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    Here at The Initiative everyone is welcome. Every writing style is valued and there is room for everyone to voice their opinion. It does not matter what medium you use to roleplay, in the end we are all roleplayers who share the passion of writing. The Initiative is a place where everyone can feel safe to be who they are, to have an opinion and where we respect others and their opinions.

    What we offer:

    • Roleplay Directory - We have a robust roleplay directory that includes:
      • Common advertising links available right from the directory listing.
      • A spot for every type of roleplay category.
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    • Playby (Faceclaim) Directory - Finding a playby made easy. Narrow your search by traits that you're looking for in your character representation or contribute new ones.
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    • Writing Partners - Where you can find new Roleplay partners to play with.
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  • Recent Staff Updates

    • February Update 2

      Posted

      Hey again everyone!

       

      We have been working hard to improve the look and feel around the site as well as adding helpful new awesome features. One of those new features is Two Factor Authentication. This is currently enabled to help protect your account from being hijacked if it is ever hacked. If you have suggestions for more questions that we can add (if you choose to do security questions over Google Authenticator) than don't hesitate to post in that thread and give us some ideas!

       

      Next up! We have updated how blogs appear on their main page. We now have the most recent article fully shown with the other articles truncated below. It came with a Grid layout and a traditional layout. We also increased the height of the cover image to better showcase an image of your choosing!

       

      All around we have made some aesthetic changes to many things around the site (like the embeds that were difficult to read). We hope you enjoy them!

       

      Another cool feature that we added is we now have discord integration! So if you're in discord either on your computer or on your phone you will now get notified when new topics are posted around the forums. Currently it is set up to primarily post from the "Wanted, Roleplay" section and the "Roleplay Conversations" sections. In the future this may change. Please feel free to provide feedback in the Staff Contact forum to let us know if you think we should add more or remove any so we know what you like.

       

      Now! Onto Challenges! The Best of 2016 has been posted! We would like to thank everyone who nominated and to remind everyone to look out for these same things as we will be repeating it next year and probably with more categories! You are free to contact us and let us know of categories you think we should add! Go check out the winners here:

      Following that! We are looking for award ideas! Funny, nerdy, bizarre whatever! We want to make awards fun to both have and earn. If you have an idea for an award for something around the Initiative than please let us know what it is and how you think it should be earned! We would love more fun and creative ways to engage you!

       

      Moving on from awards! Our Spotlight Challenge is nearly at it's end! Don't miss your opportunity to get your site listed in the header of the Initiative for an entire month! Check it out and send us some stories about Valentine's day! Remember they don't have to be about love!

       

      Voting for Graphics Challenge 9 is up! Go vote for your favorite one here:

      We have also posted a new graphics challenge! It's super easy and fun! Go make some avatars of some animals!

      Think you have what it takes to write a graphic inspired challenge!? Go check out this writing challenge:

      Last but certainly not least! Don't forget about @Gothams Reckoning advice blog. Just send them a PM with your question that you would like advice on and they will post it in the blog and give you advice. You can be completely anonymous just advise GR when you send your PM.

       

      We just want to add that we can't have this awesome community without you! So we thank you for being awesome members and being supportive to one another! You all rock!

       

      <33 The Initiative Staff

    • February Update

      Posted

      Hey everyone!

      This month we are wrapping up the nominations from 2016! We will be getting awards out as soon as we go through the nominations and get everything picked out!

       

      We have quite a few new guides in our guide section. We recommend going to check them out:

      https://rpginitiative.com/guides/

       

      We have new graphics and writing challenges posted in their respective challenge forums.

       

      We have also posted this months' Spotlight Challenge. Valentine's emotions! Tell a story about a Valentine's day, good or bad.

       

      We want to remind you about our lovely @Gothams Reckoning blog! You can request directed advice from a longstanding administrator of the roleplaying community. You can find it here:

       

       

      Have a Happy February!

      The Initiative Staff!

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    • February Update 2

      Hey again everyone!

       

      We have been working hard to improve the look and feel around the site as well as adding helpful new awesome features. One of those new features is Two Factor Authentication. This is currently enabled to help protect your account from being hijacked if it is ever hacked. If you have suggestions for more questions that we can add (if you choose to do security questions over Google Authenticator) than don't hesitate to post in that thread and give us some ideas!

       

      Next up! We have updated how blogs appear on their main page. We now have the most recent article fully shown with the other articles truncated below. It came with a Grid layout and a traditional layout. We also increased the height of the cover image to better showcase an image of your choosing!

       

      All around we have made some aesthetic changes to many things around the site (like the embeds that were difficult to read). We hope you enjoy them!

       

      Another cool feature that we added is we now have discord integration! So if you're in discord either on your computer or on your phone you will now get notified when new topics are posted around the forums. Currently it is set up to primarily post from the "Wanted, Roleplay" section and the "Roleplay Conversations" sections. In the future this may change. Please feel free to provide feedback in the Staff Contact forum to let us know if you think we should add more or remove any so we know what you like.

       

      Now! Onto Challenges! The Best of 2016 has been posted! We would like to thank everyone who nominated and to remind everyone to look out for these same things as we will be repeating it next year and probably with more categories! You are free to contact us and let us know of categories you think we should add! Go check out the winners here:

      Following that! We are looking for award ideas! Funny, nerdy, bizarre whatever! We want to make awards fun to both have and earn. If you have an idea for an award for something around the Initiative than please let us know what it is and how you think it should be earned! We would love more fun and creative ways to engage you!

       

      Moving on from awards! Our Spotlight Challenge is nearly at it's end! Don't miss your opportunity to get your site listed in the header of the Initiative for an entire month! Check it out and send us some stories about Valentine's day! Remember they don't have to be about love!

