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How important is OOC activity to you?

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So, for me I've never put much stock in OOC activity. I don't care for OOC boards of any kind they provide little-no value to me especially game forums and things like that. They also always made me feel like the board was more inactive than it really was, especially if there were a lot of them.

 

So, how do you feel about them? Do you even have any? If you do what are they and how often are they used?

 

Also, how many of you have sacked OOC forums for discord? Have you fully converted or only partly?


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The OOC boards are the bane of my existence! LOL.

 

I have a very limited number of OOC boards on my sites. However, I am seriously thinking about removing all of them except one Help Desk type that will be guest friendly for asking questions. Since all of my sites use a plug-in or built-in Discord feed, I find OOC boards useless. I mainly have them for people that might prefer not to join Discord.

 

And there's my current conundrum. Keep the OOC boards or mandate joining Discord and expand the channels I have there. 😄 Decisions, decisions!


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I'll admit, with a Discord server for our players, our OOC Forum doesn't really see a lot of activity. Sometimes, there are guests and new members who aren't familiar with Discord or don't use chat at all, and those folks get all the love for posting in our OOC area. I just can't ruin my pretty site by putting a Discord app on the forum, so, for now, I'll be keeping my OOC forums (minimal though they are) even if I'm not sure they're entirely useful.

 

The only OOC areas that get a lot of action are our Writer Profiles, Development Submissions, and Plot Notes instead of our Intro or Welcome areas, though I do have a Q&A and Bug&Error Report forum, just in case.

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ooc boards mean nothing to me. chances are I won't use them at all but for a few personal storage threads, but chats like discord. the real-time dynamic of ooc there is actually pretty important for the life of the rp. I see people plotting and talking about their ideas and sharing in an organic way that replaced the need for personal plotter threads and makes it easy for players to talk about their rps and build up hype for plots

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We have an OOC forum but it barely gets any use these days. Most of the time it's just for informational use or helpful stuff. There's some things on there like awards we have won and Kudos thread but honestly it doesn't get much use. Discord is where everyone sits and plots or gets character ideas so it's much more organic (as said before) and can jump right into posting from there. Other than that, really the ooc forum has no specific use. We don't do games as we have those on Discord. I've actually just considered renaming it and converting it to just use for writing aids or something akin to that. In the past they weren't a deal breaker for me because I personally hardly used them. Most of the time I only used them for the occasional LoA and that was it. 

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I love our OOC forums and we use them a lot in my community. But that's probably because we're not big on Discord. 


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I think most of the time when I have had OOC boards ( and I do have one for messages or LOA) that they were pretty much unused other than well wishes and birthday things and of course LOA. They are pretty much just a take up space thing for me anymore.

 

With Discord- which is great however I would offer it too has its problems. While  great to touch base and even plot for those on different time zones - I have found there is a core of writers that spend more time socializing and less time invested in the stories. I am sure this is true even when we had the simple chat box.

 

Socialization and friendships are awesome!!!!!!!!! However I also want to see everyone enjoying their stories too. 

 

Thats my two cents 🙂


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I like the option, and I definitely like the organizational side of OOC boards for things you might want to refer others to. We have a loose one, but our Discord’s busier. The plotters and thread organizers get used the most often, but we’ve got some drop-a-plot threads too that see some action.

 

There’s technically the option to throw some chatter in (and there’s a couple of threads to that tune), but they didn’t seem to catch. That seems to lean toward Discord instead.


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20 hours ago, Muse said:

I just can't ruin my pretty site by putting a Discord app on the forum

 

@Muse

Consider adding WidgetBot for your on-site Discord app. That's what I've done. We even have the little button themed to match. The button sits discreetly in a corner.

 

Our sites use a Discord integration app that allows us to set up specific forums to send post links to our Discord channels. It works great!

 

 


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We won't get to wake up, dreams were born to disappear.
And I'm pretty sure that none of us are here.
~ None of Us Here by Jim Stafford ~

 

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