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Can a forum can survive (and thrive) when there is no established goal

  1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
    WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago

    case in point

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image79
      Maddie Ruudposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      You didn't make a point.  You asked a question.  tongue

    2. Hovalis profile image87
      Hovalisposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Still waiting for that point. You've provided a question followed by a statement. Care to elaborate?

  2. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    Or pointless, depending on your perspective. big_smile

  3. helpdeskian profile image51
    helpdeskianposted 9 years ago

    the forum will survive as long as other people actively go in to reiterate how it lacks a goal. Or I guess it actually has the goal of not having a goal when I think about it.lol

  4. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    Forums don't operate on goals, they rely on topics.

  5. gamergirl profile image61
    gamergirlposted 9 years ago

    Would you say, then, that the goal of a forum is to be populated with topics? wink

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, you could.

      Maybe it's about "purpose" rather than "goal".

      What is the purpose of this forum? To equip its users with skills and to communicate with the members.

      A goal could be "we want our forum to be the biggest ever!". But what is the purpose of that?

  6. Zsuzsy Bee profile image84
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 9 years ago

    How deep can we get? Good one Charlotte! This forum here has the goal and purpose of fellowship...As long as anyone is interested in another viewpoint and well being it will survive. It proved it's worth just recently when one was supposedly gone and not real at all. Everyone banded together when one of us had trouble with "spammers" and "hubthieves". It also acted like a real family when one was trying to ram an opinion...Hubpages Forum is doing just fine with it's established "GOAL"...and great people...
    my 2 cents worth ZS

    1. MarloByDesign profile image83
      MarloByDesignposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with your comments. Then why are some people so negative on the "Other Topics" in the forum areas (Art, Automotive, Business, etc...). Isn't the goal to find people with similar viewpoints and interests?

  7. elisabeth reid profile image59
    elisabeth reidposted 9 years ago

    Yes.

    Goal?  We don't need no steenkin' goal.  Unless it involves a ball.  And a team.  In which case, this is the wrong forum

    tongue

    1. 4imaginativewomen profile image53
      4imaginativewomenposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      totally agree with you....I'm so relieved that its a forum without a goal...I quite enjoy 'not knowing' what it is I'm moving towards!

      1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
        WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago in reply to this

        I'm glad you agree!
        http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_30_126.gif

  8. Zsuzsy Bee profile image84
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 9 years ago

    More questions than answers!!! zs

  9. WeddingConsultant profile image67
    WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago

    I suppose I should chime in since I started the mess.  My "goal" or "topic" if you will was to see if a forum topic that was created about nothing specific would have activity and would "thrive."

    It seems like that is the case, based on the many posted responses.

    Zsuzsy Bee, I really liked what you said about forums- I agree that it's more of a social community where we band together and help one another.  There are other purposes, but that is one of it's chief functions, I'd say!

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Do you mean "thread topic"?

      Because "forum" encompasses the entire forum. And if that's what you're talking about then it's a different discussion entirely.

      1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
        WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, darkside, that's what I mean.  Thanks for the point of clarification. wink

        1. darkside profile image80
          darksideposted 9 years ago in reply to this

          Ahhhh... it's often the most entertaining threads that have the least bit of importance.

          1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
            WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago in reply to this

            big_smile

  10. LdsNana-AskMormon profile image87
    LdsNana-AskMormonposted 9 years ago

    Duh?  You really couldn't figure that one out without this?  LOL

    You are young:-)

    Kathryn

  11. WeddingConsultant profile image67
    WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago

    I just think it's funny to see the different forum topics on here and how we, as a hubpages community, get so into them.  It's a great community, I love it.

  12. Caryl Oliver profile image33
    Caryl Oliverposted 9 years ago

    This reminds me of a game we used to play when I was younger.  We would pick up a piece of stone or bit of stick from the ground and all take turns deciding what it wasn't.

    We could spend hours deciding what it wasn't and the whole thing was about as pointless as all this conversation.  But then it is fun to make no sense at all occasionally isn't it?

  13. ZEV profile image57
    ZEVposted 9 years ago

    Much to do about nothing comes to mind. But then again it must be something or I wouldn't be replying. Kinda like buying words isn't Mark?

  14. WeddingConsultant profile image67
    WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago

    If I can get all "mushy" on everyone, I think that having a forum thread about nothing thrive is a testament to how graceful the hubpages community is as a whole!

  15. CrystalSingleton profile image59
    CrystalSingletonposted 9 years ago

    ha-ha. there now it's still active.

    1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
      WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_219.gif

      1. MarloByDesign profile image83
        MarloByDesignposted 9 years ago in reply to this

        WeddingConsultant, is that a picture of you? Where is the rest of your body?

        1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
          WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago in reply to this

          WeddingConsultant, is that a picture of you? Where is the rest of your body?

          http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/11/11_9_12.gif

          1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
            Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years ago in reply to this

            http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/11/11_9_12.gif

            It's Wilson from Home Improvement!

          1. WeddingConsultant profile image67
            WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago in reply to this

            It's Wilson from Home Improvement!

            Patty, that's exactly what I thought of when I posted the picture! haha I couldn't resist

  • CrystalSingleton profile image59
    CrystalSingletonposted 9 years ago

    who you guys talking about?

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