TrishaCat Posted July 2, 2016 Share Posted July 2, 2016 These forums are too small. Phoenix is not a well known website, both in the furry community and outside of it. It has no advertising beyond word of mouth, and most of the people who know about it are from the FAF community, with a few bits here and there at Weasyl. This has led to this forum almost entirely being made up of a small (compared to other forums like it) tightly knit community of regulars. Because of this, everyone knows each other. Everyone sees everyone's posts. We know each other's business, to some degree. Its rare for new users to come to this site, and even rarer for them to stick around after the fact. Sure, it happens, but not frequently enough. When someone new comes along and sticks around, they just become more regulars. There's really no one outside of regulars here. Any thread one can open, its full of the same users one might see in another thread. There's no oddballs who are almost never around or random newcomers. This is something I miss about FAF; it was tied to Furaffinity, which is big and famous, and so it constantly got fresh blood as it essentially advertised itself, holding onto the name of its main site. There were new thoughts, new ideas and postings. It wasn't all the same people talking to each other all the time. I could go into a thread and see a bunch of people I've never seen before and then a couple regulars in between. The forums were fresh and exciting. I believe the way Phoenix is, it creates a bit of a circlejerk in some ways, and I believe that familiarity breeds contempt. Drama happens every so often here, and when it happens almost everyone is aware of it. If there was a kerfluffle on FAF back in the day, it was more self-contained; there were so many people on the site, that arguments and infighting didn't matter as much. But here, EVERYONE knows everyone's business. Everyone here is a regular. And I feel that this hurts the site, and creates a much more stagnant, self-destroying community as a result. I would suggest ideas and solutions to this problem (or at least a problem I perceive these forums to have), but I can't think of any. But this place needs fresh blood. It needs some sort of advertisment, or way to catch people's attention. These forums are too small. EDIT: It also doesn't help that there's only a post or two every hour during slower periods, if even that. There's too much time to see all the going ons of this site. There aren't enough newcomers. Not enough posters. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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