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 Post subject: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:26 pm 
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Terror of the High Seas

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I was browsing for ideas of how to improve the CheesePirate forum when I came across this article:

http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/84/building-a-forum-community/

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3. Create some fake personalities.

This may seem a little dishonest, but a little trick you can use to stimulate conversation is to create a few different member accounts each with their own personality. Basically you create some fictional members and get posting. You can even have full forum conversations between your characters (just don’t go insane!). Only you know which characters are fake, to everyone else it appears as if your forum is getting popular.

I had a friend take this idea so seriously that he kept profile notes on each character such as age, sex, personality type, occupation etc so whenever he made posts he made sure to get into character first. It’s like forum acting.

This method again takes dedication because you need to keep logging in with each character and making new posts. However it can be MUCH more effective than if it was just you making all the posts as your own identity. It looks sad when the webmaster is chatting away to no one, but not quite as sad when Jim, Katie, Chris and Jane are having conversations even if they really are all the webmaster.

A "little" dishonest? Wow, people really do this? Would you?

I don't think I could. Having alts in a game is one thing but creating multiple fake forum accounts to make it look like a forum is more "alive" than it actually is just feels wrong, I'd rather "look sad chatting away to no one" as the article author puts it.



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:32 pm 
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i do that in eq2, but thats not fake accounts though :)



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:40 pm 
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BOOOMS!

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I wish I had multiple eq2 accounts. That would make trolling the chan... I mean having entertaining conversations so much easier. :D



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:20 pm 
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It's easier just being one person and having voices in your head.... that way i don't have to remember loads of different passwords :D



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:01 pm 
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Taylen wrote:
It's easier just being one person and having voices in your head.... that way i don't have to remember loads of different passwords :D

Haha :D



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:22 pm 
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Taylen wrote:
It's easier just being one person and having voices in your head.... that way i don't have to remember loads of different passwords :D


But for the truly psychotic each personality only needs to remember their password so it's all good.

If bored people wanna talk to themselves on a public forum it doesn't bother me too much, I tend to ignore obvious trolls anyway.



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:17 am 
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yeah but i'm lazy, so i just talk to myself, easier that way without posting :D



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 Post subject: Re: Fake personalities?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:46 pm 
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Maybe you are looking at this the wrong way.
Instead of making puppet accounts, why not make one for the comics cast and have them answer questions?


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