Up at the top of the site you will see a link that says “Forum” it DOES NOT use the Buddy Press Forums, why? Well because the BuddyPress forums are nothing but a way that the groups get organized and don’t really function like a forum. I am very familiar with the SMF Forum Platform and so I used it to create a full featured forum here.
As it builds we can add more boards and child boards. I will definitely need moderators so if you have an interest and know how to mod a forum let me know. A few questions I expect to hear so I will just answer them now.
Why am I adding a forum though we the site uses BuddyPress?
Answer – As I said above the BuddyPress features are cool for some basic group stuff and really nice for commenting on the blog. I also plan to ask some of you to guest post in the future so it will be great for that! But it sucks as a full feature forum. You know with moderator levels, search functionality, etc.
Why a forum at all, aren’t there enough online business forums out there already?
Well there are a lot of them but I think most fit into one of two camps. Some are really to advanced technically like say Search Engine Watch. I mean if you know a bit more than basic SEO and PPC and page creation and all it will be a good place to learn more but I think many just feel over their heads in such forums. The good news is they are well run and they keep the trash out! The second type of forum is full of trash! Get rich in your underwear, make a fortune by telling two that tell two, etc. I want a forum that is good for newbies and advanced and I want to keep the trash out. No scammers and no spammers. Hence new registrations will require approval by an admin at least until we get a good moderator staff in place. So when you join it will take a while to get an email saying your account is active. Spammers are scum and are attracted by a site on business like nothing else on the planet (other than porn, viagra or gambling), I already delete about 5 fake scam users a day from the blog alone.
Is the forum about Five Minutes With Jack or Business in General?
Business in general, hopefully with a lot of my personality and philosophy tossed into it.
So the forum is live, ready for business. Who is going to be the first member, well other than me and who will score the first post?