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Segnette.com fishing forum
Mar 25th, 2012 at 2:36pm
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I have my board running 2.5AE now with a few mods added to it. Not yet quite the board that I want it to be but its a work in progress.

In the beginning, I didn't realize how much work it would be to get a community going.

Atleast YaBB and the mod writers help make it easy to manage and tweak. The hard work is getting members.

Stop by and check it out.

Bayou Segnette Fishing Forum

Mervin.
  
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Reply #1 - Mar 25th, 2012 at 8:05pm
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Mervin, your YaBB forum looks great. Way to go!  Smiley

As for building up your forum's membership, I have a few suggestions that should help push things along if you'll consider them. Keep in mind that building up a membership is mainly dependent on how popular your site becomes. Over time your site should grow exponentially as long as you update it regularly, and you stay true to its purpose.

One suggestion is to shutter your guest book in favor of your forum. As you can easily see, YaBB is much more comprehensive. The idea is to have your site's visitors congregating in one place.

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Bill Myers wrote on Mar 26th, 2012 at 5:33pm:
I'm glad your guest book is still up, because I have a 'by the way' suggestion:

If there's a way to lock your guest book with an entry by you pointing to your forum, that's the way I'd go. After all, people did use your guest book, and their comments deserve to remain online.

Of maybe you can copy and paste those guestbook quotes into your forum somewhere.

Just thinking aloud ...  Smiley

Another suggestion is to regularly mention your forum with relevant links to it whenever you update your site's offerings.

Example: Whenever a new photo set is referenced on your site, a corresponding link to that contributor's photos can be included in your forum (along with the photos) so that people can post comments. For your contributors, having their own topic will be like having a mini-site of their own within your forum.

I've mentioned my suggestions because our own forum grew quite nicely back in 2002 when I incorporated it into the main pages of our site, which went live in 1997. Our forum isn't a particularly large one with only 7,440 members as of this post, but it stays pretty active. As I type this reply, we have 15 members on the site, and 941 guests.

Most Users ever online were 1414 on March 21, 2012 at 10:48am.
Most Members ever online were 28 on March 16, 2012 at 9:58am.
Most Guests ever online were 1392 on March 21, 2012 at 10:48am.

Have fun with your forum, and good luck with its growth.
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Reply #2 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 12:31am
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Thanks Bill for the Info. I never even thought of the guest book affecting it. Now that you mention it, I'm going to scrap it.

7440 members... Very nice. I would be happy with 500, as things are going now. Before I installed the forum, I read some things on forums and had somewhat of an idea of the difficulty it would be but thought I would give it a shot anyway.

Anyway, thanks again for the info. Ive actually enjoyed working on it and now am looking forward to YaBB3.
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 5:33pm
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I'm glad your guest book is still up, because I have a 'by the way' suggestion:

If there's a way to lock your guest book with an entry by you pointing to your forum, that's the way I'd go. After all, people did use your guest book, and their comments deserve to remain online.

Of maybe you can copy and paste those guestbook quotes into your forum somewhere.

Just thinking aloud ...  Smiley
  

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Reply #4 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 12:02am
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Good suggestions, Bill.

Good luck on your forum, westwegoman.  It looks like you have put a lot of time into customizing it, which is a good testament to how easily YaBB can be modified and the fact that a forum is more effective when integrated into a site rather than leaving it in its default format.
  

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Reply #5 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 1:05am
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Good idea Bill. I'll look into doing something like that. I should be able to just put the entries on a static page.

Corey, thanks for the compliment. It took some work to get it like that but it would not have been possible without help from all the great members at yabbforum.com and the ones who devote their time to writing mods. I also agree with you, YaBB is easyto modify. Thanks to all of you for a great forum.

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Reply #6 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:42am
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Some forums I visit actually have a forum board named guestbook, solely for leaving comments.
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 7:32am
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WestwegoMan wrote on Mar 27th, 2012 at 1:05am:
Good idea Bill. I'll look into doing something like that. I should be able to just put the entries on a static page.
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Entries on a static page will work, i.e., possibly as follows:

depablo wrote on Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:42am:
Some forums I visit actually have a forum board named guestbook, solely for leaving comments.

