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post #1 of 12
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I belong to a number of forums (fora???) that are focused on other topics besides skiing.

Amongst ski forums, this one seems to be the most active among English speaking, North American folks.


As an example, I belong to garden forums.  Any thread that has more that 6-7 responses is pretty unusual in any of these forums.
Another example:  new posters asking their first question here at Epic, once their thread takes off, often respond with "wow this forum is giving me a lot of information" or something like that.

 

Tyler, do you know how Epic measures up to non-skiing forums?  

Anyone else keeping score?

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I belong to a number of forums (fora???) that are focused on other topics besides skiing.

Amongst ski forums, this one seems to be the most active among English speaking, North American folks.


As an example, I belong to garden forums.  Any thread that has more that 6-7 responses is pretty unusual in any of these forums.
Another example:  new posters asking their first question here at Epic, once their thread takes off, often respond with "wow this forum is giving me a lot of information" or something like that.

 

Tyler, do you know how Epic measures up to non-skiing forums?  

Anyone else keeping score?

 

That is a good question, albeit quite an open ended one. One general observation I have is that EpicSki has much more of a community feel than other forums. I feel this is in part because the ski industry is a (relatively) small world. Also it's very common for our users to meet up with one another and know one another offline.

 

We've often taken flak as a moderation team for being over-zealous, but at the same time I can think of a list of users in my head that were very rude to new posters (and other members in general) and shown the door. Some feel the forum is worse off for it; while I respect the vibe that comes from getting out of one's comfort zone, I feel that the forum as a whole is better off for it. EpicSki has transitioned from being a locker room where instructors came to talk shop to a great resource for skiers be they 100+ days a year enthusiasts or 5 day a year hobbiests. We've worked hard to cultivate a culture here that is welcoming and helpful, that is both a result of good work by a dedicated moderation team, and of course of the members who make up the community and are willing to be helpful and friendly. 

 

Now the open ended part is how it stacks up against other forums. It is really hard to say. I only frequent a handful of forums with varying activity levels and each has it's own culture. I know some of the other forums on the Huddler platform have had a ton of interest in the award icons like I've used for our featured photographer. Others (like ours) seem to not really care about it at all. Some communities are big on using social media; I've been managing our Facebook and Twitter pages for five years and never had much success at getting a real vibrant connection between EpicSki and our social pages (although there is a connection, just not on the level that I've seen with other sites). 

post #3 of 12

Don't participate in non-ski forums, so can't help much with your main question.  Do agree that this is one of the best for skiing in US.  Snowheads (mostly Brits talking about European skiing) is quite active, at least it seemed to be a couple years ago when I last gave it a good look.  I devoted some discussion to various ski forums (fora :rolleyes ) a few years ago in this piece:  http://www.epicski.com/a/giving-thanks-for-online-ski-forums

 

PS:  I consciously don't use Facebook and know very little about it.  Are there fruitful avenues in the Facebook universe that are synonymous to EpicSki where you can ask a community of informed enthusiasts a variety of general or specific questions about skiing and get good answers on numerous topics?

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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

I belong to a number of forums (fora???) that are focused on other topics besides skiing.

Amongst ski forums, this one seems to be the most active among English speaking, North American folks.


As an example, I belong to garden forums.  Any thread that has more that 6-7 responses is pretty unusual in any of these forums.
Another example:  new posters asking their first question here at Epic, once their thread takes off, often respond with "wow this forum is giving me a lot of information" or something like that.

 

Tyler, do you know how Epic measures up to non-skiing forums?  

Anyone else keeping score?

 

How long have the non-skiing forums been around that you participate in?  How many people are reading at any given time?  My observation is that for any forum, only 10-20% of the active members post on a regular basis.  That's one reason that a forum or any sort of online group with <100 members who do not know each other in person is not likely to stick around for long.  EpicSki passed the 10,000 account level quite a while ago.

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DeviantArt (popular culture art) says of itself:

We have over 38 million registered members and attract over 65 million unique visitors per month.

Now that's big.  

 

I'm wondering what areas of interest attract huge numbers of active members. 

Cars?  Martial arts?  Cooking?  Mountain Biking?  Wines? Parenting?  Gardening?  Golf?

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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

DeviantArt (popular culture art) says of itself:

We have over 38 million registered members and attract over 65 million unique visitors per month.

Now that's big.  

 

I'm wondering what areas of interest attract huge numbers of active members. 

Cars?  Martial arts?  Cooking?  Mountain Biking?  Wines? Parenting?  Gardening?  Golf?

 

The other Huddler Communities bigger than us are Backyard Chickens (raising chickens at home) and Overclock.net which is a PC enthusiast site. 

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Backyard Chickens is bigger than Epic? Those Chicken people are everywhere!

 

LOL

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Backyard Chickens is bigger than Epic? Those Chicken people are everywhere!

 

LOL

 

Slightly but yes. Especially this time of year. Our traffic goes in an arc that peaks in January and dips in July. Their traffic is more consistent year round. 

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Oddly compelling backyard chicken...

 

post #10 of 12

I peruse IMDB quite a bit to read details about a film I might see on TV and enjoy.  I suppose you could call the IMDB message boards a "forum".  I have never posted there.  Just don't have the bandwidth to take that leap and engage.  There are some really savvy film fanatics that post there, but I also get a chuckle out of teenage "experts" who vote every passing new film to high rankings and have little appreciation for classic films from 50-75 or more years ago.

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There are a few cycling forums that are pretty active.  Especially once a combination of,  1) race season cranks up   2) warmer spring conditions  3) and last but not least, ski season winds down.  Meetup also pretty active cycling groups.

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Backyard Chickens is bigger than Epic? Those Chicken people are everywhere!

 

LOL

 

Slightly but yes. Especially this time of year. Our traffic goes in an arc that peaks in January and dips in July. Their traffic is more consistent year round. 

 

Betcha it's the guinea fowl forums.   So much more action than Epic's snowboard ones.

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