, or should we step back so it doesn't look like we're trying to stamp our authority on every topic?

Should we run games, and promote discussion? Is there anything about this site that is unwelcoming that we can change?

Everyone is invited and requested to comment! :)


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Well it's a big problem with any site and not just related to software sites, though they do suffer more.

One thing I would say is that the livelier websites generally have news on their front-pages where comments on news topics appear in the forums.

The reasoning behind this is that some folks bookmark the site, and others the forums so having the obvious link between the two by… repeating I guess… the news posts in a news forum will draw folks in here to comment rather than using the commencting system available to some topics on the site which are closed off from each other.

It's like when you coment on the site news, you're going down a one-way street with a dead end. You have to go back and nothing's linked. Shift the commenting to the forums and when you've finished commenting you're in this huge place with other interesting stuff to talk about.

Whilst I'm beating this idea of news commetns on forums to death, I'll just point out that when I click on the news article 3.0.2 Released, there's no button to add a comment! :o


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Well most sites similar to this, such as webhosting/software sites, will run competitions for free stuff. Perhaps a free extension to their license, a free 5 voucher at Amazon or something…

The downside with competitions when your forums are very quiet is that you run the risk of the same folks winning all the time ;)

However, the subject of the competition can be fun sometimes.

Perhaps a competition to choose a specific function of the software and write a piece on how you think it could be improved?

Howsabout a competition to re-skin a part of the site in a way that entrants think it might work better?

Stuff where the people entering the competition know that they could actually influence a future version with their good idea is generally good, especially if it's a really good idea and they get a mention in the credits or something (along with that Amazon gift voucher - I like Amazon ;)).


I'd say you could do a theming competition, but this is a VERY big piece of software to completely re-skin so that would be a little impractical.

Err… I'll try and think of other ideas, but offering free stuff is generally a crowd-puller :)

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Thanks! I really like the commenting points a lot - I'll do a little modding on our site for that.

I'm not big on the idea of running competitions until we get more people around here to enter them though - otherwise it'll be rather dead.


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Well that or I'll just stand something like a 1 in 5 chance of winning every time :D

Another suggestion, though not direcly related to the forums, is that maybe on the front-page of the site logged-in members should see the news rather than the Welcome/Requirements page.

Returning members are likely to be far more interested in reading about updates rather than the intro page (either the intro video page or the "Welcome to ocPortal" page).

It's still vaguely related as they're two clicks closer to talking about the updates ;)


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Another point - I bet Chris that you haven't seen my edit as viewing new posts won;t bring up an edited post and you'll have already read the original version.

I don;t know what you can realistically do, but if an edited post is the newest post in a topic, is there any way to have it appear again on the New Posts since Last Visit list perhaps with another graphics to indicate an updted last post and the edited post date?

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Another good idea. I didn't see the edit, but actually when you edit a post there's a checkbox to mark the topic as unread :).


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First one to reach 5000 posts wins an Aston Vantage ?


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moimaim said

First one at to reach 5000 posts wins an Aston Vantage ?

If you can get enough people to register so that we have that kind of money, we won't rule it out. :P

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Now if someone can just work out how many licenses you guys need to sell for ocPortal I'll see who I can get to buy one ;)

Ooh! Just ran my mouse over the "First Post" text on the Quick Reply box - great idea! If you guys don't slow down there'll be no innovative ideas left for next year!

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As a administrator of two big forums i can give you the following advice:

1. Be sure questions are answered quickly, almost immediatly is even better ;)
2. The staff should start more topics and discussions
3. Keep it on-topic. For a website like this fewer posts but of better quality is better then a lot of posts with loads of rubbish.
4. Show the last 5 topics of posts on the front page of the portal.
5. Create the feature so i can be notified about certain topics by email (or if that already exists, make it more obvious)


Also, when i log in states:
Please note that our forum is not an official technical support channel, and that ocProducts reserve the right to moderate it in accordance with our rules. If you want to receive a response from an ocProducts staff member, please use the Contact Us link on our main site to log a support ticket. Registered users are entitled to our technical support, but it must be through our support ticket system.

This doesn't invite people to post here for questions etc.


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