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File: 87b905a2b92ee1a⋯.jpeg (116 KB, 1017x835, 1017:835, g7hfsh94g.jpeg)

 No.277497[View All]

"Baron Trying To Not Be A Shitter" Edition

I was mulling over what to say here to explain myself, but I realized it all sounded like pathetic excuse-making. Suffice to say, I've been negligent, and I want to try and fix that, for both the board's sake and my own. Any of you who are still here and still want to make this board good again, I humbly request your aid in that endeavor.

On that note, the following seem to be the biggest topics to address at the moment:

Volunteers

The overall opinion seems to be that we want Volunteers, especially in the wake of recent spam problems. I think most people would agree that just handing out power to anyone who asks isn't the best idea though, so the question of how to go about selecting people comes up. What traits should we be looking for? How can we judge people on them prior to taking them on as Volunteers? The ideal would be to just observe activity for a reasonable period and then pluck good users without warning to elevate them to modhood, but that's unfeasible for a number of reasons: 1) There's not nearly enough activity here at the moment to get a good idea of people's behavior, 2) I have no way of contacting people privately without them offering contact info, and 3) There's no telling if they'd even want the job. I feel like to some extent I'm going to need to take, as the name suggests, volunteers for the Volunteer position just as a practical matter. Thoughts?

New blood

We've lost a LOT of users, I know this for a fact. There's really no avoiding that we need a fresh influx, but I've been hesitant to just bring in people at random for similar reasons to my hesitation in bringing on new staff. Asking people to slowly introduce trusted partners one at a time obviously didn't work out though, so maybe we need to be shooting wider? If so, where? I'm hesitant about F-List considering who came from there, but maybe that was just bad luck and you all have met decent folks there? What other places are there? Thoughts or ideas, please.

How to make the board appealing

Despite losing a lot of frankly amazing users, there's still clearly a population hanging around here, but that doesn't seem to translate into activity. I could literally sit here all day, clicking away fervently at the refresh button on the tabs for "Recent posts" or the Report Queue, but it wouldn't mean much if people aren't posting. RP threads, game threads, fetish discussions… what do people want to see? How do we get people excited for doing this?

If there's anything I missed or that you feel should be discussed/considered, by all means please say so.

Thank you very much.

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 No.279304

File: e74d57a41c595df⋯.jpg (51.27 KB, 540x736, 135:184, jMYyPMH.jpg)

>>279283

I'll tell you what, buddy.

Make a bitching thread on >>>/eros/ . I'm the BO there, so I promise it'll stay up, and we can all see how it does. A testing ground of sorts. Does that sound agreeable to you? I reenabled thread creation for you.

Owait, there's already an autism/cringe thread that amounts to the same thing, and the board was still dead as a doorknob long before I disabled thread creation.

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 No.279310

>>279304

You kidding me? You turn everyone away from /eros/ and shut down thread creation and expect me to bring life back to something you fucking killed? And then use that as 'evidence' that nobody wants bitching back? The funny thing is that if you look at the board the autism/cringe thread was by far, by FAR the most active one.

I don't even want it back. I'm just saying that with it gone things haven't improved. I don't know what the fuck >>279292 is talking about when they say 'activity is currently up'. If you'd like to post stats on the number of unique users on the board improving over time then I'd love to see it.

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 No.279311

>>279310

For not wanting it back you seem to really be going to the mat in favor of it.

And again: Just because the bitching thread was the busiest doesn't mean it was good.

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 No.279318

File: d9b2bfaad2075a2⋯.png (99.36 KB, 220x472, 55:118, セイバー特殊07a(遠).png)

i miss /erp/

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 No.279552

File: 5214c8f2a239077⋯.png (1.06 MB, 878x1239, 878:1239, 30a3a4509aca9216603f0bb440….png)

Well, since everyone and their mothers is shilling their boards here, I might as well do the same.

>>278415

Basically, I decided to do what this person said, and made my own board

>>>/erot/

It only has one sticky, btw, and the second reply is my philosophy for running it.

Feedback is appreciated as well.

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 No.279555

Sorry if this was already addressed, but I'm new here and started a thread. Is it acceptable/encouraged here for someone to drop in unannounced and pretend to be someone's character without any request for doing so or even informing the other person that this is a different person writing now?

