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Kieran

How do you judge a site's activity?

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To me Cboxes and Discords and other such are irrelevant. Especially on a new/young site or one with very few members. OOC activity is equally valuable to me as IC activity but it doesn't have to happen in a box. In fact it's much more promiseing if it happens more on the public forums of the board as then it's at least clear that the community actually cares about being on the board and not just chatting in a messenger or cbox. 

 

And in the end, all I need to be willing to join a site that fits my interests and other needs is an active admin who is showing that they still have strong interest in running the site for a long term. An admin is the only one who can truly kill a site, by losing interest. 

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I judge it by IC activity. I want to know there's things happening with characters, that if I post I'll get replies, that if I start a plot it will finish. Because if there's not posts happening, well, it's not really a roleplay site any more. And I don't have any reason to stick around if there's nothing happening, because in my experience, eventually all the OOC activity dies out if there's no IC activity to sustain it. 

 

OOC activity is more of a bonus. If people chat with each other and there's movie nights and forum games, hell yeah, I'm down for that. I freaking love building a community and engaging with the people I write in the day-to-day. But if people prefer to keep to themselves most of the time, I'm cool with that too. Especially because, like you said, with small or new sites, there's barely anyone to talk with. 

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IC activity for sure. I used to judge it by C-Box or Discord activity, but as someone who runs a site where we have had over 4000 posts in a month and the Discord has been pretty dead, I can't really do that anymore.

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Recent posts. That’s all I need to know if they are actually writing or not. 

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IC activity for sure. It helps me get a feel for posting frequency as well as which members appear to be more active as well as their style.

OOC activity can be fun and engaging, but if people are ultimately there to write it should not be drowning out IC activity.

 

Discord, C-boxes and the like are completely irrelevant to me as a means of judging activity.

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A bit of an oddball here, but I usually check the discord and cboxes just to make sure I didn't miss any announcements. I recently found a site that I was an affiliate with, checked their 'today's active topics' and found a few IC threads. But when I checked their discord, they had an announcement about the site closing. 

 

So I check 'today's active topics' and the discord or cbox. Just to make sure that I have everything covered and haven't missed anything. 

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For me, it's definitely the IC activity - what was the date of the last IC post, and how many IC posts they've had over say, the last week, the last month. Everything else is pretty much irrelevant for me!

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I think it's absolutely crucial to make sure that there is at least one admin going strong. As long as there are two or three people willing to keep things going, I think its safe to say the site will be active for awhile. From there, more IC and OOC content can help determine the level of excitement and passion of the site 🙂

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Definitely IC activity! I join rp sites because I want to roleplay with people, not chat. OOC chat is obviously a bonus and I enjoy it, but it's not the reason I join an rp site.


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It was helpful to look through these comments. I just opened a new site and am trying to gauge what others are looking for, so I found the input helpful. I think our IC activity is what is hurting us right now because a lot of members are focusing on character creation. I'm glad, however, that most people don't seem to put a ton of weight on OCC chatting. 

 

To answer the question, I do usually check the activity, how many people sign in on the site, and take a quick look around to see when the last posts were. 

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On 5/4/2020 at 10:47 AM, Kao said:

It was helpful to look through these comments. I just opened a new site and am trying to gauge what others are looking for, so I found the input helpful. I think our IC activity is what is hurting us right now because a lot of members are focusing on character creation. I'm glad, however, that most people don't seem to put a ton of weight on OCC chatting. 

 

To answer the question, I do usually check the activity, how many people sign in on the site, and take a quick look around to see when the last posts were. 

 

I'm in the same boat as you. My site has just opened too and no one has really gotten to the point of IC activity, we're all still working on character development.

 

When the last posts were is generally what I look at, whether it's IC or OOC..


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Definitely IC activity! I always check the recent topics (bonus if there's a recent topics list on the index). But if the recent topics are mostly ads, that's a turnoff to me. I'll also check what accounts have logged in today, but depending on time of day that's not really reliable.

 

I don't really pay attention to ooc boxes, because ooc chat is just a bonus to the ic stuff for me.


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