Ranger May 15, 2021 Share May 15, 2021 I saw this post in LOTPW and it reminded me of this idea: Quote That's what happens when you try to use forums in 2021, there are 5 regulars at best and the community is half dead (and watered down) At least there's content in the old threads for years to come I think forum activity is a good sign. I don't like Reddit because you can't really have an in-depth discussion there, you're not really supposed to spend a couple hours on a single post. Discord is good for conversations but then you can't find stuff. The forum is a happy medium, especially with LOTPW. However, like a Discord channel, LOTPW works better with a small group of people. I wonder if it would be worthwhile to create a second LOTPW thread for the forums. (I think Ashley?) mentioned more activity spiked for newer users with a duplicate forum game thread, but the conversation has more or less been kept to LOTPW and was never really expanded on. Another thing I learned about tulpamancy is it seems most productive when there are clusters of groups who all work together, as I have experienced first hand. Most notably, we're still here and contributing to the forum. I think the most recent revival of the tulpas only thread is a good example of this. Even though LOTPW is open to all, I wonder if new users are intimidated by the fact everyone in LOTPW knows each other. While the LOTPW crowd evolved over time, it seems to be the same users who come back to post in the last few years- Lumi's system, Srn, us, JGC, Bre, and the Bear system. With Lumi's system being the exception, we all joined in 2018. It's almost like LOTPW is a time capsule, even though 3 years old isn't too old yet. The concept of having small groups for tulpamancy had also been tossed around. Mentorship puts a lot of strain on older tulpamancers while the Q&A approach is not always a cozy fit for potential active members. While I believe both things are good and we should promote these, I think having a small group of tulpamancers like the 2018 LOTPW group can benifit from the best of both worlds and feed into the other two (more experienced members can be mentors and help answer Q&A threads). Plus, I have found debating and sharing my progress with the same people has inspired me to grow. Additionally, even though the LOTPW gang has created other spaces on Discord and the cBox, those tend to die and cycle while LOTPW is both the reason those spaces exist and a constant even when those spaces die. I don't know if it's possible or ideal to discourage anyone from the 2018 group from posting in a new thread. However, I hope that it being a fresh game would do so naturally. It having its own score means that anyone new would have a fresh start and anyone who has posted for a long time can't use their previous advantage. Even though the idea of investing in a duplicate forum game thread seems silly, it seems to have motivated a good chunk of the active members from 2018 to stick around for 2-3 years. I wonder if there will be fear a duplicate forum game thread won't work, but I think there's a real chance it could. From what I heard, the darkest days of the forum were from 2016-2017. It wasn't until the LOTPW group of 2018 got started the forum activity increased. However, LOTPW has been around since 2011, and the forum game by itself may not be enough. I'm not really sure what happened in 2018, but I think having the LOTPW thread is a key ingredient. I hope with this thread, we may be able to figure out what went right back then and see if we can recreate it. I'm Ranger, GrayTheCat's tulpa, and I love hippos! I also like cake and chatting about stuff. I go by Rosalin or Ronan sometimes. You can call me Roz but please don't call me Ron. My other headmates have their own account now. If I missed seeing your art, please PM/DM me! Blog | Not So Temporary Log | Switching Log | Yay! | Bre Translator Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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