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Questions tagged [forum]

An internet website where users can hold conversations.

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Do the images located on my domain benefit me when I post them as images on third-party websites with “src” pointing to my domain?

For instance, if example.com is my domain and the following is posted on a third-party website, forum, etc: <img src="example.com/images/img1.jpg" /> Does this benefit example.com?
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Even nofollow links can hurt my website?

I have a forum with around 20,000 organic traffic with 100+ forum threads and 1000+ answers. Many users already have requested that allow them to use a signature. Allowing it will be result of ...
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How to add a few non-related pages without affecting SEO?

I have a technology related forum. All posts are technology related articles. Currently there was a user request for adding a few online games to the site, and there was a huge amount of upvotes for ...
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Simple Machines Forum site has daily spam registrations despite countermeasures

I have turned on all the spam registration countermeasures in the latest version of SMF for my forum, but am still receiving daily registrations that I believe are spam. How is this happening? They ...
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Prevent Googlebot from crawling “access denied” error (403) of private forum that are reported in Google Search Console?

I'm running a website base it by vbulletin. Recently I moved one of my forums to a private section of my website so users and googlebot cannot access it there. Now I'm getting lots of access denied ...
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Do crawlers add page views on a forum?

I have a MyBB forum and I get multiple page views on new threads within 3-5 minutes of posting. I manually submit new URLs through Google Webmaster Tools which should if anything account for 1 page ...
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Creating a board with thousands of forums

I would like to create a message board that has separate forums for each movie, each actor, each director, etc. With modern forum software, is having many thousands of forums like this impractical for ...
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Lead forum traffic to a website

I'm running a small and old forum which got rankings here and there, but I created new pages on the website to provide a better helping source. The goal is to have even better rankings with these new ...
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Open standard for forum content storage?

Are there / were there any initiatives for standardizing forum content storage? Over the years forums that I've moderated have gone through cycles where due to change in engine, old content was ...
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Is it possible to outrank Google for a search term on their own search engine?

I would like to start a new webmaster forum for my blog site and get it ranked toward the top, but when I check this keyword "webmaster forum", Google is getting the first two first positions (see the ...
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Do search engines dislike subscriber exchanges on websites?

I was thinking about adding a sub4sub subscriber exchange section to my forum area about Youtube. Before I do, I wanted to know if the Google search engine would dislike this as they own Youtube. ...
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Is AdWords worth using for forums?

I have a free £75 coupon for Google AdWords but it says they require me to pay £25 to use the coupon so i am questioning if i should run a campaign or not since i run a forum earning with Adsense ...
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Allocating Permissions for Users with Negative Reputation [closed]

A friend and myself are currently working on permissions for users with a negative reputation on our forum. If a specific user has a negative reputation, what are the drawbacks of not allowing him/her ...
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Forum Software Suitable For The Modern Web [closed]

I know that forums are in no way as popular as they used to be, but I always wanted to set one up, and still do, so I'm really considering my options. Let me outline what I'm after. I preferably ...
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Migrating Iframe comments to a forum

I have previously posted about trying to start a forum on my website without success despite some very good traffic numbers. I believe the reason for the lack of forum posts, despite good traffic (...
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Removing Forum & Forum Pages From Site

I added a forum on my website which I had high hopes for, however, it is clear that those hopes are unfortunately not going to develop. I received 100'000+ visitors last month (humblebrag) with only ...
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PHPBB Post Export Contains Unexpected Results

I am working on migrating a PHPBB forum for a client and have exported their posts table. I looked the SQL over and there's all kinds of random stuff—posts in Swedish (it's an English site), posts ...
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What should the meta description on a forum website be?

Title and meta description is important for any page. For example if I take a forum website, the title will be the same as the question asked. What about the description? Should I leave it blank or ...
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Could adding a forum hurt SEO?

I have a WordPress blog (blogging and technology niche) with 10,000 monthly traffic from search engines (95% from Google). I have decided to add a forum using bbPress to that blog (www.example.com/...
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Want to Transfer Forum to a Subdomain

I am Using WordPress CMS and using bbpress Forum plugin, I created a forum on WP site: www.example.com/test/ but now, i am looking to Transfer it to http://test.example.com , But I am not able to ...
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What should I know before shopping for a SSL certificate? [closed]

The users of a forum that I administer have requested that we switch to a https connection. I have never shopped for a SSL certificate before. I did a quick Google search and found a lot of different ...
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sitemap.xml for a website with forum

We have a website dedicated to our ActiveX and .NET components that has been working for more than 12 years. The site consists of 2 parts: the static part (product descriptions and articles) and the ...
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phpBB - Reducing Spam [duplicate]

I've installed phpBB Forums last week and the past 2 days I've been getting users sign up and posting spam chinese emails on each topic. I have:- Added captcha on registration Made sure users have ...
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Should I include forum posts in the sitemap?

I am launching a medical discussion forum for sharing study materials and discussing other topics. The forum will probably grow fast and reach at least a few hundred topics. Should every discussion ...
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Is repeating titles on a forum considered keyword stuffing?

