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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2015, 03:17:00 pm »
Yeah I've shown a few people the forum and only one signed up, he hasn't been very active either.

We need something for the forum to be centred around. I'm quite happy with how the forum is honestly because I'm here for those of us who do post regularly, I'm here for the small community we have, but expanding it to have some new folks around would always be nice, add some new madness to the pit.

Part of the reason I wrote the rules the way they were was so that maybe the forum could become a place for artistic freedom, almost at a 4chan level of freedom, but while still being a less hostile place than 4chan. The problem with that is that artists need a reason to come here, which means enough people to show their work to. Advertisement is really the only way to do that.

+1 on getting Splattercat on the forums though, maybe we should have a section on geology for him.
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2015, 03:18:07 pm »
Welp, time to make a tumblr account to advertise our forum to peeps like rebornica.
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2015, 03:30:57 pm »
I'd advertise the forum on tumblr but the majority of my followers would be horrified triggered by the forum, especially after


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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2015, 03:56:58 pm »
Oh nooooo *Completely deadpan*

Is it just me or did the main topics get reorganized!
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2015, 04:11:13 pm »
Yo, a few things here
1: Advert us on Iwaku as a place for a somewhat more structured and Mechanics focused RP area, that admittadly does have some free form.
2: Advert us as a place for creative writing and drawing with the only caveate being 'if it's porn put it in a spoiler'
3: Advert us as a place that is for general discussion, as well as these other categories.


Thoughts?

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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2015, 04:21:00 pm »
Yo, a few things here
1: Advert us on Iwaku as a place for a somewhat more structured and Mechanics focused RP area, that admittadly does have some free form.
2: Advert us as a place for creative writing and drawing with the only caveate being 'if it's porn put it in a spoiler'
3: Advert us as a place that is for general discussion, as well as these other categories.


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Sounds fine to me.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2015, 05:15:51 pm »
Yo, a few things here
1: Advert us on Iwaku as a place for a somewhat more structured and Mechanics focused RP area, that admittadly does have some free form.
2: Advert us as a place for creative writing and drawing with the only caveate being 'if it's porn put it in a spoiler'
3: Advert us as a place that is for general discussion, as well as these other categories.


Thoughts?
do it. i dont know what that is, but do it.
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2015, 07:51:59 pm »
What about advertising this place in the dwarf fortress forums? There must be a lot of rpers looking for not so serious stuff there.

And yeah. the thing here is that, even if in the other forums we could get bigger in the same amount people were leaving, here we only have people leaving, not coming in.

So if it continues like lÁthis it will wither and die.
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2015, 07:56:47 pm »
I'll leave the actual advertising to others, since I have got no idea how

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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2015, 08:07:25 pm »
im the kinda guy who says he will do it, but then never does, so lets get someone else on that.
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2015, 08:25:36 pm »
I did advertise on Facebook, and it was one of the highest viewed posts on there. I don't know why no one came.  :(

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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2015, 09:14:21 pm »
We really ought to have a "Thing" that draws people in. I know we're mostly RPers/Writers, with some gaming discussion on the side but when somebody stops by the site and looks for that "Thing" that we do here (the writing/RP), they might have trouble finding it. We ought to restructure the site to make our "Thing" more obvious to those passing by. That and the mustard on black color scheme is getting old anyway.

As per my own, humble opinion I submit to the mighty council these possible courses of action.
1. We make an icon, and slap it at the top of the site. Add our forum name next to it and come up with a tagline that explicitly/implicity states what is our "Thing" that we do here.
2. Really expand on the "Thing" that we do. More subforums under the writing/RP forum? We shouldn't be just be accepting of all kinds of content, ENCOURAGE all kinds of content. We ought to practically advertise the stuff. If we're a writer's forum, then let's really get to writing. Maybe even make a subforum under the creative stuffs for WIPs or a board titled "Please Don't Make Fun of My Terrible Writing" where people can post unprofessional/"bad" works to make fledgling authors/those more timid about their work feel more open about submitting it to our forum.
(I say "bad" in quotes because quality is all relative.)
3. Reorganize. The Rec Room title for the RP board worked back on the cata forums because they named most of their boards after different kinds of rooms. Here, we don't really have that thing going on and it seems out of place for those that don't get our inside jokes. Maybe change it to something that's more in-your-face. Something that says "Get your Roleplays here, read all about it!"
4. Don't push around those inside jokes/references on the front page, dammit! As much as we love them, they turn new people away. (Don't get me wrong, I love them too.) It puts out the wrong message that we might not be too welcoming to people that don't get the jokes, and sometimes it can be darn well confusing. I'm mainly talking about the Rec Room and Last Man Gaming board names.

