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I found this on another forum....interesting eh...????




Life cycle of a forum

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Found this on another forum.

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A FORUM COMMUNITY

Stage 1: Arrival of the core group. When a net community starts, it will attract a small group of regulars. This number is usually fairly specific -- under 30 people who participate heavily. Since the new site has little traffic, this group dominates the site.

Stage 2: Community Expansion. The website begins to grow exponentially towards its eventual "maximum size". So lots of new people arrive. The regulars, typically friendly and social able, welcome these new people to the community. Some of the regulars try to hint that these newcomers need to respect the existing pecking order and other unwritten rules that the regulars have established.

Stage 3: Melodrama. Some of the regulars, now using terms like "Old guard" or "Founders" or "Old timers" or other terms to convey that they've been part of the community for longer than others, begin to write about the lack of manners, civility, decency, etc. of many of the newcomers. Various melodramatic posts/articles are written about how everything is falling apart.

Stage 4: Exodus. Some of the "old guard" now begin to leave in a huff. This usually includes so long winded, melodramatic post talking about how the community has gone to hell in the hand basket and how they predict that other people (like themselves) will soon leave as well. The implication being that the original regulars are more equal than newcomers and the loss of their presence will doom the site.

Stage 5: Stabilization. The "old guard" that remains are the ones who can adapt to the community's growth and maturity. They are the ones who recognize that they are one member amongst many. The community will have lots of activity and interest but a lot less melodrama at this point. Occasionally, an "old timer" will drop in and bemoan how much nicer things were in the "old days" when the community had a "specific character". The most popular users at this point will form a new set of regulars.
 

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Keano4taoiseach said:
Hopefully more members though Solks...eh...

And us oldies can show em who's boss...lol....
well weve got more than enough posters

just ashame like 90% dont post more than 10 times
 

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danfelixbuffy said:
Well ive got 3 forums and this is my original and least favourite,dont know what that implies!



Does that mean you're on three forums....and this one is your least favourite...???:(
 

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Keano4taoiseach said:
Does that mean you're on three forums....and this one is your least favourite...???:(
im not sure either tbh......its a tough one but i think you're right ;)
 

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Keano4taoiseach said:
Hopefully more members though Solks...eh...

And us oldies can show em who's boss...lol....
If one day you become an oldy...then what does that make me???(been here since day 1)
 

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The 5 stages are so true. I've seen it happen a few times. When the people who leave in a huff are the people who run the site though it's bye bye forum.
 

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reddwarf said:
The 5 stages are so true. I've seen it happen a few times. When the people who leave in a huff are the people who run the site though it's bye bye forum.
Ahhhhh but if the people running off in a huff run the forum they are not right people for this job !!

Boss man will tell you this.......

When you are running these places as Admin or mod always people try to catch you out and pick fault.......but this is OK......if nothing else it keeps them posting,. lmao....:p
 

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The post is dead true with several things in life honestly, but I'm too sleepy to go into it.

I'm curious though, where is the line between old timer and new member? :D
 
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