New Maven Platform Advantages. First, understand that I have favored, started my own, run (very…
New Maven Platform Advantages.
First, understand that I have favored, started my own, run (very successfully ) and contributed to traditional message board style forums. There are definitely some aspects of message forums that I hope to see Maven add going forward, at some point.
That said the Maven style DallasBasketball.com forum has a few advantages clear to me already, depending of course on what you want from your perspective.
First off the site has a mobile app! Mobile is where its at today. It seems maybe its implemented only on Android now? Strange since many start out on Apple first but still they have a real app to support the site.
The site is a real business with real money behind it so that generally means you can expect updates such as more mobile updates and more site features going forward. The platform is going to grow and advance overall where many message boards are kind of stuck in niche mode and / or fading.
The format in a sense favors thread starters. It features the OP (original poster) with essentially a light version of what an article writer gets. The downside is that the community participation is collapsed under the OP (original post) as a comment thread. The upside is that it could encourage a thread starter to be more thoughtful about their thread.
Along the lines of #3, integration for GIF, Twitter and YouTube embeds is solid. Example in my KP Diva? post here. Downside is no text formatting options on the community style posts but they do have support for it in full article posting, not implemented at this time though.
Social Media integration. Twitter, Facebook and direct link sharing! Again, this makes even more advantage for post creators.
This platform offers the user some flexibility in how your sort and view the layout of threads that I don't see for example at the old 247 such as sorting your thread so the Newest is at the top or swapping to see the oldest and follow it up.
I'm still looking at features and expecting updates on the Maven/SI site. Yeah, I still love and use traditional message boards, but I also see this style platform as more in tune with the direction of communities today.