Exchanges?

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Have any of you done exchanges with others in order to help get posts/activity going on your forum? How often have you done this? What is the largest number of posts you've done in an exchange? Do you think it helps?
 

Monica

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That’s when, instead of members, a forum is filled with a bunch of transactional sock puppet accounts that only get used when an active exchange of posts is in progress?

I was a member of a forum like that once and I always wondered why nobody stuck around. Then I found out what was going on and was turned off. I left that forum and set off in search of an actual community with real people. I think I found that here, I don’t think any of these members here are post exchangers. :orly:
 
#4
Well, often it's the only option because it's simply too expensive to hire writers. Anyway, it can work well assuming the other person is doing their part. However, though, some people for valid and invalid reasons are falling behind.

That’s when, instead of members, a forum is filled with a bunch of transactional sock puppet accounts that only get used when an active exchange of posts is in progress?
In that case, you'd have to hire them for the long term. I mean, all forums don't have Atrium's charisma at keeping people around! ;-)
 
#5
Many years ago I took part in them occasionally. Truthfully however, they were never all that helpful. Generic threads and posts don't actually do as much to promote a look of activity and intrigue as one might think.
 
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Many years ago I took part in them occasionally. Truthfully however, they were never all that helpful. Generic threads and posts don't actually do as much to promote a look of activity and intrigue as one might think.
Generic threads can spark un-generic discussion, though. Anyway, the original poster might not be around to answer things as they're for hire.
 
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Generic threads can spark un-generic discussion, though. Anyway, the original poster might not be around to answer things as they're for hire.
In my experience, the majority of people who took part in exchanges did so to get it over with as swiftly as possible; simple threads that can be answered with single-word replies, as an example.

I like a bit more substance, I suppose.
 
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I was never a fan of post exchanges, due to the fact that no one ever puts any effort or thought into them. They typically just post whatever useless drivel they can to get the job over with the fastest.

I'd rather my forum get 10 posts a day that are of great quality over 100 that aren't worth taking the time to read. Well, that is if I ran a forum.
 

Reverie

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I usually do exchanges with people who are able to do well written posts. When I do my side I try to make them well written, but it also depends on the niche of their forum. Also I've done exchanges where members liked my forum enough they stick around. It's kind of a good advertising method really.