- 29 Nov 2020
- Local time
- 3:09 PM
- Sri Lanka
Hope it would be alright if I add a few more thingsEverything you say above is true. I've many times thought that the word 'forum' conveys the wrong message (or too many multiple messages). Whilst by definition it is correct, it tends to convey too many 'fleeting' concepts such as 'a place to drop into to ask a technical question'. For example, if I want to know how to fix an issue on my phone I might drop into a Samsung Galaxy forum to ask, but I'm hardly likely to think of that forum as a community where I am going to spend time and get to know people.
Maybe we need a new word.
To be honest, those hit and run members are also an important part of a forum. Because they may come for just a solution but they are are one step closer to the forum than those who just read and go away. And all those who read and join help the SEO of the forum. For example I searched for "cooking forum" and found this site. Search bots placed this site on the top of results because there are so many clicks by people, and the engagement rate is high. Those hit and run members also help the "engagement" metric to go up. Usually in the internet language a good conversion rate is something between 1% - 2% of visitors. So if the forum gets something like 1% of visitors to join then that's a great rate.
But regular members and mods might find it kind of a trouble but that's part of the virtual world, and a blessing dressed in a costume of trouble.