PDA

View Full Version : Forum registration required?



schlapppy
09-24-2011, 11:51 PM
I wanted to lobby towards not having registration required to view the public threads. I can understand the assumed reasoning behind not wanting to have all threads opened to the public (bandwidth => cost). I know this wasn't always this way though. I was only reading and leeching for many months before I decided to register & start posting.

I can think of a half dozen or so good reasons why we should open up to be viewed to the public, but wanted to keep this short. I'd be happy to elaborate, please let me know if we'd like to have this as an open conversational thread.

So.. GotMead admins.. can we have a section where we can post and it be visible to the internet at large? Even if it's a small sub-section of the forum general posts & public brew logs would be a great start.

Thanks for the consideration.

mccann51
09-25-2011, 02:15 AM
I don't know if perhaps there are specific infrastructural limitations to having the forums public, but if not, I agree w Schlappy.

I had no idea the posts weren't public (after I post, gonna logout to see), but I know when I started here they were. I doubt I would have registered if I hadn't of been able to see the content first. As well, some people simply aren't down for registering and posting on forums, I don't think the great info we have here should only be viewable to those who are familiar w forum-use (you may laugh, but think about it, many people use the internet purely as a search-and-read tool and don't interact at all).

EDIT: Just checked, the two most useful forums (NewBee and Troubleshooting) are publicly viewable; this is better than nothing, and could get people interested enough to register. That said, if it's not a huge cost issue, I do support having the rest of the non-patron forums public.

Dan McFeeley
09-25-2011, 10:16 AM
It may only be temporary -- Oskaar posted on the Got Mead Site News forum in June, covering a number of changes including limited viewing by unregistered guests. He said it was temporary, and the purpose is to evaluate the performance impact on the site by unregistered guests.

--

Chevette Girl
09-25-2011, 11:53 AM
... I know when I started here they were. I doubt I would have registered if I hadn't of been able to see the content first.

Same here, I'm glad the Newbee and Troubleshooting ones are still public view.

...the first wine forum I ever joined, I actually read almost the whole forum before asking my first question... boy how things have changed :rolleyes:... but we do at least have a search engine on this one :)

Tannin Boy
09-25-2011, 12:47 PM
It may only be temporary -- Oskaar posted on the Got Mead Site News forum in June, covering a number of changes including limited viewing by unregistered guests. He said it was temporary, and the purpose is to evaluate the performance impact on the site by unregistered guests.

--

This is an interesting topic....
My concern would be that becoming a patron isn't as necessary then?
I assume the site needs a solid income stream to help defray the costs of
operation and such? Or am I missing something here? I too would wonder if
the impact on the traffic would reduce the quality as Dan has mentioned.

Regards,

TB

Chevette Girl
09-25-2011, 01:21 PM
TB, I don't think it has any effect on patronship, the only stuff that's closed unless you're a patron is the Patrons Only section, and when I first joined, non-members had the same viewing abilities as registered non-patron members, you just had to register if you wanted to post anything.

schlapppy
09-28-2011, 02:12 PM
I think now that we are on Physical Hardware, most of the performance problems that i have seen are gone.

Limiting views of the threads to non-registered users isn't the best idea in my opinion.. Here's a few reasons why we'd want to open it back up:

Attract new members to add our community. Members would not be very inticed to register, if they can't see the valuable content
Give back to the home brew community
Personally, when i write articles like the StirStarter - Stir plate review & project log. (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18658). I think it'd be great if it'd be useful to the entire community, not just mead brewers. I want to write the article on this forum (which i consider to my home base) and then be able to link it out on different forums.
I'd also like to be able to link out my brew logs to my other mead making friends. Many of them aren't members of this forum. If registration is required... maybe open up the website by allowing them to use an google openID.


I am grateful for the community that we have here, and thanks to those who pay the bills! I only wanted to express my concerns, and hope we can open the forum back on up to the general public.