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I've noticed that a bit too, I've heard that the forums are really taking a hit because of facebook  I don't do facebook so I wouldn't know.   I try to get involved with some of the threads but there really doesn't seem to be an active topic page like some of the other forums, oh well I take what I can get I guess and throw in my two cents here and there.  FF

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I post a couple things here and there, but it seems most people on here just want info on how to fix their machines. For the number of members listed their is not much engagement on anything. I would love to see that change,  this used to be a pretty cool group.

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Facebook is the culprit here i think .on hardcore sledder, the members dropped like flies due to the vertiscope password shenanigans. It also use to be a crazy busy site....not so much anymore 

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I think forums did take a hit a bit. We need some engaging topics I guess. I do see a lot of people coming and asking questions and then leaving. 

Facebook and Twitter take up people's "online" time.

 

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8 hours ago, fartknocker said:

Do you guys guys have an active topics page? 

Can you elaborate or share a link from another forum? We have the activity link in the main menu, latest topics on the forum home page right side bar, and the home page when logged in. 

I can add/change/customize if we need to :)

 

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2 minutes ago, fartknocker said:

This is the active topics page from hardcore sledder.  It's different software but you'll get the idea. It just takes any thread from the entire site that's actively getting replies and puts them here :cool:

http://www.hardcoresledder.com/index.php?page=active_topics

It's basically an extended version of what we have on the home page and forum sidebar. I'm going to see if I can create a page similar.  Our leaderboard also shows popular content: https://www.quadcrazy.com/leaderboard/

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I figured that out too finally by looking over the home page i guess that it is just a mental thing to see a page that says  "Active Topics."  Now that I understand how it works it might be easier to navigate.  I just wish folks would share more pics and respond to those that are posted, it makes it more enjoyable for sure to be here.

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There seem to be a lot of views showing, it's just that no one engages.  The forum topics and pictures could have a couple hundred views and no one even takes the time to hit the like on anything. That is what made it frustrating to me before. I take the time to post things and try to be as entertaining or informative as I can and the same 3 guys are the only ones to comment or even like. It makes me feel like I am wasting my time. I can fix my own quad, but know nothing about fixing other people's stuff, this cuts me out of 95% of the forum topics.

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So forums that are busy have topics of interest that keep them busy, its really all about content and that content being found when someone searches for it in Google or Bing. For a while, our branded forums where members would post questions on how to fix their ATVs was a major draw and still is to some extend. Our forum is the busiest section and we get a lot of guests that read, view, but never login to engage. Content drives traffic, we just need people to login more often and engage. We've also made it easier by allowing visitors to login with their accounts from facebook, twitter, and google, so registration is very easy. I think there is something to be said about facebook taking "online" time that people have, it just really depends on what people's interests are.

To give you an idea, our number #1 visited topic that guests find on search engines and follow to this site is:

Our #2 is:

Our #3 is:

There are many more that go down the list. I am very open to creating new forums, moving forums, adding other sections if there is a calling for it. We are also open to engaging with ATV rider groups and offering up dedicated group forums if there is interest.

So in closing, if there is something the community wants to see, we will try to accommodate! In the meantime, we are going to be trying to engage existing members with contests, notifications of new content and interesting sections. :)

 

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Since I have come back it seems things are definitely moving in the right direction.  You will never get everyone fully engaged.  What I remember from before was that we had a pretty large "Core" group.  Once you build up that core group of people things pick up pretty quickly.  We used to be able to log in and just BS about near anything and always shared some great pictures, because we were all considering each other as friends.  Things seem to be heading in that direction again.  I look forward to getting to know more of the newer members and seeing what the older members are up to now a days.

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Do  any  others on here regularly  check the chat room  when  they  log in ?  If   you do  and hang in there  while  browsing the  posts   you might  get  into  a live  chat  with  one or  more other  members here.

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I can hold my own  in a debate, but if someone wants to get  nasty , I  also  know  how to  ignore them..   LOL..  Sledding , quad riding ,  bikes,  trikes or boats... all are open to  discussion for those that want to.... and the hunting and fishing  that  goes along with the riding...  Anyway ,  can't fight  if nobody comes in there  to  start  one. Gotta admit . .Haven't been  sledding since  moving  back to the  coast  from the  north...  Sleds don't  run too well  for long on wet  grass...That's all we  normally have  here  in winter.

 

 

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I'll have try the chat option some day. Sounds like it would be fun . I'm not one for arguments myself ,but there always seems to someone somewhere wanting a challenge 

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