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I have nothing important to say here.. But enjoy some sparklies in my signature! uwu
So something I have been wondering about is what is the goal for the site?
To me, it seemed like we wanted to attract new members and keep the pipeline of new users flowing, but maybe that's a misunderstanding and is why I ask the question. However, my opinion is that growth of the user base is exactly what we should be focused on.
I do think text-based RPs are a great way for new writers to learn and for RPers to play at their own pace as opposed to maybe a tabletop setting like DnD. To bring new writers in, we need to be looking outside the site to draw them in, and we have to look inwardly to make the site itself more attractive and exciting once they're here.
Can we get volunteers to do an interview of some kind (like a podcast or YT video) to talk about an RP they are in? I think it'd be fun to do something like that with a small group or two 1x1 partners. A talented interviewer could make a fun series out of that.
Can we start a series of what I call "one-shots"? A short, controlled story that starts and ends relatively quickly. This could help beef up content in the sight, gives us something new to market on a consistent basis, and could be used to "coach" new users.
Art. How do we get more visual artists or people talented in AI art? Can we get help memorializing RPs or One-shot RPs as a fun item to share with other users
If we bring in new users through some kind of "marketing" campaign, are we able to streamline the site so that they see the exciting bits we want them to see, and not threads posted 3+ years ago?
I guess the last concern I want to mention is if that if some day we successfully bring in a lot of new users, we are probably attracting a lot of minors. We need to make sure we focus on keeping them safe. I get the impression we did a good job of that when the site was more active but obviously we don't want to be complacent there.
Wow wow @Headwrapper. There's a lot of good stuff in there. Getting new members and sustaining existing members is most certainly a top priority for us as a staff team.
Some of these things are exactly stuff we've discussed like new events, like removing/moving threads or areas that are super old and dusty. How the site functions and appears as well as a few of the other things you've mentioned. But you've given us, at least, I think, quite a bit to talk about and consider.
So thanks for sharing, this is awesome and I hope everyone else reading this thread feels like they too can contribute ideas for the future!