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Old 05-30-2003, 03:45 PM   #16
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jfs01, I don't want to confuse you or anyone here. You know, when I started this board I had mainly one thing in mind: to start a community. A mobile-minded community or something in this direction. Now, with the recent restrictions I want to give us an incentive to be more communicative and to interact with each other. I hope you understand my reasoning.

That said, just feel free to post anything or reply to anything you think that is interesting. It is all what is needed to get the community rolling

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.

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Old 05-30-2003, 03:45 PM   #17
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Old 05-30-2003, 11:58 PM   #18
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Well, it's a bit draconian, but what the heck...

I'm in.
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Old 05-31-2003, 04:39 PM   #19
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Old 06-03-2003, 03:49 PM   #20
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Hi,

My experience with online forums (and offline ones too for that matter) is that you can't force people to contribute.

Unfortunately there will always be a percentage of people who will not contribute, but just silently benefit from the work of others without even so much as a note of thanks. When you remove their access they will simply go elsewhere - and you don't end up expanding the community at all. So instead of 1000 visitors with 30 contributors, all you get is 30 visitors and 30 contributors (OK maybe an extreme example but you get the idea).

I used to run a BBS about 10 years ago and found the same thing back then - it's a matter of human nature I suppose.

My advice is to be patient and keep working - you can build an online community, just by providing a reason to visit. The more reasons to visit, the more visitors you get. The more visitors you get, the more contributors. Und So Weiter...

In short: I highly recommend you reconsider this policy.

Another thing: If you do want to continue with this policy, I suggest changing the "you have no access" screen. It currently says that you have no access because you haven't registered. This is not quite right - even if you do register you won't necessarily get access to the information! I think this needs to be spelled out.

I found this site looking for information on how to get iSilo to work with a given site. I used the search feature on the site name, and got a link. The link sent me to the access denied page. This is mildly annoying - I was led to believe that by registering I would get access to the information I was after. This was not the case.

Bear in mind that I had no idea about the access restriction policy. It was only after digging around a bit that I found out about it.

Thanks anyway for a great site (the bits I can see of it anyway
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Old 06-04-2003, 10:05 AM   #21
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kitten_moon,

Thanks for sharing your concerns. I agree with you that in general forcing people to contribute is not a good thing.

But let's face it. Since I implemented this relatively small restriction, user participation has increased by several 100%. And it is sooo easy to gain access.

All the best,
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Old 06-04-2003, 10:08 AM   #22
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Old 06-04-2003, 12:05 PM   #23
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Old 06-04-2003, 08:15 PM   #24
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I've only just registered isilo and joined the forum as well, but I plan on hanging around (and losing the newbie status )

As has already been said however, I don't want to post just for the sake of posting, as that seems pointless. Having said that, I will contribute when and as I can.

We could also improve turcic's profile by doing some "advertising". Contact the guys that run news sites like Clie World, tipsheets, etc, and ask them to plug the site. That can get more people interested, and perhaps get them participating in the forums too.

Hey, maybe we need a forum for new forum suggestions!
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Old 06-05-2003, 12:51 AM   #25
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Thanks for the upgrade, Alexander ...
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Old 06-05-2003, 03:32 AM   #26
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We could also improve turcic's profile by doing some "advertising". Contact the guys that run news sites like Clie World, tipsheets, etc, and ask them to plug the site. That can get more people interested, and perhaps get them participating in the forums too.

Yup, I agree. We will work on this. Especially a lot of non-PalmOS-users (such as PPC users) haven't heard from us yet.
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Heh, we have that already! See here.

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Hey, how do I lose this "Junior Member" status, hmmm?
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Out of curiosity, what is the ratio of posts to members on other Forums?
I know that on some of the ones with lots of posts, there are numerous duplicate postings.
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Hmm, trying to comprehend this new policy. Actually, was looking for other users who may had experience problems with their SD 64Mb Sandisk card. I know there are other forums, but was hoping it would be easier to navigate on this site.
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