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How do You Judge a Site's Activity

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I'll check how many threads have recently been posted first. This normally helps me get a feel if the site is right for me as well.

 

If I like what I see then I head on over to their chatroom or discord to see if they are buzzing or not.

 

Normally I can't find what I like in the first step though so I hardly follow through with the second. I'm still lurking in some discord channels despite not making an account yet funnily enough.

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For me, sometimes worthiness on whether or not I join a site isn't so much about their activity-level as it is about just the community themselves. I've seen sites that are extremely active that were full of toxic people, and some that were close to death but have a handful of lovely and accepting people who still post now and then. I will take the latter over the former any day. The problem with that is you can't always tell what a community is like from the surface -- everyone always wants to put their best foot forward when a new person shows up. I get duped a lot lol.

 

Often I judge a site's activity/community based on how many members and how many characters there are. I generally consider a site with about 20-30 members as active without too much drama. Less than that and you lose activity, more than that, and you start to gain too many cooks in the kitchen.

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The first place I go is  to the active threads, and read a few of them. This gives me an idea of the characters on the site, some of the plots happening, and if I would be interested in becoming part of the community. Then I tend to look at their chat box/discord, to see how responsive staff/members are.

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I am more focused on writing than community, usually, when joining. So I look at when the last posts were, when the last announcement was, when the last event was (if applicable). I also look at how many users were online today, but I look at it with a grain of salt. I was on a board once where the admin had give or take 15 characters and just switched through all of her accounts each morning to make that number look really high. Sometimes look to see when the last application was accepted.

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I don't really always even consider "activity" before joining if it's a setting and a story that capture my imagination. If you build it, people will come. If you have something compelling, then interested folks will make their way to you over the miasma of the internet so long as you 1) don't give up and 2) keep writing. I actually prefer small sites because they're more intimate and tend to have less drama. I can get easily overwhelmed by large, busy sites. I want to write with a core group of people who "get it," which larger sites suddenly call a "clique" and get defensive about sometimes.

 

Activity is what you make of it. If there's a handful of folks willing to just ... keep ... going on their dreamchild of a forum? Good. Do it. I'm so there with you. 

So, I guess ... I don't really "judge a site's activity," unless, of course, nothing has been posted for a few months anywhere or their Discord is a ghost town or unfriendly. Then, well, maybe I have opinions. Har. Other than that, the best way to make a site active is to participate.

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