Several people came up to thank me for setting up the community forum on Travel Codex during my visit to FTU in Washington, DC. To be clear, Tahsir is the one who got the ball rolling. I just happened to have an empty forum lying around for another idea that never took off. When his Google Group soared past 700 people overnight, it was an easy call.
Update: the Travel Codex Forum is now closed. Thank you for participating in this experiment!
What was interesting at FTU was that a few people didn’t even know the forum existed, or knew the forum existed but somehow overlooked the link between it at the blog. (That link, by the way, can be found in the navigation bar above, or you can go directly to forum.travelcodex.com.)
That’s fine. I don’t promote the forum very heavily. I view it as an experiment, not as competition to any existing forum. I actually block the entire forum from search crawlers so it can’t be indexed by Google. The best content is off limits until you participate for a month or so and gain enough posts and likes to be upgraded. I don’t want it to be easy to find.
But those who have stuck around have been fairly active. We’ve got a great team of moderators who do nearly all the work because they enjoy the community. Tahsir and I almost never need to step in. People can talk about the latest tricks in manufactured spend, credit cards, miles and points, airline loyalty programs, and destination trip reports. There’s even a growing discussion on fuel dumping and hidden city ticketing thanks to some awesome work by Tony A.
So as I said, I don’t do a lot to promote it. But some people were clearly disappointed they didn’t learn about it earlier. I invite you to check it out if you want to learn more.