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Discussion in 'FerrariChat.com UK Workshop' started by Hud, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. Hud

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    Put yourself in the position of being a new user, think about the first thread that you replied to or posted. What attracted you to post? How has the look of the forum changed since then? Does it look any better or worse?

    What is it that people want to see first? Lots of sections, or one page? How should the page be sectioned - if at all?

    What's more attractive - photo album, technical, social or events? If you had to prioritise these what order would you put them in?
     
  2. Hazy

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    definately photos of all the cars, I reckon make members cars a sticky. Think about it, you buy a Ferrari and then google for a web site to glean info from. Then when you find said site, ie Fchat, you are gonna want to see the cars, not listen to drivel or find out where everyone (currently strangers) are going. Then in time it becomes more of a lifestyle site rather than looking at the cars (as nice as they are) :)
     
  3. MarkCollins

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    When you look at the F/Chat front page and then the lead title for the UK it's more than often the UK Bikini thread, can we get it so only the Ferrari section provides the title?, it might entice more 'Ferrari' interested people....not that there's anything wrong with the Bikinis of course :)
     
  4. Hud

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    I agree with regards to first impressions. When I look on Cs and see 'A plea from Sletti' it almost sets the scene....Am only using this as an example not a slur on CS of course.
     
  5. Fan512bbi

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    You have a point but also there have been posters who have never posted in the UK section come here and post because of the Bikini/Asian women thread, look at the number of views there and you can see that those thread are generating a lot of attention to the UK section.
     
  6. racespecferrari

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    Can there be a double heading, i.e. what was last posted in the Uk section and what was last post in the backroom lounge
     
  7. Hud

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    For what reason Pete?
     
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    Think this is a cool idea. It also helps to associate which people drive what.
     
  9. MarkCollins

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    true we are creating a huge amount of viewing of Women in Bikinis, not pictures of, stories about, discussion of Ferraris etc.

    As I've said I've nothing against them :) but surely the goal is to encourage more Ferrari owners and enthusiasts to post about Ferraris.
     
  10. Hud

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    I agree, the bikini thread should should be a nice perk for regulars :D

    Difficult to know what to do to get the balance right..
     
  11. MarkCollins

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    Well of course the way to increase traffic is to have 20 threads all showing girls in (or out of!) Bikinis draped over Ferraris :D Calling Steve :D :D

    Think you've hit nail on the head Rob, imo the Bikini thread should be the bonus :)
     
  12. Fan512bbi

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    True :) you make a good point.
     
  13. Hud

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    So how could this be implemented? Any ideas?
     
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    will current live threads be split into respective sub forums ? Front page is very busy at mo :)
     
  15. Hud

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    Dont know m8, thats part of why we are having this workshop. Want to hear suggestions.

    Do you not think it might look too familiar?
     
  16. mattymouse33

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    Rob, I think the layout is pretty much ok. The only changes i would like to see if anything would be for the OT stuff to be at the bottom of the page as this is a Ferrari forum. i think over time we have seen many genuine users leave the place as a result of different happenings. i'm sure they will return and the best way to encourage a permanent stay is for them to see the great Ferrari enthusiasm that I am sure a lot of current users have, the other topic are just a sideline.

    What is a shame is that it looks as though we are the only section that has to go though this caper but I'm sure it will be very much worthwhile in the end and others may take notice of that.

    Changes i would like for the front page are as follows:
    1. Users guidelines
    2. OT moved to the bottom of the page
    3. A sticky for members cars is a good idea. Other areas such as events would be suited as a sticky too.

    Things like technical really should be put in the technical section in the overall forum i would have thought.


    That is all i think
     
  17. mattymouse33

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    Dont really think theres a need to go that far. i think we just need to keep all things Ferrari in the main page and separate all others to either OT, members cars, events and whatever else. There is already a technical section in the forum and it can only be of benefit to everyone that all technical questions are raised in there.
     
  18. racespecferrari

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    Well for basically that reason, as some said not everyone wants to see the bikini thread apprearing all the while as there could be a damn good ferrari thread going in the uk section minutes before, so if theres a double heading you can instantly see whats happening in both, Jmho
     
  19. Andy 308GTB

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    Fair point. It would be interesting to see what is possible with this software.
    If a double heading isn't possible it may be possible to only have the main UK section (i.e. not the Backroom Lounge etc) updating the Fchat front page.

    The bikini thread will certainly generate passing trade - whether it is the sort of punter we want is a different matter :D
     
  20. francisn

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    Personally I will rarely look at the backroom section. Only if I have nothing else to do, and not that I don't find the pics in the Bikini thread unattractive, but is that REALLY what we are about. You can find that stuff anywhere. If we HAVE to have it shove it down the bottom somewhere. It may well attract viewers to the UK section but is there any proof it makes them post here. I really doubt it.
     
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    Basically you could show a calendar and who's the toip posters also listing different attributes, liike who's covered the most miles in the term of ownersghip etc etc......there are lots you could display on the front page to make the site more interesting IMHO.
     
  23. tonyh

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    Paul,
    the front pages look gr8, did u design them? The big prob in changing way this forum looks is that its owned and operated by one person. What may suit the UK section wont necessarily suit other parts of FC.
     
  24. Hud

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    Might be that the UK section could have a front page...? I dont know the ins and outs of its capabilities.
     
  25. stevew

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    Think that's going a bit far, your forgeting that this site is owned by Rob Lay and he his probably happy with the sites feel, after all the UK section is only one section of a large forum.
     

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