#1 Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by got the hump 25.04.2012 15:21

Seems to me that the unique selling point of this forum is the emphasis on live performances and sharing bootlegs.
I found my way here via a DIME torrent by Longtalleric with a link here.
Perhaps a nice way to capitalize on this is to have a thread listing torrent details as they are released
on the various trackers, the way they do at yesfans.com in the trading room.
In this way we can promote torrents and maybe add more ourselves time permitting.

Another thread could list blogs and downloads. (I know that serious traders have an aversion
to mp3 files by my view is that you just have to let folks decide for themselves, a modern forum
should cater for a range of tastes.)

This way pink-camel can become a raleighing point for lovers of live Camel.

By the way you probably already know that lots of us old rajaz forum regulars are currently confined in a single
thread on a genesis fan board - I can't remember if you promoted this forum over there yet:
Genesis-Forum

#2 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by longtalleric 25.04.2012 16:54

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About the linking to other sites from where it's possible to download bootlegs: Michael has to decide about that. What I understand is that German law prohibits direct linking, but maybe a link to another site (dime, for instance) is allowed?

I just went to the Genesis board... Whoa! One single thread! :)
It would be great if these people would join here.

#3 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Pink-Camel 25.04.2012 17:09

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For a mention of where pages can be downloaded Bottlegs I have basically nothing. I can be happy Longtalleric or, if desired, create a new subcategory.

Here we go!

#4 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by got the hump 25.04.2012 17:35

My view is that a couple of threads in the existing Bootleg category would do the job. We can add to the torrent/download threads when we find new uploads. LInks/torrents will expire, but that's OK. A nice benefit is that even when torrents die and disappear from their trackers, our thread will keep a record of what was released and when.

Wasn't aware of that German law, I guess it is not merely direct linking, but linking to illegal downloads
which might not include freely traded live stuff.
And wonder if it applies equally to foreign users posting on public German forums?

I'll gladly start the ball rolling if you decide this is OK legally and worthwhile.

#5 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Apollo2112 26.04.2012 03:41

I would say that it would help to consolidate the subforums. I think one for Camel, one for general talk, and one for other music would be good for the current amount of traffic. This site is starting to look like Yesfans (a bad thing): sprawling, hard to browse, and thinly spread activity. However, on Therushforum, where there are much fewer forums/categories, the activity is much more concentrated and makes the forum easier to browse.

Just my take.

#6 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by got the hump 26.04.2012 15:47

I agree with your take Apollo2112. yesfans forum is so labyrinthine it is difficult to know where to post, or to look for posts on a particular subject. At least you know bootlegs will be discussed in the Trading Room, but then they have 20 pinned topics so it is irksome to locate new posts. Beyond a handful, fewer subforums = better focus.

#7 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Pink-Camel 26.04.2012 15:57

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If the thematic structure of the forum too confusing?

I've kept it as simple as possible. Each fan will find his favorite band (if available). For each band there is the same sub-themes.

In my opinion, this is not confusing, but follow a strictly logical schema built.

Maybe I overlooked something simple here - requested to provide additional suggestions!

#8 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by got the hump 26.04.2012 18:50

I think the sub-categories you have in each forum are logical and justified.
We were just talking about how things can get confusing if you add loads of extra categories.
My interest here is in Camel because there is no other forum on the net dedicated to this superb band.
Therefore for my personal usage, the other bands are not needed here.
But luckily for me Camel is 2nd in the order and so easy to locate from the forum page :)

You've done a great job Michael, deserves tol grow from here and I hope it will.

#9 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Apollo2112 27.04.2012 03:58

Oooo like the new layout! :)

#10 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by longtalleric 27.04.2012 09:30

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I'm glad to read your positive feedback.
We have been discussing a lot "behind the scenes", me suggesting things, but Michael doing all the hard work.
So all credit goes to him. :)

#11 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by got the hump 27.04.2012 10:20

Like it, good work chaps.

#12 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Pink-Camel 01.05.2012 23:19

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What options should we use here to make the Forum better known?

Since I always (in background) in the editorial part of Pink-Camel do not work I'm used to promote the Forum. For this reason I am looking for supporters.

Please put backlinks to the forum and my website.

Mentioned it to friends, etc., Facebook, Twitter

Unfortunately, it's nice little longer ago (2012-04-23), that our last member has logged into the board.

Only steady growth bringing new impulses.

#13 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Pink-Camel 09.05.2012 09:53

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It is very strange that 30 people like about Facebook this forum but just 14 members are registered here.

So, what's wrong here? Can anyone tell me this?

#14 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by longtalleric 09.05.2012 11:23

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Maybe the other 16 Facebookers are just reading all our interesting posts... :)

#15 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by longtalleric 09.05.2012 11:25

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...which just made me think: should we make part (or most) of the forum hidden for anyone who's not a member?

#16 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Pink-Camel 13.05.2012 18:26

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It is possible to set the forum software so that guests can read only after the registration posts.

But this can lead to that some new users to register, but do so only in order to read posts. Sun in turn would produce only nominal members.

What is your proposal so that this forum gets more popular?

#17 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by got the hump 17.05.2012 15:27

I would keep it all public. I believe more people will join in response to informative posts and enthusiasm than would join to find out if we had some secrets ;-)

#18 RE: Suggestion to generate more traffic here and interest by Spirit-on-the-Water 17.05.2012 17:50

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I agree with hump's statement.

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