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    Adding a forum to an advice website
    I have an 'advice' website for lack of a better general term. I am considering adding a forum to the website.

    My main motivation is that I will increase my mailing lists interaction with my website with the assumption that more time spent on my website will lead to more clicks on my affiliate links and the discussions will lead to more gambling and increased affiliate revenue. It will also encourage word of mouth about my website should the forum prove popular.

    I am interested in the vBulletin software with my only experience being from a poster viewpoint. It is extremely easy to navigate, has a clean appearance and most forum users are familiar with the format and will be more likely to engage. I particularly like the appearance and functionality of boards.ie - Now Ye're Talkin' and ideally this would be the template for what I have in mind.

    I have seen most people on forum software discussions say that vBulletin is no longer the best software to use yet when I question them as to why, not a single reason is given, so I am getting the impression that the masses are simply repeating what they read elsewhere without understanding why.

    There would not be a lot of volunteer moderators available, at least for the first few months so I would have to do everything possible to limit the time I have to spend on the forum myself without making things so difficult for the users that they abandon the forum.



    The basic functions I would hope to have on the forum would be:


    *Have 10 relevant questions asked during the signup process with a drop/tick/radio box with 5 answers for each question for quality control and spam prevention.

    *Minimum 20 posts before users can post URLs, send PMs or start threads.

    *If a post is reported 10 times it is moved to an admin only section for review and no longer visible to other users. This is the most important feature for me as it would drastically limit my admin/moderator workload.

    *"VIP" area for members that reach a minimum number of posts.

    *Be able to have bookmaker/casino names automatically hyperlinked to my affiliate account.

    *Posters can't edit/delete their posts after 10 minutes.

    *I want to disable signatures and avatars.

    *If someone posts a top quality post an admin can award them something along the lines of a 'gold star' with the intention being to run a competition where by if you get x gold stars you will receive $Y.


    Is vBulletin capable of doing this or can you recommend alternative software.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Seems like you would be putting in a lot of effort...
    Is it truly worth the output?

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    I have looked into this in more detail and the output definitely is not worth the time. it was a nice idea but it will not make enough money to warrant the effort until I grow my customer base a lot more.

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    What if you hired a team to populate the forum until it takes off and perhaps even hire someone to moderate it for you? I only ask, because I have been looking into the same thing for my business, and having those things done is really pretty inexpensive.

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    ...hired a team to populate the forum until it takes off...
    Contrived posts are fairly easy to see through and would likely be counter-productive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delilah View Post
    What if you hired a team to populate the forum until it takes off and perhaps even hire someone to moderate it for you? I only ask, because I have been looking into the same thing for my business, and having those things done is really pretty inexpensive.

    I would be interested in the figures and where you sourced these people from?

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    Yeah, if you don't have the audience, there's not much benefit. Forums are always useful though.

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