Forums Admins Unite: Lets get rid of the fluff posters!

fluffI have this huge desire to make every thread on the forums I work with a valuable resource on the topic of the thread. Imagine a new visitor coming from a search engine to a thread and its full of nonsense or fluff posts. Will they want to stay and look around the site; will they want to join as a member; will they be a contributor?

I edit thread titles regularly so the title accurately portrays what the thread is about. Imagine a new visitor coming from a search engine to a thread and the thread is not about the topic they thought they were looking for. Will they want to stay and look around the site; will they want to join as a member; will they be a contributor?

This is a great way to get a high bounce rate.

I use social bookmarking and directory submission to get valuable threads indexed and ranked well in search engines. The last thing I want is a new visitor to leave because of fluff posts in threads. I define a fluff post as those posts that contribute nothing of value to a thread. The classic is the “thank you for the valuable information” type posts. Imagine a new visitor sifting through pages of those types of posts to find the real information that is being discussed.

Because of the encouragement you see from SEO kiddies on SEO forums that forum posting is a good way to build links, the fluff posting is getting worse (its NOT a good way to build links). Almost all the fluff posts are made by those with low post counts and a live link in the signature (or an attempted live link). I have learnt from experience that these people NEVER become useful members of a forum, so I just delete the post and ban them. No if, no buts. None of them seem to complain. I just do not want them ruining the forum.

I encourage all other forum admins to do the same. These posters for the sake of a link drop are never worth it.

I have installed the post ‘Thank You’ hack for vBulletin; and there is also a ‘Thank You’ mod for MyBB and one for phpBB. I encourage members of my forums to use this rather than post a thank you message with no content or contribution for the thread.

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