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ElantraClub - For Elantra Owners and Enthusiasts _ Announcements _ An EC Knock Knock Joke

Posted by: elantragt Mar 5 2016, 02:55 PM

Knock Knock..

Who is posting at ElantraClub?

No one, apparently.

This is just crazy. We have the best Elantra community and forum online without doubt. We have a fine moderating staff. But nobody is posting.

The Elantra is one of the top selling cars in it's class so I know people own them. We have a fair amount of members too. They must have something to say about their cars, good or bad. Wouldn't you think? The 2017 Elantra is out and there is zero buzz here from members.

I checked out a Honda Civic forum and they are lighting it up in posts about the 2016 Civic.

How do you motivate an apathetic community? sad.gif

Posted by: Morsel Mar 7 2016, 03:54 PM

QUOTE (elantragt @ Mar 5 2016, 02:55 PM) *
Knock Knock..

Who is posting at ElantraClub?

No one, apparently.

This is just crazy. We have the best Elantra community and forum online without doubt. We have a fine moderating staff. But nobody is posting.

The Elantra is one of the top selling cars in it's class so I know people own them. We have a fair amount of members too. They must have something to say about their cars, good or bad. Wouldn't you think? The 2017 Elantra is out and there is zero buzz here from members.

I checked out a Honda Civic forum and they are lighting it up in posts about the 2016 Civic.

How do you motivate an apathetic community? sad.gif


I've been giving this some careful consideration before responding and also have done some research on other forums. It would seem the Elantra, although new has not gotten the attention it deserves in terms of post-related traffic on other forums either. Much of the chatter on other Hyundai related forums revolves around whining about CarPlay issues, the new Tuscon, followed by the hybrid Sonata and then its non-hybrid counterpart. From what I've been seeing, the least number of posts relate to the Elantra platform. Where there is chatter, there is great interest, so there are some hot topics, just not many of them - or many complaints - which is a catch 22 for a dedicated Elantra forum. Sounds like the 2017 has a lot going for it so far, but so far not many on our forum have taken the plunge an/or started talking about it.

From my perspective, as the older models get older, we'll see less and less posting. These cars will have been either traded in at lease-end, or re-sold, so I am not surprised there is little posting in the older model forums. Some are held onto, but again, not much to talk about.

You asked for suggestions. Move the older models to an ARCHIVES section (say model years 2010 and older), where you can still view and post, but not so prominent on the forum. Also, how about broadening the scope of the forum to include the entire Hyundai model lineup? That would give the site more visibility, more to talk about, more people helping each other, and hopefully - more revenue to keep the doors open.

Posted by: elantragt Mar 8 2016, 03:29 PM

Thanks for the thoughtful response. Morsel.

We've talked about making this a full Hyundai site and not just Elantra based but it just wouldn't work or more precisely it would entail a domain change and far more work and money than I am capable of. As far as archiving the older stuff, those sections get about as many hits as the newer generations just in different areas (maintenance mostly). And since this community started back in 2002 with the XD generation, there is a certain attachment I have to that generation of cars. It was a bold step for me to recently update the banner and take away the XD gen from it. And over the years I have shifted the newer generation forums to a higher position on the board index.

No, I think the real issue is simply that classic forums seem to have taken a back seat to social media sites. And it's a sad thing to see. Facebook only allows so much interaction and detail. Forums are so much better suited to niche sites like we have.

There was a time this place was getting 400-500 posts a day. Just posting that boggles my mind.

I've tried many times to light a fire to get members to post more or add their car to our Garage or Gallery or add a review etc... and it just seems that these days no one either has the time or interest to do so.

I've kept this site open through many difficult things in my personal life, including monetary problems and the biggest tragedy of my life... losing my precious wife Tammy last year. All I can really do at this point is hope something changes and folks begin to post again. There's no magic bullet or voodoo to be done.

My "knock-knock" joke was really more of a vent when I saw we had zero posts in 24 hours.

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