My Mac Forum Site

Discussion in 'Mac Scene' started by Shrek, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    #1
    I'm pondering on the idea of starting my own Mac Forum Site. I don't want to start it right now, but maybe within a year or so; then I'll be good and ready. ;) I plan to use vBulletin for this site. I've posted a list of all the forums I'd like to have on the site below. Their are two other forums not listed: A news forum about the site and a site community forum; I didn't list them because they both have the site name in them and I don't want anyone stealing my domain name that I haven't yet registered. :p

    This is just a rough draft. Hope you like it!:

    News & Information
    Only administrators can post new threads in these forums

    Talk of the Town
    Apple, Inc.
    MacWorld Expo

    Apple/Mac General

    General Apple/Mac Discussion
    Apple Feedback
    Apple/Mac Rumors
    Mac Hack
    Mac vs PC
    Rants & Raves

    Mac Hardware

    General Hardware Discussion
    eMac
    External Hardware & Accessories
    Internal Hardware
    iPod
    Hardware Support
    Obsolete Macs
    PowerMac/iMac
    PowerBook/iBook
    XServe

    Mac Software

    General Software Discussion
    Games
    Internet
    Multimedia
    Operating Systems
    Productivity
    Utilities

    Mac Internet & Networking

    General Internet/Networking Discussion
    America Online (AOL)
    Broadband
    Browsers
    Chat
    E-mail
    File Sharing
    FTP
    .Mac
    Security
    Sherlock
    Wireless Networking
    World Wide Web

    Mac Developer's Corner

    Hardware Development
    Software Development
    Web Development

    Mac Community

    Apple Help/Support Forum
    Classifieds
    Off-Topic

    Staff Only
    Only staff members are allowed in this forum

    Staff Only Discussion Forum




    Anyone room for improvement? :rolleyes:
     
  2. arn
    macrumors god

    arn

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    #2
    Good luck...

    Forums can be good and bad....

    They do provide a sense of community amongst your users, but if the forum gets popular, it can take a lot of resources.

    arn
     
  3. macrumors G4

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    He's right. Look at how many times this server has said it's busy. Better save up for an Xserve or two. :p

    I'll be the first to join if you put one up. :)

    edit: I think you should add a hack, mod section somewhere in there. (nothing too illegal though.:p )
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    Well, thanks for the tip. I think I'll start out hosting it on someone elses server first, though. I'll make my own store with all my own merchandise 'n stuff. And then as the site grows and makes more money I just might switch to an XServe or 2, or 3, or 4, and so on. . . Geesh, how many XServe's do you think I might need?
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    Hey, arn got the user project forum up. I guess the mods will have a lot of shuffling to do now, I suppose this counts as a MacProject. Nice going arn.
     
  6. Retired

    jefhatfield

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    good luck

    i have never seen i forum i thought was bad

    some are better than others

    as for getting info on new mac stuff, apple insider beat everybody hands down...but they were conservative on wild speculation...which ends up becoming the next next generation of gear

    when people were worrying about 1 ghz, other super rumor types were already talking ddr ram

    while some were talking firewire for the old ibook, some were already talking subnotebook (any laptop under five pounds)

    and while some were talking ipod and what it can do, the rumor types two steps ahead were talking pc compatible ipods

    i like what i saw today with the new powermacs and i know the ones shouting loudly for a new or better case design will see it next year or the year after

    i was hoping for a little color again in the case

    but who knows, five years from now, we can all be back to beige

    but being a pc network and repair guy for a trade, i am used to ugly, beige, and a gazillion wires everywhere...all i care about is if the thing works and is reliable...a good design is a plus

    i have to admit, everytime i look at the tibook, i am amazed at how they got all that technology as a desktop replacement into a one inch thick case:D

    there is a stronger case for saying the aliens designed the tibook instead of the crop circles...at least people can make good copies of crop circles, but up to now, i have not seen a good copy of the tibook
     
  7. macrumors 68040

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    I like the sound of the developer's forums shrek.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    #8
    Thanks. ;)
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Geert

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    Re: My Mac Forum Site

    I'dd say invest your $$ in Arn, so MR can expand some more.
    But have like your own corner. (Looks more like real Community then)
    There are some good ideas in there
     
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    AmbitiousLemon

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    im just curious what you think your forum will bring to the mac community that other sites dont have.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    Well, I'm hoping that more forums on the site will make it more popular (because it would have a much higher capacity for users) and bring more users, resulting in one of the largest Mac communities on the Web. It would be for Mac heads that like to socialize with large groups of people. Of course at first, I'll have to really spend some $$ and find ways to attract a horde of people to it. :cool:
     
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    cleo

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    Have you considered using PHPbb as a (free!) alternative to vBulletin? I've been playing around with it on my own site, and it seems quite solid.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    Well, I know that vBulletin blows the **** out of everything else, so. . . What's the point? I need something that will attract a large crowd.
     
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    cleo

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    You should still check out PHPbb... it's super full-featured and has the same look as vBulletin. You can customize every inch of it, avatars, moderators, etc... it's just a suggestion, but it would really save you quite a bit of money.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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  16. arn
    macrumors god

    arn

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    um.... http://www.phpbb.com perhaps?

    arn
     
  17. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    Oh, duh. I should've known that. :p
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    cleo, i like your site. i've been thinking of doing something similar. just haven't gotten around to it yet. :rolleyes:
     
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    LimeiBook86

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    whoa

    Be careful with making your own "Mac VS PC" fourm...

    ... Those things can get pretty ugly!!!:eek:
     
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    AmbitiousLemon

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    he could use the mac vs pc and 'rants and raves' forums as sort of 'junkyard' forums. move all the threads that get hijacked by those sort of arguments into one of thsoe categories.
     
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    SilvorX

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    good luck...they can be fun at times, but they can be REALLY hard work at other times...i had a SMALL forum once n everything was screwed up :S lol
    i might start up a music forum sooner or later (n make a section to do with creating music/multimedia ;))
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    That's using your head, AL!!! ;)
     
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    G4scott

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    Good luck on starting your own forums... As long as they don't look like these, I think your site will do fine. ;)
     
  24. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Shrek

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    Mr. Anderson

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    ha, I don't know which is worse, the topics of conversation or the look and feel of the site. not what I'd call impressive.
     

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