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 No.279602

File: a004e5a9753e18a⋯.jpg (32 KB, 644x459, 644:459, DvPSjSnU8AAWQae.jpg)

Ostensibly it's more worthwhile to discuss how the decline in active users happened long before the cyclical bitching thread or Fai getting banned; long before that happened the bitching threads and the profile threads were the only threads that really saw any "real" attention. Arguably this was because most people came to /erp/ to shitpost because a) it's a deepweb taiwanese basketweaving forum and b) they got most of their play on f-list (only further emphasized by the activity in the profile thread, which were primarily either shitposting or 'please fuck me' ads that people shitposted around), but what would look to be an increase in activity was less that and more just quick shoot-off drama which arguably ended up becoming the thing /erp/ was associated with. Could be argued that when a community has little else to discuss it tends to veer towards drama, but that's another debate.

From speaking with friends who used to frequent /erp/, the reason they stopped was because they felt it'd gotten too volatile, too negative (and I'm using nice, kindly wording here). This is around the time where a big amount of people seemed to drop off the board's map, presumably because of a similar line of thought - and they seemed to focus their roleplaying efforts on f-list entirely.

In effect, /erp/ become more like a dumping ground for drama surrounding f-list, if only used by the people who felt the need for it (whereas the more "normal" users seemingly dropped off when it became cool to). Like a little hidey-hole where you wouldn't have to have it traced back to you that you talked shit about, I dunno, we'll say Red and be the next person in line to be shittalked about, and around when this increased there was a definite turn in focus. Used to be the bitching threads were generally about bitching related to erp, but over time the new interesting thing was simply gossiping and talking shit (not to say it wasn't there before, but that there was a lot more of it), and people ended up using /erp/ as a talking board for their woes instead of any kind of erp (because they already got theirs on f-list already, again).

Even the bitching thread had seriously started to die around when the cool kids discord became a thing. With whatever drama there was exclusive to a discord most people didn't care to join (and with most of the discord-related drama being stuck on the discord, where people started to lay their focus instead of on /erp/, well) there wasn't really any good source of drama. All the namefags had largely gone quiet (or were effectively living injokes for discord-dwellers) and the ones that still gave /erp/ attention largely stopped. Debatably, if it hadn't been taken out behind a shed and shot it'd have just died a lonely, slow death, but my point in this isn't to discuss how that affected anything - the point is that I feel like people focus too much on arguing on whether bringing it back or not will somehow help the board, when the damage was already long done and people've found their new favorite watering holes - and that's okay. It's how things happen.

I'm not saying any of this to judge people for trying to effectively squeeze water from a stone, but moreso because I'm in a rambling mood and I feel like people focus too much on pointing fingers implying this happened because Baron removed the bitching thread, and not because it was a natural decay in interest. Not to say it can't be regained, but arguing about the why is in effect nothing but vindicating yourself on who was wrong or right on how to handle the board. Blah blah blah.

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 No.279604

>>279602

>the point is that I feel like people focus too much on arguing on whether bringing it back or not will somehow help the board

I'd never argue in favor of bringing it back to 'help the board'. Helping the board should've been done 2 and a half years ago. I'm just saying taking it away now has really done dick all.

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 No.279607

Is that Discord still active?

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 No.279614

>>279607

Nah. It slowly lost people who were interesting and is pretty much dead.

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 No.279616

>>279614

Story time?

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 No.279617

>>279614

Produce the link if able, anon.

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 No.279720

>>279602

Gonna agree overall, particularly tying "the damage was already done" to "removing the bitching thread doesn't seem to have fixed it."

It's not like anyone expected people to flood back people largely moved on to greener pastures. If you want to even try to regrow the userbase, then removing the collective drama threads is an essential step. Who knows how many people peeked into the board, concluded "it's just a drama hole" and left?

Granted having double meta stickies probably doesn't help. We should anchor or close one or both. In the case of both, make a new meta thread, don't sticky it. Then we have some discussion in what should be in a new greeting thread maybe pull some of the best advice from the help or suggestions thread and add it to following posts. Anchor and sticky that, only adding to it if the BO feels it's useful enough to be officially added.

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 No.279730

>>279304

Stop coming here, you're a shitty person.

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 No.279799

File: 9ff2d7a6a65b452⋯.jpg (25.21 KB, 489x489, 1:1, 1445748786292.jpg)

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 No.279806

>>279799

Took a mere three days to prove it.

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 No.279818

>>279806

The Korra avatar really should've been a huge tipoff right off the bat.

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 No.279819

>>279806

>>279818

Take it somewhere else, please.

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 No.279820

>>279819

Where?

