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  1. Yea, I probably don't get enough of it to notice. I've never had a single spam post on my board because I screen prospective members carefully and registration is turned off until I'm ready to admit someone. I do hate spam, but I think I hate ads more, because they're more in my face when I'm visiting some site. To me, ads are spam I can try to ignore but I can't just delete.
  2. While I can sympathize -- I get the Contact Us spam, too -- I don't really understand what the big deal is. They're only emails. If I see one on my mobile, I open it, quickly see the Cyrillic text, and hit delete.
  3. I agree. I don't care for dark mode. I only use it on my smartphone to take advantage of the Super AMOLED screen's battery saving characteristic.
  4. I like options for customization. I like it the way it is.
  5. "I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you avoid the F word too?" No, I say it proudly. The only F word I avoid is face*##@.
  6. This is a very, very good question. I have thought about this, about making a plan. It was a "middle burner" goal not met last year, and I remain hopeful that I can move it to the front burner this year. My forum/community isn't monetized; it is really a labor love for me and some others. That said, it could be monetized by someone with the interest and ability to do so, and it could even have some monetary value of which I'm not aware. I've mentioned on more than one occasion to my members that community longevity is of utmost importance. (It's one of the main reasons I migrated to IPS.) I think my plan will go something like this: 1. I will put all my account information (site addresses, log-in credentials, etc.) into a file together with my most important papers (life insurance, etc.). In the file I will also have notes and other info for the primary person who will "inherit" the web property. I will express what my wish is: that the community remain active and beneficial for the members. It's more than a community; it's an archive, a repository for members' literary works. There is another person who I trust would be interested in working together and assisting this first, less capable person with the more technical stuff. At the very least, the community would continue to exist/function for a while, because I would: 2. Provide funds in the form of a card on file with IPS for recurring monthly payments. When I expire, running the community would probably not be at the top of my survivors' list of things to do. But as long as I provide adequate funds, the community would continue to run with a couple of current members as moderators (whom I already have in mind) until my survivors can decide how much they personally want to be involved. If they want to be involved, great, but even if their involvement is minimal, as long as IPS is paid, the site will continue because of moderator/member involvement. If they are not interested at all, I will leave instructions to turn the site over to the two member/moderators who I'm sure would be glad to have it. Anyway, that's my half baked estate plan insofar as my community is concerned. Also, don't forget that in the client center there is a way to designate an alternative contact. I might be able to use this as part of my plan.
  7. ^Yes, but is it ethical to steal members from other communities?!
  8. Thanks @Joel R, for this topic and your thoughtful reply. For an obscure subject (poetry), there are a lot of sites with differing functions. I've set mine up as primarily a showcase, though there is a small workshop section which gets some, but little use. My members seem to be happy with the discussion inherent in a showcase structure as opposed to a more critical workshop environment. Conversely there are workshop sites that tell users not to post if they're looking for a showcase, as their sites are for incomplete works for which members supply "critiques." I like this part. Streamlining is one of my own short-term goals. Excellent way to evaluate whether to pare/consolidate the forums. Points well taken and good advice. I do appreciate my valuable members very much and don't want to lose them. That means I don't want them getting bored. I know what this means. It means I have to put my own reasons/excuses/laziness aside and work on writing more and being much more active. A worthy resolution that I'm sure would pay off. 💡 I've considered revealing my own vision for the site in greater depth. This would require an extensive topic of it's own. I've pondered the idea of a Club (rather than a topic) for members where these ideas for the site can be discussed on an ongoing basis. I do want my members to be happy. I think my most valued members are happy. Some of them post elsewhere on other forums, and they submit their works to online ezines and other publications. I've created a Promotions blog where they can post about their published works. And though several also post elsewhere, they have told me on more than one occasion that my site is their "home." As for the needs of all my members, I've offered on more than occasion to give them anything they may need or desire, so long as it makes sense. If someone needs his own blog, he can have it. One member wanted to compile longer works that had structures that weren't suitable for the main discussion forums, so I gave him his own category/forums where replies are disabled so that he can keep them organized. He can simultaneously post them in the forums where replies are enabled. My point: I do care a lot about the happiness of my valued members, and I know what I have to do. I have to personally be much more active and create much more content to bring new life to my forum.
  9. Yes, I agree with this. I and one or two others are in that 1%. About 9% participate regularly and meaningfully. The rest lurk and participate from time to time or joined and have never done anything. I see no need to cull inactive members. I have joined forums in the past for whatever reason and never participate yet appreciate being a member on those forums so that I may have the option to participate if/when I choose. I believe in leading by example and have found that users are inspired and participate more when I am active. I am inactive often for complex reasons of my own, but I am not an absentee. I am always available if a member needs help, and I am always watching/monitoring all activity that does take place. This means that even if I am not visibly active I am active behind the scenes. My users are free to participate as much or as little as they choose. I tell them this. At the same time, the same goes for me, and anyone who grumbles about my lack of participation (or anything else) can **** off. His admission fee of $0.00 will be refunded at the door. I couldn't care less about his clicks, and I'm not kissing anyone's ***. I provide an outlet, my forum, for which I have my own vision. Those who find it fits their needs are welcome to use my forum (in accordance with the rules) to fit their own needs and vision even when theirs is not completely in line with my own. I see myself like a trustee of the site; I manage it, I curate its content, and I pay for it month after month, year after year. While I'm excited when someone joins and/or participates meaningfully -- I tell them this! -- I couldn't care less if he prefers to focus his attention elsewhere whether IRL or on the net. Whenever I have had members complain about lack of activity, I tell them to create it; they are the source of the activity. I have found that often the complainers tend to be people who expect from others yet don't give in return. I and others who participate in meaningful ways will not be constrained to serve as sources of narcissistic supply for these members. Then there is the other type of member who joins and hits it hot and heavy expecting others to match his enthusiasm. Again, I am excited by his initial enthusiasm, but I don't expect others to match it, nor do I see the need to do the same. After all, I have plenty of things in my life that "deserve more attention" than some newcomer's expectations. I don't have any guarantee that he will always be there just because he shows up guns blazing. It's entirely possible that that type of new member would happier elsewhere, and that's okay, too. All that said, when the forum has been slow and valued members have expressed sincere concern about it, I tell them that the point is to get their content (their writing) out there. It's not only about the number of immediate replies one gets. The number of reads/views counts, too. Someone could read a member's submission a year (or five years) from now and be prompted to reply then. I am in it for the long haul.
