A few years ago we had some lengthy discussions about the pros and cons of having forums devoted to individual states. My own resistance to the idea was primarily for technical reasons (limitations of the forum software at the time) and for spamming issues. Most members at the time seemed to like the idea of individual state forums since there are many issues which are local.
New forum software has eliminated my concerns and I am now thinking again about setting up an area where local real estate issues can be discussed in individual forums organized by state. I would like your opinions please.
The reason this has come up again is because I am trying to think of ways to give Realtor members more opportunities to interact with prospective buyers and sellers - and thereby give Realtors an opportunity to pick up a few free leads. That has to be good, right?
A few days ago I changed the title of the "Ask an Expert" forum to "Ask our Experts". That kick-started my thinking on this - and the thought process went something like this.... The "Ask an Expert forum" was originally designed for members of the public to ask real-estate-related questions and get answers from our Realtor members. Perhaps that forum should be divided up into individual state forums so the public would ask their questions in the "Ask our Experts" forum for their state - which would then make it easier for members to see that "here is a prospect in my state and there may be an opportunity to build a relationship and get some business".
What are your thoughts on this?