Let’s not beat around the bush here… /fic/ is dying. What was once a fairly vibrant community that attracted newcomers and new threads daily is now a board where month-old threads are still on the front page.
But what to do? Well, we’ve been asking this question for some time. The same old ideas get thrown around a lot—contests, advertisements, more reviews, etc. These are all good solutions, but they still don’t address the elephant in the room.
We’re split between two websites.
Facing facts: MLPchan has not provided much organic traffic from other parts of the site. It’s pretty much just been us here for the last 8 months. The few outsiders who have come around to stay came as their own community, deciding to stick only to their own threads that could just as well go in /anon/. By contrast, Ponychan’s /fic/ is still getting posts in it from curious outsiders looking in.
The only way to sustain a community is if there are new members joining as old ones leave. Without this influx of new users, we are left with what we have now.
So I wonder if moving back to Ponychan is a possibility. I decided to reread the last thread of the move discussion
(reading that thread in hindsight is kind of depressing; do not recommend), and the prevailing points of contest regarding the move were:
– Edit feature
– Auto-reloading threads
– Replies displayed in post header
– Collapsible text
– Dedicated mod
– Mature content allowed
The first four are all already implemented at Ponychan by default, so those issues are already solved. All that’s really left are those last two points. To figure out if they were non-starters, I contacted Ponychan staff about them.
Regarding a dedicated mod, Seattle_Lite was offered the position a while back, took it, then sort of went AWOL, so they’re obviously interested in providing this. I was offered the role should it be deemed a beneficial solution.
Regarding mature content, I discussed with Orange whether or not Ponychan would allow posting of mature-rated content in /fic/. I described it to him as this:
> WebFaction don’t allow stuff that’s “lewd or pornographic”> What is and isn’t pornographic could be slightly open to interpretation. one definition is “obscene pictures, writings, drawings, motion pictures, videos, or the like intended primarily to cause sexual arousal and having little or no artistic merit”> I think in most cases it’s easy to tell whether an author is approaching such material in an artistic manner or not.
To which he agreed that that could work and he’d be willing to implement a filter. I presume some additional clarification will be required as to what is and isn’t okay, which is what I hope to get from this thread.
The main take away here is that the Ponychan staff are willing to accommodate /fic/’s requirements. I propose we consider a move back to our old home and that any problems with such a decision be raised so that we can see if they may be addressed.