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phpBB 3.2.0-RC2 released

PhpBB news - 6 hours 40 min ago
Greetings all,

We are pleased to announce the release of phpBB 3.2.0-RC2 "Bertie Reconnaissance Orbiter". This is the second release candidate of the upcoming phpBB 3.2.0 feature release and introduces major changes and new functionality.
Among the new features are the inclusion of VigLink as an extension in the phpBB package, full PHP 7.1 compatibility, as well as SVG emojis, and OAuth v1 support. You can read more about the inclusion of VigLink in our blog post phpBB to ship with VigLink extension.
The second release candidate also further improves timeout handling in the installer and while running database migrations, introduces several improvements to the new BBCode parser, and solves issues with email parsing that were present in the previous release candidate.
In addition to that, both the support for SQLite 2.8.x and the PHP MSSQL extension have been dropped as these are no longer supported in our minimum PHP version 5.4.0. Support for newer versions of those database types is available through SQLite 3 and MSSQL ODBC or MSSQL native respectively.

The full changelog is available in the changelog file within the docs folder contained in the release package. You can find the key highlights of this release candidate on the wiki at https://wiki.phpbb.com/Release_Highlights/3.2.0-RC2 and a list of all issues fixed on our tracker at https://tracker.phpbb.com/issues/?filter=14090

The packages can be downloaded from our Area51 downloads page.

The development team thanks everyone who contributed code to this release:
rxu, Jakub Senko, Matt Friedman, Crizzo, Richard McGirr, JoshyPHP, Daniel Sinn, Wesley Fok, David King, Erwan Nader, Max Krivanek, javiexin, kasimi, Victor A. Safronov, lavigor, 3Di, Dan Villiom Podlaski Christiansen, David Colón, Jmz, Kailey Truscott, Rich McGirr, Michael Miday, Benjamin Staneck, Etienne Baroux, Forumhulp.com, GerB, Jim Mossing Holsteyn, Joas Schilling, MIkhail Gulyaev, Mark Shaw, Michael Cullum, Sumanai, Tobi Schäfer, kilida, markshawtoronto

If you have any questions or comments, we'll be happy to address them in the discussion topic.

- The phpBB Team
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Documentation Updates and Progress

SocialEngine News - Fri, 2016-12-09 19:46

Happy December! We figured we would roll in December with an update regarding progress on our Documentation for SocialEngine Cloud and PHP. We’ve been working hard, adding new tutorials for SocialEngine Cloud as well as updating current documentation for SocialEngine PHP.

We’re happy to announce we’ve created 20 new articles for SocialEngine Cloud! As for SocialEngine PHP, articles are still in the process of being updated, but the count for completed tutorial updates is now at 31 for SocialEngine PHP! That’s a total of 51 documents created and updated within the past two months! Pretty awesome! Our goal is to update the entire document library and add more tutorials and resources for developers and customers alike.

Need tutorials? No problem! You can request tutorials from our community or contact us. Just make sure to put “Tutorial Request” in the subject and give some detail on what the tutorial is about.

We are committed to the success of every client, third-party developer, and SocialEngine team member. It is our hope current improvements, and those coming in the future, will further strengthen the relationship with all of you.  

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”~Pele

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Notebook, among Best Apps of 2016 in Apple’s App Store

Zoho Discussions News - Fri, 2016-12-09 17:00

Five months in, Notebook has become a beautiful place to take notes for hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. The app has evolved significantly since our launch, thanks to your continued support.

As we inch closer to the end of the year, we are excited that Apple has recognized Notebook as Best App of 2016.

The App Store included Notebook in their “We Work Harder” category, which included the best productivity and business applications of the year. Notebook is among 10 Best Apps of the Year in the Republic of Korea.

As proud of this accomplishment as we are, we’re still hard at work. We recently launched major updates to Notebook, introduced the Notebook Web Clipper, and optimized Notebook for iOS 10. With all that said, we’re just getting started. We have a ton of exciting things coming. In fact, Notebook for Mac is nearing release. Who knows, some of you may use it to pen your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. As you pen down your resolutions, you may want to try our new holiday notebook covers.

To download Notebook from the App Store, click here. For Android, click here.

For more information on Notebook, visit Zoho.com/Notebook.

