Continuing the discussion from Detailed understanding of the dashboard statistics and data:
Hi, out of interest, can anyone tell me their ratio of Topics to Posts in discourse and on other forum software (perhaps what you used before)
In phpBB, my posts:topic ratio was something like 11:3 and in Discourse it is 13:2
I have been considering:
- Why does discourse produce this particular ratio (fewer topics more replies)
- If we can rule in/out certain features of discourse as being the cause of such changed
- If a posts: topic ration can/should represent a solid, desirable goal for a community manager (based on the needs of their community)
Many of our problems with phpBB only became defined when I saw what discourse had to offer, so we didn’t sit down and hammer out a list really: in general they centred around on the complexity of the forum structure and lack of space/incentive for a more social / random-creative-opportunity type dynamic in the forum.
I feel included to assume that the changed ratio represents a more social, chatty, fluid style of discussion in discourse than in phpBB. There are more replies to each topic.
I am intrigued by “fewer topics” too, one could say that in discourse people are more inclined to search for their answer first, or more successfully in their search? Perhaps the backup of “your topic is similar to?” in compose? Can we see how many posts are abandoned during that stage by clicking on a link in the similar topics box?