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Started by : Antony Allen on 08/10/14

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Photo View Member Profile Louise at GRGView Member Profile Member since April 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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Hi Burtie

You have some very good suggestions there!  We will look into the development of these improvements ASAP.  Thanks!  Louise

 

 
Photo View Member Profile Roland BurtonView Member Profile Member since November 2008 Posted 6 years ago
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Well, I'm very glad to be partially wrong. If it's a technical problem rather than simply behavioural, then I'm happy to hear it's been fixed and will be of help to people.

Louise - I have got a suggestion which I think would hugely enhance the forum and increase useage, which is knowing when someone has replied to a topic I'm following. At the moment, if I put a question out there, or respond to someone else, I then need to periodically check as to whether anyone has responded. Not very motivating, especially if I'm lazy. It doesn't encourage frequent use. 

However, if I got an email alert, saying "There is a new reply to the topic 'London Marathon!'" (for example), I'd be much, much more inclined to log back in immediately and respond myself - which creates momentum for the other posters on that topic too. It's the system on the Runners World forum and it's effective because it drives conversation.

In a similar vein, you could also have an option which was "alert me when a new topic is created". Again, it needs to be optional, but I think many would be interested - if they could see the topic pop up as an email, they can then decide whether to log in and read fully, or simply delete.

Perhaps these exist already in my preferences and I haven't switched it on? If that's the case, it might be a good idea to change the default setting to "opt out" rather than "opt in" because I'm probably not the only one who finds it a bit clunky to have to "manually" check the forum. I really think if it were an option, you'd see a big increase in conversation.

A bit more personalisation might be nice too - in particular, if people's photo popped up against their posts. Where people have uploaded a photo to their profile, it'd be nice to see it, rather than having to click on the individual, which I doubt many people do Makes it a bit more friendly and a bit more variety on the page.

Hope that helps.

 
Photo View Member Profile Louise at GRGView Member Profile Member since April 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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:)  Yes, hopefully the technical issues have been sorted and we will get some more good advice on the forum.  If anyone still can't post then please email and let us know.  Thanks.

 
Photo Antony AllenView Member Profile Member since February 2011 Posted 6 years ago
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It is good to hear that this may be a technical problem rather than the decline of the forum, there is some extremely good ideas here and am sure no one knows it all as my wife regularly tells me..

 
Photo View Member Profile Dave FernleyView Member Profile Member since January 2012 Posted 6 years ago
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Hi, I am that 'another member' and, like Brenda, find replies are now miraculously working.

 
 
 
Photo View Member Profile brenda grantView Member Profile Member since November 2011 Posted 6 years ago
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I used to fairly regularly reply to questions or anything i felt I could put useful imput into as think its nice to exchange ideas on the forum. I have seen things here that i would have replied to in recent months but  the system wouldnt let me. I had emailed the contacts here and was told it was to do with my Windows system and an update not being compatible. I am sure there must be other people like me unable to post when they wanted to. When I read your post and unable yet again to reply I emailed and miraculously I can now voice my opinions again. So people lets see how the traffic increases now if paople have been like me come on try it and see if it works again. Hooray by the way. I Love Good Run Guide and always log my miles this way even although I now have Garmin still prefer to log them here too. Your post says its been viewd 58 times so surely a few people wanted to answer just like me. Thanks Brenda

 
Photo View Member Profile Louise at GRGView Member Profile Member since April 2006 Posted 6 years ago
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Hi Anthony.  Thanks for highlighing this.  Yes, we are a little disapointed that the forum is not being used more and this is probably partly due to social media as Burtie suggests. However, another member who was unable to reply to this post has pointed out that it wasn't working if using Internet Explorer 11 which we do think has had an impact as welll  We are pleased to say that this has now been sorted!  

We still have plenty of enthusiastic members and hopefully a lot of them will be using the Good Run Wall and other social media.  We have recently made it easier to make routes and runs public. 

 
Photo Antony AllenView Member Profile Member since February 2011 Posted 6 years ago
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I can see how the progress of social media has increased however for us mere mortals who are not on Facebook and all the rest it is a shame that we are no longer able to get involved in the community chat.  I suppose thats what I get for living in the dark ages haha.

 
Photo View Member Profile Roland BurtonView Member Profile Member since November 2008 Posted 6 years ago
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Hi Antony. I think what's happened is that many of the people who use the GRG website to track their runs now use a Facebook group - imaginatively called "Good Run Wall". So when people have a question, or want to shout about a run they've done, they post it on there - and it's a lot quicker and easier to respond. It's pretty powerful because complete strangers have become good friends, meeting up for races and socialising off the back of it too.

This does mean - and I'm sure that the guys behind GRG won't mind me saying this - that the concept of forums have been overtaken by the immediacy of social media.

I sincerely hope that the site itself is still getting traffic - I'm sure it must be, because for me it's still the best way of recording my runs. But the Facebook "Wall" is a quicker and more convenient way of chatting to other runners.

 
Photo Antony AllenView Member Profile Member since February 2011 Posted 6 years ago
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Over the last year or so the number of users on the Forum appears to have dropped, it saddens me as all users of this site are like minded runners regardless of experience or skill level.  I feel that this could a valuable tool to help all find those much needed answers to even the strangest of questions.

 

I know it is strange to put on here an appeal for more users but is there a way the forum could be further promoted to try and encourage a bigger community?

 
 
 
 
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