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Grabbing member attention - ideas?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ryan Kent, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    With a large forums, many users get into a routine where they just head to the section which interests them. I would like to gather user feedback often with 1-2 polls per week, and 1-2 weekly threads with helpful user info.

    How do most forum admins achieve high member participation in polls and reading important info? The best idea I can think of is a pop up window upon logging in. I don't like the idea of e-mailing members. The next best solution I have seen is the Alert add-on.

    Can anyone share their experiences or suggestions?
  2. TheLaw

    TheLaw Well-Known Member

    Mailing stinks. Popups are good but not always effective if (a) a pop-up blocker can stop them, and (b) users find them annoying. If there is one thing I like about VB it is the ability to put an announcement on all forums which can be clicked closed after reading. (I think it appears on all pages.) If that could be done with a eye catching background, it works well... at least IMHO. :)
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Horses for courses.

    I absolutely hate those annoying, nagging messages on seemingly every vBulletin forum I ever visit.
    If I wanted to register, I would have already!
  4. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    Brogan, I am not referring to messages for guests. I would like our existing member's to know important information such as:

    - Our forums will be upgraded and all users will need to reset their passwords. Plz be sure your e-mail is current

    - Security notice! Please understand that your usernames are open to public view. The world knows your username after you post. The ONLY security you have is your password so please add a degree of difficulty to it.

    - These forums will be done next Thursday between 2pm GMT and 5pm GMT for planned server maintenance.

    etc etc. Sometimes you NEED to know every member read this information. If I just make a post and throw it in one of the ?25 forums on the site, it would probably be read by well under 50% of members.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You could achieve that quite easily with a template include in PAGE_CONTAINER
    It would be visible on every page.

    If you didn't want it on every page then you could do it in the forum_list template.

    Of course you can't force people to read it, but it would be pretty hard to not read it.
  6. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    could it be a 1-time thing? Once a member sees it and closes the window it would not re-appear for that member? Such as appear once on log-in?
  7. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend against mass mailing or PM unless it's non-commerical, very important and happens sporadically. Everyone hates pop-ups so forget those. IMO important messages should show at the top of the forum index page (possibly with a notable background color) and members should be able to click them away.
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You would need an add-on for that.

    You can always try asking in the add-on requests forum.
  9. James

    James Well-Known Member

    As Brogan said, Oracle, you'd need an add-on to either cookie-store or database-store the closed notification. Perhaps you should consider the custom alerts add-on for a guaranteed way for your members to see the information.
  10. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    I agree with James. The customer alerts seems to be the best solution at this time. Thanks to all for the feedback.
  11. physicspirate

    physicspirate Well-Known Member

    Make an ice cream contest where the user who participates the most gets to select their favorite ice cream from an online shop. 60% of the time, it works every time.
  12. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    your idea is nice, but your last sentence is priceless! Might just be sig material [​IMG]
  13. James

    James Well-Known Member

    How dare thee ruin the XenForo signature with quote boxes!!
  14. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

  15. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    You could try the mass alert addon? In that case you can send an alert 'today at 13.00 the site will be updated' or whatever. One time only, everybody will notice this, it's not that annoying (most people love alerts), it's clear without annoying people... seems decent?

    Stuff like how usernames are visible to everyone could be added to an automatic PC whenever someone registers, if you want. I think there's an addon for that as well. Those aren't that annoying as well, and will be read automatically when someone first logs in..
  16. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

  17. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Tell them when they come in there is a $5.00 cover charge to get in to watch the girls dance !! [​IMG]
  18. ToDie4

    ToDie4 Well-Known Member

    Priceless, and it would work too which is really amusing. ;) :)

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