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    The WAB Renaissance - Recovery Statistics | Completed Goals and Objectives

    Fellow Members,

    Attached are screenshots of:
    • daily visits from Google Analytics for a selected period
    • weekly posts for a selected period


    The results are clear to see. We have succeeded in sparking a renaissance as far as activity and visitor traffic to the site is concerned.

    We have accomplished the following goals and objectives:
    • more clearly defined the purpose and nature of WAB (a geopolitical/defense site)
    • fully integrated WAB with the primary web 2.0 social networking platform: Facebook
    • installed an ad-free Google Search engine, exclusive to WAB, without ads at cost as a service to our loyal membership (a response to numerous member complaints)
    • had necessary server maintenance/upgrade performed to improve the functioning and load time of WAB (a thanks to Rochen Limited - premier performance hosting, our partners and sponsors of 7.5 years
    • installed an advanced statistics modification to display latest 15 posts, and the hottest threads and most active users of the past 30 days
    • reinstalled the upgraded version of the users active in the last 24 hours (at bottom)
    • successfully developed a new staff structure, with more clearly defined roles and responsibilities for staff, such as: recruiting additional administrators, defining administrator and moderator roles/responsibilities, delegated more broad oversight for category administrators in the development and nurturing of their respective categories, developed means for a flexible, firm, but non-rigid staff structure
    • more clearly defined the topics that belong in each category, to avoid the posting of threads in the incorrect forums, with necessary redundancy to avoid a situation where there are threads without an appropriate forum
    • made the forum guidelines more prominent in the navigation bar, and inserted them into the terms and conditions upon registration of a new account
    • instituted anti-spam measures, which brought spammer registration to a complete halt
    • developed a temporary design that is easier to read, and comes in a narrow and widescreen version depending on member preference
    • reached out to and built bridges to other professional sites and communities
    • increased forum activity by 250%, and visitor traffic by 300-350%
    • a "chatbox" in the World Affairs Board Pub

    Though I completed most of the work, it was based on the direct feedback, suggestions, complaints, and requests of dozens of members and staff. The work performed thus far was the work of many hands in this regard, and credit must be given where credit is due.

    Therefore, I thank the membership and staff for their hard work. Though I carried it out, many if not most of the ideas came directly or indirectly from others, and I merely put them into effect.

    I thank you all for your contributions and continued support of the World Affairs Board. While some donated financially in the fundraiser, what is truly important are your contributions to the site and referral of friends to the community. Without the membership, the World Affairs Board is just another site. The vast majority of forums fail. Ours definitely has not.

    That being said, there is additional work to be done:
    • integrating WAB more completely with web 2.0 mobile web platforms (Android, iPhone, tablets, Blackberry, Windows Phone)
    • a professional site redesign, integrating the best elements of the old design with fully modern features
    • simple, yet elegant square graphics illustrating the subject matter of the specific forums, replacing:
    • a non-animated flag display so members can indicate their national identities
    • membership giveaways and promotions
    • instituting an award system for outstanding contributions to the site in terms of generating high-quality discussion
    • recruiting more quality contributors to the site, especially from Europe, the former Soviet Union, Canada, Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, East Asia, South America and Australia/NZ. I am currently satisfied with the levels of participation from North America, South Asia, and the UK
    • a banner that clearly states WAB's nature and purpose
    • completing the library/bookstore, and establishing a database of professional resources, information, member reviews of books and other items relevant to the subject matter of WAB


    I will open another thread, sooner or later, where all the membership can post additional feedback and requests.

    Again, thank you, and kindest regards,

    Ironduke
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    Outstanding work, long may WAB prosper.

    Well Done Matt.
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    Excellent work, long live WAB
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    How much of that is spammers and bots and stuff like that?
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    Even though I've been hesitant to all of this, I feel now I can say, good job Matt !!! Well done.

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    Excellent work Matt,

    The WAB is growing more feature rich, better in content, and more interesting all the time. This growth has been particularly dramatic this month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigross86 View Post
    How much of that is spammers and bots and stuff like that?
    The spambot invasion has been halted completely by the deployment of anti-spam measures (specific questions upon registration of a geographic/military nature that are easily found on Google and must be entered correctly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by USSWisconsin View Post
    Excellent work Matt,

    The WAB is growing more feature rich, better in content, and more interesting all the time. This growth has been particularly dramatic this month.
    USS,

    Thank you. I am carefully working to limit growth to keep the forum from being overwhelmed.

    This "little Dutch boy" has his finger firmly in the dike.

    Ironduke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    The spambot invasion has been halted completely by the deployment of anti-spam measures (specific questions upon registration of a geographic/military nature that are easily found on Google and must be entered correctly).
    Thank you, thank you, thank you, and again, thank you.

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    Great job Ironduke.


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