Hello! I'd hope we can cater for all everything Sheffield that falls within the forum's rules!
Hey Groose & wmoham001, thanks for the link. It seems like the classifieds are an area we should look to rejuvenate. I'm going to collect some more information then we can look at prioritising making change in that area.
A. I hope you'll find we're open to feedback and making positive gradual change.
B. We're currently assessing Classifieds and creating a unified Sheffield Calendar - two things that shouldn't be too invasive to the current forum experience. I'm also wondering if it's worth looking at an automatic save as draft feature if one doesn't already exist as I've lost this reply twice now by closing the tab!
C. We've got the best interests of the community at heart and are taking on this challenge as a long-term project, with gradual changes. The ones we are planning are supplementary to rather than in place of the existing forum experience.
Thanks Anna! I'm glad you enjoy the forum - we won't be making changes without a plan!
That's a really interesting insight about how social media moves really fast and you can miss some interesting topics if you blink. Facebook certainly is a place where lots more people are communicating than in 2007, but I really think there's something special about a forum like this. I think there's enough distinction within the differing styles of communication on here and FB to be confident we can continue to have our corner of the internet and it be really useful for people. Something we can do better is marketing the forum on social networks, and other media sources to increase the conversation here.
Hello gamezone07! We're not planning on business being a primary focus. I'm quite excited about the prospect of a 'good news' forum - really promoting the best of Sheffield. Is that something you'd like to see?
Hey soopah, obviously not to the scale of Facebook but this forum is still quite active. There's at least 54 individual people viewing the website now according to Google Analytics, and 400+ according to the Online Users tab on the main page (must use different methods of defining what an active user is!)
I'm confident we can improve that no end too, we need to invest in a few areas such as useful features (I love the Sheffield Calendar idea that has been proposed!), and inbound social media marketing of interesting topics/posts via social media (there's <1% of traffic arriving from socials at the moment because they are essentially dormant) and we'll get the conversations flowing.
Hi pattricia, hopefully you'll be in for a nice surprise!
Hi muddywolf, thanks - we're in it for the long haul and see it as a great opportunity to 'give back' and help improve a Sheffield institution!
I've not been able to track down my old account - the last time I actively contributed was in the 2000s. Frequently visited to view posts on topics via Google since.
Thanks metalman! A common theme is emerging here
Plan is definitely to increase that so everyone benefits from richer conversations, news, ideas, etc