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15 Minutes of Game – Episode 12

15 Minutes of Game LogoIn this day and age, do you really even need a forum to build a community? That’s the question that Jon and I tackle this week, straight from a twitter request. We each take a different side of the question, and hopefully give you something to think about with your own community building.

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  1. JohnnyPhoenix November 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I agree with you J… Forums arent a big deal to make a healthy community, for example i got a website of game news and we post news,articles and reviews we only have 1% active people in the forums and that 1% its us the Editors…BUT we got a ungoing conversation on the comments of the stuff we post.
    I think that forums should be like a extra to the community…Il give you a example…Before the forums of RE opened, when RE had their blogs running we had a ongoing conversation there with the people and the devs..
    I must say that i got a problem, is that when im in a forum i like to reply and help everyone and then i become a spammer =(

    Hugs and cant wait for next podcast!

  2. Shanghaisix November 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Please, please fix John’s connection. His audio assaulted my ears, with that static spark every third word.

    As a little guy with a little site, every click and second that a person puts on our site goes to our overall site metrics, which in turn, gives us a speck more of credibility to developers, publishers and advertisers. This was the standard I was raised in.

    That being said, there’s a reason IGN has created their own little “Facebook” style community site within their site with MyIGN. Forums everywhere are dying, and there’s really not a lot that can be done about it. It’s an adapt-to-survive mindset…I’m just not sure where that leaves the little guys, who rely on the traffic on our forums to supplement our front page traffic.

  3. Jon December 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Not to toot my own horn, but this was a good debate. But as we stated, I think forums is one of those “default” things that people just have as part of the total package. While I don’t think they are completely necessary, i do think it depends on what it is you are looking to do with your site and how you want it to grow and mature.

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