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bbPress 2.5.12 – Requires WordPress 4.7

bbPress News - Fri, 2016-12-09 09:02

Oh, bother! Out now is bbPress 2.5.12, which fixes a bug for WordPress 4.7 users who did the right thing and updated to bbPress 2.5.11. Some of you may have noticed your bbPress menu items disappear – this release fixes that stinger.

2.5.12 officially bumps the minimum WordPress version requirement to 4.7 for all releases going forward. If you are stuck on a previous version of WordPress, please continue to use 2.5.11.

This cut-off is in place because the improvements to user-roles in WordPress 4.7 are really that important, and all future bug-fix releases to 2.5 and major releases going forward will be taking advantage of them.

If you’ve updated to 4.7 and are one of the unlucky few to get stung by the missing-menu bug, please accept my sincere apologies along with an update to 2.5.12 to relieve the itching.

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Re: How to Play mp3 Attachment?

Simple Machines News - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:07
OK this is getting weird now. I have logged out of the forum and the attachment has disappeared. But if you read the post below the first one obviously that guy can see the attachment.

OK so to see the attachment you have to be logged in as a mem...
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Re: Where to find the emails the system sends out?

Simple Machines News - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:03
Quote from: br360 on Today at 05:56:16 PMTake a look at themes/default /languages/EmailTemplates.english.php

Your Title under your name fits you very well BR360 

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Re: How to Play mp3 Attachment?

Simple Machines News - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:03
The first post in the topic has an mp3 file attached.
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Re: Where to find the emails the system sends out?

Simple Machines News - Thu, 2016-12-08 23:56
Take a look at themes/default /languages/EmailTemplates.english.php
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Muses Are Fickle, Part 3: Congenial Quality Control

Zoho Discussions News - Thu, 2016-12-08 21:47

So Long NaNoWriMo ’16

I’ve been so productive meeting the daily writing goals suggested by NaNoWriMo that I didn’t even notice the venture wrapped up last Wednesday.

When NanoWriMo started back in 1999, 21 writers participated. The following year, just under 150 joined. Then the event went viral: 5,000 writers participated in 2001, and by 2015 (the most recent year for which data are available) 431,656 aspiring novelists signed up. That is nearly half a million people, almost the population of Malta.

Sure, Malta is a small country. But convincing 400,000 people to voluntarily commit to a daily writing practice is extraordinary. 40,000 of these participants met NaNoWriMo’s challenge to produce 50,000 words at an average of 1667 words / day.

This year, I certainly didn’t even come close to the NaNoWriMo goal. But I wrote more with NaNoWriMo than I would have otherwise. Even though the event has birthed a slew of beautifully written literature (especially YA), its real value is constructing a flexible, attainable framework for getting words on paper. But don’t worry about losing momentum. The folks behind NaNoWriMo have christened January and February the “Now What?” months, dedicated to revising what was written in November. So we’ll pick up with them then.

Congenial QC

Hopefully, you’ve been spared the crushing anxiety, existential despair, and throttling dry-heaves I endure when starting a new writing project. If these plagues have visited themselves upon you, yet you’re still reading this, you’ve probably deployed some hardcore pre-writing techniques (like abstracts, or cubing and brainstorming, or whatever works for you) to get out of your own way and put some words on the page. Looking back at what I’ve discussed in previous posts, by this point, you’ve managed to silence your inner critic in order to produce. That’s no small accomplishment. Now that you’ve got ample raw material, it’s time to fashion your notes into a coherent draft.

See, silencing your inner critic means chucking out any sense of quality control. At this point, you are ready to ease some congenial QC back into your work because nobody wants to read your unrevised freewriting. To move seamlessly from notes to a draft, I do this:


Not How But Why

Outlining is nothing more than systematically organizing what you’ve drafted. It’s a sequence of practices designed to show the hierarchal relationship or logical ordering of information” that are used to refine your argument, prioritize evidence, and keep track of examples.

However, as a skill, outlining’s not accessible in the same way brainstorming is. It is not open-ended; it is highly structured. There are procedures. If you’re still in the idea generation phase, the strictures of outlining can shut down your creative process and may lead to feelings of defeat. So, don’t try it until your work is sufficiently developed to warrant it.

For specific instructions on how to outline, click on any of these links. Many smart people have done the hard work of demoing outlines, and since I can’t do a better job myself, I refer you to their work.

