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First off, this forum does some things really well. The website is well-designed and when new people come they usually receive a warm welcome.

However, new people need more than just to be initially welcomed. They need to feel continued support from the members of the forum or they'll lose confidence in their place here, lessen their activity, and ultimately stop coming back. I've tried to keep people engaged by having conversations with them, but I can't do it alone. I have limited time and energy and my individual experience with the Magical Girl genre is limited. I need backup, so to speak.

I realize I'm not the only one who has tried to engage with people, but we need more consistency. This is mainly for the members who have been here for a long time: please try to talk more/for longer with new members! You don't have to say a lot, but some brief, friendly participation now and then could go a long way towards helping people feel welcome here. If people are too busy or shy to say much beyond "welcome to the forum" then that's fine, but it means the forum isn't going to grow. I hope that's not the case and that we can figure out a way to make people feel like sticking around for longer. Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!
 
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Hmm... silence. Not what I was hoping to achieve.
It's probably not my place to suggest these kinds of things anyway. Delta, this is your forum. If you're happy with how things are currently going then that's up to you. I just see a lot of potential here and would love to see your forum flourish.

You've done a lot of good work already. The website looks very professional! The next step would be building the forum into a real community. Whether or not you want to do that is up to you, but without your support and leadership it isn't going to happen. I would be happy to lend my support if you're willing to lead.

In the meantime I'm still happy to talk to people, but I'm probably going to take a little less initiative and give you some space to lead the forum in whatever way you think is best.

Apologies if I've made anyone feel awkward with all this straightforward talk!
 
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I try to reply to any relatively new threads, and yeah, I agree this forum isn't very active.

Maybe someone could try advertising the blog? On Tumblr or something? Or encourage people to post their own work, as part of the forum is dedicated to.

Honestly, I think the problem is the Mahou shoujo genre as it is right now. I don't know if Precure is airing a new season at the moment, but the only magical girl show I've heard about coming out this year is Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, which looks like another boring, bloody, childhood-corrupting Madoka clone.

I think until another magical girl show comes out that does something new with the concept, or at least has a teensy bit of hope and love in it, the MG fandom as a whole is going to be pretty quiet for a while :(
 

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Hi, I haven't changed the forum due to a lack of time. I know, the site has kind of died, but isn't very active.

It's probably not my place to suggest these kinds of things anyway. Delta, this is your forum. If you're happy with how things are currently going then that's up to you. I just see a lot of potential here and would love to see your forum flourish.

You've done a lot of good work already. The website looks very professional! The next step would be building the forum into a real community. Whether or not you want to do that is up to you, but without your support and leadership it isn't going to happen. I would be happy to lend my support if you're willing to lead.
Thanks. I woke up and a lot of new spammers/spambots joined the forum in the past few days. I don't have the time to monitor/watch the forum 24/7 as well. Our forum software is very outdated, but I need to upgrade to the latest version of Xenforo (forum software) as soon as possible.

Maybe someone could try advertising the blog? On Tumblr or something? Or encourage people to post their own work, as part of the forum is dedicated to.
Yeah as far as I know we haven't done a lot of advertising for this forum, but I will do it later. So... if you could help with advertising (or anything) that would be greatly appreciated, Hopefully we see more members on the forum well.
 
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Sorry I haven't been so active, but right now I'm going through final exams...

Anyway, I Hope I had seen this thread before, because I couldn't agree more with Akamarak Akamarak here. I also tried to help with this, but most of the times I feel powerless. And I haven't been writing here that much recently due to this.
I LOVE this site, the aesthetic and the possibilities it gives us... But we might need something more. That might be more people or more participation. Whatever it is, I'll help in anything needed.
If that means posting more often, I'll try. If you need advertisment, please tell me how yo do It. I, like others here as seen, just want to makes this magical community grow larger. And I know we can do it.
Sure, Magical Girls as a genre might not be as popular as un the 90s... But we are proof that this wonderful stories are far from forgotten. The same possitive feeling these narratives show us could be our driving force, our motivation. And a lot of people share our view on these manga and anime.
So let's make these people remember why they love mahō shōjo.
 
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Yay for people communicating! That's what I was hoping would happen!

And ah, yappari lack of time desu. I realize it can be hard to find the time to post. I'm busy too (I've probably spent way more time this week than I should have trying to think of the best way to express myself in this thread). If we try to do a little more though hopefully that can help. And it is finals for a lot of people... maybe it will be a little easier after those are over.

As for advertising, it seems like there's a decent amount of magical girl related activity on Reddit. That may be a good place to look for members, though I'm not sure how exactly to go about advertising there.

To summarize, here are peoples' ideas so far:
1. Post more often
2. Advertise
3. Have people post their own work

Hmm... I wish I was better at finding gif's. Pretend there's an appropriately over-dramatic anime character shouting IKU YOOOOO!!! (Let's go/let's do it!)
 
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"Post our own work", huh? Well, seems I'll have to show some of my comics...
Posting more is relatively simple.
As for advertisment... I think this might be the hardest part. How can we do it?
 

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I know I only recently joined this forum not too long ago but I agree about all the points everyone made. Although I don't know how we're going to do this, I think it is possible! :)

I've also been having a lot of end-of-the-semester work I needed to finish + final exams this month especially so that is part of the reason I forgot to check on here (also it seems that this forum seems a bit inactive so I think that is why I forgot about it too...)
 
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Whoa... I haven't had a chance to look through it all yet, but a glance at the 'what's new' page shows me people are definitely talking more! Thanks so much everyone!
 
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Gotta be honest, I need some distraction from the stress of final exams... And my kitchen being reformed! All that noise all day long...

This forum has become my virtual sanctuary now ...