About FOAR

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Greetings Believers!

On 30th June, we started on a new journey – an independent LFC news which draws from multiple sources integrated with the Disqus commenting system. Our aim was to create an environment driven by LFC supporters like yourself to enjoy in camaraderie as we support this great club together in unity. Our objective remains to give everyone a voice in either article contribution or in the comments sections or in the now re-purposed Disqus Channel (now called FOARum) where we have reached 6000+ Followers in less than 2 months!

For much of this growth phase, I have been supported by our fellow moderators Ian, Brighton Red and Nico. Juan Kerr was instrumental in the creation of this site. We are also grateful to KeithSA, Onyx, Veselin and Mark for contributing articles…and this was an important feature for us as it’s difficult to get original pieces – someone needs to sit and spend time writing this stuff – non-professional unpaid writers. To this end, I had to protect these guys to some extent so as not to scare-off potential contributors. I also don’t want to forget those who took the time to start Discussions on FOARum.

It is always easier to destroy something than it is to build something.
I’m glad that I share this belief with a lot of like-minded FOARites.

Overall site stats are good! Our commenting volume is on a steady upward curve and is picking up (see graph below). Some of you said that you felt that the comments volume has gone down compared to the Disqus Channel…but that is not true. Comments are now being spread broadly over many more articles – which is why you don’t get a sense of comment saturation over individual articles (as opposed to other sites which carry lesser stories – and you have to wait endlessly for a new one to pop-up or have to visit other sites to augment). FOAR is a One-Stop LFC news and article site – since we primarily use NewsNow as the source.

FOAR comment stats

Some of you have asked why I’ve not listed this site on NewsNow. They have a minimum 6 months in operations requirement…so we have to wait a little longer before making that submission. I don’t want that application to be rejected off-hand because of this.

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Some aspects of our site are clear blockbusters! For example, our Live Game threads are already doing much better (2x comments volume!) than sites established over a decade ago. Remember…we are only less than 2 months old! Therefore, there is plenty of room left for growth!

Have you had a look around the site? If you poke around all the Menu options, you’ll find a lot of interesting nuggets of information and interaction. Our homepage has direct Twitter feeds from top LFC accounts (which I’ve curated) – so here at FOAR you’ll find out the latest news earlier than anyone else. In short, you don’t have to wait for an article before you learn about something. It also helps that articles and the comments section augment all these timely updates.

 

DID YOU KNOW…?

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  • That you can start your own LFC or related Football Discussion topics? You can at our FOARum! It’s very easy and immediately you can invite Followers to the Channel to participate. These invitations will show up on their Disqus feeds.

 

 

 

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  • That you can signup for our email and receive email notifications of site updates.

 

 

 

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  • That if you Recommend the Discussion, it will show up on the Disqus feeds of anyone who Follows you?

 

 

  • That you can get instant and 24 hour span updates on the club from top LFC twitter accounts?
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  • That we deal with Trolls, Troublemakers and Personal Attacks as swiftly as possible? This is not in stifling discussion and vigorous debate , but to have a proper balance in having that plus maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect and responsibility. We can’t get it right all the time…but we will try to most times. At least here, you know who the moderators are…not someone faceless.

How you can get involved?

I’ve come to the point where I’d like to open up involvement, creation and growth responsibility with you! How many sites you know go to this extent of seeking help from the community to manage it?

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What we need right now…

Editors (x2)– people who are able to commit some time during the day to scan news stories (e.g. NewsNow) and post them up on FOARsite. The only requirements are to have at least above average IT literacy as you will be using the WordPress visual editing tools plus some basic photo editing skills (cropping, sizing) etc. Should have good English usage skills as well. I will share all my sources for stories to you.

Authors (x2) – those who have fairly ok writing skills and can write a couple of paragraphs of Opinion-led pieces. There is no quota. Only requirement: have a thick skin (as people will undoubtedly have strong and sometimes improper reaction – don’t get easily offended!), can write in proper English bearing in mind the most common rules of the language and punctuation. This is your chance to hone your dreams of being a writer!

FOARum Manager (x1) – I’m looking for someone who will manage the FOARum section of the site. Someone who will think of interesting topics to post up regularly. No need to have deep writing skills as FOARum is more a Commenting area based on an idea or a topic which is not necessarily article driven or belongs on the Main site. Of course, the privilege of anyone in starting a topic will remain.

Live Game thread Manager (x1) – someone to take care of creating the Live Game thread which are a blockbuster of FOARsite. Someone who will curate the info required (details, lineups, vids, etc.) and get the thread open nice and early for participation.

Quizzes & Poll Manager (x1) – as it implies, someone with a mind to think of various Quizzes and Polls and uses freely available tools (e.g. Qzzr, Poll Maker) that can be embedded on WordPress. This could be a weekly feature.

FOAR YouTube Channel Manager (x1) – someone to manage our FOAR YouTube Channel. This person will scour YouTube and add interesting LFC videos to the Playlist. *Did you know that you can watch the FOAR YouTube Playlist directly on our homepage?

FOAR Facebook Manager (x1) – someone to develop and promote our FOAR Facebook page. An account has been setup but more needs to be done.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something great in doing some sacrificial work for our fellow LFC brethren and sisteren from all over the world. With enough volunteers, the actual time commitment required will be low.

If you’re up to the challenge in taking FOAR to the next level….write to me directly: admin@foarsite.com
*indicate in your email, the role/s which interest you.

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Those who are active participants on FOAR will obviously have an added advantage…but I encourage anyone interested, to write in! 🙂

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We are one.
We are FOAR!

 

Joe

 

 

 

 

 

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