- April 21, 2014 at 14:45 #1775
The recent experiment to change from the club facebook group to the facebook page and the forum has been successful in terms of getting people to use the forum and website more but there is a lot less banter happening. I propose having a facebook group just for chat and random banter within the club, then the forum for things more meaningful like climbing questions, organising going climbing or anything else that the forum is currently being used for.
As the forum doesn’t have a poll option like this post if you agree and dislike it if you prefer how things are.April 21, 2014 at 14:58 #1777AnonymousInactive
Disagree, banter can happen on here just as easily. People just aren’t doing it.April 21, 2014 at 15:15 #1778
I agree there needs to be more banter, but I think it’ll just end up like the last FB page if we do that.
What we really need is a more informal thing somewhere for people to post stuff like ‘who’s up for climbing/slacklining/craic today/tomorrow/this weekend, but I’m not sure the best way to go about making that. Ideally there’d be notifications whenever someone posted something there.April 21, 2014 at 15:24 #1780
Banter wont happen on here ‘just as easily’… other than a select few no one really uses the forum. in the last 3 weeks 26 people have logged in and hardly any of them have posted. there is a small number of people who post things. The last thing posted in the ‘banter’ section was 3 weeks ago whereas when there was a facebook group it was a daily occurrence by a lot more people. New people that join the club are more likely to get involved with a facebook group than a forum as well.April 21, 2014 at 15:36 #1781
I think that’s largely because starting a thread on the forum feels relatively formal, and if everyone started threads to say ‘I’ll be slacklining outside the PEC from 4 today.’, or ‘Pub tonight, anyone?’, etc. the forum would get ridiculously cluttered.
On the other hand, if we start a more casual page, say on FB, the forum will likely fall by the wayside again.
I have no solution, but those are the main issues, as I see them.April 21, 2014 at 16:32 #1782
the forum wont really get cluttered. Its broken into topics and sub forums so thats not really an issue. The problem with the old facebook group was useful things were getting lost in the bantery shite. so as long as there are a few moderators which can kick people who are posting stuff that should be on the forum then it wont be an issueApril 21, 2014 at 16:34 #1783AnonymousInactive
Well at the minute people are still posting away on the club page, and getting annoyed when they don’t get much of a response. If all those posts where on the forum it would make it seem less formal and attract more traffic.April 21, 2014 at 17:43 #1784
People are rarely posting on the page, 10 posts in 21 days. people are just talking less in all the possible mediumsApril 21, 2014 at 17:51 #1785
To be fair, you can’t really use the last while as a representative example, what with a fair few of the active members in Peak, and the holidays starting before that.April 21, 2014 at 18:32 #1786aimeesParticipant
I’m all for using a FB group again. The forum is grand and all, but we are missing the banter. Facebook has an informality to it that encourages a naturally occurring stupidity. It is also less intimidating for newer members. I would be for just re-opening the old page and redirect necessary topics to the forum.April 21, 2014 at 18:32 #1787
Holidays don’t affect banter… and there are more than 17 active membersApril 21, 2014 at 18:40 #1788
The issue with having a separate place for banter is that people will forget to check the forum for the important updates, so it won’t get updated, so it won’t get used, again. If it was up to me, I’d probably recommend sticking to one or t’other.
I don’t really mind how the banter happens, but I think, given time, the forum will work well enough.
Well, those are my thoughts. Take them or leave them as you will (most likely leave).April 21, 2014 at 19:34 #1791
important updates are done through email and not the forum. Any new topics etc will be on the club facebook page so people will get notifications on fb when there are new topics (if they have it setup on fb)
I agree with everything Aimee said. people on the committee can moderate the new group and redirect stuff to the forum if it should be there.April 22, 2014 at 11:01 #1798CeciliaParticipant
I think having a facebook group again would be good, easier access and less formal etc, all true. Those who are really interested in what’s happening with the club will check the forum anyway..April 22, 2014 at 11:48 #1802
The Italian Makes a valid point!
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