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Old 07-13-2004, 11:35 PM
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I started a new forum and I realize there isnt many memebers on it or many posts yet, but im trying to get it started so please join and start posting! It has sections for welding, automotive, woodworking, electronics and much more. Let's make it big.

http://www.workshopforum.com

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Old 07-14-2004, 02:05 AM
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I subscribed to it,but my email app is having trouble receving mail. So in turn,i cant post. Im under the same name there as i am here.
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Old 07-14-2004, 02:41 AM
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i validated you, you can post now.
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Old 07-14-2004, 02:47 AM
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:19 AM
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It's a prett good forum. I just joined under the same name I have here.

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Old 07-14-2004, 11:16 AM
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mwgsr -- I know you're not asking for any advice, but since I've seen so many automotive-related forums come and go, I'm going to go out on a limb and give you my feedback.

I like the colors -- grays/whites/blacks are good for forums, and your design looks sharp and clean. The links section is a good idea too.

However, I think you're going to encounter some difficulties in attracting a sizable audience, considering how generally targeted your forums are. Five years ago, you might have been able to launch a general workshop-type site. Now, since the web is so heavily developed, there are plenty of excellent *separate* websites for the different types of skills you are featuring. Someone in need of woodworking help will probably find better assistance in a woodworking community, rather than in the woodworking section of a general workshop community (unless it's HUGE). This is the same reason why we have avoided make and model-specific forums here (Ford, Chevy, Mopar, etc.). Excellent websites already exist that cover these specific makes/models.

I see you've covered several different subjects. To my knowledge, there is still room for web development in automotive electronics, and a little bit of room left in welding -- but there is tough competition; in order to succeed, you would have to have superior skills/knowledge/determination/resources/funding/luck than the other websites already out there. Fiberglassing and fiberglass part fabrication is fairly open -- you could easily devote an entire forum to that.

I know that it might be more reasonable to think that the more ground your forum covers, the more people will be interested. Realistically though, these days -- the more targeted your forum is, the more valuable of a resource it becomes.

Either way, once you generate some posting volume, we'd be happy to help you out with a listing in the "General Forums" section of our Knowledge Base.
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I signed up thanks for posting it.
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:11 PM
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That was a fine gesture Jon. I think I'll put it in my favorites.

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Old 07-15-2004, 09:47 AM
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like this one: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/wiring/ this place has everything for the house. e v e r y thing.

nice of jon to help out. WHATTA GUY!!
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mwgsr -- I know you're not asking for any advice, but since I've seen so many automotive-related forums come and go, I'm going to go out on a limb and give you my feedback.

I like the colors -- grays/whites/blacks are good for forums, and your design looks sharp and clean. The links section is a good idea too.

However, I think you're going to encounter some difficulties in attracting a sizable audience, considering how generally targeted your forums are. Five years ago, you might have been able to launch a general workshop-type site. Now, since the web is so heavily developed, there are plenty of excellent *separate* websites for the different types of skills you are featuring. Someone in need of woodworking help will probably find better assistance in a woodworking community, rather than in the woodworking section of a general workshop community (unless it's HUGE). This is the same reason why we have avoided make and model-specific forums here (Ford, Chevy, Mopar, etc.). Excellent websites already exist that cover these specific makes/models.

I see you've covered several different subjects. To my knowledge, there is still room for web development in automotive electronics, and a little bit of room left in welding -- but there is tough competition; in order to succeed, you would have to have superior skills/knowledge/determination/resources/funding/luck than the other websites already out there. Fiberglassing and fiberglass part fabrication is fairly open -- you could easily devote an entire forum to that.

I know that it might be more reasonable to think that the more ground your forum covers, the more people will be interested. Realistically though, these days -- the more targeted your forum is, the more valuable of a resource it becomes.

Either way, once you generate some posting volume, we'd be happy to help you out with a listing in the "General Forums" section of our Knowledge Base.
I appreciate the advice. Before making the forum I basically sat down and was thinking if it would be a successful idea. I searched google for a while trying to find a 'main' forum for basically everything you need to know about welding, electronics, woodworking etc. etc. Whether it was with cars, building houses or just building anything in general. I found separate forums like you said, but most of the ones I found just had horrible layouts or they were confusing to use. So I figured why not make one main forum (with a nice layout and easy to use) where everyone can just come and get all their information on one site because not many people are interested in just one topic anyways. I realize it is going to be hard at first to get people to join and get people to start posting valuable information, but so far it is off to a pretty good start. We have about 50 registered members in 3 days and I plan to pay for some banner advertising on big time websites very soon. I'm going to take your input on my category forums and rethink them to see if I can squeeze in a few more.

I really appreciate you guys trying to help me out.
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:03 PM
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Old 07-16-2004, 04:31 AM
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Old 07-16-2004, 05:38 AM
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I joined 15 minutes ago, that place is actually pretty cool.
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Seems like it is off to a good start. There has been 70 members who signed up.
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