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  1. Shawn Gossman

    What kinds of videos entice you to visit a forum?

    I think it depends on the niche but if you can use it to get someone to social with a video and then to your forum from there, that might be something to try.
  2. Shawn Gossman

    A 15 second reel for your forum, what would you say?

    Viral YouTubers do it in less time. I know creators you have went viral in less than a year. If you're committed, you can do it.
  3. Shawn Gossman

    Leaving posts unanswered?

    That's always irritated me on forums, especially when they ask about the focus of what the forum is about.
  4. Shawn Gossman

    Leaving posts unanswered?

    I agree with this as well. They took the time to ask it, at least take the time to make sure it’s answered
  5. Shawn Gossman

    Do you try to befriend each member?

    True. So is admining for the most part - in fact, it's less than volunteering because you spend money to be in that position. That's always some interesting food for thought. But as far as that goes, I think it's important to be picky about who you make staff on your forum. You'll want people...
  6. Shawn Gossman

    Painting your home

    I automatically went to outdoor painting. Inside, we typically do that ourselves. My gf is a hardware store manager. She gets paint at cost.
  7. Shawn Gossman

    Modifications to make it easier

    Yeah. I probably should do something for signatures and sizing. Your banner is a good size. Maybe I’ll use that as a start.
  8. Shawn Gossman

    A 15 second reel for your forum, what would you say?

    It took 6 years. I’ve changed the way I name things. I buy some mystery in my titles when possible to add excitement to see the video. Emotional marketing always works for the most part :) I’ve had a lot of local success though. I’ve been on the news quite a bit, mentioned in books, and got...
  9. Shawn Gossman

    How long will you keep a section?

    I like combining sections. That’s essentially what I did here. As this community grows, I’ll look to adding more sections. It might mean some work on my part with moving threads here and there but I’m okay with that. An active section looks so much better than one that doesn’t get any activity.
  10. Shawn Gossman

    Fake it until you make it

    I don't think it's a good idea to be fake. I think lying, which is what that is, will only get you in deep shit when you get caught. I'd rather just be me.
  11. Shawn Gossman

    Painting your home

    I'd rather just keep pressure washing it LOL
  12. Shawn Gossman


    I'd be willing to get into drones if I could make time to get a commercial license from the FAA. That way you know what you can and can't do. There is a little protection level in there.
  13. Shawn Gossman

    Other Forum Promotion

    Love this!!
  14. Shawn Gossman

    Other ★ Off Topix - An active & friendly community ★

    Love how your forum is doing so well!
  15. Shawn Gossman

    No more forum software

    I think a lot of people would go to blogging. I'm already a blogger, and I love to write, so it would be easy for me. I'd just focus on adding interactive features to the blog.
  16. Shawn Gossman

    Do you offer a light and dark theme?

    I've just now started experimenting with it on my off-topic community. There is a basic dark theme and a basic light theme of the same theme package I use from Pixel Exit. I've not really noticed a big feedback on its use but then again, the forum is small, and growing.
  17. Shawn Gossman

    Modifications to make it easier

    I'm a big fan of deleting the help section and making your own help pages for all features using your own words and screenshots. What do you think? Do you feel that would be helpful to those who just don't know? You could feature help pages in your forum news section weekly too to teach others...
  18. Shawn Gossman

    How much server knowledge do you have?

    I was like that at a time. But now I have a job where I work on networks, switches, and servers all day long. Now, I'm starting to understand things that I never really got to well before. I'm getting good at using PuTTy for example!
  19. Shawn Gossman

    What kinds of videos entice you to visit a forum?

    I think a welcome video could be possible in place of the welcome message or a mix of both. But text is best on communities.
  20. Shawn Gossman

    Members goading others

    I would PM them and let them know what changes they need to make. I would give my expectations and ask that they follow it. I'd give them the option of account deletion if they so choose. Don't be walked on. Get it under control while you're able to.