How about letting people delete their topics in the B/S/T threads solely for it to be cleaned up. I know that keeping everything there not only takes up a lot of space, but is also useless, because people arent going to need the same thing they did a year ago. Im just saying it would be nice if we had the option to delete B/S/T threads (after 30-60 days?) if we don't need them anymore without losing post count etc.
no, that's not a good idea. those old topics believe it or not are very helpful in terms of other new members finding us here from search engines. Deleting topics would be one of the largest mistakes of the century. If you doubt what I am saying, ask one of our moderators. We have a level 2 moderator here who is a forum administrator on one of our other forums: http://yourcivildefense.com/board
who thought it would be a good idea to do something similiar. I'm not mad at him but awhile back he thought it would be a good idea to go through and clean up that forum by deleting "useless topics" that he felt were not needed...
Needless to say, that very effectively destroyed the new member growth and search engine content that had been indexed. Now we have a forum there that I will have to go back and start over with here in the next few weeks.
...maybe I'm just looking at the extreme negative side of the situation, but I think the system in place now works, and if it aint broke, don't fix it....
I appreciate your input and yes you make some valid points - thank you.
While I see this as an option worth thinking about, I think a more viable option would be to just charge to list items. It's only logical and fair. I mean what auction site doesn't charge it's users to list individual items. If you really want to get into it, you could charge more for xnumber of pics ect. ...
Thank you, those are also some really good points and suggestions. I have tried to push people towards the http://sportsonlyauction.com
(SOA) website were we could do exactly what you are suggesting, but it's like puling teeth and many people prefer a forum type system.
I am not sure how I would implement some sort of "pay per topic" or "pay to list items" on a forum platform. On the SOA website, that could happen very easyily, but I don't have a clue how to make that happen here on this forum.
I have actually been giving a lot of thought to getting rid of the "Free Seller" accounts completely. Recently I went through and removed several hundred people from the AS-Free member group who were not keeping up their part of the deal in using the SOA website. After many complaints, and forcing people to update their profiles and actually use the SOA website, I have re-added many people to the free seller member group here on ASF.
It would be so much easier to forget the whole SOA / free ASF seller issue all together and just make everyone pay for an authorized seller account... But I don't want to handicap the ASF BST from people without a paypal account and nor do I want to kill the traffic to the current BST.
2 years ago when we went to a paid and free system here as it is, there were many people (mostly from ASB) who screamed bloody murder that charging for the ASF BST would be the death of airsoftforum.com. To the surprise of those idiots and many others, including myself, we have actually doubled in size
Now, I find myself having to draw a thin line between doing the right things to afford this website and its growth and making sure that members are happy and enjoy coming here. If this website and forum was a total free-for all, I suspect we'd probably already be doing more than 50,000 people a day, but guess what?
This website would crash and be shut down the first day because I could not afford to pay for it.
I think however, that together, we can find a solution where members can stay happy and enough money is generated to sustain and grow this website.
Edited by admin, 24 August 2010 - 02:31 PM.