(Original post by CN)
- What do you think are the most important things we could add to keep existing users on TSR longer / more often?
As people have already said - improve the Graduate/Careers sections...many of the current members of TSR are either at school (in which case they're sorted for the next few years as they have the university sub-forums) or they're currently at uni..and will be graduating soon.
TSR is a student forum yet I know that many users plan to stay on once they've finished their education (be it from school or university) so utilising the above sub-forums to maximum efficiency/improving them/changing them to cater to people's needs would help keep existing members stay.
- What features of other sites do you think would make TSR rock?
Maybe a sub-forum for MySpace/Bebo/Facebook entries could be made?
They shouldn't be the focus of the site by any means, yet not infrequently, threads are made with links to the above - so to declutter it all and make it easier for those interested - make a subforum for them?
I vaguely remember seeing a Thread somewhere for MySpace links - perhaps in Chat?
- Bearing in mind that we also own 130,000 coursework docs and essay sites with over 600,000 student visits per month, what clever ways do you think we could come up with of integrating these? (they are a unique asset that would be difficult for others to emulate).
Promotion and advertising.
Most people stumbled across TSR through Google - and Personalstatement.info/coursework.info must receive a good few hundred thousand hits daily - by outrageously advertising TSR, they'll be drawn into it.
Perhaps advertising the academic aspects of TSr would help as well - it's why most people signed up initially.
H&R is the most popular site to browse but the subject help/university help was the prime factor to start with.
Just an idea - the new cluster serves are brilliant - but you want to increase the size of the site even more - is it possible at peak times to stop guests from viewing the site and taking up space? Make it compulsory for them to sign up and become members? Otherwise, long-term, TSR will eventually slow down and stop - like it did just before.
Another example could be that we integrate the forums into our other sites as well.
- We also own PersonalStatement.Info so any thoughts on integrating that would be welcomed.
Integrate as in - make them a part of TSR?
If so - it would no longer be a forum per se - I think it's best to keep them as separate sites and not join them all up as one.
- If you were going to ask a designer to come up with a new image for TSR, what would your brief be? What adjectives would you use to describe TSR?
"If it ain't broke...don't fix."
- What do you think about the level of moderation on the site today? How could we improve this as we grow?
The moderation now is fine.
A suggestion - D&D has vastly improved now they have the mini-mod system.
For busy sub-forums, as TSR grows, maybe appoint mini-mods there to deal with the expected increase in post reports? Chat and H&R would be the ideal ones I suppose.
- What do you think about capturing place of study and subjects from people on registration and using them to promote forums/networks/buddies etc..?
This would have to be an option - not compulsory.
I personally don't want my details (personal or academic) splashed across the web to all and sundry.