  10. Not that I disagree with your post, just offering a thought. Some of us don't care about traffic. I consider much of it useless, undesirable, and/or outright objectionable. I agree with everything you're saying here, although I did not see the OP's suggestion as something that would be forced on anyone. Maybe I misunderstood. In any case, something like this should never be forced, but it could be something that might take off and do well on a voluntary basis. Perhaps a pinned topic, prominently situated, where every member here is allowed to make one reply, which could be just a link or as elaborate the member wants, to promote his IPS forum? I do something like this on my site. I have a "Member Archive" forum where each member is allowed to make one topic to serve as an index to his self-curated content (not a function of search) on the site. Replies to these topics are not allowed; I want them to remain static in this forum. I also have another forum called Promotions where each member is allowed to make a topic whenever he has something to promote elsewhere on the net. Again, other members are not allowed to reply to the topics. I want them to remain static and not be bumped or otherwise influenced by comments/replies. Yes, that's smalltime as far as IPS is concerned, but it could serve as a place to start: a voluntary list of forums that IPS would ultimately know how to promote much better than I.
  11. A prompt and/or an ACP option to set the timeout duration in the ACP security settings ...
  12. I'd like to go on the record: an app is neither necessary nor desirable. Sixteen year old girls? Yes, I like 'em, but it's not part of my target demographic.
  13. Yasss! 🙃😊

  14. My site is called Poetry Magnum Opus The most important part of the site is the Forums of which the Member Poetry and Member Poetry (overflow) forums are most popular. These are the two forums where most activity is concentrated, where members can showcase and discuss their poems. There are other forums for discussing literary and general/misc. topics. One of my key members has devoted considerable time and effort into constructing a comprehensive Reference Section for various poetic forms. Only this member who has painstakingly built this Reference Section is allowed to post within its forums. I have received communications from university professors who have told me they refer their students to the Reference Section, and from time to time I see guest IP addresses that resolve to various colleges/universities. The member who built the Reference Section told me that she has found her Reference Section work copied verbatim into Wikipedia usually with small acknowledgements at the bottom crediting my site. Another forum I included in the Poetry category is called the Member Archive. Each member who wants to is allowed to create one topic within the Member Archive to serve as an index to his works on the site. Part of my vision for my site is for the site to serve as a means for members to promote themselves and their work. A member's index can include whichever works he wants. That way when the member wants to share his works with someone (a publisher or whomever), all he has to do is pass along the one link to his Member Archive topic. He doesn't have to tell someone to go to the site and use search to find his works. He might not even want an interested party to find every work, only those works included in his own carefully curated index. And no one has to make Member Archive topic. Not everyone even has to share the same vision I do insofar as posting works on the site or Member Archive topics themselves are concerned. This is merely the vision I have for my own Member Archive topic, and I want all my members to have this added value. There's no pressure; the members can do as much or as little as they choose. They can make any of their topics as basic or elaborate as they want. I also have a "Reading" section. It contains a couple of forums ("A Poem I Read Today" and "Favorite Poets") where we discuss the greats. This is where we discuss Frost, Yeats, etc. and it's one of few areas where one must be logged in to read and participate. Here we're sharing various works for the purposes of discussion, not publishing them for non-members and copyright attorneys on the prowl. My site is small, and it's exclusive in the sense that one has to ask to join. Instructions for joining are in an Announcement visible to guests. This isn't because anyone gets denied -- all who have a genuine interest in poetry and writing are welcome to join -- rather it's so I don't have to deal with spammers. Prospective members who follow the instructions and write to me are admitted. Spammers are unlikely to do that, and so far I haven't had anyone who hasn't been legit ask to join. I don't like ads, and I'm pleased that I haven't had to resort to ads to fund my community. I really love IPS, and I'm excited by its elegant community software, the inclusion of quality features, and all the reliability and value delivered year after year. I have zero love for fb -- See? I won't even spell out the name! -- and I'm not even on it. Forums/communities are where content is created. I have one member who will sometimes send me a private message saying he wrote a particular poem he shared in my community for a particular contest. He'll include a link to the contest, and he'll ask me if I think his poem is good enough for the contest. When I check out the link, I'll usually find that poetry, in that site/publication, is an afterthought stashed somewhere between Home & Garden and Lifestyle. I can reasonably conclude that the contest will probably be judged by someone who has no clue about poetry and that the winner will probably be a friend who also happens to mention the local hardware store (e.g. if the contest calls for a poem about the locale where the publication is based). I'll answer this member the same way I always do: "Is the contest good enough for your poem?" I, myself, only publish my own work on my own site -- on my IPS forum.
  15. Happy New Year, everyone. Tony Rhode Island, USA
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