Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:57 PM
So here's where we are. As you know, following the introduction of the plug-in to disable spammy external links, our two-week phase of allowing guests to continue replying to topics ended last Monday.
At that time, I shared the results with the board moderators and opened a discussion with them. Fyi in a nutshell, the headline results were that, with guests banned from posting, there was a slight (less than 2%) overall decline in traffic to the Forum, and an approximately 13% drop in the number of new posts each day. On the positive side, the policy compels more people to register - with about a 38% rise in registrations.
We believe the slight short-term drop is worth swallowing in the long-term interests of board maintenance and atmosphere. So, with that in mind, we have decided to make it permanent policy going forward that users must register in order to post in the main Forums - General Chat, Plays, Musicals and (as has been the case for some time) Performers.
Guests can continue to read content in all Forums and can still reply to - but not start - topics in niche forums such as Fringe, Edinburgh, Regional and Opera.
The above has now been implemented.
Thanks for bearing with us during the past month.
Managing & editorial director