Rather, I’ll share a few thoughts about why to outline. An outline is a framework for organizing information from most general to most specific. Usually, large categories are marked with Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV, V, etc.), and subcategories take upper-case letters (A, B, C, D, E, etc.), and so on, through Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.), and lower-case letters.

But this labelling scheme turns out to function on several levels. While you’re creating the outline, it helps keep information separate. Then, once the outline is completed, you’ll know at a glance how important a particular piece of information is in context, based on how its been marked. This way of demonstrating relationships between pieces of information is the key to outlining success.

I need outlining because I have no trouble writing high volumes of material, but I’m not so skilled when it comes to judging that material’s relevance to the piece overall. In my mind, I tend to think everything’s interesting, especially if it’s a topic I’ve decided is worth my own time and effort.

Mind the Contract

Use an outline to gauge whether you’re writing for yourself or your audience. If you cannot decide whether a particular point or a whole paragraph is a I, an A, 1, or a, you cannot expect the reader to deal with it. No matter how smart, or clever, or in love with it you are. That would be a breach of the implicit contract that exists between all writers and their readers. Just say a little prayer of mourning, and then cut it out of the document and save it for some future piece.

Next time, I’ll talk more about outlining. Thanks to Mark Davis and Lauren Waddell for their revising help.


“Muses Are Fickle” is an occasional series about best practices for starting and staying writing. Stay tuned for Part 4. Subscribe now to get notified about all the latest content from Zoho.

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What’s new on Drupal.org? - November 2016

Drupal News - Thu, 2016-12-08 18:27

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

The engineering team at the Drupal Association had much to be thankful for in November. With the support of the wonderful volunteers in our community and the contributions of our Supporting Partners we were able to deliver some great tools for the project. Let's dive and see what's new.

Drupal.org updates Promoting Drupal by Industry

In November we finished the technical scaffolding for the upcoming industry pages, and began working with the wider Association team on content development for these pages. Because we were ahead of our internal targets for this page and we felt it would add significant value, we've also added the ability to geotarget content on these industry pages.

This is the first instance of geo-targeting on Drupal.org, and we'll be using it to help connect Drupal evaluators with regionally appropriate content and partners on these pages. Work on the industry pages is ongoing, but we're excited to bring them to you soon.

Developer Tools Evaluation

During November the engineering team also had a two day retreat here in Portland, OR with webchick - one of the members of the Technical Advisory Committee. We used this retreat to do a deep dive into the current state of developer tools on Drupal.org, and to evaluate our options to continue evolving the tools we offer to the community.

We gave a summary of our exploration along with some next steps to the Drupal Association Board on November 22nd. You can find the minutes and a recording here.

Core release packaged with --no-dev composer dependencies

Starting with the Drupal 8.2.3 release, we are now packaging full releases of Drupal core with --no-dev composer dependencies. This means that packages downloaded will not include extraneous developer extras that should not be used in production sites, and that the release packages will be smaller. We will continue to package dev releases with the dev dependencies.

Feature branch testing support

Drupal.org allows maintainers to create feature branches for issues by using the name format [issue#]-[short-description]. Any commits made to a branch in this format will appear in the sidebar of the associated issue. To improve the utility of these feature branches, DrupalCI patch file tests now also run on push to these branches.

To add tests, users can simply click on the 'add test' link beneath the git branch in the issue sidebar, or click on the existing test result bubble to re-test or add a new test. Since this feature was introduced we've run over 200 issue branch tests.

Project maintainers can add Documentation Guides

We're continuing to support the migration of documentation to the new documentation system, and we've now enabled Project Maintainers to add related documentation guides to their projects. Once added, the related projects will appear on the documentation guides, in the sidebar.

Documentation Maintainers can find their Guides

Many community volunteers have stepped up to become maintainers of the new documentation guides. We want to make sure we're giving them the tools they need to do the work of maintaining those guides and the pages within them.

We've added a 'Your Guides' section to the user profile which will list all of the guides that a user maintains, as well as the pages within those guides. This should allow maintainers to see when pages have been recently changed or added, and to easily keep their guide content curated and up to date.

