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Thoughts On Hiding Forum Content?

Discussion in 'Forums' started by Smithee, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. Smithee

    Smithee Member Webmaster

    Some forums have sections which are hidden and can be accessed only be certain members [some require paid subscriptions] while others hide some sections of the forum so only members who've logged in can see them.

    Is this a good strategy to get guests to sign up if they like the content/discussions they see or does it drive away prospective members because while looking at the forum as guest they may not see something they like [which might be hidden]?
  2. Maximum

    Maximum Moderator Moderator Resource Rep Webmaster

    Hiding content may seem good for certain things like improving registration but it will also make the spam rate go up on your forum.
  3. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator Webmaster

    I have several continuity sites that have membership levels though paid monthly subscriptions and I find that I get little to no spam as a result of it.

    Featured content available only through paid access is commonplace and helps to organize monetization paths. This is not a deterrent to users, it is a proven business model for increasing sales, engagement, and referrals.

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