Best Practices With What to Allow on Forums

A forum is a great way of discussing a topic that you are interested in and knowledgeable about with like minded people or of sharing your experiences and possibly helping beginners in the subject. A well run forum is a pleasure to visit – you feel welcomed and amongst friends.

Running a forum is more than just about letting every Tom, Dick and Harry join and then letting them dictate the ‘mood’ of the forum. It’s up to you, as the administrator, to set some ground rules and abide by them.

Firstly, you must manually activate every new member registration. Spammers are unfortunately attracted to forums like flies to honey, and even the newest forums will start getting a trickle of these every day. Although it’s tempting to allow these to join to up the membership levels to make it look like you’ve got an active forum, allowing these in will be a bad mistake. At the least you’ll be inundated with advertising, and at the worst some very unwelcome posts might be made. You, as the site owner, will be responsible for what’s on your forum. As you go through the registrations each day obvious spammers with made up email addresses or user names which are simply advertising products will be easy to spot. If you need to go further you can check on the IP address and where the person is coming from. If you’re still not sure, do a search at StopForumSpam – an excellent website that keeps up to date records of spammers, as these people try to join every forum going. You’ll soon become quite quick at spotting spammers against bonafide registrations.

You can’t start a forum and then lose interest in it. Unless you are working to activate registrations, moderate comments, administer the forum and contribute to discussions yourself it’s not going to get very far. Running a forum takes time every day.

You need to decide where the boundaries lie and the kind of behaviour you’ll tolerate. Some forums I have been on insist people search for answers already given to similar queries before posting a new question, and when a ‘newbie’ posts they get responses fired at them to search the forum for answers first. Or are you more tolerant, and encourage individual replies? It might take more time repeating the same information, but it does make the forum more personal. What happens when someone asks a daft question, and gets shot down rather rudely by another member? Do you tolerate that? Or do you try to set ground rules for how people should behave towards each other.

Sometimes this might depend on the audience for your subject matter. I run a specialist forum for keeping bearded dragons, and we’re likely to have older children joining as well as adults. Sometimes an incredible ignorance is shown about keeping these reptiles – people should have done their research before taking them on, and as such these poor creatures are now looking at short unhealthy lives unless their owners can be given correct advice on how to keep them. On another similar forum, new members asking stupid questions are shot down in flames, and they leave after making one post, and without gaining any help at all. On my forum I actively encourage all members to be welcomed, and their most basic questions answered so that they get the information they need to the benefit of them, and their pets.

Now this is obviously just an example, but do you want to help and encourage people? Or just have a membership of ‘experts’? That is a decision you need to make, as it’s you, and the moderators you might have to help you, who can influence this by the way in which your members respond to posts and also the way you moderate. Sometimes you need to PM posters who aren’t interacting in the way you want them to, and accept this might lead to losing a member, but if it helps for a better community overall, the loss of one might prevent all those ‘guests’ who visit before taking the plunge think twice before joining. It’s interesting, but I’ve only had one problem with a member in the 5 years I’ve been running the forum and had to ban them. Most members pick up the friendly culture of the forum very quickly.

When your forum starts to become very active you might find it is too much to moderate all the posts yourself. You will find regular posters are flattered if you ask them to become a moderator and help you run it. You should ensure that anyone you ask has views that do not diametrically oppose yours (although healthy debate should always be welcomed), and whose approach to answering posts is in line with the ‘feel’ you’ve developed for your forum. You might also want to appoint someone or more than one (depending on the size and activity on your forum) to be other administrators, particularly to help with the activation requests for new members. Sorting out 150+ spammers a day is better with help! I’m in the lucky position of having an administrator in Australia – from my point in the UK I do the day shift, and he does the night!

You may think you are very knowledgeable about your subject, but it’s great if you attract someone to join who’s known as an Expert in their area. I invited two such people from their contributions on other forums and their expert knowledge and experience has been a real boon to my forum.

If you allow people to sell items or services, you might want to think whether you’re going to let people join just for this purpose, or whether you want to restrict this service to contributing members. You might also want to restrict what they can offer. A good rule is that someone needs to make 10 posts before being able to put up information about what they want to sell.

Something that encourages people to post is always helpful in trying to get a lively forum. Assigning different ranks to people who post above a certain number of posts can encourage people to try to reach the next level. On my Bearded Dragon forum we go from Egg, through Hatching to Adult – obviously not appropriate to many forums, but you get the idea.

I found that forums don’t actually help you to make money – having Google ads on the forum did not bring me any revenue despite a high number of visitors to the extent that I abandoned them. People come to the forum for advice or to chat, not to click on adverts. Linking your response through to informative pages on your website is the best suggestion I can make, and of course, having a forum increases the number of visitors to your main site.

If you have a forum but it’s becoming less active, look at the tone of the posts and see if the feel of the forum has changed. Unless it was once more relevant that it is now (a forum about the London Olympics will be less topical in 2013!) you might want to try to make it more positive, friendly and welcoming to newcomers. This means posting a lot yourselves, and engaging the moderators in trying to turn round the feel of the forum. If a particular member is causing problems, then don’t feel bad if you need to ban them. It’s your forum after all, and it’s totally up to you who you allow on there. You need to make sure you and your moderators keep active and posting – people want to feel important, and like someone ‘official’ to respond to them.

Forums are a great addition to the internet – there’s one set up for almost every niche subject, and people enjoy using them to get information they need, or to share their knowledge. A well run forum is a pleasure to visit, just like going to your friendly local pub. But no one will want to put themselves in the firing line to get abuse from bullies. So it’s your job to keep them out.

