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How to encourage members to plot?

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And talk in the discord.

 

My site is new and opened about three weeks ago now. We have about five active members but nobody except myself and one other are putting any effort into plotting or even chatting in the discord. I reached out to one member and offered thread ideas and plots ... no response. Messaged them directly in case they didn't see my tag in the discord's plotting channel, they said 'sure!', but didn't give me anything else to work with. 

 

Another member joined right at the beginning and raved about how great they thought the site was and how excited they were, took an important canon character, I offered SO many thread ideas ... crickets. They're still in the discord but never ever chat with anyone. They appeared again lately and asked for plots, I offered some once again and suggested someone else's character too... still no response. 

 

I'm just so confused. Myself and the one member who's making an effort keep chatting in the discord, offering plots, but our efforts don't seem to be working. I'm not sure what else I can do and it's getting exhausting & making the site seem inactive, as if only two of us are the active members. 😞

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It's tough, no doubt. I'm in a similar boat slowly pumping my new RP site up.  I think the first thing is to not beat yourself up about others not responding to you. They will respond or not and this will happen a lot.

 

I'm newer to the RP scene but gamers have been using discord since day one. I've found in any groups around 10-20% of the people in your server are the most active and the ones that keep everything going.  I suspect that rings true for many RP discord servers as well.

 

Keep writing your plots and threads but put some of your energy into building the community through advertising and places like this. I'm sure you're already doing that.  What I mean is don't expend all your energy on people who aren't putting in the effort. They will find their legs in their own time and you may find others to write with by finding more members.

 

I'm sure the more seasoned here will have better advice than this, but don't lose hope no matter what. 

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Hey Anon!  (and @Flahme !)

 

First, don't despair! Like don't worry about it at all. If your site is new, that explains most of this. Newer sites always get some people right away who seem to love the concept, characters, and everything else and then they disappear. This happens a lot. Why? Who knows. But it isn't something to be overly worried about. There's a chance they did truly intend on joining and something came up, or they were really excited about the site concept but were already up to their ears in threads on another site. Either way, don't take it personally. 

 

What do you do? Just keep plotting, threading, and chatting in your discord. If you have a member that you offered to plot with but just got a "sure!", try a different approach. Sometimes people are too mentally drained to plot things out and it can be easier to just toss the characters into a thread and use that to help build up the plotting. Try a "Hey, do you want to thread Character X and Character Y? I can start the thread." If they don't answer, that's okay. But it is likely if a member is not answering discord and is not getting on the site, that they've moved on. Don't be hurt by this. It happens. 

 

Also, try making some open threads. Have an open thread channel in your server so people can easily see them. The longer you stay open and the more people you have looking around, the more active the site will get. Just stay active, keep advertising, and don't lose hope. New sites go through these stages and it's normal. 

 

Edit: if either of you would like some input on anything regarding your sites, feel free to dm me. 

 

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PixieMegs said it absolutely the best. 

 

Just keep plugging away at it and don't lose hope. It takes time to get over the new forum smell. I went through that as well. I also went through the dreaded freak out because I thought I had a revolving door on my forum. I stayed the course and kept at it. I advertised, I wrote, I had open threads, and I even had the site reviewed from a few places. This all helps. If people aren't plotting like Pixie said, try a different approach. Just don't lose heart if people don't stay. There's a constant ebb and flow in communities. I wish you both the best of luck. 

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Hi everyone, original anon here. Thanks so much for the replies and advice!

 

However, it isn't that I'm trying to stop people from flaking -- these members I'm talking about aren't leaving the site. They log in daily. It's that I can't get them to engage with anyone and plot, even when I reach out to them. In the last few days I've gotten some responses finally, but I'm still finding it so hard to encourage them to plot with each other and not just wait for me to reach out to them.

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It's that old adage, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Same thing here. Their engagement is decided by them not you. It sounds like you are giving all you can in terms of enticement and encouragement but ultimately it's up to them to take that step. It sounds like you are doing a great job, so don't be too hard on yourself.

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You can always suggest connections for members' characters as well. An admin on a site I was on once asked if one player's mercenary could have taken up the same bounty as another player's monster hunter, leading to those two threading together. 

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