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Why do you host a Internet Forum?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Borgia, Aug 25, 2010.


Why do you host a Internet Forum?

  1. Income

    11 vote(s)
  2. Passion about the theme

    31 vote(s)
  3. Something to do

    12 vote(s)
  4. Promote a service/business

    11 vote(s)
  5. Other - please state

    9 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Borgia

    Borgia New Member

    Hi guys,

    I am thinking of starting a forum. Partly for something to do but I also hope that it will provide a modest income in a couple of years. Why do you do it?
  2. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Picked passion and something to do; My projects tend to be either a time/money sink or are a way of returning something to the community. 
  3. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I don't open my forums solely to make an income, the income comes from the features and the effort which comes from the passion I put into creating the forum. As you can see, they're all intertwined to some degree in my own forum.
  4. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    So I have an excuse to consume mass quantities of Ibprophen. :p
    Lawrence likes this.
  5. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Like the others who posted here...I started mine due to passion for the subject I opened my forums for. I was an active member / moderator on a site who was bought out by a bigger company. Once that happened and things started going downhill, as I suspected they would...I decided to open my own forum.
    Brandon_R likes this.
  6. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    That seems to happen alot. Something gets bought off by a bigger company, starts to go downhill, the main people in the original scene breaks off and start something better :) Reminds you of anything?
    Grover likes this.
  7. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    Hehe, starting a forum to make money of it. Good luck with that. I wonder when you'll realize it's not as easy as it seems.
  8. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Passion, and the passion usually leads to the other categories.
  9. DaKat

    DaKat Well-Known Member

    Good one. :D
  10. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I'm into self torture.. and the pain of running a community fulfils my sadistic tendencies ;)
  11. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

  12. Borgia

    Borgia New Member

    Actually, I do not think that it is easy. And I think that there is a very good chance that I might completly fail. But I want to give it a go.
    Forsaken and Abomination like this.
  13. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    +1 respect on that.

    Still -1 for not wanting to start it because you like it though. :)
  14. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    I run my forum purely to try and reach out and help.
    Abomination likes this.
  15. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    If I told you the reason I started one you would not believe me.
  16. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    First three. But started out as passion/hobby.
  17. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    For me it is both my passion and it is my online identity. I use my site and forum like most people use Facebook now.
    anotheralias likes this.
  18. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Pickup girls? It never works :'(.
    Sador likes this.
  19. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    I started a forum because the board I was posting on was suddenly yanked offline and we had nowhere to go.

    I don't use advertising, so "income" was never a factor.
  20. Borgia

    Borgia New Member


    I do not think that I have expressed myself very well. I want to create a forum for a group of people to discuss what interests them. I clearly have an idea of what type of things those will be but it will not be the same as say creating a forum for people who like cars, for example.

    So I am not sure that I can say at this point that I like it. What I can say is that I would have really valued this forum at one point and think that it could be a really useful resource for a lot of people. And if that happens, I am sure that I will like it very much :)

    I want to do it properly so it has the best chance of suceeding, that will cost time and money but I want to give it a go
    Forsaken likes this.

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