[pct-l] PCT Forums
pacificcresttrail2011 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 20:11:58 CST 2011
As one of the originally developers of phpBB, and thus as somebody who has
dealt with forums of mass proportion (million+ members), can I make a
Start small and add forums as you need them.
Very few people are going to join a website that has 50+ forums with "0
posts" listed in 99% of the forums.
Start with 5 categories *max* and build up from there - over the course of a
year or two.
Substantial growth of forums comes with being able to pull in members who
can focus on a very small hand full of topics very well.
Most "forum people" are not going to bounce through 20+ different forum
Your goal has to be to bring people in from the likes of pct-l and even
harder: whiteblaze and backpackinglight.
Your ambitions might be good, but going on 11 years of working with some of
the largest forums in the world have taught me a few lessons, and the
biggest lesson I could teach is "stay narrowly focused" until you get your
feet under you (ie: 5,000+ *active* members)
Best of luck,
On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 8:34 PM, Alphabetsoup <alphabetsoupmmm at gmail.com>wrote:
> I'm relatively new to the hiking community. I will be embarking on my first
> distance hike sometime around the KO, either a week before, or a week
> Personally, I find this list to be a great resource. One of the things I
> like best about it
> is that it is more of an ongoing conversation, not just a list of random
> posts. It does take
> some getting used to but when your looking for something specific, its in
> the archives,
> easily found through a google search.
> There seem to be many many thousands of miles of PCT experience here.
> thanks to all of you for your input, your stories, your suggestions and the
> humorous posts
> that bring on a smile!
> Without the thousands of e-mails I have read over the past few
> months, I would not be ready to hike the PCT.
> Paul A ~ (one of 4 is it? )
> On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Mike <fox15rider at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Ok so I think this mailing list thing is very hard to follow. well its
> > that its that hard its just a pain to follow a post and continue reading
> > everyones respones. I have been researching hiking the PCT and have not
> > found any good forums.. Well I took matters into my own hands and made
> > Trail forum site. Its www.trailforums.us Yes I know there is already
> > trailforums.com and other they just dont have things broken down into
> > categories that well.. So I figured I would throw up a site for people
> > use.. if you have suggestions let me know. The site will always be
> > ~Thumper
> > www.mspct.com
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