Paying attention to your forum and keeping to these best practices will keep your forum active, friendly and attracting the right kind of visitors and new members.

How To Use Innovative Approaches To Improve Your Sub Broker Franchise To Desire

Sub-broker trading has been done in India landscape over the last 30 years. The Sub-brokers not only deals with buy and sell of clients commodities but they are also involved in providing end to end services including overall financial planning and guiding the clients with new tips and tricks of online commodity trading.

In simple words, a sub broker is a person who even though is not a registered member of the Stock Exchange but he can act on behalf of those registered trading members. The sub-brokers also play some other roles such as assisting other traders in dealing in the trade market.

The unique services offered by sub-brokers to their clients is complete look after of earns and losses, Intra-day tips, company reports, latest trading trends and more.

What are the services the broker offers?

Every client is not happy with the online trading services therefore many sub-brokers follow PAN India Presence for the clients who are looking for the offline assistant. For face to face discussions and regular communication can be done with local sub-brokers.
As mentioned above the sub-broker take cares of the clients market reports, company results, trading tips, and new trends on timely bases as per the client’s requirements and portfolio. Thus anyone who is new in trading platform taking services from sub-broker would be a good step.
With the vast experience in online commodity trading, the sub-brokers are well versed in handling turbulent situations which sound judgment for client investments.
Mostly the sub-brokers provide the relationship manager to each client so as to give individual attention to each portfolio with a check on its growth. Clients, on the other hand, get complete advice from the relationship managers around what works best for a short span of time and also in the long run.
Full-time sub-brokers also offer an array of financial segments to trade, invest etc.
How to become a Sub broker franchise?

Before planning to become sub broker franchise of the brokerage firm, get answers to some of the questions by asking yourself!!

Why do you want to become a sub-broker franchise?
What are all the different services offered by the brokerage firm? You need to provide something good to attract the client’s interest.
How to start with Sub-broker franchise?
How to become a successful Sub Broker?

The Indian traders are always looking for the brokerage firms offering low brokerage rates, they will never opt for the services of companies like HDFC, Sharekhan etc as the brokerage rates are very high.
Start your trading with the clients who are active traders. The part-time traders or clients trade occasionally will not make money from it. Only active trading clients can help to increase revenues.
Work for the profit of your clients. Always remember your client is the only source of earning good profit. Therefore always come up with new ideas and innovative techniques to help your client in a different way.
Build a good relationship and team; for a long way go in an online commodity market it is wise to surround yourself with the god team to your steady growth.
To earn profit many traders go with an overtrading practice which becomes the main reason for losses. To know the right time of investment is the key for risk management which could be faced in futures. Also, the right task of the sub-brokers is to add value to client’s services not to make client poor.

Piggyback Credit Lines: All That You Wanted to Know About Piggybacking

For quite a long time, parents have helped their young kids piggybacking of their credit cards to initiate a credit life while it has been quite a common practice that spouses used to piggyback each other enabling them to buy a luxurious apartment or high-cost car etc. in fact, piggyback credit lines, in industry term ‘tradelines’ refers to adding somebody with low credit as an authorized user on someone else’s credit card with good history helps boost credit score as well as credit history of the AU.Credit card piggybacking, in fact, emerged in the mainstream during the period of the great financial recession of this century when plenty of credit repair companies and individuals used the advantage of piggybacking credit lines to artificially facilitate common people/relations to qualify for mortgages or come out of bankruptcy.Scope of PiggybackingAs stated above whereas someone with a poor credit score becomes an authorized user on someone else’s credit card with high credit score and thereby inherits the same and boosting their credit status is piggybacking. While many people confuse it with joint account, the major difference is that an authorized user is not legally liable to pay the dues on the credit card or make any changes in it whereas a joint account holder can do. Nonetheless, an authorized user finds the full credit history of the primary cardholder reflected on his/her credit report while boosting the score. Thus, piggyback tradelines are an effective way to enjoy access to good payment history, age of that account and its utilization rate. When these features are not positive, it can risk you to drop your credit point further.Piggyback Credit LinesAs you’ve seen how piggybacking is used in the family circle, when it comes to your turn, you can get the same advantage for some fees to piggyback credit lines or buying tradelines from its reputable vendors. After having the details of you and the charges, the credit repair company will match you with one of their credit card holders having considerable credit score and add you as an AU to the person’s credit line i.e. credit card. Equally, the primary cardholder gets a portion of the fee you’re paying even though you don’t receive the original card and the tradeline company performs as a middleman in the deal.How does it Work?In order to understand how to piggyback credit lines works, first of you, you need to understand the fundamentals of credit score. You might be aware that the three major components that affect your credit score are 1) your payment history, 2) available credit in your card that refers to your credit utilization and 3) the age of your credit history. Precisely, your score states potential lenders how you’ve used your debt so far. Now, as you become an AU, the primary user’s credit history appears on your statement and increases your credit score with credit limit. On the contrary, this can equally lessen your credit utilization ratio if you piggyback a credit line that has a low balance. Similarity it can increase or shorten your credit history which are some risky sides of piggybacking; which is why while buying tradelines, do thorough research and work only with high profile companies.Is Piggybacking Legal?There’re plenty of disagreements about whether piggybacking on someone’s credit card is legal or deceptive. According to the conclusion of different U.S. commercial laws or FICO whereas consumers are misled by fraud piggybacking companies, it’s obviously illegal. However, unless it is misused for some misdoing this is lawful in the eye of law.