I think you need to define what you think "people" means. Cause I would define "people" as "the average person", not "forum administrators from the 90s and 2000s". So, no, people do not know what the term means, at least not with respect to a "social platform" of any kind.I think you're wrong. People who enjoy forums know what they are. Calling it "social" just puts you into compeition with Facebook or TikTok and you lose that fight.
Agreed I have my own proverb: if a chicken crosses the other cheek to get into a glass kitchen he won't smell what the rock is cooking.Suit yourself. There are none so blind as will not see. Have a good night.
Sorry, got to disagree. Social media is actually changing the language around this stuff. I am on a site that is a "Community" and has "Spaces" instead of "forums" even though "Site" and "forums" would apply equally well if they had gone with XF or something instead of Circle. And many of the members have no other forum experience, just social media, so that's the language they know. Not sure I would change the language on my site at this point since the members know it, but I get why some might consider it given that reality. Perhaps if I ever spin up another site, it's something I would look at.People know what a forum is. Why handicap yourself with anything else on a new forum?
Depends. I have mine in root but if it is part of a larger website with other parts besides the forums, then you might have to put it in a sub.I think the best option is to not use sub-directory, instead put the forum in the web root.
Yeah, I vaguely alluded to that in my post talking about the terms used were interchangeable. To my mind, forums are just an early form of social media and still the one I prefer. Arguably, you could go back to BBSes and Usenet as the first social media. However, they were even more "geek-centric" than forums.The irony of the whole thing is that "social media" and "forums" are actually the same thing. Sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter simply have a different structure, that's all - and are much more popular, unfortunately. A forum like this one is simply one type of social media, which is the generic term for this kind of online interaction.
Therefore, this thread is social media as much as any of those.
Agreed I have my own proverb: if a chicken crosses the other cheek to get into a glass kitchen he won't smell what the rock is cooking.
Your response is just so quintessential to the entire idea of lagging behind. "I'm right, you are wrong, but why won't anyone visit my dead forum" lol
Im not saying /forums is wrong, but the term is not commonly understood. The overwhelming majority of people will not click on a forum these days, all other variables constant. But using links, titles, landing pages etc with terms like community and social, people will understand.
Good point about BBSs and Usenet. The method of interaction there was so primitive that I never bothered with it at the time, this is sooo much better.Yeah, I vaguely alluded to that in my post talking about the terms used were interchangeable. To my mind, forums are just an early form of social media and still the one I prefer. Arguably, you could go back to BBSes and Usenet as the first social media. However, they were even more "geek-centric" than forums.