The Top Habits Of Highly Ineffective Hosts
Kidmagnet has given us some great posts on how to be a better host. Her recommendations on how to be a COSI host are a must read (http://forums.delphiforums.com/nutbowl/messages/?msg=442.1).
So we have some ideas as to what some of the best qualities are in a good forum host. Now I'm going to be a negative Nancy and ask you:
What are some of the things hosts do that really get under your skin? What do they do that makes you want to avoid them and their forums?
Now I'm not looking for specifics or to name names. What I want to do is shine a light on habits a host may have that negatively impacts his/her forum. Many hosts may not even know that their users find it off-putting. Or maybe they aren't so much annoying as much as they just don't lead to motivated members?
To give an idea, I'll refer to something that is a pretty common complaint for many people (and not a problem at all for many others) - individual welcome messages. Some feel it's a nice gesture from the host. Others feel it's just a tacky way to increase traffic. It's not always meant that way, but that's what many opponents of it see. Often times it's a folder full of welcome messages to each person that has visited. And in this case I'm not referring to saying 'welcome' to a person that has posted for the first time, but to every visitor that has yet to post. For some it's a pet-peeve while others don't mind at all.
I know people have varying opinions on this, so it's stuff like this that I want to hear from forum members about.
What is it about us hosts that drive you up the wall?
Again lets not use this as a forum for criticising people or forums by name. This is meant as a high level constructive exercise.