I want to start a community forum for my customers (and perhaps potential customers).
So, how do you avoid that empty feeling when starting up a forum.
It does not look great that you go to a business website, poke around, find their community forum and see 2 members and 5 posts and no replies.
A couple of questions:
What is the critical mass necessary for a lively vibrant community?
Until you get to that critical mass what can you do (without scraping or faking) to make your community seem alive rather than dead?
Or is it just something you have to go through?