How many forum members and posts is considered successful?

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Selecting a CMS to start a forum was a difficult thing but to have a successful forum is even more difficult. My question is, how many forum members and posts is considered successful?
I just want to hear your thoughts about that.
 

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In my personal opinion, the quality of a forum depends on quality of posts content and members on it, It's not upon the quantity.
 

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While I agree with this and find it true, a forum is not going to become successful because it has 20 quality posts and only a handful of members. To be considered successful, you definitely need a good couple thousand members and 100k+ of posts.
 

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If joining on that site is free, and the forum has only few members since years it has started, it means that it is not thriving. Subsequently, there are less posts. Later on, the site become dead. Therefore, it is advisable to have many members and posts to consider it successful.
 

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I believe that for a forum to be considered successful, it does need to have at least a few thousand members along with at least 100,000 posts. However, for it to be thriving and still currently successful it needs to have at least 80+ active members each day with a couple hundred posts per day.
 

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You used the word, 'successful' and that, to me is a word that suggests this..it makes the owner happy if what he has achieved. Success, in life, is achieved when you are proud of your goals, when you have attained something that you set out to achieve.

I would not say there is a number of posts that make a forum successful. Maybe the owner wanted to make a forum that makes money. As soon as it does, it is successful. Maybe they wanted to make a big community of gamers. When they have members online all the time chatting, then it is a success.
 

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Yes, I agree with the last reply. What goal have set for yourself? If it is just a 100 members, you will be happy when you have a 100.

My forum goal is to have a place where people get what they want without paying for it. The moment I achieve that, I will say that I am successful.
 

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I think that a successful forum all depends on the owner to me a successful forum would be 20~50 new posts a day. I wouldn't want a forum with 1,500 new messages a day and 10 moderators. I want to be able to manage my forum forum all on my own without moderators. Because no one is going to take care of your forum the way you do.
 

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Successful is always a relative thing. Befoe I can answer this question, I need to understand "what is considered being successful." You publish a blog, optimize it, and then promote pn social media. Traffic might slowly build up and your blog post may be successful. However, forum works differently. The posts on forums are around 50 words. The contents builds through the thread. Therefore you need lot of posts, couple of thousands, in order to have enough content. You need hundred members to create posts in that quantity.
 

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I am new in a forum world so I'm in the process of learning, In my own opinion all forums that I surf in is already successful because they have a lot of members, and a lot of comments. I thinks that is consider successful already. What do you think? am I right?
 

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Being Successful is a big word, and when I define it in the Online Business world specifically when it comes to websites, forums and blogs, I could say that it depends with the active members (100+) who posts comments ( like a thousand ) and creates interesting conversations (open - ended ). I guess, I could also say that it is considered successful if its known in the Web and has significant reviews.
 

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I think that depends on your definition of "success" and for what purpose your forum is.
If you made your forum for business or infomercial, then a forum with thousands of members who actively post or advertise your brand can be considered a success. Also, if they find your forum beneficial, users would love to be a part of your forum.
While making a forum for entertainment purposes or to influence others will be considered a success if it invites thousands of people to share their opinion, experiences and ideas. Wether they agree with you or not does not matter, as long as your forum generates people's responses.
 

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I think that depends on your definition of "success" and for what purpose your forum is.
If you made your forum for business or infomercial, then a forum with thousands of members who actively post or advertise your brand can be considered a success. Also, if they find your forum beneficial, users would love to be a part of your forum.
While making a forum for entertainment purposes or to influence others will be considered a success if it invites thousands of people to share their opinion, experiences and ideas. Wether they agree with you or not does not matter, as long as your forum generates people's responses.
 

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I don't think there is a particular number as such. I would think it's the usability and the amount of information you get from that forum. If you think about it, what's the purpose of a forum? Blogs normally have forums to discuss the content.Online websites have forums to teach you how to navigate certain websites. Ever heard of the Wham forum? Or Reddit? They are very popular because of the information they have from their members on how to use various websites.This, in my opinion, are templates of successful forums.
 

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Meaningful and related posts about a topic and members who are very participative and eager to share their thoughts with others who want to learn more and discover new things like never before.
 

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There is no specific number of members or posts for a forum to be considered successful. It thrives on active participation and sharing of relevant information across a community. I see a forum like a problem-solving discussion. There are contributors while others benefit from the sharing even via simple learning or exposure.

Sustainability and its success is also relative to the owner or administrator depending on its preset goals. Some forum has stood for many years primarily because of the demand and benefits derived from this meaningful interaction and ad sponsorships.
 
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