Mechanics, strategies & functions for very active forums
I'd like to start a discussion and thread to speak about mechanics for very active boards. What addons, navigational ideas or else can support a forum that has hundreds of comments and/or discussions a day. I experienced that speedy boards tend to irritate users if you do not give them tools to work with that speed. It can happen that it attracts a lot new registrations but old and "CLASS 1" users leave the board for other options.
They are a lot of different scenarios and a lot of knowledge to gain. For example Vanilla discussion view make a slow board look very active, but a speedy board looking speedy as hell (almost like a chat if discussions get updated every minute). User can feel overwhelmed. On the other side "Reactions" is a good tool to slow those users that tend to post very short comments, smiles and let's say not so qualitative postings, which create long and not very nice readable discussions. To bad it's not available in the OS version, but we had that discussion.
One of my Forums that some of you know enters the "Activity Whoa!"-Stage and new questions of usability arise. Would be great to have your thoughts, ideas and so on on this.