POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

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What do you think about an intruduction sub-forum / thread and the profile's info?

We need an introduction sub-forum, with one thread per user.
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No votes
We need an introduction thread, with only one thread for all the users.
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38%
Introduction sub-forum / thread are useless, I wouldn't even read it anyway.
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13%
We need to add some custom profile info's fields. (please say which ones)
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6%
Some of the current profile info's fields are useless and should be removed. (please say which ones)
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No votes
The current profile info's fields are fine.
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13%
I never look at profile infos, and I intent to keep it that way.
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6%
I don't give a flying feather. Whatever the final choice will be, it's fine for me.
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13%
Why not asking to our venerated site owner, aka Jenn Barr, and let her choose what to do?
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6%
Why not Zoidberg?
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6%
 
Total votes: 16

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POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by Shirluban » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:24 am

(Original suggestion from wavemotion: Introduction Forum.)

Don't hesitate to post any comment and suggestion you have to say.
And please vote even if it is to say you don't care about this subject.


The current profile info's fields are:
  • AOL Instant Messenger
  • WL/MSN Messenger
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • Jabber address
  • Website
  • Location
  • Occupation
  • Interests
  • Birthday
Custom profile info's fields could be, for example:
  • affiliations
  • username on popular online MJ games
  • play MJ since (year)
  • rules used
  • championships
  • languages
  • real name
  • quest
  • favorite colour
  • gender
  • alignment
  • cup size
  • ...
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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by Kyuu » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:47 am

A thread perhaps. But definitely not a sub-forum, as the join rate to this site is not as high as many others I frequent.

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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by wavemotion » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:03 pm

Since this was my suggestion I will lobby for it publicly here.

First, I feel that an introduction thread is quite distinct from Profile info - the latter is for people who have already joined. The former helps attract people who are on the fence and perhaps lurking already. Profile info doesn't help grow the user-base. An Introduction thread might.

I help run BoardGameGeek (specifically I head up the sister-site RPGGeek.com) where we have just passed a half-million registered board users. Over the 10 years there we've learned quite few things about attracting new people. Without new people, hobbies languish and wither. I can, from experience, say that the forums here at Reach Mahjong are well structured and the site is well maintained but jumping into discussion here is intimidating. Several times I've wanted to create an account and post a reply but didn't as I felt just a bit too 'noobish'. Even the Dojo can find some heated discussion (and asking questions when you're already a little new and gun-shy doesn't feel overly welcoming). I've run across thousands over on the Geek who felt the way I do. It's not easy to jump in with both feet first. Heck, it's hard enough just dipping your toe in the water!

An introduction thread is just that - a place where you can make your first post and give a little background. There are no expectations as to what someone might post. Even a simple 'Hi. I've been lurking for some time and finally decided to get an account.' might be enough to get them over the hump. Board regulars generally watch this thread and jump in to welcome new folks. This gives a very safe and clearly delineated area for an entry-level post that doesn't require the person to have a specific question or respond to an existing discussion. It's a thread to get their feet wet - hopefully they find the water warm and stay.

The current forums are like a group of close friends who are standing in a circle talking. You can listen and you can even jump in but it can be intimidating to just up and start discussing with them. Having a warm friendly thread will seem inviting - witnessing all of the other newbies who joined can create a bit of a 'snowball' effect. At worst, it brings no new people to the discussion. However, even if it only brings a few people in from lurking status, I suspect it will have been worthwhile.

As an aside, I'll fill in some of the proposed optional extra profile info here: Username usually DaveB or wavemotion, male, blue... no red!, played since 2006 (video) and 2012 (live), B-Cup, Lawful Good.

-Dave

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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by xKime » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:28 am

I am only slightly tempted by the cup size field.

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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by jenn » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:08 pm

My cup size is B, if that's what you were asking.

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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by xKime » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:16 pm

jenn wrote:My cup size is B, if that's what you were asking.
I am more of the type who needs to see to believe.

Or was it measure to believe...

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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by Barticle » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:19 pm

Appreciate you sharing your experience in such matters, Dave. It would be (and recently has been) great to see a little more activity. For what it's worth I include a quick plug for the forum in each of my (mahjong) guides. I wondered previously if it would be worth doing a quick recruitment drive on some major anime forums but never got around to it and I think you're correct to suggest there's already a rich supply of posters in the form of existing lurkers.
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Re: POLL: Introduction forum & profile info

Post by Shirluban » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:17 pm

Not much votes. :cry:

Anyway, the introduction thread is created.
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