Those are my thoughts/opinions on the subject. Lemme know if it sucks or whatever.

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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2015, 09:23:14 pm »
I can help in visual stuff. Icons, images, whatever.

We need to encourage people to come in, and what you said is really good. I think this is a good site to just start your own stories or rps and let it rip! That is what we do.

We need a better name for the forum. Somthing that would draw the people we are looking for.

Something cozy and inviting!  Yet not too original, it should not look alien. I suggest something like The Rp Inn, things like that.

Then, a redesign to make it look cozier and more thematic would help.

Also, more threads for the new people. And talk in those with friendship rather than "Hey, we don't have rules, just do whatever you want as long as you are not a dbag". The code is to invite them with character rather than ordering them to enter!
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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2015, 09:30:41 pm »
I will get on it, and see if I can get a YouTube person/ tumblr person hooked here to spread the word. And I've been trying to get an icon, I just can't figure it out. And if any videogame would be willing to let this be their forum, I would be good with it, as long as they let us keep these boards. I'll try to rename the rec room today, put up a poll for a new name. Also, we are going to run out of adfree time in like 3-5 days now, so don't panic when you see an ad here. After I finish the minor depressive slump im in right now, I will get on it.
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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2015, 09:40:40 pm »
I did some rooting around a certain other RP forum and looked around to see how long it took them to get so large. Apparently, they've been around for just over a year. Now, they do have the benefit of being THE RP forum for the Star Wars franchise, which leads to a lot of hits on Google, but if they can make it that large in a year I think we'd be grateful to get even half of the community they've got.

Now, of course, they've got a centralized universe, a forum-wide canon, and a lot of other things that doesn't make that forum a reliable benchmark to our own, but what it did have all the way back then was a new users forum. Somewhere for new users to post just a buncha stuff that new users feel like posting. Our interface right now makes it a little awkward for new users to figure out what kind of posting style we have going on here, or even where to post in the first place.

If we want to grow to be big an strong, we gotta eat our veggies make an effort to make this forum more new user friendly.

Ooh, that reminds me. Forum welcome wagon. My P̥͎͂̓̐́̽̿A̝͒ͤ̈ͯ͛G̘̲͙͚̞͓ͪ̾̓̾̂ͤ̏A̹͔̠͓ͤͤ͋N̗͚̯ ̥͖̰̰̃̄Ǧ͔̞͇͈̣̃̽͑O̜̞̜̽D̳̞͍̪̰̓̑̔ͅ ̮ͦT̙͎͙̦͙̼͛͊̿̒̾E̽̂X̩͉̘̬̥̗̞͒ͪͨT͖̘̣͈̟ could probably do with getting rid of. As fun as it is for me to throw at new users, I don't think it's really going to keep people around unless they're like our dear friend Lurker. And let's face it, people like Lurker are one of a kind. We ought be more welcoming to a wider audience starting at the moment they log in to when they become "one of the guys". (Or gals.) That means our most friendly members giving their best attention to these new peeps to make them feel welcome in this new-to-them forum. Not everybody should bum rush the first new person we get, though. That miiiiight be too much. Just some warm "Hi! Hello!"s to get the ball rolling and somebody suggesting some stuff to do around the place to get started.

We could expand the introduction thread to an introduction forum. Have people make their own threads, keep a sticky on the forum that tells them the rules and what they can post. We could even have the introduction forum be pretty free range. Post what you want, how you want it to tell us who you are and what you do. It could be fun.

@Perigrin Those changes sound great. Take it easy, though. Depression is just like any other illness; if you push yourself too hard you might end up sicker.
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