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  1. How do you all feel about registering communities as a legal business? In my country, an LLC or similar would be the most likely registration form. Limited Liability Company - which can help protect your personal assets in the event that someone wants to sue your forum for whatever reason. Do you think it is necessary? Why or why not?
  2. I recently got the flu. I haven't had the flu in a long time and although I'm physically fit and active and pretty healthy, it has taken a toll on me. I pretty much went dark on all my ventures including my main Brand which usually gets my attention throughout most of the day. But the flu like I said, really has done me in. I'm recovering now, thankfully and it isn't as serious as COVID-19 or anything like that but it still disabled me for a good 72 hours. A 72 hour absence can hurt a community. So how do you deal with a crisis that could create absence or a bad period for your community and do you implement a plan before it happens?
  3. Whether you plan to make money or not, do you feel like you should treat your forum like a business? Do you plan for it like a business? Develop a business plan? Treating your forum like a business may allow you to make the best decisions to keep it active.
  4. What I mean by this is http and not https. SSL encryption. When I register a new domain, I automatically add SSL to it using Let's Encrypt as it has proved to be a quite handy took these days. How do you all feel about it? Do you think forums can only be trusted by the masses if security certificates are enabled?
  5. I've been watching some of the popular free forum software platforms that I used to frequently use. PhpBB... MyBB... Simple Machines... It seems like most of them are dormant with update activity, not even bug fixes. That always troubles me because most software regularly requires updates. There are always vulnerabilities and bugs to be found. The free software out there can't be that secure and error-less...can they? What are your thoughts on this?
  6. As mentioned elsewhere, the age of social media has put message forum management in jeopardy. Because of how harder it is to run a successful message forum in the social world, integrating psychology into forum management might be the way to the winning ticket. Look at sales, ads and business marketing - the marketer will speak a certain way to the target customer in hopes to sway that customer into purchasing the product or service being marketed. Do you feel the same approach should be taken with forums? We admins (the marketer) should be speaking in sense a certain way to the members (the consumers/customers) to sway them to stick around and enjoy visiting. Should we change the way we act and speak if you will in hopes that it will assist our marketing strategies? How do you all feel about this?
  7. Howdy everyone, Shawn here! I’m a 35 year old guy from southern Illinois - USA. I work in the QA management sector and on my days off, you can find me in the National Forest and state parks hiking, biking, geocaching and pretty much most forms out outdoor rec! I’m into it so much that I’ve created a YouTube for it and have made a name for myself locally. ive been into message forum management for many years, since the 90s. I even remember the old dialup BBS systems and of course the Usenet alt discussion boards. ive ran many forums including a big board with over a million posts. I just started a forum again after taking a break from it for a few years. I’m back in it and hoping to get back into the game. thanks for having me :)
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