Administrators and staff making an effort to personally and individually greet all new members has worked for me with establishing a report with new users, and user loyalty in the past. Run-on-sentence aside, it's great to do.
I have many programming contacts from previous projects. The idea of forum hosting for clans is very viable. I'm sure we all play games where we could contact clans to get them a free forum that they may be interested in.
Is there multiple threads with this title or something? I feel like something weird is going on? :/
Anyways, private messaging new members is a great touch. I know there are mods that will automatically send a private message to each new user. You may want to look into this, Austin. (Since I don't know your username and am too lazy to scroll up...I'm fairly certain it's something complicated)
I just went through the introductions forum and noticed we missed out on a lot of great potential. I've PM'd some of these members we over looked and replied to some threads. Hopefully we can get some of them back.
yeah, ill prolly change my username since its too complicated for people to pronounce or remember well. And the PMs and notices are rather simple to do, just involves testing for effectiveness. Our bigger problem is getting the visitors to register to begin with so we can then get them to get involved with PMs and more. I have a lot of techniques to get that done but also have got screwed over at work this week so haven't got to implement them.
And yes, there are several similiar threads going at once. We may merge them.
I'm down 100% for clan forums within BF. I think we should have a minimum requirement though of having so many people in the clan already or something. I've seen some forums do this and 70%+ of their clan forums have like 3 posts then died. It's work to create the forums so we don't want to waste the effort on 2 people clans. I believe requiring clans to have 7 members with 15+ posts on the forum would make them active in the rest of the forums as well as prove they would stick around and utilize their forums.
Also, offering free webhosting and simple site templates would be a rather simple addition to the site.