My forum shows 50 posts per page, and each post has a <h3>-tag with the topic title in it. The meta title and actual title also use this sentence. More often than not, the thread itself also ...
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Using topic titles as img alt text on a forum?

I have a (mostly) standard phpBB forum so right now, images that are posted in [IMG] BB-tags don't have an alt text. I would like to change this and I'm doubting between two options: Use the topic ...
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What integrated blog comments/forums solutions exist beyond Vanilla Forums? [duplicate]

For the past year and a half, I've been running Vanilla Forums on my WordPress-based site My favourite feature of Vanilla is that it integrates comments from the blog's front page into the forums, ...
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Need help with mybb forum robots.txt file

I have installed the mybb forum in subdomain of my site. The link to my site is here. but when I search Google even the pages that are disallowed are also index. What's wrong with the robots.txt ...
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How to get number of posts to appear in extended information section?

I have forums website, and I am looking through Google search engine, and I can see that some (not mine) forums have something like this under the link of the site: 28 nov 2005 - Number of posts: 4 ...
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Chinese bots in my forum

I have a small community forum that doesn't really get posts or any real traffic. The only thing that happens on the regular is bots with Chinese IPs signing up gibberish usernames. Most bots don't ...
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How do I delay a .gif image until the user scrolls down to it?

I have multiple .gif files that I want to post on a forum, it's powered by myBB. Anyways, I want these to load sequentially as the user scrolls. E.g first .gif loads, user scrolls down, second .gif ...
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Opening forum for search engine bots and SEO

We develop and sell components for other software developers through our website. The main products are ActiveX and WinFroms.NET grid controls. Some years ago we established a forum dedicated to our ...
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What domain structure is best for a forum according to SEO? [duplicate]

I am running a website with PR2. On that site, I'd like to create a forum. For the domain structure I could either use: www.forums.yourdomain.com www.yourdomain.com/forums According to SEO, what ...
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Is it best to put a link in signature, forum profile, or in a post to get backlinks?

Which is the best place to post a URL to get a backlink? Signature Forum profile Answering a question and giving a related post URL as the answer Do Google's algorithms consider all of these to be ...
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Should I use a subdomain or subdirectory for a Q & A forum section of a site?

I run a coupons and deals website in a niche market, and I'm in the process of adding a questions and answers section to it. Based on my research, I found popular websites that use either ...
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General question as a new webmaster [closed]

I am wanting to make my own social forum for friends and workers. I will have about 10,000-15,000 users. I have never made a forum on such a high scale and to this point have only been a developer ...
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Posting is 'None' for some members of Google Group

For some reason the "Posting" column is set to "None" for some members of my Google Group despite having been set to "Default group policy" as with all other members. I even selected "Override - Allow ...
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Private forum /guestbook to coordinate rides for PHP password protected wedding website [duplicate]

I created a simple private PHP website for my wedding guests. The website is a single PHP page that prompts the user for a password that was snail-mailed to them with our invitations. If the correct ...
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Identical spam coming from many different (but similar) IP addresses

A forum I run has been the victim of spam user accounts recently - several accounts that have been registered and the profile fill with advertising/links. All of this is for the same company, or group ...
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phpBB - display a public message when the whole board is private

In my installation all discussion forums/boards are private and can only be seen after a user registers and admin approves their membership. This is working. When a user first comes to the main ...
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Kunena forum permissions problem

I am using a Kunena forum, and I have made some pages accessible only for a new group made by me named "Member". The problem is that when I make someone "Member", some of them can see the pages and ...
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Forum vs Q&A system

I would like to know what are the parameters that I have to take into consideration before deciding whether I should incorporate to a website a "Q&A system" or a traditional forum ? I think ...
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Preventing adult content in a forum

I'm working on a forum that allows images attached to the posts and doesn't require registration. Thing is, I'd like to provide a work-safe navigation option in which the posts with porn images ...
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Auto-apply a role to new phpBB user with password or code

Is there a way, with phpBB to have a new user enter a password which would automatically move them into a specific role? I'd like to be able to allow certain people to sign up and automatically have ...
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Should forum signatures be statically stored with the post?

I have seen forums do this both ways in the past, but I thought it might warrant a wider discussion. My question is, when a user posts in a forum which supports signatures, should that signature be ...
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How can I assign id to subject input box in simple machines forum?

I have installed the simple machines forum. For my requirement I need to change the subject input box. Presently the subject input box has the following code <input type="text" class="...
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How to save a forum that is losing activity?

With the rise of sites like Reddit, Stack Exchange, etc. the bulletin board has slowly decreased in activity. I run a nonprofit security, ethical hacking and programming forum that was once very ...
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How do I migrate a MyBB forum to Vanilla?

I am running MyBB 1.6 and want to convert to vanilla forum. There are no converters that I know of. Is there a way to do it using a middleman forum that is supported by both ? eg mybb -> phpbb -&...
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Laws Regarding content Hosted on your Website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I legally liable for user generated content and comments? As a webmaster are you legally responsible for content posted on your website. For example a forum, would you be ...
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Which free PHP based forum is the easiest to extend or customize? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Forum Software should I use? I am looking to start a new forum, with a traditional forum layout (like webhostingtalk, for example). In this space, I know phpBB and SMF ...