Ever wonder how big forums and boards like ESPN, Warrior Forum, Digital Point and others started. At one point or another they did what some people call “Fake it till you make it.” Every massive board has done this at one point or another to while they were just getting started. Its’ called social proof. If other “people” are on the forum, then they want to join in too. But if no one uses the forum, or appears to be using the forum, no one will join.
The fact is, forum work is extremely tedious to start off with. Its’ like building a snowman. At first, the snowball takes time to get round, and get big. But once it is big, and you continue to roll it, it just gets’ bigger and bigger. And you can stop using fake stats at that point.
So what does Fake Stats do for vBulletin?
Everything! It shows:
2.0 is out!
New Feature: Show entire usergroups users as always online
New Feature: User id’s that always appear online (like admins)
New Feature: How many times a user is online (username, #)
New Feature: Which usergroups can see fake stats
Fake member count
Fake user count
Fake registered usernames on vBulletin “Whats’ going On”
Fake # of thread count
Fake # of posts count
Fake time of greatest number of users online
Ability to show as many fake usernames in whats’ going on
Preset usernames, over 30, already listed right on plugin installation
Ability to turn on and off specific settings.
Ability to show real usernames with fake usernames
When user clicks on fake username, link goes to register, or have no link at all.