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Blowing the RWD Horn a Bit

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Jack:
........What do you all think about this?? Am I on target, or missing something?.......
 
 
Of course your on target here Dan.
 
This reminds me of the time I posted a thread on a Russian discussion board about a scam we had discovered. This particular board was a board who accepted advertising dollars from agencies and the scam we found, and could prove, was from the largest paying advertiser at that time.
 
As you could imagine I was quite surprised when my detailed post in the scammers section was removed. When asked why I was told it was due to some computer glitch. Yea, and it only effected my post. Sure, give me a break, like I just fell off the turnip truck yesterday.
 
Are you on target here Dan?  I would say so.

KenC:
Even though there are a lot of similarities between this and the other board, I see the biggest differences are the freedom to post here and the demographics.  That being said, I would like to ask just how different can a format be on any forum?  You either  use a format like Planet Love that can be confusing without topic titles or catagories or you use the current set up.  I like the set up currently being used.  The accusations that this forum is a clone of the other is some sort of misplaced jealousy.  And as for the set up here being similar to the other forum, well, just how many different topic titles can you have on the exact same subject?

The freedom to post here is a huge selling point to the community of members this forum has attracted.  Many have been banned from the other forum for over stepping some imaginary line drawn in the sand over there.  Whether it was because of personality or business conflicts, we will never know because once you commit yourself to moderation, you are at the mercy and descretion of the people you give the moderating powers to.  The result is uneven moderation.  I will say that I think the other forum has backed off of heavy moderation lately and have let more threads take their natural course.  I also think that that change can be directly linked to what is being done here.

But it is the demographics that is the biggest difference between the two forums.  There just seems to be many more active posters here that have successfully traversed the minefield of marriage to a RW.  The active members of the other forum seem to consist of an inordinate amount of players or men that are really not interested in marriage to a RW.  Now if I were a newbie, I would want to obtain my advice from men who had successfully traveled the road I was undertaking and not from some sex tourist.

KenC

Admin:
Ken,

You make a number of good points.

I have done substantial research about the major BB software packages out there - and most have a VERY similar look and feel. There are subtle differences - and this one was selected for its simplicity in administration. Had I wished a board which was effective at banner ad management, or one which integrated into a CMS (Content Management System), I would almost certainly have made a different selection - but even those have very similar appearance for the members.

As for topical choices and structure - I have stated it many times, I have visited the RWG only a handful of times in the period it has been active and have visited the other board (Khashyer's - ??) even less - maybe one time in my life. I honestly did not even know the layouts or forum structures or anything else about the other boards, when I set-up this board. I based the structure on my own initial thoughts - then I solicited a few other opinions (yours was among them, IIRC) - and the rest has evolved over time. If there is a similarity in appearance, it has nothing to do with any alleged "cloning" - it is the simple natural progression of the nature of the theme and topical content of the board.

Demographics seem to be driven by a couple of things. One is how the board is marketed. There are numerous websites I have come to recently learn, all on the topic of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) - driven by the fact that Google and Yahoo and others are somewhat closed-mouthed about how, exactly, they rank sites which meet search criterion. There are strategies employed for 'back-links' (whatever those are), and meta-tags (which I am told are useless now), and other similar efforts to try to ratchet a site up on the ranking lists.

Another influence to board demographics is reciprocal links - and links from paying advertisers. RWD does not have many of those - as there are no paid advertisers, and the only links pointing to us, are from those people who have made the decision to point people here because of the value of the information - no other reason. A good example if the blogger who is living in Ukraine right now and is on some sort of sponsorship by an American organization to study the MOB phenomenon. You can find his blogsite here -- http://everybodyiloveyou.blogspot.com/ - and in it, he references RWD and includes a link to our site.

One of the tenets of RWD which I hope is valued and appreciated, is that I tend to do everything pretty transparently. I ask the members what direction they want the board to take. I encourage the members to send me emails, or initiate polls, or take any steps they wish to determine what RWD will become. I do, on occasion, make unilateral decisions to protect the stated interests and mission of the board - but those are so rare as to be almost non-existent.

In other words, there is no "back-room" discussion or politicking in which board direction is set and board administration policies are decided.

Well - we shall see where, if anywhere, this topic goes.

I think it is important to 'clear the air' once in a while - and if nothing else, maybe this has (or will) accomplished that.

- Dan

Bruno:

--- Quote from: Dan ---I have done substantial research about the major BB software packages out there - and most have a VERY similar look and feel.
--- End quote ---

Dan, you have something on these forum who don't exist at any other forum... the "no-hold barred" section...

Other forum delete controversial post... here, they are send in the "no-hold barred" section... everybody is free to search in the trash for find some pearl...

Software and template can be the same but each forum have his own "personality"...

 

Admin:

--- Quote from: Bruno ---Dan, you have something on these forum who don't exist at any other forum... the "no-hold barred" section...

Other forum delete controversial post... here, they are send in the "no-hold barred" section... everybody is free to search in the trash for find some pearl...

Software and template can be the same but each forum have his own "personality"...
--- End quote ---


Yeah - one of the interesting things I did recently was to re-restablish the criteria for what is a "Popular" topic - found under the tab with that title in the upper left of the Home page.

Of the topics which appear there - an unexpectedly large proportion are from the NHB section.

It seems we have a board community that likes to argue about some topics :shock:

FWIW

- Dan

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