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sspielbusch
11-05-2008, 06:44 AM
Well, the forums started with a bang, but now it's pretty quiet.

What can we do to get more participation in the forums? Any ideas?

RvHobos
11-05-2008, 06:52 AM
Have more posts? LOLOL:)

I check in daily to see what's goin' on.

sspielbusch
11-05-2008, 05:13 PM
Unfortunately you seem to be the only one who checks in.

LakeCityWebs
11-10-2008, 07:20 AM
Stan,
I'm willing to liven it up a little, but...
I wouldn't be able to stay on topic LOL - You wouldn't want that I'm sure :)

Are people still asking you ?'s directly? I know I do but it's because they have to do with Advanced Customizations, maybe you could suggest they use the forum when they ask you general questions directly. But I guess theres something to be said for a good program, not many questions cause theres not many problems?
Ron

sspielbusch
11-10-2008, 07:39 AM
Yes, most support questions are still asked by E-mail, and actually that's probably the way it should be in many cases (specific circumstances or technical issues that you don't need a public consensus on), besides being somewhat easier to do.

What I'm hoping to see more of here are things like discussions about possible new features or changes in the program and sharing clever tricks you've learned in the program (even if you learned it from us originally), as well as discussions about campground management issues, etc. that can benefit everyone.

Are there any other forums out there for campground owners to communicate with each other?

Wolfes
12-01-2008, 03:02 PM
Hello All,
Lake City has pretty well nailed it, with a good program, there are not many issues...

Time is always a deterent, it's a whole lot easier to send an email than search for the answers ourselves. We all get lazy and take the easy route, but mostly one needs time to sit back and read.

I tend to "play" more during our 'off-season' but do attempt to check the listings occassionally.

This forum is great, I have gotten a few pointers from it and appreciate the time/expense that cottonwood has devoted to the site.

It always amazes me that the 6% rule falls into so many aspects. It basically states that 6% of the people are active participants whether a web forum, a chat room or an association.

People need to take a little time and pitch in... "Many hands make much work light." but I personally feel that the "lazy" seems to rule. I have concluded that people do not "contribute" due to a few simple reasons.
1. They are not personally asked.
2. They are afraid of failure.
3. Many people are "followers".
4. Not enough information is given to complete a task.
5. They do not want to take on any additional responsibilities.
6. They are just too busy in their lives and will not participate, period...

If you can come up with the formula to get people "Involved", bottle it, and sell it.... There are thousands of organizations that would be willing to buy that formula...

As for me, I'll keep checking back and continue to post :D

sspielbusch
12-01-2008, 04:56 PM
Thank you for your continued and prolific participation! I'm glad that you've found the forums useful.

You're right that only a small percentage tend to be participants in any activity. I think we have a long way to go to reach 6%, though. I think that's about right for the number of members, but not many have actually posted anything. Hopefully you're right that it's due to a great program! :)

Wolfes
12-01-2008, 05:11 PM
I forgot to mention to add a link in EVERY Newsletter and correspondance that you reply to. Maybe a footer on your email program... "Be sure to check out the Campground Master Forum at http://campgroundmaster.com/forum/

Many, like me, forget to check back on a regular basis...

Happy Holidays!!

sspielbusch
12-01-2008, 05:51 PM
That's a good idea, thanks!

Riverbend
01-14-2009, 01:53 PM
I think a direct link on the top menu bar (instead of under support) may be helpful getting new people and ones like me that have been gone for a bit.
After our fire in October I had to start over with a new computer with no bookmarks :eek: I went to the campground master site and did not see a link right away so gave up for more pressing matters. Maybe where it is, PLUS a big very visible button somewhere. Some of us need to have these things in our face before noticing.

maddoxx
01-24-2009, 02:14 PM
I guess I'm a little late in joining this discussion, but I just wanted to mention I'm a new user with the software and when I can't find an answer to my question through the help feature or on the forum, I prefer to post my question on the forum instead of sending an email directly.

To me, it helps for several reasons. For one. if anyone else is having the same problem I am, hopefully my post will help them. In turn, that might help Stan from answering a lot of emails with the same question. Also, if someone else knows the answer or an alternative to a question I have, I would like their opinion.

It's just great to have an open line of communication with the company because the software is so vital to our business.

Ho Hum
02-03-2016, 05:12 AM
Twelve thousand views and I'm number 11 reply for this thread.
I guess maybe, I'll start engaging a little more.
Ho Hum

Woodwrecker
04-14-2017, 02:08 PM
I don't know about not asking, or posting the "Advanced Configuration" questions somewhere in the forums. I am going through the set up process now and going though what many of you have already gone through:-\. Things like adding fields on dialogues, figuring out how to do "Late Check-outs" and have the right charge for the different site types. LOL ... I am feeling like a dunder-head. I have been making headway and Stan is Awesome with his responses, but with a community of other Users I know I am not the first to ask these question, or the last I suppose. The news letters have a lot of info in them but no search feature, so I have been trying to read them all. ;) Here in the forums could be a "Newbie" or "Start-up" thread. It is getting easier the more I play with it, but the boss wants to go live with it soon ... :idea:




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