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07-05-2006, 04:58 PM #1forumsnewbieGuest
need help creating a sports forum
I've always wanted to run my own sports forum and I've finally decided to dive in.
I realize there are plenty of similar forums out there and I don't know how to go about building a community.
Basically, the idea is a college sports board for a certain region of the country. There will be separate boards for schools in big conferences and a general college sports forum. Plus a section to talk about random stuff, maybe post stuff like BOTDs and junk. There isn't going to be a members-only section or subscription services.
My medium term plans is to offer live chats over IRC (which most users could access using some java applet).
Here is an important point: I have no intention of making money on this.
I don't mind footing the bill within a reasonable amount. This is simply for my enjoyment. If bandwidth or other costs get too much, I'd probably use some text ads to help cover the bills.
Is this all unreasonable?
I'm not sure how to go about promoting the site since advertising on other sports boards is technically a no-no. I have no illusions that I will have 5000 users overnight. I assume it will take years to develop a thriving community. But what can I do to encourage potential users to contribute?
I have no design skills...I can set up all the software in my sleep, but is just using the default templates an issue with most users?
I'd imagine it would appeal to some fans that they can be part of a board from the ground up and help build it. Is that an ok assumption?
Any ideas on how I can go about building such a community? Any help would be appreciated.
07-05-2006, 05:51 PM #2
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Live chats don't offer a good value when you're promoting users to post in a forum, you're taking them away from the message board which is not your goal.
07-05-2006, 06:18 PM #3forumsnewbieGuest
I think users find the chats useful when watching live games. Instead of posting real-times comments on the boards (which actually could be a separate forum as well), it can be done in a chat. But I do see your point.
07-15-2006, 10:04 AM #4AllenhanGuest
i am totally agree with you...