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A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forums

SPAM!  Oh god the SPAM!  Et tu Brutspam??!

So, I don’t know how many of you lovely readers still frequent the forums, my general impression is not many.  And I can’t say I blame you, currently the forums are under a vicious spam attack, and it seems like the minute I get one mountain cleaned out another avalanche happens.  It would seem that the two admins and myself are incapable of keeping things cleared out, and they just won’t stop.  So I’m left with an unpleasant possibility:  taking them down.

I’d like to keep the forums up, but I personally don’t have the time to maintain them anymore.  They were originally meant for you guys, the readers.  But if you don’t want them, I won’t keep them.  It’s not really a secret, right now we’re neck deep in re-structuring the website.  All of my websites, actually.  We’re massively over-hauling the design, making it better, cleaner, more navigable, and all around better FOR YOU!  So, I’m opening up discussion here:

Do you guys want to keep the forums?  Any volunteers?  What else do you want to see with the new site?  What do YOU guys want?  Lemme know, and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

35 Responses to “A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forums”

  1. Lord Bounty says:

    I don’t know how much of Value we have in the forums, but I think it might be worth it to just wipe em and start over, or at the very least lock them down for read only and open a new one.

  2. Lord Bounty says:

    Also: Get the Gravitar Plug in!

  3. Iguanaforhire says:

    I’ve never visited the forum. :-/

    I’m usually an in-and-out reader.

  4. Gtasty says:

    A trick another message board I go to uses is to make it so guests and new members can only post in one forum, which allows for new members to post in a thread that has been sticky-ed to alert the admins to change them to regular members for posting on the rest of the board.

  5. ROFLcopter says:

    Take them down. You could do what another said and lock them to be read only, and do what gtasty recommends: restrict forum access for new members under 100 posts. Another idea is to have the official board be a subforum of a larger one focused on discussions of other webcomics, such as ponju.

  6. deviatepiez says:

    Maybe a facebook for either the comic or you as the artist? I often recommend people to the site or comic, but it’d probably be easier to have a FB to link to as well.

  7. Garth says:

    Alright, alright. Well, I’m locking down the forums for the mean time. My apologies to those who still use them.

  8. Selina Luna says:

    I was in favor of keeping the forums, but as a moderator, I just didn’t have enough time to remove all the spam-I had too much going on. If we can get another way to work them, I’d be happy to moderate those, but I-and everyone else, I think-want moderating to return to occasional nudges back to topic.

  9. LoneKiltedNinja says:

    Ah- so ~that’s~ what happened. There was definitely a special character to the Comedity/FK forums, but I’m definitely as guilty of negligence as everyone else in not keeping them monitorably active. Still, it’s a fun community to have around, so I wouldn’t say scrub them just yet. I’ll noodle on other things to do or whether I wan to mod/tweak (php has never been my forte, but I can hack in just about anything), but what’s the spam-account rate vs the spam-post rate? Might it work to change the sign-up to a human-vetted process with an additional e.g. “why I’m here in 3 sentences” field?

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