For what it's worth, my brain got trained to ignore online ads years ago, they don't bother me at all.
If the number of active members has dropped, then you are pitching the ads to the same people you always have been, except with fewer unique views. Just sayin'.
Start a trivia thread I'm thinking that's fine.Quote: jml24
I don't post a lot, mostly read. I think the liveliness and fun of the forum dropped years ago when off-topic posts were moved to DT. I rarely check there but we used to have tons of interesting trivia and discussion from pacomartin and he posts pretty much exclusively on DT now. The other thing which has made it less interesting is that some of the old-timers with good stories got banned for personal insults. IMO this forum is a bit too strict on that, especially because there are some others that like to bait people into making the insults. There does seem to be a lot of soap opera stuff on who's getting suspended, banned, etc. but I just ignore all that. We still have several knowledgeable posters on AP stuff that keep me coming back. Even though I am not an AP I am somewhat fascinated by it and when I do gamble I like to know the games and the odds. Of course I'm not averse to getting money in with an edge when the opportunity presents itself, just not for a living.
A forum is like any other internet property. There has to be interesting content every time somebody comes by, or eventually they stop coming. New threads started by authoritative or popular posters drive participation. Yes, more up to date reviews on hotels and all things Vegas would be of interest also. Personally I also enjoy trip reports when the poster has a knack for storytelling. Some way to encourage those would be fun. Maybe something like trip report of the year gets a prize.
The traffic is on the rise so actually we are pitching to more ppl than ever.... WoV's visitors are not just the forum members, which are only small % of the site's traffic. Granted WoV members are very valuable part of the site, as they provide the great insight.
Lets put it this way, we knew that the ads would never appeal to most of the active WoV posters, but at the same time they were never our main target audience for those ads. We knew some of those members would be against the ads, some left coz of them, some like you ignore them, and we are really fine with that :)
Thanks for the comments :)
Can you give us any idea of the lurker to poster ratio? The ads don't bother me, I just always wondered if anyone besides the top dozen posters here reads what we post?
Just a guess,
20 to 1 ratio
At least 20 lurkers to every poster
Most people lurk.
I lurked here for years before posting
Most boards I still just lurk.
Boards are a great resource for all kinds of information.
Wow... you lurked for years but yet choose to sign up during a sensitive time where people were sockpuppeting and posing as casino employees and whatnot and then presenting yourself as someone working at a casino in a unique position?Quote: Dodsferd
I mostly lurk myself. Have done so for years. When I finally made an account to provide posts, I found it far less fulfilling than I had hoped it would be.