I've been thinking about ways to increase activity around here. Since I'm not a marketing expert, I've thought more about ways of achieving more with what we're already got.
So I thought, what about all those people who visit the forum, feel like adding something to a discussion, but simply won't bother to take the time to register (or they don't want to share their email address with yet another site/forum) so they end up never posting, never registering. I'm talking about the called "guests", who currently can only read what we post (unless they decide to register of course).
Letting them go with their initial impulse and post, could eventually result in them becoming registered forum members, and, probably more importantly than that, with each new (decent) post, the board would grow a bit more. Activity is the lifeblood of any forum.
What's the risk? Well, we could end up with lots of spam, from spam bots or "spam people"
. Luckily so far we haven't had much of that around here. I can deal with certain amounts of it, but you never know, we might be opening Pandora's box, and find ourselves overwhelmed by it. Until we try, we can't really know.
Another thing is that if we allow guests to do everything that regulars can, there would be no incentive for them to register. Guests might also not be posting spam, but they might be posting lots of useless, inaccurate or misleading posts, which can be just as harmful or even more so than qualified spam.
Many spammers wil try to start new threads/topics. If we don't let guests do that, we might be able to cut the spam curb a bit.
I'm starting to think guests should be allowed to post in the Feedback section. You never know, but they might be unable to register for some reason, and not be knowledgeable enough to find a moderator and contact him via his personal/business website to ask for help.
These are some of my thoughts on this. Please post your thoughts and vote in the poll. Your feedback is highly valued!