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curstilace
March 2nd, 2006, 02:20
Do what the people at Ilocano.org do. Having a window like that would be so annoying that all the lurkers would have to join!

http://www.ilocano.org/community/

TomB
March 2nd, 2006, 06:23
Please, Please Please don't.


:kaos_chirol_hun:

dobharrison
March 2nd, 2006, 08:04
I'm with Tom on this. I get the impression that a lot of people use the site as an information resource, particularly with regards to the JET application process. After being accepted, they may then never return here again. Having a big banner like that would just annoy people - if you're just looking for some info, why bother signing up and joining in if you don't want to?

Dynamis
March 2nd, 2006, 09:35
Yeah, guest lurkers dont hurt. If they really want to say something, they will register. Its not like they have to wait for approval or anything.

Matt

Doomer
March 2nd, 2006, 10:29
NO NO NO NO NO!!

Tom and Dob have the right Idea here...guests dont hurt! And having an annoying ass window like that isnt gonna make em wanna come back either!

curstilace
March 2nd, 2006, 11:24
Fair enough. Just thought I'd throw it out there since so many people on here complain that there aren't enough users. :)

Anyway, I had visited that page to get some info for my upcoming trip to the Philippines, and I did end up joining cuz there was no other way that I could read the forums!

Shotokai
March 2nd, 2006, 11:28
but joining to read doesn't mean you'll contribute. we have 1211 registered users, less than 1/10 post I guess.

V
March 2nd, 2006, 12:04
noooooooooooooooo.
my god thats irritating - im surprised people dont just give up and leave straight off, its very annoying indeed! (sorry just adding my 2pence worth)

Grail
March 2nd, 2006, 12:27
Yep, as a former lurker, I would have to say it would be a bad idea to have anything like that. ESPECIALLY on this site. You can pressure people to join all you want, but then you end up with a huge amount of members and the same old posters. Believe me, the no. of members not posting now will be minimal compared to what it would be if this sort of thing was implemented.
Could indeed scare people off too.

I think maybe a join button at the bottom of the page would be ok, as some people may just link in rather than go through the main page.

Dynamis
March 2nd, 2006, 12:52
Yeah, if you want to do that (link thing), sure. But its not like we're in a race to get more members. We've built a pretty nice community here, and only on days when i have few classes am I able to sit down and read all the posts.

Matt

Grail
March 2nd, 2006, 12:57
Yeah, if you want to do that (link thing), sure. But its not like we're in a race to get more members. We've built a pretty nice community here, and only on days when i have few classes am I able to sit down and read all the posts.

Matt

Agreed, but certainly make sure that it's easy for those so inclined to join.

shadowrook
March 2nd, 2006, 13:59
If you want people to join...you should have pictures that prime thoughts of joining and registering. I can't tell you what the pictures should be, just that priming is a very effective way for convincing others to do things.

Dynamis
March 2nd, 2006, 16:23
We could have pictures of semi-naked women (and men, hey, equal opportunities), promising full disclosure to members.

Oh wait, thats my other site...

Matt