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 No.279821

File: e8938ad29ca5c65⋯.jpg (145.12 KB, 1000x900, 10:9, ba2928ee-19d8-45eb-9d3c-d1….jpg)

>>279820

Discord? Your dungeons and dragons group? F-list? Your therapist?

I don't really care, but I'm not here to be your punching bag. This thread is for valid concerns and criticism, not 'DELETE UR AKOUNT' screeching.

Your compliance is appreciated in advance.

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 No.279822

>>279821

I was under the impression you're a mod of /erp/ now so if you're a bit of a d-bag then that's definitely a concern for the board. At least that's what the stickied post implies.

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 No.279823

>>279822

That's nice. I''ve already asked you once to stop insulting me, so now we're going to move on to timeouts.

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 No.279824

File: e38e5f49d866309⋯.jpg (24.91 KB, 500x375, 4:3, 5.jpg)

>>279823

Valid Criticism: You actively disregard the wishes of the population of the boards you're claiming to try and save, and this post specifically is a bad thing that you shouldn't have done >>279304 because surely you knew that it would fail due to the context of that being an even deader board than this one, and the evidence provided by it wouldn't be evidence that it couldn't work here.

This shows a lack of desire to act in the interest of those who are currently here, for a projection that it'll somehow ward off new people because it was a low quality thread, which is so far totally unfounded and all evidence points to the contrary, that evidence being that The Board was far more active during the time that we actually did have the bitching thread, not just in the thread, but over the entire board in addition.

If you do not accept this as valid you might as well admit you don't have room for actual requests so long as they don't fit your desire for a bully free zone made for pretend sex on the internet.

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 No.279825

File: 2ec3aecfeb0b804⋯.jpg (247.19 KB, 789x1158, 263:386, nDR4rAD.jpg)

>>279824

You're not getting the bitching thread back. This is Baron's decision, not mine. But for the record, I'd do the exact same thing if I were BO.

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 No.279826

>>279825

>Unwilling to admit they're ever wrong

>Bans a user for calling them a "bit of a d-bag"

Now this is what I expect out of my 8ch mods.

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 No.279827

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>>279826

Good to know I'm meeting user expectations!

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 No.279828

>>279826

Actually I stand corrected. They weren't actually called a "bit of a d-bag", it was "if you're a bit of a d-bag then that's definitely a concern for the board". So it's really only an insult if they are one.

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 No.279834

Ebonbolt is a moderator now?

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 No.279842

File: 7518c0ab184f326⋯.png (442.22 KB, 640x480, 4:3, 5.png)

>>279827

Your method of coping with the public not agreeing with your position doesn't create a welcoming atmosphere for new people.

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 No.279847

>autistic sub thread deleted

You really go out of your way to take away anything interesting on this board.

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 No.279856

>>279847

Better watch out, the mod might decide to ban you for questioning them should they decide to get offended.

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 No.279861

>>279842

Why isn't Freeza anon a moderator instead?

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 No.279862

>>279861

They probably just didn't ask. Remarkably enough, few people want to volunteer for moderating positions (especially for something as private as ERP) unless they get something out of it. Sometimes that's the feeling of helping to create and maintain a community you enjoy, sometimes they like the attention that comes with it, and most often it tends to be a desire for power in some shape or form. It's generally not a good sign when mods just stop listening to the only people willing to talk with them and start banning based on personal vendettas and perceived slights rather than actual rule breaking.

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 No.279864

File: 735ff292a7ffb0e⋯.gif (392.94 KB, 500x312, 125:78, YomikoFlop.gif)

Frankly, as long as they're doing more than Baron ever did (not a high bar to pass) I'm fine with them. Either it'll improve the place and help to bring it back, or hasten its demise and people will finally have the impetus to make a new place. Judging from the sticky asking us to advertise for the place, well, still more than Baron ever did.

Speaking of stickies, remove half of them for fuck's sake. A meta thread? Sure, whatever. A help thread that's been dead for over a year? Unacceptable. Purge it. A useless welcome sticky? Update it with information or SOMETHING useful, or get rid of it. If you want to make a place better, you need to put some effort into it. If you leave trash all over the place, don't be surprised if you get a roach infestation.

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 No.279865

>>279847

Baron deleted that thread. I banned the autist and left it in sage because it was funny, but. It's not my board, and I do have to abide by Baron's guidelines.

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 No.279866

>>279864

>Speaking of stickies, remove half of them for fuck's sake

One down, considering which of the others should stay.

