Tips and Tricks at keeping active members

Joshua Farrell

Well-known member
Sep 30, 2021
Many times I will get asked, "What kinda of threads should I make?". This is a common question with both new and more experience members alike. It can be difficult at times to keep a member interested in a forum, when you do not know what to post. As an admin or staff member, it is your duty to keep a board updated and active with interesting topics.

In this thread, I am hoping to establish a discussion on the tips and tricks of creating a topic. I hope that, what is posted below will not only be informative and helpful, but will encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences as well.

One of the best tools for inspiration, is to watch the news, listen to the radio, or even read the newspaper. It is amazing how useful these forms of media can be. Not only will you find controversial topics to discuss, which can almost always ensure a active thread, but it can inspire your imagination to come up with your own topics.

Anouther tip, when starting a topic, always promote participation within your post. For example, Dont post an article and say "What you think?".....Instead make it about thier thoughts not just about the article . Try something like, "Imagine being put in this situation,....What choice would you have made? Would it be something you would feel good about? If not, how would you have done it differently?"Make your questions be part of the article not as an addition.

Some times the best topics are inspired from the simplest of things. Look at something that is in front of you and then play a game of word association. Then ask questions of each word do. For example, I am looking at a clock. I associate it with time. My question is, Why is it that when we are watching a clock , time seems to go slower? Yet, when you are not watching it, it seems to fly by?

I hope that you all join in and post some of your tricks and experiences. Enjoy.


Dec 2, 2021
You do the same type of things I do when coming up with questions to ask, look around, pay attention but most of all, remember to return online and post those questions. At one point I was writing things down in my Notes on my phone when I was out and about and came up with some questions to start new threads when I knew I would forget them if I didn't write them down.


Jan 14, 2022
Giveaways really involve new and old members so I use a giveaway to gather more members and use it to also advertise where normally I am not allowed to.