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Offline Wayne

(RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« on: July 01, 2009, 03:16:58 PM »
Hi guys,

Looking over the Social Groups, it appears -- at least to me, that the Social Groups module is getting limited success because of the fact they're sorta, kinda hidden for most people.

http://www.amiga.org/forums/group.php

As such, I am proposing the idea to create a "Special Interest Groups" Master forum, then allowing members to create their own sub forums underneath that (by way of form request).

Either that, or I could create a SIG's forum underneath the Coffee House, but to me, the Coffee House is kinda specific to more global discussion on politics, etc.

OR..  We could move CH/Politics, etc underneath the SIG's forum?

I dunno, but I would LOVE some input on how to handle it in the way that would best help the users and get more of you to stick around.

Wayne
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Offline GadgetMaster

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 07:50:22 PM »
Is it possible for social group posts to appear in the 'recent posts' block. If so I think that would boost their popularity many fold.
 

Offline Wayne

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 08:03:40 PM »
Quote from: GadgetMaster;514140
Is it possible for social group posts to appear in the 'recent posts' block. If so I think that would boost their popularity many fold.
That's part of the problem, and the reason I suggested to turn them into forums.  Social Groups (the module) aren't really treated like forums, so can't show up in that type list (new posts).  There is a social groups block on the main forum page, but apparently no one has ever thought about a "Recent" block.

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Offline GadgetMaster

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 09:35:55 PM »
Quote from: Wayne;514142
That's part of the problem, and the reason I suggested to turn them into forums.  Social Groups (the module) aren't really treated like forums, so can't show up in that type list (new posts).  There is a social groups block on the main forum page, but apparently no one has ever thought about a "Recent" block.

Wayne


Would this module be of any use? It says Version 3.7 though   ...

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=174342

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Offline DiskDoctor

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 04:42:42 PM »
Quote from: Wayne;514106
Hi guys,

Looking over the Social Groups, it appears -- at least to me, that the Social Groups module is getting limited success (...)

That's a great peace of news!  This means that most people here have sufficient social r-life, so they're too busy for social e-life :lol:

But seriously, maybe they're hidden as you say, and need promotion (I came across them accidentally).  My personal opinion is that social groups (here and not only) can succeed AS LONG AS they're aimed at some specific knowledge sharing.  Like this very portal.  Like technology bunch, MOS, Mac, mobile, iPhone etc.  Also, if there is no much activity in the group, it doesn't mean the group is dead.  Just wait for some extra news publicly available.  Besides those groups are just aorg dongle so from my perspective/my groups, they are fine.  

But still, need marketing.
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Offline Methuselas

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 09:42:32 PM »
As long as you don't go back to Xoops, I'm happy. ;)
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Offline ZeBeeDee

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009, 11:54:59 PM »
I don't use them personally so for me, it has to be ...


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Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 12:13:40 AM »
Social groups are a great idea, but are too far removed from the rest of the system... I forget they are there, and when I remember I can't be bothered...

Offline CaptChaos

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009, 02:29:50 AM »
My suggestion would be to include a link to them on the front page. Subforums will get messy if people want to have silly groups like "Amiga owners who like to eat chicken group" for example... (not a real group btw) :D
 

Offline ChaosLord

Re: (RFD) Are Social Groups working?
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2009, 03:39:06 AM »
I have been experimenting with Social Groups for some time now.  They have quite a lot of deficiencies.

The best and easiest solution that requires the least work for Wayne is:

Amiga related groups become real normal forums.

Nonamiga related groups become real coffee house subforums or leave them as Social Groups.

Just an idea: If you don't want to be bombed with millions of requests for special subforums then you can make a rule that any requested new forum must first be a Social Group.  After X number of people join that social group then you can make it a real forum.  This will prove that it is really something that people are interested in.

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