Lots of members who are active daily.
Posting new threads (I think new threads are more important than the posts to threads).
And no matter the number of members, the number of members should grow day by day.
What are the requirements to be a "big board"?
Heh, for that matter, what does it take to be a medium or large board?
Posts, threads, members? A combination of all of those?
Most of the boards I am a member on, I'd simply call 'average' but even then, I am not sure what even that is. So I thought if I could get some input, I'd have a better means to judge just where my board stands
The amount of new worth-reading posts daily IMO.
If I was managing a forum and I needed to determine if it was successful I'd look for a few things.
1. Are new members signing up for the site on a regular basis? More importantly, are these new members signing up and contributing. A member with 0 posts is useless.
2. Am I keeping my current members enthused? If they don't want to post anymore, my forum is bleeding.
3. Are new threads being posted?
4. Are those threads getting responses? Iowadawg makes a great point about new threads being more important than posts; however, if those threads are getting no responses, then they're dead threads.
5. Is the forum getting more active or less active?
If I have those things and they are all looking up, then my forum is becoming a big board.
i think what makes a forum big is the amount of threads/posts made per member, and the amount of threads/posts/members made per day.
like if two forums have 10000 posts, and one has 100 members, and one has 1000 members, the one with 100 members would be the most active, as their members are more active and are posting more often.
also if there were two forums, one has 20000 posts, and one has 10000 posts, but out of the posts in the forum with the most posts, only 200 were made this year-it was once active, but hardly any members go there now, but the forum with less posts is very active, with many members visiting every day and loads of posts being made a day.
also i think the size of the forum should be compared to how long its been going for, cause obviously a forum which has only been going for a few months will have a lot less posts than a forum which has been going for years, even if they are growing at the same rate.
Kayls-Most Haunted Forum Admin
I would say active members base, contributing well.
Yes, but how many?
How many members, posts, threads etc, equate to a "big" board (not just a good one, lol).
I do agree that all of these things are needed for a successful board, but I'm looking into when a successful board is "big".