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41. Posted by Peter (Admin 5808 posts) 2y

On the title "Travel Forums" - I won't change that, because for someone landing on that page, it makes far more sense to say Travel Forums than it does to say "All Threads". Also, it would hurt our ranking for "travel forums" in Google to be changing that title. Also, it would not in my view make sense to change the link in the Jump To box to say "Travel forums" as that would just be confusing in that context.

I think the link to the rules is fine down the bottom. Bear in mind, for the first few posts of new members, the rules are shown VERY prominently in a box right when they are posting their entry. For people who have already been here longer than a few posts, I think it's ok for the rules to fade into the background a bit.

42. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting Peter

* move to forum button fixed

I think you may also need to make this change to the report post page.

43. Posted by Peter (Admin 5808 posts) 2y

Quoting mojorob

I think you may also need to make this change to the report post page.

Ah, yes -- actually that file was fixed, I just missed it in the upload yesterday. Sorted now.

44. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting Sander

I've lately been seeing quite a few new members saying "let's move the discussion to facebook, it's easier to talk there" again (example, other example).

I asked for clarification, and got this reponse:

Is it finding back the conversations you're in, or seeing when there's new activity in those conversations, or...?

Sander... It is exactly that.

I never know when people have responded and then struggle to find the people who are in a similar position to myself to chat to :)

I think the "My Topics" feature is 90% of the way there to solving this usecase. It just needs to become more present, and maybe a bit more explicit about denoting that a thread has received new replies. (The bolding and green dot are very useful if you know about it, but not very discoverable.)

Going back to the original post, are there any thoughts on what to do with new members immediately giving their facebook? I've noticed an increase over the last year of new members who give their facebook within their first few posts on the forums, sometimes post #1 of theirs.

Just thought I'd highlight a different group of posters to those who suggest moving over to facebook, and just come in with that as an opener. This is an example - first post for this user.

(Oh, and as a minor grammatical side point I've noticed that when a user has 1 post, it says "1 Posts")

45. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Would moving towards a more user-focused dashboard, with a central location to receive blog, comment, and forum notifications, aid this? Alternatively, do you think greater emphasis or different treatment of the private messaging system would help?

46. Posted by Peter (Admin 5808 posts) 2y

I think the conclusion is that the FB names being posted is not worth our time pursuing. If they are plugging some FB page they are spruiking, then that's a different story. Mind you, why they don't just add their FB link in their profile is beyond me.

In the meanwhile, our main goal is to stop them from wanting to move the conversation off site anyway. Hence the group feature.

47. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting Peter

I think the conclusion is that the FB names being posted is not worth our time pursuing. If they are plugging some FB page they are spruiking, then that's a different story. Mind you, why they don't just add their FB link in their profile is beyond me.

In the meanwhile, our main goal is to stop them from wanting to move the conversation off site anyway. Hence the group feature.

Yes, that is what I was asking about. We've talked about posters who have been around for a bit, and then moving off to facebook. But what about new posters (i.e. first few posts - Post 1 in the example given) who immediately moves things off to facebook without otherwise engaging on TP in the first place?

It wasn't a question about fb promo posts.

48. Posted by Peter (Admin 5808 posts) 2y

Yeah, my view is that we turn a blind eye to those ones. Too much hassle and difficulty trying to explain why it would be one way for some people and a different way for others.

49. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 628 posts) 2y

Quoting Sander

I've lately been seeing quite a few new members saying "let's move the discussion to facebook, it's easier to talk there" ....

I think the "My Topics" feature is 90% of the way there to solving this usecase. It just needs to become more present, and maybe a bit more explicit about denoting that a thread has received new replies. (The bolding and green dot are very useful if you know about it, but not very discoverable.)

So I propose:
1) Move "My Topics" way up in the right column, ......
2) Replace the green dot in "My Topics" with the number of new replies........ and hopefully it'll help us retain a whole lot of the people who're now only hanging around long enough to meet a few kindred souls before scampering off to facebook again.

How are the changes working out?

Steve

50. Posted by Peter (Admin 5808 posts) 2y

Some positive changes to the metrics. Bounce rate* in the forums dropped by about 5% which is a significant number. The bounce rate in the forums is far higher than other areas of the site, so I was glad to see that drop a little.

This also went together with a drop in "Time on Page" of about 10 seconds. Strange that one dropped. But it could be that people are finding what they want quicker. Hard to know.

  • Bounce rate measures how many people land on the page and then just left straight away