I’ve just set up a Discourse forum and have had reasonable success in promoting it to a small target audience. I’m basing “success” on interactions on twitter (follows/mentions) and views on my install. However, I’ve had no signups.
I’ve a couple of theories about this:
- The content I’ve seeded the site with isn’t interesting enough and so nobody wants to reply
- It’s clear there aren’t a lot of other users on the site so it deters others from signing up
- It isn’t obvious how to simply “sign up”.
Ignoring 1. and 2. and focusing in on 3. what do people think of providing the ability to customise the “Log In” and “Login In to Reply” button text? Given the choice I’d probably change it to “Log In / Sign Up” because I don’t think that all users will see “Log In” as the first step of a sign up process.
I may change the source myself and test this theory out. But I’d be interested in hearing what others think? Normally sites do distinguish between “Sign Up” and “Log In”.
Also see: 301 Moved Permanently