Infrastructure Virtualization and Improved Config Management

In November, we completed the majority of two major infrastructure projects. Firstly, we've virtualized the majority of the infrastructure and standardized on Debian 8 images. Secondly we've updated our configuration and user management from Puppet 3 + LDAP to Puppet 4 + Hiera. This is a significant milestone for our infrastructure, and gives us a more portable and maintainable infrastructure to manage moving forwards.

Community Initiatives

Community initiatives are a collaboration; with dedicated community volunteers building improvements to Drupal.org with the architectural guidance and oversight of the Drupal Association engineering team.

Drupal 8 User Guide Launched!

We're very happy to say that the Drupal 8 User Guide is now live on Drupal.org! This documentation guide is carefully curated to provide all the information a new user needs to become skilled at managing a Drupal 8 site. We want to give a special thanks to jhodgdon for all her work on the User Guide project.

Initiatives need your help

Are you a Drupal.org power user who relies on Dreditor? Markcarver, who is currently leading the charge to port Dreditor features to Drupal.org, has invited anyone interested in contributing to join him in #dreditor on freenode IRC or the Dreditor GitHub.

Is the written word your domain? Consider putting your skills to use by becoming a maintainer of Drupal documentation. If you are a developer interested in contributing code to the new documentation system, please contact tvn.


As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

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Optimizing your Forum for SEO Purposes

Vanilla News - Thu, 2016-12-08 14:00

When you think of search engine optimization, chances are optimizing a forum is not the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, most SEO strategies seem aimed at website page ranking or content creation.

However, many of the same principles (and a few new ones) can be aimed at increasing the visibility and success of your forum.

What Search Engines Love

There are many factors that impact how well a forum will rank:

  • Clean coding and design of platform, making it easy for search engines to crawl and index
  • The number of backlinks a site has linking to its, i.e. how many other websites are linking to you and sending traffic your way.
  • Not all links are created equal. Links from high authority sites such as a well-known news outlet will have a greater impact than your friend putting a link on their blog.
  • The quality of the content contained within your website or forum (including frequency of posting).
  • Time on site that your users spend on domain
  • Social sharing of webpages
  • And the best, as forum users most likely users of your product, the keywords and phrases they use are similar to the terms being searched on search engines.

Search engine optimization is made up of many components and to list all of them would require an article far longer than this one. However, those are the three main components that many other factors would fall under.

Above all else, search engines want to connect their users to a site that answers their question. That is why when someone searches for something such as “hosted community software,” you’ll see Vanilla Forums right near the top.

The first result on the list, an article by Entrepreneur, lists 5 software platforms that host online communities. Vanilla Forums, it should be noted, does make the cut!

And since Entrepreneur Magazine is a well-known, widely circulated publication and website, they show up well in that particular search. Since Vanilla Forums is mentioned by name and linked to in this article, we show up well too. That is SEO at work.

Translating This Method to Generating Forum Traffic

By now you see that the key to generating positive search engine results are content, traffic, and popularity. All three are important and should factor into your plan to generate traffic for your forum.

Some basics you will want to consider:

Consider keeping your forums open

Forums that require registration before viewing the content will be more challenging from an SEO standpoint. In general, forums that are run this way will see an increase in membership since that is the only way to view the content. However, continued engagement may not be there.

Open forums will see less memberships since anyone can come in and view the content. However, This also allows the content itself to be searchable. In general, the easier you can make it to join and interact, the better off you will be.

Create and Encourage Video

Search engines love dynamic sites with a variety of content and nowhere is that more true than with video. Search engine algorithms are constantly changing, but content is still king and video makes for great content. Whether you create your own or not, encouraging your community to create and share their own is a great way to help enhance your SEO.

Video is a dynamic medium that is searchable in its own way, and video sharing sites such as YouTube can further link to and from your forum which also helps.

Link and Promote Your Forum

SEO is not a short-term fix, but rather a long-term strategy. It will take time to achieve results and doing any or all of the above will not yield an overnight ascension to the front page of Google. It is important to promote and link to and from your forum.

Form partnership and link exchange arrangements with friendly websites who are not in direct competition.
Promote and link to your forum on social media as well as in email correspondence such as newsletters or within your email signature.

Remember that Content and Community are King

At the end of the day, all the smoke and mirror tricks won’t get your forum anywhere if it is a boring, lifeless play to be. As a community manager, it is incumbent on you to foster a community where you and your members are vibrantly engaged in creating fresh, original content to interact with.

