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PTRACER
Posted: Dec 8 2015, 04:24 AM
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Hi guys,

Found the forum through YouTube, I thought it was worth checking out....although I may be a little disappointing as a new member blush.gif

The purpose for my signing up is this. I run a similar discussion forum, which began life in 2003. I see this forum has been around for nearly as long.

I'm finding older forums like ours are like a local pub. As time goes on, the forum becomes a place for a small number of mature regulars - they post several times a day every day, they feel part of a strong community and feel at home where they are. Meanwhile, a large number of lurkers regularly log on to read but have stopped contributing long ago. New blood is hard to come by, because they all want big, busy forums and everyone else talks on YouTube, Facebook, or Reddit. A small number of new users become regulars because they don't like those sites.

Let me get to the point...Quite a few older racing forums I'm on are in this position. One of them has been struggling to get new members for the last five years and have gone through all the possible options, but as they stopped offering new content a looong time ago there's no attraction. They have less than a dozen active posters now. Conversely, my forum *is* offering new content on a fairly regular basis and has around double the active posters (plus 100 or so lurkers who seldom contribute).

So what I proposed to this other forum was a merger. I said if you want 'new blood', why not team up with another forum in a similar position? If your community is tight, move it over in one piece and keep it intact. It benefits both sides. And we're going through the talks now to get this done. I'll be renaming some of our forum sections to mirror theirs, nominating a moderator to represent them and I'll be reinstating their old 'theme' so they don't feel like they've really left.

I have the capacity on my webspace to do something similar for a very small, elect number of other forums who want to stay together but want a few more like-minded people around.

Well, I don't know if any of this interests the Pit Lane admin staff/members; I don't know how tight the community is or what the current 'mood' is towards activity/new blood here, I'd like to hear your thoughts just the same.

*Prepares to be pelted with rotten fruits*

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PTRACER
Posted: Jun 15 2016, 03:16 PM
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The forum I mentioned in my first post have now joined us and the results have been very good. According to the stats, we're back up to 2008 levels of activity.

As that's worked, I'm going to be sending messages to a number of other small forums over the idea of creating one "super" forum. It seems better than having lots of very small forums around right?
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