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I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:18:17 PM »

I plan on running a road geek forum on my own, mainly for traffic signal enthusiasts, and road and sign geeks. Any suggestions. I'm hoping that this site will became mainstream like Highway Divides. Any suggestions, I'm hoping that familiar users join, I also want to explore more broad topics too, such as the history behind traffic signals, or historic photos. Any suggestions on starting my own forum.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 05:30:58 PM »

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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 05:42:32 PM »

1. Make sure you're allowed to promote the new forum.

2. Make sure you have several members who want to join. Also, see suggestion #1.

3. Forums that are off-shoots of another forum usually don't last (unless the other forum folds altogether).

4. Don't try to have too many sub forums; 3-5 should be enough to start, grow it slowly, if even needed. Too many empty/quiet subfora doesn't bring about new discussion.

5. Don't mimic every thread on another very-similar board...otherwise, they'd just go to that forum.

6. You need at least three in-jokes to alienate newbies, but that takes time.

7. The "We're not like the other forum" mantra wears thin after a while.

8. Don't make registration too easy, or you're going to have more spam than you'll know what to do with.

9. Do you have the time for this? Maybe school, play, work, culture, dating, music, whateverthekidsdonowadays at your age?

10. If you give up easily, don't bother.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 06:26:39 PM »

That bips

What?

Please refer to the below.

6. You need at least three in-jokes to alienate newbies, but that takes time.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2018, 08:35:49 PM »

I plan on running a road geek forum on my own, mainly for traffic signal enthusiasts, and road and sign geeks. Any suggestions. I'm hoping that this site will became mainstream like Highway Divides. Any suggestions, I'm hoping that familiar users join, I also want to explore more broad topics too, such as the history behind traffic signals, or historic photos. Any suggestions on starting my own forum.

Don't be heavy-handed on moderation.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2018, 09:24:34 PM »

... and donít let it get overly political.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2018, 01:31:49 AM »

... and donít let it get overly political.

Or alternatively, as to give the impression that this new forum is distinct from AARoads, encourage open discussion of politics.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2018, 12:45:31 PM »

If the forum mechanism allows it, require new-member posts to be moderated for their first 5 or so posts.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2018, 05:06:42 PM »

Make a list of rules and then stick to them. Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner. That is an easy way to make people angry and get called out for favoritism. If it can be demonstrated that someone was moderated for violating one of the rules that is already written down, then the other members will likely consider it just and you will be seen as merely doing your job as moderator.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2018, 08:56:53 PM »

Make a list of rules and then stick to them. Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner. That is an easy way to make people angry and get called out for favoritism. If it can be demonstrated that someone was moderated for violating one of the rules that is already written down, then the other members will likely consider it just and you will be seen as merely doing your job as moderator.

Or, let it be MTR v.2, and let anything go.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2018, 07:02:20 AM »

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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2018, 07:41:45 AM »

Make a list of rules and then stick to them. Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner. That is an easy way to make people angry and get called out for favoritism. If it can be demonstrated that someone was moderated for violating one of the rules that is already written down, then the other members will likely consider it just and you will be seen as merely doing your job as moderator.

Or, let it be MTR v.2, and let anything go.

This is a good way to ensure that you end up with something that looks like MTR.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 07:47:08 AM »

Make a list of rules and then stick to them. Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner. That is an easy way to make people angry and get called out for favoritism. If it can be demonstrated that someone was moderated for violating one of the rules that is already written down, then the other members will likely consider it just and you will be seen as merely doing your job as moderator.

Or, let it be MTR v.2, and let anything go.

This is a good way to ensure that you end up with something that looks like MTR.

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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2018, 07:24:23 PM »

Make a list of rules and then stick to them. Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner. That is an easy way to make people angry and get called out for favoritism. If it can be demonstrated that someone was moderated for violating one of the rules that is already written down, then the other members will likely consider it just and you will be seen as merely doing your job as moderator.

Or, let it be MTR v.2, and let anything go.

This is a good way to ensure that you end up with something that looks like MTR.

It's not just MTR. It's all of Usenet.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2018, 09:09:15 PM »

mainstream like Highway Divides
Like what?
It's a forum simular to this

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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2018, 09:17:05 PM »

... and donít let it get overly political.
Or alternatively, as to give the impression that this new forum is distinct from AARoads, encourage open discussion of politics.

Yeah, in the US, in 2018, that would go over, like a lead balloon.

Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner.

I dare not ask the impending question...
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2018, 11:49:25 PM »

... and donít let it get overly political.
Or alternatively, as to give the impression that this new forum is distinct from AARoads, encourage open discussion of politics.
Yeah, in the US, in 2018, that would go over, like a lead balloon.

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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2018, 11:57:06 AM »

Not sure where this quote came from, but...

Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner.

You mean like the end of the DST thread?  :bigass:
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2018, 12:55:04 PM »

I'm not going to say I got the DST thread locked, but
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2018, 01:01:04 PM »

Not sure where this quote came from, but...

Nobody likes a mod that uses their powers in an ad-hoc manner.

You mean like the end of the DST thread?  :bigass:
I think the writing was on the wall when it morphed into a discussion about political representation.  A fun and civil discussion... but one definitely in the non-road political area.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2018, 01:11:47 PM »

I'm not going to say I got the DST thread locked, but

No, I think that would be my fault.
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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2018, 01:39:03 PM »

I'm not going to say I got the DST thread locked, but

No, I think that would be my fault.

Thank you for putting it out of its misery, though. Besides, DST in 2018 already ended.

On topic, if you want a section for a particular type of discussion, enforce its limits. Leave a section for that type of discussion. Otherwise, every discussion might devolve into an emotional debate without actual answers nor anything useful.

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Re: I'm creating a forum for signal geeks, anything I need to know
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2018, 03:53:40 PM »

I'm not going to say I got the DST thread locked, but

No, I think that would be my fault.

Well, we both performed a good deed.
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