Search engines value many things, but they all want their users to find what they are looking for and to enjoy the experience. If your forum remains true to its purpose and your community loves you, search engines will too.

Common Questions on Forum SEO

Adrian Speyer, our Marketing Manager has compiled and answered some common questions that our customers ask us in regards to SEO on your community.

1. Does having a forum in folder like website.com/forum get me better SEO than putting it on a sub-domain like forum.domain.com?

This question comes up because you want to make sure that all your inbound links are juicing the entire website, not just a part of it. Our opinion is that there is no difference if the forum is on a folder or sub-domain. If the content on a sub-domain is on a different web-server and IP address, it’s a good idea to register the sub-domain in your Google Webmaster Tools account. This way, Google knows that the website and forum are one and the same and you’ll get SEO juice for inbound links to the forum.

2. Does a forum need a sitemap?

Sitemaps are XML files that help search engines find your website URLs and can also provide some information about those URLs to help the search engine crawl them more intelligently. When no sitemap is present, search engines will simply crawl by visiting links it finds on your site.

Forums have a very clear tree-like content structure and so sitemaps aren’t necessary. As for the other information that can be added to a sitemap, we trust that the search engines will set their own behaviours based on what they find on your forum.

3. Does the URL structure matter?

Each new discussion is going to have a unique URL that looks something like this:

http://forum.website.com/category-name/this-is-the-discussion-title.html or http://forum.website.com/1234/this-is-the-discussion-title

Vanilla can display URLs in both these formats and we haven’t seen one outperform the other. When it comes to forum post URLs, the real deciding factor is that they are based on the Discussion title. Members of your forum are not likely writing titles with SEO and keywords in mind, so this is something you cannot fully control.

4. If I move my forum to another platform with a different URL structure, can I keep my SEO ranking?

Yes. You’ll want to make sure to setup 301 redirects. What is a 301 redirect? It’s a way to tell a search engines that an old URL has moved permanently and it will be redirected to the new URL you specify.

5. If I embed a forum into a page on my website, will my website get the same SEO benefit as having it on a sub-domain or in a folder?

While Google tries to index iframed content properly, it doesn’t always get it right. When the forum is on a sub-domain and linked to your website navigation, Google will have no problems finding and crawling the content. What’s more, it’s easier for people to create external links to specific pages on your forum. These links will help your SEO.

If you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decide to go the embed route, here is a short Embedding Checklist to follow:

  • Choose the embed friendly theme. This theme has minimal padding around it and will look good at any width.
    Set up the forum on a sub-domain. (Even though nobody will see the URL, this helps search engines attribute the SEO juice to your main domain.)
  • Register this sub-domain in your Google Webmaster Tools account. (If you are not embedding, you should do this too.) Make sure that the page in which you embed is free of javascript errors.

6. What are things that could hurt my SEO?

There are lots of things that can impact your SEO:

  • Buying links
  • Links from bad neighbourhoods. Services like MajesticSEO or MOZ are helpful in locating rogue links you might want to get removed.
  • Malware (check your site here. Add your domain to see how it fares)
  • Choosing a bad domain (always use archive.org to see what was there before you buy)
  • Spam in your forum (we have some great plugins to help with that)

Learn more on how Vanilla Forums does SEO here.

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Eat. Sleep. Repost. Repeat — Discover and share interesting content on Instagram with Zoho Social!

Zoho Discussions News - Wed, 2016-12-07 15:14


One of the best attributes of social media is the ability to share different kinds of content with your audience. The trick lies in knowing where to find good content that showcases that diversity.

TIP: Sharing content created by your customers and the accounts you follow is a great way to do this.

Although Instagram doesn’t natively offer features like scheduling and posting, we noticed that brands were finding ways to do those things anyway, whether manually or with the help of third-party tools. We recently announced scheduling on Instagram and many businesses are already using it every day. On that note, I’m excited to introduce Repost for Instagram on Zoho Social!

Why is reposting content important for brands?

People use Instagram to compose beautiful posts containing images and videos to share them with the world. It’s a great medium for capturing a thousand words in just one picture.

When you start sharing useful, interesting content, your brand becomes known, not just for its product or service, but as a source of content discovery. Wondering how to find great content? There are several ways to do that, and we would be more than happy to help you get started.