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 No.279867

>>279864

There have been 3 new places made so far and each one has even less activity. It may be time to analyze what exactly makes /erp/ worthwhile. Much like the groups on f-list it may very well be just another place to advertise your profiles in hopes that you can get a bite off-site. Lord knows the number of people who desire to roleplay in public are few and far between. I won't say it's because of a change in culture, though. It could be that a lot of people have simply moved on and nobody has replaced them. I've definitely tried to help. You know, spread the word and both created RP threads and done my best to participate in them, but they've all come to a close for one reason or another (I also admit one of them was my fault, though I wish it wasn't).

The few people I had peek in don't really see a point. I've gotta admit I kinda struggle to see much point too. I used to just enjoy fucking around with the community, if nothing else. The sass, the vitriol, the uncensored opinions and even some memes here and there. Sort've what I expect of a chan community. That seems to be all but gone and based on the moderation largely unwanted, so I've definitely been questioning whether I should even bother checking in anymore.

On the plus side I see the questions and cucking thread are seeing some modest activity, so that's good.

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 No.279869

>>279862

Is it a bad thing to want power from a moderator position?

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 No.279870

>>279864

>Speaking of stickies, remove half of them for fuck's sake. A meta thread? Sure, whatever. A help thread that's been dead for over a year? Unacceptable. Purge it. A useless welcome sticky? Update it with information or SOMETHING useful, or get rid of it.

Ten thousand times this. I've said this before, and I've been thinking it even longer than that. Most of these threads need to be deleted.

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 No.279871

>>279869

Hmn… I suppose it would depend on the results. If they get a thrill out of simply doing what actually needs to be done then it's largely harmless. If they start looking for excuses to flaunt their powers then that can be an issue.

>>279870

I'd approve of some thread pruning, truth be told. It may make new people give pause to start their own threads when they see so many others made and yet also hold them back from contributing when they see nobody's replied to it for years.

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 No.279872

File: a0a63f741840362⋯.gif (1007.39 KB, 500x375, 4:3, YomikoGlasses.gif)

>>279867

It's true that /erp/ seems to be very nearly an extension of F-List. Maybe that works for and against it. I couldn't be happier that the questions thread is still kicking about, though. It means there's still curious people who want to either improve or are wondering about how things work elsewhere, such as F-List. Curiosity keeps people around, because when all we have around here are old, jaded assholes, we get people that just want to bitch.

Public play is a very different animal, especially on a chan board that's been less than stellar in facilitating it. They're not really organized to be an individual or paired experience. Wicked was doing his thing pretty decently, though, I'm always impressed about that. From that, it begs the question if a /tg/-style quest thread even work on /erp/? If nothing else, it'd be another (hopefully) active thread to keep community involvement.

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 No.279874

>>279871

>It may make new people give pause to start their own threads when they see so many others made and yet also hold them back from contributing when they see nobody's replied to it for years.

Exactly.

I bet dollars to donuts if someone made a new thread for a recurring topic of interest, people will still say something like, "We have a thread for this already," when that thread has been dead as a doorknob for several months. Moreover, it just looks good to clean all that stuff up. Presents /erp/ as something 'fresh'.

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 No.279875

>>279874

Not to mention I bet some of those threads are still locked out from the ancient 404 glitch. I don’t think necroposting is inherently bad, but it feels like it’s not worth it when the veritable ravine between post dates will be glaring and it’s a gamble whether or not people will respond.

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 No.279879

>>279872

Well, that sort of thing used to have it's own dedicated board, (/storytiem/) but then they made their own website and migrated to it. It's at:

http://fiction.live

>>279874

>>279875

Yeah,It would probably be a good idea to clear out most of the old threads, though a few might be worth archiving before the're thrown out if they have decent content in them.

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 No.279884

File: 17cb5e7f79ac841⋯.gif (1.61 MB, 600x450, 4:3, YomikoWhat.gif)

>>279879

Well shit, I'd forgotten about /storytiem/ and I'd no idea they'd moved on. I guess there's no point to hosting one here, then?

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 No.279906

>>279884

Maybe make it over there and then link to it here.

I'd say make it the opening post of a "offsite content" thread so it's open to other people linking stuff, like stories on literotica and asstr, or interactive stories on chyoa.

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 No.279907

First for dead board.

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 No.279922

File: c6a6673575e8930⋯.jpg (185.14 KB, 1503x1514, 1503:1514, 14426873.jpg)

So now that the boards back, what is going to happen?

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 No.279923

>>279922

I imagine we'll have to wait and see if there's any moderation and, if need be, make a proper migration to a new board.

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 No.280351

If you are really about what this is about, you can find me.

Indy.

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