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#1 2016-10-17 20:31:14

Xylon
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Get some newbies on here!

I'd love to see lots of normies on here asking stupid questions. I don't want the forum to only be used by hackers.


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#2 2016-10-18 17:05:29

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

Does the board email me when things happen that I might be interested in?

Can it email me summaries of what’s happened last week/month in case I don’t know what I'm interested in?

Otherwise, I think it's going to be a struggle to make this an active place.

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#3 2016-10-18 19:43:10

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

Well there's a "Subscribe to this topic" check-box when you make a thread and a button on others. Then it will email you when the thread is updated.

But what I recommend is: make this forum your browser home page, and click the "New" button every morning to see any conversations since last visit. Obviously this takes effort but that's the way it is: the forum is what we make it.


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#4 2016-10-18 19:44:26

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

Of course, we/I could code a system to send summaries like you suggest, you can make a thread about this idea in an appropriate section if you want and we'll discuss the details.


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#5 2016-10-19 15:06:14

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

Tested that subscription checkbox and it seems to work.

I think "make this forum your browser home page" is unrealistic (plus I wouldn't want to look at that flag multiple times a day) and I can't see many people being committed enough to keep clicking "New" on the off chance of new content until the forum gets lively.  Before starting a suggestion, I'll wait to see if anyone else thinks some sort of newslettery thing is a good way to keep ordinary people returning to the site

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#6 2016-10-19 15:15:04

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

There's also a "Subscribe" link at the bottom of every topic and a "Subscribe" checkbox on the full "Post reply" form - but not on the Quick reply form.  Should it be made more obvious, or mentioned in the site-specific welcome/help?

Actually, where is the site welcome/help?  Not the technical http://www.freesoftwareuk.org.uk/help.php, the rest of it?

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#7 2016-10-19 20:05:32

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

Hey I just noticed; FluxBB produces an ATOM feed! There is a site-wide one, which shows updates for everything, and forum specific ones so you could get updates for only the categories you want. Even feeds for each topic. This is probably the most correct way to see updates to the forum.

You make a good point that there is no general documentation, I'll do something about that when I get time.


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#8 2016-10-21 12:41:10

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

There must be some tool to turn an Atom feed into a registered-users email newsletter.

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#9 2016-10-21 20:37:23

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

You don't use feeds then?

Indeed, we could convert it to a newsletter, I'll think about it when I get a chance.


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#10 2016-10-21 21:53:44

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Re: Get some newbies on here!

I can use feeds, but how many newbies will?

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