Tip: A large part of content that you can share comes from what your followers create!

Many brands use repost for Instagram in interesting ways to build their profile and drive engagement. Here are some examples that inspire us, and we believe will inspire you, to use Repost for Instagram on Zoho Social.

Of the people, for the people, BY the people!

Content curation is a great way to create engagement. Using a branded hashtag, you can easily curate content by reposting what your brand’s followers have created. Brands like GoPro, NatGeo, etc. are building their Instagram profile by leveraging user-generated content. Reposting is also an effective way to engage with your followers and curate content during events, meet-ups, and talks. If you are running a show, this is a great opportunity to repost some content on Instagram.

Who doesn’t love perks?

Instagram contests are an amazing engagement strategy. Brands design contests in which they encourage their followers to create posts and use a unique hashtag so that the posts can be monitored. Contests are a simple and effective way to increase engagement while also curating content for your profile. Two birds with one stone! Check out Belkin doing it right!

Circles of trust

Businesses use Instagram to build an audience and connect with their customers. When your business makes a sale and repost customer reviews on Instagram, it creates an authentic testimonial for your brand. This can be very useful in attracting more people and turning them into your customers!

While reposting on Instagram is a great feature, it is always best to request permission from the original author. We came up with a set best practices for reposting on Instagram.

Are you ready to get started?

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Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: December 17th to December 23rd, 2016

Zoho Discussions News - Wed, 2016-12-07 14:39

Dear Customers, 

Earlier this year, we made a decision to set up a new US data center with greater bandwidth through upgraded WAN links, better and powerful application and storage servers with sufficient head room for future growth.

In September, we tested this new US data center successfully, by switching and serving all our apps from the new facility, before we switched back to our primary data center. The test was accomplished with minimal service disruptions. Please refer to this related post.

As  indicated in September, our plan is to make the switch permanent in December. This maintenance is scheduled to run from December 17th to December 23rd. You can continue using all Zoho services during this period and we do not expect major service disruptions. However, we will continue to monitor things very closely. We will be serving all Zoho apps and services from this new facility once the maintenance is complete and I’ll update this blog post.

There will be no maintenance in our EU data center and all services will operate normally.

As always, we thank you for your business and continued support for Zoho. We remain committed to continually improving our operations and infrastructure facilities to best serve your business.

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Psychological Tactics You Can Use to Grow Your Online Community

Vanilla News - Wed, 2016-12-07 14:00

You want to grow a massive online community, don’t you?

I’m not a psychic of course; however, you clicking the title is a dead giveaway of why you’re here.

While there are millions of guides that you can read on how to grow a community online, I’d like to share with you psychology-backed strategies that you can use to do just that.

Without further ado, here are three psychological tactics you can use.

Use the environment design strategy.

A study conducted by Eric J. Johnson and Daniel G. Goldstein about Defaults and Donation Decisions revealed some telling insights on how our environment can significantly impact our behavior.

Here’s a line from the research that we can use to understand our community and create strategies that we can use to grow our group.

“In most cases, the majority of people choose the default option to which they were assigned.”

What the line tells us is how we humans have the tendency to respond to signals around us.

If we see a clean glass of water, the chances are good that we’ll drink it. If we see an opened book on the table, the chances are we’ll read it. Lastly, if we see a huge empty box on our screens where we can share our ideas, the chances are good that we’ll use that empty box.

You can probably see where I’m getting at, don’t you?

When you think about how you can apply the environment design strategy (a term used by James Clear) to growing your community, you’ll be able to come up with several actionable things to do.

These are some of the things I can come up with on top of my head:

  • Increase the size of your chat or comment box.
  • Add CTAs (call-to-actions) on your newsletters or to every single message that you send to your audience.
  • Make your CTAs highly visible.
  • Improve the design of your website where the important CTAs are highlighted, while the less important ones just blend with the background, so they aren’t sticking out.

At this point, I need you to put two and two together… I need you to think about how we humans have the natural inclination to respond to the cues around us, and the actionable points that I shared above.

Can you see how powerful this strategy is, now?

Conduct one-to-one interviews.

