What attracts people to a forum?

aditk8149

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I believe it has something to do with the engagement. The more your forum is able to provide good knowledge and engagement, people will come back to your forum.
There are some incentives which obviously help; but one should not rely on them completely. This is where people are so into creating a niche and reaching out to people who are willing to contribute on those topics.
 
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it is

- the members with same enthusiast, they want to interact with another members
- the activity, including meetup if any
- the moderation, forum admin is enthusiast with the topic, not just like facebook/twitter admin that generally
 

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I lack communication in real life because I've got an in-house job. So, I enjoy reading forums a lot. It creates an illusion of communication for me. I am very interested in someone's personal experience in different things and this is the main reason why I prefer forums.
 
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I would say that the topic and the activity of the forum.
I can't talk in a forum with a topic I don't know. For example, I can't talk in a forum where the topic is the components' of the computers. I don't know a single thing about this.
And the activity because it shows if the forum is still active and has impact on the persons. I would not go to a forum where the conversations are dead since 2016, for example.
 
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I think these days to get people on a forum, you have to be really niche. But that niche also needs to have a wide enough appeal that it will have enough of a community in the first place. It's a difficult balancing act. The downside is that the further "niche" you go, the fewer people would potentially be interested. I mean, if you make a forum for people who like to watch tightrope walking baby brown bears that also sing while walking, you'll probably have a bad day. But you can't just make a forum for people who just like any and all cat videos and expect that to work well. Finding that sweet spot is tough.
 
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From my experiences, it's certainly very challenging to grow a forum or make the visitors stay and come back.

In my opinion, what attracts people to a forum is the activities. In giving such interesting activities, members tend to speak themselves, share their opinions, thoughts and knowledge to a specific topic and lastly, it gives them freedom to engage with different people.

Meanwhile, for a forum to be successful, moderators or admins play a big part of it. Members should stay motivated by posting new threads with contemporary topics that can easily catch the attention of the users.
 

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For me, some of the most important factors which can attract people to a forum are:
- fast loading speed of the forum
- members who are eager to help others with advice or suggestions
- friendly atmosphere
- variety of topics with useful content
- there shouldn't be too many advertisements
- fresh content
 
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I must agree with you, the activity of the forum makes it very interesting that could attract a lot of people. Other than that, as for me, what attracts me to join a forum is the topic of the discussion. If the topic of the forum suits me, I get attracted and join as fast as I could. Lastly, the number of active users that is in the forum.
 
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