You read that right — The PricePlow Forum is Coming Soon.
We’ll keep this page up to date with the latest happenings.
Help us out: Answer our Questionnaire
Right now, you can best help us by answering our Questionnaire (Google Form) where you can win a $33 gift card to Suppz, i-Supplements, TigerFitness, or Amazon; or a PricePlow T-Shirt as second prize.
The questionnaire just have 5 or so simple questions.
When it launches, we’ll redirect this page there.
Tell me more
OK. Here we go.
What are the goals?
The goals are for Deals, Fun and Interesting Discourse, Consumer Advocacy, and Information.
The forum will not be seen as a “profit center”, although we’ll of course have our price comparison widgets on relevant pages.
Why make yet another forum?
First off, we’ve got a great community going on Facebook, and usually have pretty good comments here on the blog. But not everyone is on Facebook, and they do not support free speech.
Further, Facebook has long been a “pay for play” game, and we cannot rely on them to foster our community. It’s their platform; they own it. They’ve deleted our Instagram account, and they can delete our page at a moment’s notice. So it’s time to own our own thing.
This is 100% not sour grapes – but other forums have actively deleted posts that link to our forum.
We completely understand why they’d do that — after all, they have their own advertisers and we have our own store affiliations — it’s just to the point where we should do it ourselves.
Every time Bodybuilding.com bans Scivation Founder Mike McCandless for dropping serious knowledge bombs, we get bummed. There is a balance to made between keeping your advertisers happy and keeping up with the first Amendment. We don’t think anyone is balancing it right.
So Mike, you will be welcomed here.
Shills, ads, etc
Other forums have too many ads, or an appalling lack of anti-shill protection. We believe our system will combat this better, while not taking things overboard.
If you’re going to shill on our forums, you need to do it tactfully and informatively, or else there will be “consequences”.
Store and User contributions
Many of our stores like submitting deals. We’ll have no problem with them posting them to the forum.
Additionally, some users have wanted to run logs with us, and a blog-based system here doesn’t make that easy.
So this is going to be a free speech free-for-all?
Absolutely not. Let us make this very clear, right here, right now. This forum is not a democracy. We will hone our rules over time, but anyone purposefully pushing our buttons, overly spamming, or bluntly breaking the law can and will be banned at our discretion.
We will, however, give more leeway than other forums have allowed. But just because we won’t lock or delete threads as easily doesn’t mean you should say whatever you want. Don’t get yourself sued, and don’t get us subpoenaed please…
So you’re going to delete/disallow links to “competing forums” like they do to PricePlow??
Haha hell no. You’ll be able to link away to other good discussions (and Facebook threads) at other forums all you want.
Remember, this isn’t our “profit center” so we won’t care about linking to anyone else. If something hot’s going on elsewhere, it’s worth linking to!
When does it launch?
When it’s “ready enough”. Probably early October.
What will the sub-forums be?
So far, here’s what we’ll start with:
- Supplement Deals
- The Watercooler (general chat)
- Supplement Logs
- Workout Logs
- Drama (where we’ll post about Industry Drama or move threads that have spiraled out of control)
In the questionnaire, this is where we’d take your comments and suggestions.
Will it be vBulletin?
I’m a brand rep or store employee. Can we work together?
YEP. Contact us.
Why would I want to contribute to your empty forum?
We will incentivize you. With free stuff. And caffeine. Contests coming soon!
What will happen to the Disqus Blog Comments?
We will move all comments to the forum, and then link to the relevant forum thread for each blog post to discuss further. Disqus will be gone.
We’ll update the top of this post with progress as we make it. Until then, help us out with our Questionnaire and two winners will be named!