I actually made these suggestions jus now on an old thread and got message that the thread is old and to open a new one instead. And so, here I am with my own suggestions to attract newbies to this forum and earn oldbies a new income on the side. I am one newbie. You can bet on that! And, I mus add: A hell of a enthusiastic newbie ! So, take this thread suggestions as a pinch of gold liquid! Because, if you ignore them then the liquid will sip through your fingers and it would be too late to recoup it again. Ignore at your own peril!
UNIQUE IDEA MAN'S UNIQUE FEATURE SUGGESTIONS:
Don't let unregistered post or vote. Or, atleast don't let them vote. (This'll attract them to register).
Make it easy to signup. Signup with their facebook, twitter, gmail, etc. accs.
You've seen on WP blogs that when you want to comment, you atleast need to fill-in your email in the form. Make it like this for the unregistered. They must atleast fill-in their email (during posting) and click the link (that gets emailed to them) in order to confirm the post and confirm their email and to confirm they're not bots. (I'm a bot builder, by the way). That's it. Don't bother asking them for their name, etc. Otherwise, it'd be the same as registering.
To foil bots or deter spammers, make it an obligation that, posters must fill-in captcha. Captcha text can be your sponsor brand names or their advertising motto. Like Tesco has one in all their ads which goes like this: "Every little helps". Meaning, every little saving helps. They keep mentioning that to get it to sink into the audience's subconscious. Brain washing. (I call it: Brand Washing).
You can then charge the sponsor for every capctha fill-ins that helped them brain wash your members with their brand. I say, charge $0.05/captcha.
(Don't forget to split 50% of the profits with the thread opener. After-all, it is due to them you're earning through the captcha fill-in. AND, most of all, don't forget to share the profits 50% with me for suggesting you this idea !). ;)
Allow thread openers or OPs to list their cpm banners on the top of all their threads. That way, they can earn when each time their threads load on others' screens. Don't let every Tom, Dick & Harry list their banners like this. Or, a lot of people would open silly threads asking silly questions just to attract cpm earnings. Make it a policy that, their banner would only be displayed once their thread starts getting replies. Spam posts/threads won't attract answers and so won't attract any income for the op too. That would deter away spammers to open threads unnecesarily.
- I was gonna build my own Yahoo Answers type site to compete with yahooanswers.com. When a person asks a question and when the answerers answer back, the answers won't be listed/ranked according to first come first serve but whoever pays the most (bid for answer listing). Eg. Someone asks which software is good for this or that. Vendors can reply. The one who pays the most, his answer is seen first. Maybe, something like that could be added onto Dani Web and forums ?
Or better. The ranking would be according to first come first serve. But if anyone comes late in answering and wants to jump the rank then he can pay for his position. The payment would go to the owner of the answer, who's position is being targeted. I'll use some Usernames here to make things more clearer and so the owners of these Usernames can excuse me for using their Usernames.
Imagine, I asked which paid web proxy server is best.
Imagine I see answers like this ....
This one is I reckon is best due to this or that ... - Diafol.
I have experience with this one but only drawback is this ... James Cherril.
I had this one but it had this and that problem. ... I was recommended this and no problem ever since. - Happy Geek.
This one ... helps you earn money in 3 ways. Kill 3 birds with a single stone throw! Forget the rest. You know this one's the best! - Dani.
Now, imagine, someone wants to take-over Diafol's position. During posting their answer, they'd see an option to take-over the positions of all those who have answered before them. And the early answerers prices would be listed to them like this ..
Snatch position 1: $5USD.
Snatch position 2: $10USD.
Snatch position 3: $1USD.
Snatch position 4: $1USD.
The answerers get to choose at what price they are willing to relinquish their positions. And so, from this example, you can see (Diafol in position 1) asked for less money than JamesCherril (who was in position 2). That is because, JamesCherril was not aware of Diafol's price. You can see those at position 3 & 4 have only asked for $1. That is because, they think the others asked in that range and so they asked in that range too.
So in short, the answers should not be able to see, during posting their answers and during choosing the amounts they want for their positions to be sold, what amounts the other answerers asked for. Which position asked for what amount. That way, they'd be in the dark and keep their prices low.
- Newbies can ask for code snippets as if they're hiring olbies on freelancers.com, etc.
Oldbies can upload their code snippets or full scripts and newbies can download them in return for filling in a survey form (cpa/ppd) that will pay the oldbie/answerer $1-20/survey form filled. Your TOS must state that all snippets/scripts must contain comments throughout so newbies can learn by reading the comments.
If I am not incorrect, then these last idea 2 suggestions will attract a lot of oldbie contributions as they would earn them money for their time & volunteering. And it would attract newbies as they'd be getting a lot of their questions answered for free or for simply fill-in survey forms.
Oldbies would be fighting over backwards to provide the best answers by bidding for their answer placements.
Ok, the idea is not fully developed yet as I'm busy with other projects (see my latest threads) but I just mentioned the undeveloped idea here to see if you guys can improve the idea and do better than me.
The formula to an answering type site (like Yahoo Answers and forums) is to generate a system that would kill 4 birds with a single stone. A system that would:
A). Motivate newbies to ask questions;
B). Motivate oldbies/experienced to answer questions by fight over backwards for their answers/replies/posts to get better ranking. Thus, pushing below their competitions' answers so the OP only sees their answers and answers of a few others near their answer positions.
C). Influence, oldbies to provide code snippets that newbies can download.
D). Foil bots so that answering posts are not spam.
That way, the system would be immune from failure. My suggestions would kill 4 birds with a single throw!
If you LIKE my ideas then LIKE this post and make your voice heard so Admin can conclude which ones to implement and which ones not.
You're welcome to PM me if you're a php developer and on the look-out for unique website ideas and are willing to partner with me.
If you add my suggestions, I'd stick to your forum like a glue and ask as many questions on php as I can and ask for as many code snippets or full scripts as I can and fill-in as many cpa/ppd survey forms as I can just to get hold of the code samples.
Hell, when I become a pro myself, or after I have managed to update the code samples/scripts I get from others/oldbies, I will list the derivations (my works. My updates of others' scripts or snippets) in order to attract a lot of downloads by fellow newbies and earn money.
Frankly, my suggestions are a money making, question creating and answer generating machine. Don't you think so ?
Quite frankly, I am going to add these features onto my own future sites.