Great article, Rosemary! I'd just add this: to 1. - No matter HOW you define success, your community must be visible in order to be successful. I've seen too many people hide their communities so that it takes a trail of breadcrumbs and a jungle machete to find it. to 2. - Completely agree that these are questions that are best answered before you start. We've seen a number of communities try to set up "premium features" on formerly-free features.
Excellent points and great thoughts to consider before starting an online community. An addition to 1: How do my forum users define success, and is this congruent with my definition? What is their baseline for success, and what factors will cause them to consider the community a failure?
I went to opposite approach. I purchased a UBB license from Infopop to give a few friends and I a new home and blindly jumped in with both feet. I can't thank you enough for giving a complimentary license to Leo Laporte. That was my intro to the world of Social Strata.
Thanks all for the excellent additions to the list! LOM great one! If you're going to throw a great party, you want to focus more on the comfort of your guests than yourself, right? Harold, we've always been big fans of Leo. It's cool to hear that something we did a long time ago has rippled through the years And we've definitely benefited from having you around too!
Useful beginners tips Rosemary. I can relate a little of my own experience here if you don't mind. ( notice the compliment and the almost apologetic way of stepping in Groupee was the first Bloggers site I had ever joined with confidence. It was the newness of the Social network on offer that gave me a feeling of belonging. Prior to that I could not "break the ice" anywhere else. I think blogging is easier than joining a forum. Unless the forum is very specific in it's nature. In a blog you...
Use eve's Style Assignments to apply different styles to different pages. You can first view all current style sets for your community in your control panel at Eve >> Display >> Settings. Note that you can create your own new style sets or alter an existing style. Once you have chosen or created the style set you wish to use, apply it to the page(s) you desire on the Style Assignment page at: Eve >> Display >> Assignment.
Your community is configured with a Moderator group for each forum. This group consists of users that are moderators only within their forum. As moderators, they have the ability to manage the content in that forum (and potentially other powers, if you customize the associated permissions for the group). In your control panel, go to Forums >> Specific Forums. Click on Forum Details for the forum in which you wish to add or remove moderators. Within the Forum Settings, click on the...
In your control panel, go to Members>Registration Settings, and choose the Registration Banning tab. You can insert the IP address in the appropriate field, and click the Save Settings button. You'll want to make sure that your user's IP is a static IP before you ban him. Some ISPs use a range of IP addresses that change with every login, and you could unintentionally ban an innocent user.
Hi, Steve: Your topic pages are restricted to logged-in users, Thus, the Facebook and Twitter buttons will not show up. If the topics were publicly-accessible, they'd show up. Does that make sense? Lori
Hi Lori, Does this mean that I should change settings so reader can read and then share or like BUT keep posting privileges to logged-forum members? Thus far I have wanted to encourage people to join to read.,, so would this be the best compromise? Or do you have another suggestion that allows the social sharing and encourages people to join and log in?
OK, I'm giving it a try, opening things up more for non-registered visitors to the forum. And indeed, the Twitter and Facebook icons/links are showing and working. Thanks for your guidance, Lori, and Happy New Year! - S.
Hey Jason, Moving posts between topics is going to be difficult. Mostly because of how Eve handles the feature. I believe that it will only show you the most recent 100 topics within the forum that the topic was posted to. So what this means is likely you will need to create a new topic, called something like moderated posts within the forum, move the posts to it, and then move that topic to the moderated forum. Not ideal, I know, but currently Eve does not have a way to search for the topic...
Hey Jason, We definitely see the gap in this feature and are internally discussing options to ease this issue. I cant guarantee if/when this gap will be addressed but I can assure you its on our radar now. Thanks for your feedback, Jonmark
Will do! I've basically been encouraging everyone I know interested in my site concept to share it like crazy. Having the support of friends / family with thriving online social networks helps a ton. And I realized that I should sign up for a FB page so I could entice regular FB users BACK to my site by posting news and blog post links there. Learning a lot and loving what you guys are doing! Where are you located? A couple people have asked and I can't figure it out. Morgan
Yes, you should definitely leverage your FB presence. That will help you too. The bulk of our staff are in Seattle, WA, but a couple of us are in Charleston, SC. We're in the process of opening a second office here. It's definitely helping us to have folks in two time zones!
You sure can! On your blog page, on the right hand column, you should see an RSS link. Just grab that and feed it into Hootsuite as I described above, and voila. Just let me know if you run into any trouble, and I can help further.
All of our plans include unlimited bandwidth, so that is a non issue. I'm not sure what cost you are referring to, since nothing I described in this blog requires a cost of any kind. Both new features are free. For further questions about your particular account, please post to our support site: http://socialstrata,com/support Thanks and have a great weekend!
I could have sworn I was told that I have to pay a charge for excess visitors or bandwidth of some kind? It was going to appear on my bill but you said you would hold off the charges until the new feature was released and then give me the choice of the extra charges or limit the BOTS. This is really confusing. Can you confirm then that my site will have no additional charges if I DONT limit the bots on my site?
Hi Richard- Your plan has a billable page view limit (not a bandwidth limit). And if you exceed your billable page views, you will incur charges. Thus, if you are close to exceeding your account's limit, then you may want to consider using the throttling option. For questions about your specific account, please post to our support area.
Hi Jason, When your site is imported it is imported 100% as is. Categories and forums are brought over as they exist on eve. There is no reason to make any categories or forums on the hoop.la site unless you are adding categories that do not already exist in eve. Does that help?
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