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Published on December 25, 2020 By Frogboy In Everything Else

I'll be honest with you.  I spend a lot of time on Reddit.   

One can see a direct correlation between the rice of Reddit (and to a lesser extent Twitter and Facebook) and the fall of blogs and forums.

And I think that's a shame because the nice thing about forums is that you get to know the regulars and there are many nice features on forums that Reddit doesn't have.

Still, the UI on many forums, including ours, is not as good as I'd like to see.  Which makes me wonder, what would it take to make forums more competitive to Reddit? What would they need for you to come visit more?

One reason I ask is that over the next 18 months Stardock is going to be releasing a lot of stuff and we'd like to get our forums in shape to hopefully offer a fun and useful place to spend time at.  

In 2020, we did a number of behind the scenes updates that regulars might have noticed (for instance, the entire backend got a huge upgrade making everything much faster).  But there's a lot of UX stuff that we don't have a consistent opinion on which shows. 

So we're asking you, what are 5 things you would do to these forums that would make you and other more inclined to visit?


Comments
on Dec 26, 2020

There are subreddits I've been in where you get to know the regulars pretty well, but the examples I can think of were ones that moved from another forum to reddit. I only ever visit about 3 subreddits, and Discord is actually the social site I interact with most. I rarely use twitter, and Facebook is something I drop by once every 2 weeks to see what my family is up to...

I'm not sure what would make me browse forums directly, I actually have very little time for social media anymore. I think the thing that got me to stop using Joe User as a blog was mostly technical issues with the RSS feeds, but I can't remember the exact problems I was encountering. I mostly just moved to a Jekyll based blog, and Pleroma based Microblog.

on Dec 26, 2020

Kazriko

There are subreddits I've been in where you get to know the regulars pretty well, but the examples I can think of were ones that moved from another forum to reddit. I only ever visit about 3 subreddits, and Discord is actually the social site I interact with most. I rarely use twitter, and Facebook is something I drop by once every 2 weeks to see what my family is up to...

I'm not sure what would make me browse forums directly, I actually have very little time for social media anymore. I think the thing that got me to stop using Joe User as a blog was mostly technical issues with the RSS feeds, but I can't remember the exact problems I was encountering. I mostly just moved to a Jekyll based blog, and Pleroma based Microblog.

Yea, I used to live on RSS feeds until Google killed their service with it.

 

on Dec 26, 2020

Frogboy

Yea, I used to live on RSS feeds until Google killed their service with it.
 

There's plenty of other rss services that took over for google reader though. Feedly seems to be the most popular, but I use Newsblur myself.

on Dec 26, 2020

One thing I would like is ability to attached images in post as groups instead of one at a time. To be able to go to a library and select multiple images at once for upload.

on Dec 27, 2020

I would agree that the priority should probably be Discord. Creating a community where you can post a question and there's people who will start discussing it immediately is great. It flows so much nicer than any forum could. However, the moment you want to go back and reference something, forums are far superior. I think there's colossal synergy between Reddit and Discord, which is what makes so many subreddits and servers thrive.

on Dec 27, 2020

Exenterator

However, the moment you want to go back and reference something, forums are far superior.

Yep....I really can't handle those systems that create branches in their conversations....they're a navigation nightmare being non-sequential as time-lines.

Conversations should be linear.  Time is linear...

on Dec 28, 2020

I use a program to write my message and then

paste it into the box on the forum.

It gets double spaced when I do this.

I do this because I use my spell check

and if the browser crashes I don't have to start over.

I would request a single spacing when I paste.

on Dec 29, 2020


I use a program to write my message and then

paste it into the box on the forum.

It gets double spaced when I do this.

I do this because I use my spell check

and if the browser crashes I don't have to start over.

I would request a single spacing when I paste.

 

You may want to look into the program you are using. I used notepad and it doesn't seem to set double spacing when pasting into the forum for posting.
Test with new line that is not double spaced in notepad.

Manually double spaced this paragraph.

on Dec 29, 2020

If you like the way the spacing works, it is fine for me the way it is.

on Dec 29, 2020


and if the browser crashes I don't have to start over.

Iben...all you need to do is type directly into the form....select all and copy....then press 'post reply'.

If it crashes...you have the lost text still...to repost...

Been doing that for yonks.

on Dec 29, 2020


and if the browser crashes I don't have to start over.

Iben...all you need to do is type directly into the form....select all and copy....then press 'post reply'.

If it crashes...you have the lost text still...to repost...

Been doing that for yonks.

....and here it is...

on Dec 30, 2020

Well I think that forums are superior. Discord has a section for bug reports. There’s no reason we couldn’t have that hear, we just don’t. A section to explain the what updates do like discord would be nice. A section for known bugs would be nice. This would help. Make it easier to make a avatar. 
the forums have slowed down. More posts from your employees.