       

      Voting for Graphics Challenge 9 is up! Go vote for your favorite one here:

      We have also posted a new graphics challenge! It's super easy and fun! Go make some avatars of some animals!

      Think you have what it takes to write a graphic inspired challenge!? Go check out this writing challenge:

      Last but certainly not least! Don't forget about @Gothams Reckoning advice blog. Just send them a PM with your question that you would like advice on and they will post it in the blog and give you advice. You can be completely anonymous just advise GR when you send your PM.

       

      We just want to add that we can't have this awesome community without you! So we thank you for being awesome members and being supportive to one another! You all rock!

       

      <33 The Initiative Staff

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  • Roleplay Advice

    • How do I attract people to my site?

      An anonymous user asked me:

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      I'm just curious if you have advice on recruiting new people and getting reach other that just advertising? My site has just started and is lacking in peeps. I don't want to give up, but there are lots of sites out there with lots of people that I could easily jump into. How do I bring some over to mine? 

       

      Hello anon and thank you for the ask!

       

      It is difficult to say that there are things you can do to attract people to your forum without advertising, but there are definitely things you can do to make guests want to stay!

      • Have activity on your forum. No one wants to join an empty forum, one without any posts. That means if you are the only member, you need to be posting- even if it's with yourself! This also means that hiding the IC forums from guests is a very bad idea.
      • Make it easy to join. People are impatient and want to get started as quickly as possible. You can help things move along by streamlining the joining process. Make all your documentation easy to find, have a starter guide to walk people through the joining process, have a simple application (or the option for one- some people do prefer the much longer and more detailed ones), be quick on checking applications.
      • Be unique. Your forum needs to offer something that others do not, otherwise there's no reason for anyone to join it. Being unique doesn't mean that the entire concept has to be something incomprehensible, but if you notice that a lot of other forums in your genre do things a certain way, try to find a spin to put on it. Familiarity is good, but monotony is not.
      • Be present. In the same vein as being active, you- the admin- need to have a presence on the site. Post in the cbox, even if you don't have anyone to talk to.
      • Have wanted ads posted. Some people find it easier to join in to a roleplay if there are some wanted ads available for the taking. They're a good way for people to quickly get plots, character interactions, and even a bit of backstory.
      • Reward people for signing up. If there is a monetary system on the site or any sort of items- anything exclusive that can be earned, really- it's always nice to give newbies a little something extra for joining up!
      • BE POSITIVE. It's majorly off-putting to see negative comments in a cbox- about being bored, not having posts to do, not having muse, etc. Also on resource forums, it's a very good idea to share the FUN times you have on your forum instead of all of your frustrations. Obviously, one way makes your site seem like a nice place to be vs. an unhappy place. You want your forum to be a happy place!

       

      None of that gets the word out about your forum, however. You do have to do some form of advertising in order to get people to stop by the site. There are a multitude of ways in which you can do this:

      • Tell your friends. All of them. Even the ones who aren't interested. They might come across someone who is interested in what you can offer and send them your way.
      • Be sociable. Make new friends, even people who aren't interested in joining your forum. It never hurts to meet new people, and the same logic above applies here. Even if they aren't interested in your forum, your new buddies might meet someone who is and can send them your way.
      • Put your site in your signature on every site you're on that allows it. Resource sites like The Initiative are a great way to passively advertise your forum simply by posting and being active there. They can give users an idea of who you are as an admin and a player, and people who like the things you say might stop by and take a peek at your forum.
      • Get listed everywhere you can. This includes directories, but also top sites. These are another wonderful way to passively advertise for your site, requiring you to only click a button occasionally (in the case of top sites). 
      • Advertise on tumblr directories. Many of them let you post without having a tumblr account and they function very similarly to directories.
      • Get affiliated. Find other sites to affiliate with. I personally like to affiliate with like-minded sites or sites within the same/similar genres, as well as panfandom forums (if I'm running a fandom site). As I no longer have applications on my forums, I will also affiliate with any other site that does not have applications even if they aren't of the same genre as my site, for example. However, there are other methods of affiliating which might suit you better, such as affiliating with any and every site you can. If those sites die, then your button is stuck on their index forever and ever. Affiliates are another form of passive advertising.
      • Advertise on other social media. Even just one post makes a difference, but having a promotional tumblr, deviantart (if your forum uses artwork or you have artists making art for the forum), Twitter, or even Facebook page for you RP is a good way to get the word out there in a way that's less of a grind than advertising on other forums. You can share links to plotters, open threads, character quotes, wanted ads, and teasers for plots to come on social media. This requires more upkeep than directories and top sites, however as most of these methods allow you to queue items you can easily set up posts in advance and just space them out over the course of a week, month, etc.
      • Advertise smarter, not harder. When you do advertise on other forums, don't bother dropping an ad if it takes you more than 5 seconds to find the advertisement forum. If it's difficult for you to find, then it's difficult for people to crawl through sites to find also. When I'm advertising, I use ctrl+f and do a search for 'adv' or 'plug'- if neither of those things come up, I bail. Advertise on sites that have won awards or are currently being promoted on resource sites or that are at the top of top site lists, as those sites are in theory the ones which are getting the most traffic (and therefore increase the chances of your ad getting seen). Dropping large amounts of ads can be effective, but it helps to even post just 5 ads a day. You can do this easily by posting 5 ads on a site one day, and then doing links backs on the next day.

       

      Lastly, installing Google Analytics on your forum is not a bad idea either. It will track where you get your traffic from, and once you know where you get the greatest amount of traffic from you will know where to focus the most of your efforts.

       

      Hope this helps, anon! :)

      - GR

       

      If you would like to ask me for advice, you can comment on an article or send me a private message! Be sure to include if you would like to remain anonymous.

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      By Gothams Reckoning in Ask GR - advice for RPers 3
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