No disrespect in regards to how people view the forums, but the folks complaining on the forums, yes, are the ones who go to the forums. However, statistically, we have 4-5x more traffic on the main page than we do the boards and we get a bunch of traffic on the forums. We post NEWS on our main page, which we had an entire section dedicated to coverage starting several days out. As I stated above, we also had promos on our Facebook (nearly 200,000 likes) and our TheMat.TV. I feel we went above and beyond coverage and put it on the traditional places websites have news.
People go to the forums to discuss the news, not find it. I said earlier in this thread, a sticky topic might have been helpful on USAW's page, but honestly, why would we NOT put out the most prominent news on the front page of one of the, if not the most visited wrestling website in the country and the world?
It's like people forget about the news because all they want to do is post? How is that OUR fault? We posted the news and information about the event in a highly visible spot on the main page of TheMat.com. There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to have missed it. Seriously.
Our news site isn't the boards, it's themat.com -- if you want wrestling information, that, to me, is where to start, or The Open Mat, or InterMat, whichever of the news reporting sites you prefer.
The number of regular visitors to the site vs. the number of registered forum members is quite distinct. If you throw everything on the forum, you're catering to only a small percentage of your visitors. Again, a sticky could have rectified some forum complaints, but really, themat.com's home page .... people don't check, that's not our problem. I can't control the way people browse, but I can control the way the news is presented on the MAIN PAGE of a site with tons of traffic a day.