- Jul 28, 2018
I think we all try to encourage newcomers to participate, since it's the easiest thing we can do to help this forum grow!
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Why thank you @Loco del Lápiz.Here we have another example of great participation with @aiyan
And no, you said nothing stupid at all. The Off-topic zone is still there, and we can use to talk about different topics aside from MG.
The important thing is to post, share opinions and interests and have fun while doing it!
I think adding badges/titles sounds interesting?So far the anti-spambot system has been working correctly. Haven't seen any bot recently.
As for the new aesthetic of the forum, I don't think it's enough of a reason for users to leave. Neither the change of forum layout. There has to be another reason. Maybe it's the inactivity, perhaps they lost interest, I don't know.
@Mikan is one of the most active users here, if not THE MOST: she replies in nearly every thread, she opens new threads, she's in the chat. I even think she was here since day one, and that's great. We started having users as active as her for some time, but then they sadly dissapeared.
I'm also trying my best to add content, open some interesting threads, talking in the chat, etc. Due to my lack of knowledge in this genre, I can't talk much or add anything aside from the few MG stories I've read/watched, or try to open debate about naratives, characters, tropes or the changes in the genre.
I understand that there might be users who have a very busy life, they have to work, study, take care of their families... and they come here, seing so little activity and think "Why should I post, if nearly no one will notice or interact?". There might be other problems, but as said before, I don't know for sure.
So, what could we do? What could @Lala do?
Pheeewwwww, okay, that might be a lot, and they are just ideas I just thought about that probably need more work. I know little about forums, so take these ideas with a grain of salt.
- Social media: Lala has already made accounts in Instagram and Twitter, so that's cool. Now you might want to add content there: news about the forum, about the diferent anime or manga we talk about here, etc. Basically anything you could consider interesting and could draw attention from majokko fans out there. Also, don't forget to promote the forum in those social media! Not only Lala, but all of us!
- User interaction: This is a harder one, and it must come from us, standard users, not just the admins/moderators. We have to make sure that anyone that comes here sees activity, interaction and fun! We don't have to look like hyperactive expert forum writers, just to do as many have done: be nice, polite and POST ENGAGING STUFF.
- Forum events: Okay, this seems silly considering how few people we are, but it might keep interest in those that don't come so often. For example, it's Christmas, let's make Christmas-inspired artwork! Summer comes, so we could make a short story contest! Halloween, spooky poems contest! I dunno, whatever it comes to the admin/mods's minds. People will use their talents to create content for the forum and will feel like they're valuable in this (now small) community.
- Adding badges/titles? Okay, this is harder to explain, and might be slightly controversial. Take Mikan for example. The most active user could have a badge or a title that says "Most active user in 2019" or something similar, and under Mikan's profile image could appear a Precure character smiling, or Kero-chan from CCS, or anything MG-related that makes the users think "oh, so this Mikan has done a lot in here!". Same goes with the Forum Events I mentioned earlier: Special badges for Halloween poem's winner, or Christmas' best drawing.
Now, the controversial part comes in the form of competition. Sure, if it's taken in a fun and harmless way it's fine, but someone with more "competitive attitude" could take these things too seriously. If any problem rises related to that, moderators might have to act!
Hope this might help in the best way possible! ^^