Additionally, there is now a lot of evidence that personal interviews yield deep insights that can’t be obtained from focus groups. So, my preference is to conduct in-depth, one-on-one interviews that are enriched by using various techniques from clinical psychology and sociology. Often, the results of such interviews can be used to design more comprehensive surveys. And properly designed surveys, when subjected to careful statistical analyses, can yield further insights into unconscious consumer thinking.” – Harvard Business School professor Gerald Zaltman

Let me guess – You’ve been trying to figure out that silver bullet of an insight about your community that would ultimately help you “break the code” and compel your community to engage, refer more people to your group, and share the heck out of the content that you publish, don’t you?

If you’re like most marketers, then you probably also look into your website’s analytics to figure out what that silver bullet is.

Of course, I’m not against the idea of checking your site’s hard cold numbers — after all, numbers don’t lie. However, instead of simply doing only that, why not conduct one-to-one interviews as well?

As mentioned above by Professor Gerald Zaltman, there are now a lot of evidence showing how personal interviews yield deeper insights about the customers that just cannot be obtained through focus groups.

What does all of this mean for us who are trying to grow our community, you might ask?


When you think about it, every time you conduct one-to-one interviews, you end up hitting several birds with one stone.

Here’s why I’m saying that:

  • You’ll get deeper insight about your community — just like what Professor Zaltman mentioned — which you can use to run activities or publish content that would resonate with your community, making them want to respond to your actions.
  • Depending on how you position your interviews, you can tweak them and turn them into an actual content that you can publish.
  • One-to-one interviews can help establish a better relationship between you and your community simply because it becomes clear as day to them that you want to get to know them on a deeper level.
  • The growing intimacy between your relationship with your community can easily lead to them referring your community to their network of connections. In short, WoMM (Word of Mouth Marketing).

Of course, I’m just scratching the surface with the points that I shared above. You can count on the fact that there are truckloads of benefits that you can get from doing one-to-one interviews with your community members.

Harness the power of having a common enemy.

“Specifically, Landau and colleagues argue that people have a basic need for coherence, or for things to make sense. Enemies provide people with this sense of coherence. If we can attribute many of the ills in our lives to our enemies, then we have a stable set of schemas and expectations. We know what to expect, even if something bad happens, and we know who to attribute it to.” — Nathan A Heflick Ph.D., Contributor at Psychologytoday.com

You’ve probably seen several of those instant karma videos on Facebook or in Youtube, haven’t you?

If you’ve ever wondered why such posts almost always manages to garner boatloads of comments, shares, likes or reactions from the audience, then the quote I shared above from Nathan Heflick answers that question (though not entirely).

The thing with instant karma videos is it gives everyone a common enemy, therefore adding a sense of coherence in everyone’s lives. It is when people are watching these kinds of videos that everyone gets united and are encouraged to speak their mind because they know that they have other people backing them up.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to tell you to share instant karma videos with your community every-single-time. What I am trying to say is adding a common “enemy” can make your community emotional and bring them together.

I’d also like to emphasize that your common enemy doesn’t necessarily have to be a person. It can be an ideology, a painful experience, or a bad habit (among other things).

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Re: Need a bit of help integrating some javascript.

Simple Machines News - Wed, 2016-12-07 00:39
Thank you, I replaced that one, but nothing is showing up, I presume I still have to put this code somewhere since I've seen that in your page source too?

Code: [Select]<div id="lights">
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Re: Need a bit of help integrating some javascript.

Simple Machines News - Wed, 2016-12-07 00:34
on index.template.php around line 161

Code: [Select]// Output any remaining HTML headers. (from mods, maybe?)
echo $context['html_headers'];

echo '

replace by
   // Output any remaining HTML headers. (from mods, maybe?)
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Re: Need a bit of help integrating some javascript.

Simple Machines News - Wed, 2016-12-07 00:32
Oh I see I miss some code.
Code: [Select]<div id="lights">
</div>Where and how do I put that in the index.template.php? Does that need some echo code too?

By the way, the cpu usages is about the snowstorm, I only use the lights.
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Re: Need a bit of help integrating some javascript.

Simple Machines News - Wed, 2016-12-07 00:24
Oh Lol I believed you when you say you removed it and it worked.

I copied the code in my index.template.php but it did not do anything.
Maybe I put it in the wrong place in the index.template.php? I copied the complete code from you and placed it be...
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Re: Need a bit of help integrating some javascript.

Simple Machines News - Wed, 2016-12-07 00:22
ill post a screeny for proof.
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