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Last Post 6/14/2014 4:11 AM by  jjk1977
Suggestions for Active Forums communication strategy
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jjk1977
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3/17/2014 2:16 PM
    Hi everybody,

    It's great to see active forums is still under active development. And I'm very pleased to find out there is this new website dedicated to supporting (potential) active forums users. This site, as a central point, is much more accessible to new users than codeplex and github.

    I want to share some of my own experiences in trying to find the info on activeforums recently. Based on my experience I have the feeling active forums (strangely) suffers from too much visibility at the moment. A potential user (and even existing ones) searching for a DNN forum solution can land on any of the following locations:
    - www.activemodules.com
    - www.codeplex.com/activeforums
    - www.github.com/jbrunken/ActiveForums
    - the facebook page
    - www.activeforums.org
    - more ???

    That's a lot of sites on the same subject. Some active, some semi-active, some dead. For a new visitor this is very confusing. This can also put off new visitors. I saw this site (activeforums.org) is mentioned on github and codeplex. But (especially on codeplex) there are also pages with documentation, etc. which give the visitor the impression codeplex / activemodules is the main site.

    The following question on this site is a good example of what I mean:
    http://www.activeforums.org/Forums/...fault.aspx

    Fixing this will benefit the active forums community tremendously! If technically possible I would opt for a big banner on every page of those sites with the link to activeforums.org --> "home of the project" That will help new users to quickly find the home of activeforums.

    Once on activeforums.org they need to be impressed with the projects potential by finding an alive community. Therefore it is very important most of the discussions are being held here (except the issues about development - github). I believe that will grow now this site is online. I didn't saw the facebook site yet, but I would advice to use facebook only to share news. Otherwise a second community will grow there, which will make the community on this site less powerfull.

    In building a community it is my opinion we need a couple of extra tools on this site to allow people to follow this site a bit better:
    - E-mail notification on a particular topic (if I don't have these I forget returning to this site ...)
    - Follow the forums by RSS
    - A what's new box on the homepage of this site (new topics)
    - More ??

    Also placing all documentation on this site will definitely help.

    I hope my findings can help a little bit in focussing the activeforums community on this site.

    Anyone else have ideas to build the active forums community?

    Regards,
    Jeroen
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    3/17/2014 10:14 PM
    Hi Jeroen,

    I don't disagree that things are a bit too spread out right now.

    You pretty much hit the nail on the head regarding what our communication strategy is/should be.

    Source/Distribution/Issues - GitHub
    General Discussions - activeforums.org (here)
    Announcements/Promotions - Facebook Twitter

    There's nothing much we can do about the old Active Modules site. It's there because it's still a point of support for previous version of ActiveForum/Active Social although it's not really affiliated with AF 5 anymore.

    CodePlex is a necessary evil for now. I've put numerous messages on CodePlex directing users to GitHub. There's really not much more that can be done on that front. DNN Corp is working to get their forge compatible with GitHub. Once that's done and once we've moved some documentation over, we can probably remove the project from CodePlex all together.

    I pretty much spend any time that I can devote to this project trying to move the code forward, that doesn't leave much time for documentation, updating this site or anything else related to this project. There's only a couple of us working on things and not many people willing to really step up and help, so that makes for slow progress.

    -JB
    Coordinator for the Active Forums & Active Forums Tapatalk Modules
    jjk1977
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    3/18/2014 2:26 PM
    Hi Jason,

    It wasn't by any means my intention to criticize the project and its members. I respect the hard work that is put into active forums and appreciate the time the team puts into this beside their daytime jobs.

    I just wanted to share that the messaging was a bit confusing for me. Only to help this great module standout a bit more. Even though I followed Active Forums on codeplex, github, etc. I didn't know this site was in place. I assume this must be the same for many other people who are positive about active forums.

    I'm afraid helping out is not an option for me at the moment, except for occasionally logging issues, providing pointers for solving them and be active on this forum and try to help other users.

    To be active on this forum it would really help me if I can track the forums by:
    - E-mail notification on a particular topic
    - Follow the forums by RSS

    Is this something you can switch on? I know the options are there, because I use this on my own active forums install.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Jeroen
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    3/19/2014 9:01 AM
    Jeroen,

    I do appreciate the feedback. Like I said before, I don't really disagree at all. We're just playing with the hand we were dealt.

    I have turned on notifications. I'm not sure why the person who originally set this up did not turn them on. As an admin, I had them, so that's why I didn't notice it. You can go into your profile and verify that subscribe to post is turned on in your forum preferences.

    As for RSS, it's turned on, but RSS is only supported at the forum level, so you'll have to subscribe to the individual forums. I'll try and get the "What's New" module added to the home page. It also allows RSS subscriptions and provides an aggregate view of all activity.
    Coordinator for the Active Forums & Active Forums Tapatalk Modules
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    6/14/2014 4:11 AM
    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for the feedback. I found the to RSS feeds and subscribed to them. Hope this helps me follow the questions here and maybe answer some.

    Regards, Jeroen
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