Or wherever.

Important: If you do move your guest book over into your forum, you'll probably want to keep intact the email addresses and websites as they were listed by your guests when they added their own guest book entry.

Hint: A quick way to save the email and website information versus doing it one entry at a time is to save your two guest book entry pages as local HTML files. That way, when you pull each page up in a browser, you'll see the respective information already typed out for you, which in turn can be copied, and pasted into your forum.
  

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Reply #8 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 2:19pm
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Thanks for the suggestions. I put the pages on a static page and left it on the site. I also added the guestbook mod to use as a new guest book within the forum, that way guest can still sign it without haing to join. I didnt really want to force people to join just to sign the gb.

I was hesitant to add it since there may not be one available when the new version of YaBB comes out. Guess ill just have to deal with that when it happens. It definately wont stop me from upgrading since it will be for the better.
  
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Reply #9 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 4:02pm
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What you did with your guest book; very cool. That's probably the most ideal way to have done it.

As for the guest book mod you installed, and your other mods as well, I'm always impressed whenever I see an admin including mods.

I'm told it's relatively easy to install mods once you get the hang of it, but I still haven't hopped onto that learning curve.

Gotta' do it!  Wink
  

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Reply #10 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:29pm
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It is actually pretty simple to install the mods. Once up you install a few, you kinda get hooked. At least I did.
  
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Reply #11 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:44pm
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WestwegoMan wrote on Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:29pm:
Once up you install a few, you kinda get hooked. At least I did.

It's extremely addictive - Once you pop, you can't stop! BoardMod should come with a health warning. Smiley
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Reply #12 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 9:12pm
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Thanks for the recommendations.

What got me stuck was the installation of BoardMod itself. I'm guessing the latest is BoardMod 2.5.6 from 11.11.2007.

What unnerves me about it is that the FAQ page seems to be outdated in a big way. See the following:

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On the other hand, I guess I can check out the following:

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If you need an even more detailed description, please try Boardmod for the Bloody Novice.

For me personally, the main reason I wanted to add mods was to stop spammers from registering in our forum. As an example, I really like the way spamfruit is used on the registration page.

What I did instead was to implement a hack that was relatively easy to edit, and it stopped spammers cold. That versus having to install BoardMod.

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Reply #13 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 11:27pm
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I'm guessing the latest is BoardMod 2.5.6 from 11.11.2007.


2.5.6 is the version of boardmod that I use. I dont really know about earlier versions cause I started out playing around with YaBB when version 2.3 was out, therefore I could not advise on the real early versions of YaBB.

The FAQ on this page explains it pretty good. You could always drop in on the forum and ask around for help. The guys over there are always willing to help out.

Although I have never had a major problem arise from installing a mod, the one thing that I would suggest is to make a seperate forum as a test forum for installing mods first. Thats what I did when I fiirst started so I didnt have to worry about messing up my live board.

That being said, It's always best to have a back-up of your live forum, just incase.

Derek Barnstorm wrote on Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:44pm:
WestwegoMan wrote on Mar 27th, 2012 at 6:29pm:
Once up you install a few, you kinda get hooked. At least I did.

It's extremely addictive - Once you pop, you can't stop! BoardMod should come with a health warning. Smiley


I couldn't agree with Derek more. Its very addictive once you get the hang of it.
  
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Reply #14 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 11:57pm
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WestwegoMan wrote on Mar 27th, 2012 at 11:27pm:
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The FAQ on this page explains it pretty good. You could always drop in on the forum and ask around for help. The guys over there are always willing to help out.

Although I have never had a major problem arise from installing a mod, the one thing that I would suggest is to make a seperate forum as a test forum for installing mods first. Thats what I did when I fiirst started so I didnt have to worry about messing up my live board.
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Thanks for the great advice. I really appreciate it.

Of all the things to think about while taking a shower ... no idea why ... I was just thinking of putting up a test forum to work on. I actually did this before on one of our domains, and it helped a lot. I subsequently deleted it.

I used to help other webmasters set up their own forums, but that was back in the days of YaBB Gold 1.4 (circa 2002). I need to step up to that learning curve again.

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Corrected the name of the first YaBB version I used in 2002.
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