Manchester United Fan Forum [Big Boards] Featured Forum

Discussion in 'Featured Communities' started by Kathy, May 18, 2009.

  1. Kathy

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    Congrats to our latest feature forum administrator who has built a big board based on Manchester United fans.

    FORUM BASICS:
    What is the name of your website and a brief description of the theme/topic of the forums. What is the url?
    utdforum : a generic Manchester United Fan Forum like no other.
    http://www.utdforum.com/
    We're a forum for Manchester United fans as opposed to a forum about Manchester United so there's lots of general chat.

    List some of the most popular forums and describe its discussions.
    The Main forum is by far the most popular but we have specialise gambling forums and other user created forums. One of the most popular ones is the Fred tissue Cooking challenge's forum which is basically a cookery competition between the members. We generally have a laugh.

    What prompted you to start your forum? What was your launch date?
    November 2006? I think!
    Originally started as fredtissue.com as the forum at redissue.co.uk was down a lot over a sustained period of time. We renamed to utdforum.com about 6 months ago.

    Do you have any special forum features or activities?
    Pretend betting, user forums, cook offs

    SOFTWARE:
    Which software do you use for your forums?
    vbulletin

    Do you use any add-ons scripts to enhance your site? Which ones?
    not many, xcache is essential

    HARDWARE:
    What is your current server set-up? Do you have multiple servers for your big board forum? Who manages your servers?
    two servers (not going into details) - still using apache but hope to ditch that in the summer

    MEMBERS:
    Membership stats? How many members?
    About 2000 - all new members are moderated as we don't like a lot of people especially fans from other clubs etc

    What are the demographics of your site? (Percentage of men, women, age groups, locality related)
    95% men
    95% uk
    18 to about 50

    STAFF:
    Tell us a about your staff including how many admins (and their functions), moderators, mentors, web-developers, etc. Explain how your staff is organized.
    Admin and some mods, some people to put up bets


    REVENUE:
    How do you generate revenue to cover your expenses? (Ecommerce, subscriptions, advertising, affiliate links, etc)
    Subscriptions, adsense

    Do you offer upgraded members groups for a fee? What benefits do they get for subscribing/upgrading?
    Here's a list of some of the differences between using the site as guest/member/vip.

    Can post messages : no, yes, yes
    Can view public forums : yes, yes, yes
    Can Search Forums : no, yes, yes
    Can vote on polls : no, yes, yes
    Can bet with vbookie : no, yes, yes
    Can see avatars : no, yes, yes
    Can have custom avatars : no, yes, yes
    Avatar size: 0, 100x100(25k),150x150(40k)
    Can use animated avatar: no, no, yes
    Can have signature: no, yes, yes
    Can view signature: no, yes, yes
    Can view member profiles/leave profile msgs: no, yes, yes
    Can Have Album and Upload Pictures : no, no, yes
    Can view album and pictures: no, yes, yes
    Can start and moderate their own group forums: no, no, yes
    Can join user created groups: no, yes, yes
    Can autoembed media(yutbe etc): no, yes, yes
    Can view autoembeded media: yes, yes, yes
    Can use private messages: no, yes(50), yes(150)
    Can use mobile forum style, no, no, yes
    Can use Travel and Ticket Forum: Read only, Yes, Yes
    Can access NSFW forum: No, Yes, Yes
    Can read blog: yes, yes, yes
    Can post blog: no,on application,yes
    Can comment on blogs: no,yes,yes
    Can be banned: no, yes, yes
    Can see who's online: no, yes, yes
    Can view sponsor ads throughout: yes, less, no


    ADMIN:
    What is your name?
    Tonto McTavish

    Please share a few things about yourself. (Bio, family, education, background, hobbies, your favorite pizza topping, your favorite vacation spot, your choice of transportation, etc)
    Top Secret

    How do you spend a typical day as admin on your site? What do you enjoy about your job as admin of your site/forums? Do you office in your home or in a separate office space away from your house?
    Wasting time doing nothing, tinkering about with things. Insulting members. Having a laugh.

    What has been the biggest obstacle you have faced in starting or running your forums? How did you/do you handle it?
    Troublesome members trying to waste my time. needy people wanting to be my friend.

    What 3 things have helped your forums to be a success?
    Great membersX3
     
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