Experimental Forums

Discussion in 'Forum Support' started by Tipsy, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. Tipsy

    Tipsy Respected Member

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    In my post about content managers I said that "this idea could be expanded as to take more advantage of the basic idea behind this as well, but I'll write of that later."

    The second part of this idea would be what I've just titled 'experimental forums'. It would follow the same basic principle as the idea of content managers, "Both in theory and practice, the best way to motivate people is to give them a stake in their innovation and give them the freedom to follow their ideas as they see fit. Following this line of thinking, a decentralization of control of bringing content in rather than centralized control will foster more content."

    The basic idea is that there would be a new section of the forum could Experimental Forums. This would be placed at the bottom posting sections (between the general forums and the staff forums) in order to avoid clutter and to have them not featured. As with the content managers someone will give an idea like "I want a music forum" or "I want a card game forum" and it would be placed there where they would essentially be the content manager of the forum (with others if the creator of the forum wishes). This would create new content and sections that could turn out to be active or they could fail. If it became obvious the forum was failing after given a decent time to succeed it could be removed. Obviously there would be limitations (such as staying within the forum rules (as in not being able to make a forum for flaming)), but there are a lot of interests that can be taken advantage of by taking a bottom up approach.

    The idea is that a person will have the incentive to help the forum as it is basically their own and a person will most likely want their idea to work and will want to follow through on it. Best case scenario, there is a new forum that brings interest. Worst case scenario, some administrator has wasted 30 seconds creating a forum and has to spend.

    It can be set up as a game as well in that the experimental forum can compete against each other for slot position (based on activity, new content, or some other productive thing).
     
  2. Metal Gear Flash

    Metal Gear Flash LaLiLuLeLo

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    good idea....i call dibs on making a new asylum in the exp. forums
     
  3. CelestialBadger

    CelestialBadger Retired Staff

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    I'm totally into experimentation.
     
  4. Max

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    I'm going to post a detailed response to this tomorrow. I appreciate the feedback. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond.
     
  5. ChrisH36

    ChrisH36 Guy with Most Posts on Quiet Board.

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    Give an idea a test month. And if it works out, then keep it. It is probably the best way to expand our horizons.
     
  6. Tw@

    Tw@ Hello

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    I'm bi-curious
     
  7. CelestialBadger

    CelestialBadger Retired Staff

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    Are you here to buy this time or just curious?
    You might say I'm... buy-curious.
     
  8. LordNevar

    LordNevar BattleForums Addict

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    Sounds like someone fell out of the closet....

    A on the topic note, it sounds like a good idea.