The moment you doubt yourself as a community manager and give up might be the best time to give up.I run a site that's based on transportation (mainly traffic signals). Sadly, a lot of people have registered and only about 6 people actively post out of the 150 or so members on the forum. This is due to the fact that my rival forum (which launched in 2013) is very similar to mine in it's theme. Long story short, I was a member of the rival site, and I got banned from there due to breaking several rules, as I was very immature on there. I even went as far as attempting to get back in using several pseudo accounts. It's been years since I've been on there and the admin of the website refuses to forgive me. He even treats me poorly on other platforms. Everyone else has seemed to move on and has forgiven me. When my forum launched, the rival site admin decided to upgrade the software of his site (from pvbulliten to discourse), which caused a huge blow to the growth of my forum. People claim I'm too pushy when it comes to having them post on my forum. I've tried being patient and giving people the benefit of the doubt too. The Facebook groups don't feel the same and don't have the same features as the forum do. Nor does it contain the uniqueness of it either. I've tried everything, and now I'm considering shutting down my forum. Despite people that have been saying there's no need to. The people who said they were gonna help me with my forum have turned their backs on me by completely giving up moderating it or they just use the rival site. I guess I was not meant to be a forum admin. Out of all the plug ins I've installed, all the special features, I don't know if it's even worth wasting the money to host it anymore. It's bad enough the facebook groups are killing the concept of my forums. People even treat joining my forum like it's a committed relationship, saying they don't want to join it because they've been a member of the rival site for so long. I feel so left out from being banned from the rival site and I still feel horrible about the admin holding a grudge against me, even after years and years have gone by. It feels empty knowing that Instagram chats and Facebook groups are the only alternative. I've reached a point where I can't take the pressure anymore. I post a thread, nobody responds for months, only to have a single reply to the thread. I'm done. I can't take it anymore. People get annoyed when I even mention it, and there's almost no sympathy for all my hard work. Meanwhile people roll out the red carpet for the admin of the rival site.
Why should they join yours? And what attracts new users? You need to come up with original content, not try to create a carbon copy based on a grudge.
Hundreds of signal collecting websites on the internet
Man you guys are ruthless.
I would like to talk about my own experiences. I have been in the internet world since 1996, maybe 1995. First I got stuck on irc servers. I tried to learn web mastering by cooking here. I even took web design courses. Later, in the 2000s, I opened open source sites. I used mybb, smf, wordpress toplist scripts. My web pages have grown considerably and I have even started to earn money from adsense. People started to sign up for my sites and my sites started to fill up. I worked so hard, but when I woke up one day, a terrorist hacker group had hacked all my sites. I lost 12 of my sites. I deleted my server. I had to delete my domains. I'm offended by the internet world. Then a friend's vbulletin forum caught my attention. I said let's have a look. They hacked the forum while I was looking. I've been away from the internet for a long time. Then I got married. I had a baby. I said why not start a Baby Community that aims to help parents with babies. On June 7, 2017, I registered two domains, one with a net extension and one with a net.tr extension. First, I started with mybb again. You can't grow the business with Mybb. Then I researched the forum systems. The most secure forum system is xenforo. In February of the same year, I converted mybb forum to xenforo. After that, there were many more attacks. They couldn't do anything. This time they started doing DDOS. Again, they couldn't do anything. The forum lost a lot of hits, I suffered a lot. But it's still standing... I'm still struggling. I will fight until the end…..
It's too late, I shut my forum down.
It's a shame when a long held dream dies like this, whatever it may be. The peace of mind like you're feeling now though is a big plus. Less stress is good. Hope you have more success with your next endeavour. Any idea what that might be, yet?I'm moving on from traffic signals. I left the community.
I don't feel sad about my forum being shut down either. I feel an odd sense of peace.......