Today we are launching The Forum at Saverocity . The purpose is to discuss ‘gaming everything’ – from exotic frequently flyer point awards, to reducing taxes and retiring early. I see it as the embodiment of Saverocity, and it’s all about you.
Why a forum?
Some of my more popular posts quickly garner over 100 comments, and it is hard to keep track of conversations like this, a forum software solution would have helped people a lot when organizing events, such as Charlotte. and it will help a lot to coordinate Firesky in Phoenix later this year, allowing people to share contact information for ride sharing and dinner plans prior to the event. Equally important is a platform to discuss strategies and ideas created from attending the event.
I have a desire to bring people into the game of points and miles, and a sometimes conflicting desire to protect the game from people who go off half cocked. People often say that blogs share information in order to collect readership, and convert them into affiliate transactions – so spilling the ‘beans’ is encouraged. Posts that are controversial bring in a lot of foot traffic on the day, but even more of a problem is Google Indexing so people stumble into things that they don’t really understand, and frequently screw up.
Our forum has levels of membership, the first is open to all, and the second allows access to more sensitive things I would rather not google index. For example in our Manufactured Spend forum I am discussing the Multiple Amazon Payments accounts that I once shared via ‘protected post’. I think this creates a safer environment for sharing information as on one level you take SEO and indexing off the table, and on another we know that there has been at least some level of vetting for the Manufactured Spend stuff.
Frankly, I don’t know if that is enough, and am wondering about having deeper levels of membership for more sensitive things that can work on an invite based system. For me, stewardship means helping people grow, and helping to protect the game, it isn’t a black and white subject, and I am certainly open to hearing how to do things better.
It’s more about you now!
I hope to be very active in the forums, but without interaction, questions and answers from the readers and members the forum will be a flop. It is all about the community and how it can help each other. There are going to be a lot of experts, but to a person with no experience a person with 1 year is an expert, so please help out the new folks, and keep that feeling of adding value to the community. I’ve started a few threads, but please start your own, with thoughts, comments, ideas. We all look forward to hearing from you!
I am very open to hearing any ideas to make the forum better, and look forward to your comments. If you like, you can start a conversation about how to improve things on the Forum itself. Please check out the rules first, they are brief!
I look forward to seeing you at The Forum!