Bookmama wrote:I see a couple possible explanations.
1) You did attract a lot of one-post wonders. Folks that joined and posted to get their signature line in the forum. However, I suspect that stopped at some point because it looks like this forum, like many instituted some rule about a minimum number of posts that must be made before you get the option to include HTML in your signature. I noticed I'm not allowed a signature containing HTML (not complaining, just observing).
2) People have short attention spans and happen to drift upon a forum following some odd combo of links and maybe something pushes their hot button and they join just to comment on a thread. And they may never return.
If as Steven Kingman observed, you've got a number of regular posters than the forum is healthy and I wouldn't worry about the number of people who fade fast. I bet it reflects more on them, than on the forum.
Speaking of the forum though... I was looking for general forum policies. Whenever I join a new board. I try to understand what is deemed acceptable behavior and what is frowned upon as too promotional. It varies GREATLY from one board to another.
Thanks for the feedback. As a moderator, i have access to a further forum which states the general rules here, nothing too complicated just keep profane language out, no flaming, no spam and any content that you dont like (or indeed a mod decision that you dont agree with) you can report it using the 'report' icon on every post. This report goes to site Admin Scott Hughes who will make a general decision.
The signatures are a grey area, but pretty much the situation is this, almost all forums dont allow members to post links which simply promote a money making scheme of theirs or their friends, and any links which beg people to part with their money for one reason or another. I cant see any problem in promoting a blog or the works of an up and coming author, but the interests of the forum must take precedent over the content of signatures so i will do my best to use discretion, as well as consult with other mods, with regard decisions over sig links, each case is different.
Spam is not a problem as its wiped out with one click of a mouse just as soon as either myself or Laci-baby sees it.
I agree with you over the number of one hit wonders; i guess the number of people who google "online book club" is phenomenally large and they must end up here during their search and decide for one reason or another that its not for them, but in general the members here who do stay are very active members and we welcome all new people, including yourself so i hope you stick around and if you any comments/questions/complaints dont hesitate to ask me and i will reply to you.