Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby BURNOUT1 » 18 Mar 2013, 10:33

Prestine looking '95 Forest! Sure is RED.... I have a '96. I STill say red is the fastest color. :lol:

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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 18 Mar 2013, 10:57

PeterPan wrote:Get people to post.

That's what this topic is all about Peter. How? Any suggestions?
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 18 Mar 2013, 11:10

I think that having rubbish weather in the northern hemisphere at the moment means people have not been out on their bikes very much. In turn that means not so much to post about. So what you are experiencing Pieter is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder brought about by other people not riding their Honda Pan European ST1100 or Honda Pan European ST1300 (or other) motorcycles. There will undoubtedly be an upswing in content over the next two months as the weather improves (or at least warms-up a little!!).
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 18 Mar 2013, 11:15

Pieter Huizinga wrote:
mbrST1100 wrote:...and you actually wonder?... seriously?

Yes. Seriously. Why do you ask? Have I given you reason to think otherwise? :?:

Well, Martin?
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby mbrST1100 » 18 Mar 2013, 20:56

Well, Pieter... (and whom it may concern)

since the subtle hint obviously didn't sink and no other members picked the ball up to spin it further (plus I seem to be some kind of misfit anyway), I'll say it bluntly and in a brief form:

...less porn, more bike talk gentlemen...

If you want to reach a wider audience, you'd have to commit to a more family friendly content, safe for workplace and that... my 2 cents...
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Keith Legge » 18 Mar 2013, 21:33

Thanks for speaking your mind Martin it's appreciated if we are to get this right this is the input we need.

It has been mentioned that some members don't want to say anything for fear of offending us i can assure you i am hard to offend

Pieter and myself want this to work for everyone, if you don't feel comfortable posting on the sight please just PM me.
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Forest 1100 » 18 Mar 2013, 21:38

mbrST1100 wrote:Well, Pieter... (and whom it may concern)

since the subtle hint obviously didn't sink and no other members picked the ball up to spin it further (plus I seem to be some kind of misfit anyway), I'll say it bluntly and in a brief form:

...less porn, more bike talk gentlemen...

If you want to reach a wider audience, you'd have to commit to a more family friendly content, safe for workplace and that... my 2 cents...


Seems to me that we are wishing to have a member base comparable to the old my-mc, which had been running for over 10 years, when we have only been around here for about 3 months. This forum was set up to be a bit more liberal than the old, which died as it did partly because it HAD taken on an even more conservative stance and some over bearing moderation brought about some negative feedback, which was enough to cause STeinar to shut it down, although I think he was planning that as a "time to move on" and therefore a forgone conclusion anyway.

The "porn", pretty tame in my opinion, that we see here, is in a section well noted and warned about, so no one who is easily offended should be looking there, otherwise, they are just hypocrites.

Paul mentioned, earlier in this thread, that we didn't want this to be a Pan only forum, which is a good way to present it, but, visitors here will see that our main preference IS for Honda Pans/ST's, so it will be hard to draw others here on that basis. Even on the old my-mc forum, STeinar had sections dedicated to numerous other manufacturers, but there was by far and away much more traffic to the 1100/1300 sections.

What we need is for Honda to bring out a new ST! Something that will attract the buyers again and have those buyers looking for a place to get tech and farkle info, because our very old 1100's are mostly staying in the hands of old owners and the 1300 has been around long enough that owners have already found web homes to spend their time at too.

I say, give it time.
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 18 Mar 2013, 21:43

Thanks for your comment Martin. I did not and do not see you as a misfit. But that's for another conversation perhaps.

The content of the posts comes from the members. If they don't post "bike talk" I really wouldn't know how to get them to do so. Personally I hope that when the riding season starts off, there will be more bike talk than currently. But it's really up to the members.

As for "porn" it's clearly marked NSFW and it is up to everyone's personal preferences whether to follow that section or not. Is that not clear enough perhaps?

We will - as Keith says - entertain *any* suggestion to make this board work for everyone. We've put in a shitload of work and would like to see that bear to fruition.
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby Forest 1100 » 18 Mar 2013, 21:47

Pieter Huizinga wrote: We've put in a shitload of work and would like to see that bear to fruition.


Can he say that in this section?? :shock: :oops: :lol:
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Re: Suggestions to increase visitors and membership

Postby mbrST1100 » 18 Mar 2013, 22:27

Pieter Huizinga wrote:We've put in a shitload of work and would like to see that bear to fruition.

The efforts behind the scenes are appreciated (especially by those who have some technical background on this topic), but you might also need to grow a bit more patience...
As Forrest says it are barely 3 months... what are those against over one decade of STeinar's operation.
When you open up a new business/shop it'll easily take 2 years till you know if its successfully and running profitable.
And the winter is not the best time of the year to start a bike business ;)

OTOH do I observe new members from UK or Ireland subscribing to ST-owners almost daily... so there are clients out there...
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