View Full Version : what makes a good forum?

August 14th, 2011, 6:21 AM
the question is a simple one. im sure that a lot of you visit internet forums other than pc so what do you consider a good forum? a forum which has strict standards of posting and brutal moderation or one that is very lax with rules? a forum with an overflowing staff team or the bare minimum of moderators? a bustling forum with a large memberbase and tremendous activity or a smaller, cozier atmosphere with a few regulars who know each other very well?

August 14th, 2011, 6:59 AM
Lax moderation. Medium sized forum that has many regulars; sort of a happy medium for forum size.

The amount of moderators doesn't really matter as long as they can keep it properly moderated and spam free.

Captain Fabio
August 14th, 2011, 10:53 AM
I think the main thing that is needed is a good community. You can have an amazing forum, amazing staff and so on, but if the community isn't engaging and just boring, then it makes it ... boring.

Overlord Drakow
August 14th, 2011, 11:05 AM
I think the main thing that is needed is a good community. You can have an amazing forum, amazing staff and so on, but if the community isn't engaging and just boring, then it makes it ... boring.

The converse is also true Captain. Having a fantastic community but a forum which has little to offer, is equally pathetic.

I have been on both large forums and smaller ones and both have their perks. I don't think forum size is such an issue. I am in agreement with Miles in regards to moderators.

I think a forum which specializes in something but also offers diversity for people who do not necessarily have a significant interest in the aforementioned specialty, will have good success, as long as the memberbase isn't full of trolls such as myself >=D

August 14th, 2011, 11:31 AM
Nice staff members. Not a million forums (not that PC has that too much), lax rules...

Patchisou Yutohru
August 14th, 2011, 3:08 PM
@Destiny Demon: PC does have too much.

What Captain Fabio said. It has to have an engaging community, even if it's a community of less than 100 members. As long as the community is engaging, the forum can be good.

Captain Hobo.
August 15th, 2011, 4:38 PM
Lax moderation and a medium size nice happy member. I like things you can joke about with other members. I hate forums were everyone is so serious.

~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
August 15th, 2011, 6:49 PM
Pretty much enough Mod's doing their job, not having too many forums within a forum and respectable members that follow the rules.


August 15th, 2011, 7:00 PM
Well what makes a good forum is pretty much a good community, a good administrator who knows what he's doing, a good skin, a good staff team should be small if community is small and so on, and small forums should stay away from preparing to be big before they're even medium. A lot of new forums do that, people just think. ":D I'm gonna make a forum! Let's get 25 members of staff and then we can sit and wait for members! :DDD" and the staff team is way too large. When I first start out 3 admins is the max for me. You need to have that amount at first, or smaller.

Then once things start to get out of hand you hire an S-Mod or possibly another admin. Don't hire mods until your H-Staff have problems keeping everything together. Then you pretty much start hiring mods for the big forums.

Some people also make tons of forums without first getting members. I've seen forums that are completely empty with as many forums as PC. You should start small and grow.

August 15th, 2011, 7:10 PM
What makes a good forum are staff that are always willing to help out, cool-loking skins and interesting discussions in the threads.

Harley Quinn
August 15th, 2011, 8:33 PM
Like what everyone else said here, there needs to be a decent community in order for me to like it. I don't mind strict rules, just as long as they're not Serebii-like and suck the fun out of the forum. But the community is the most important part of the forum. Without good community, what is the point of posting?

August 15th, 2011, 8:55 PM
It should be active enough where I can check up every hour or so and see new posts. And there should also be a strong sense of community. If I feel detached in a forum, I lose interest.

August 15th, 2011, 9:31 PM
I would say an ideal forum would be one with lax moderation. Of course ban/infract members who are just dicking around and purposely insulting members, but if a message seems offtopic, don't be so quick to delete it. Posting in a forum should be like real life conversation, only organized. Instead of having topics come to you, you can in fact choose what topics to discuss. And just like any real life conversation, some posts may be considered offtopic because they stretch out onto a tangent. That should be fine.

The staff needs to be serious about its job. A lot of places that require positions of power without any actual compensation for responsibility results in carelessness and a corrupted (to put it extremely) staff that goes against its own rules behind the backs of regular members and ultimately try to improve the forum for what best suits their personal interests before the ones of its members. The staff needs to be built of people dedicated and passionate about the forum's main topic (in this case Pokemon and Pokemon-related events) and keep the forum interesting. The beauty of forums especially is that it's the community that provides its own entertainment: the staff can sit back and let the members interact via various topics within various subjects. A good example of proactivity by the staff would be the PokeCommunity's annual Get-Together event.

I think a good forum is one with a large memberbase. More members means more topics, more posts, more thoughts, more insights. More members means the demand for more to be done or to be included. Our Culture & Media forum, for example, is fairly new to the forum when you consider how long PC's actually been running. Only with a large community will things progress and improve. A small, tight-knit community may want more to be done, but not as much or as in high demand as a large group of people. And it's within these large communities that smaller groups form through similar interests.

This should be PotW.

August 15th, 2011, 10:26 PM
What appeals to me is a large, nice-looking forum with an easy-to-navigate layout. The forum should have enough competent and fair active staff members to ensure things run smoothly and that the rule- which are for the most part very common-sense-like- are enforced. The members as a whole should be diverse and fairly nice.

Er so basically what I'm saying is PC has spoiled me and I expect every forum to be up to its standard. Which generally results in mild disappointment when that standard is not met.

August 15th, 2011, 10:36 PM
A easy-to-use theme and good members are quite important. Also, good staff members and not too many forum sections.

Pokemon Trainer Touko
August 17th, 2011, 5:33 AM
Nice moderators, pretty themes and lax rules :D

King Gumball
August 17th, 2011, 10:11 PM
Well I think that a good community of people make a good forum, usually influenced by moderators that actually care about it's member, keep strict guidelines but are rather lax and easy going. I think the reason why this forum is so good is because of it's approachable staff team, lots of members and it's organized board. Not like Serebii which imo is in shambles and I don't think I will be going there ever again.

August 17th, 2011, 10:43 PM
it actually depends on the forum itself, what is the purpose of the forum? What kind of event,topics and how the viewers and the member can enjoy from it ;)