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:
- the facebook page
- 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?