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Offline Noizchild

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Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« Reply #123750 on: August 15, 2018, 02:15:15 PM »
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Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« Reply #123751 on: August 30, 2018, 09:09:06 AM »
Belated answer: great, if the spammers would just leave.   I hope all the older members return soon. And kick some butt.     hint-hint

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Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« Reply #123752 on: August 30, 2018, 12:29:40 PM »
Thank you, JameelaM, glad to see the site isn't being ignored.  Please take the following as friendly feedback. It isnít intended to be terse or mean spirited.


The thing is, we didnít have to deal with the spam problem before, and to a lot of us, it felt like the new owners and management just didnít care and werenít paying attention to our pleas for help. What made matters worse was the obvious lack of communication between the new owners and the seasoned moderators who were expected to keep the place running with reduced capabilities.


Letís face it, we were left hanging in SPAM limbo for months. Had your team reached out, our moderators and former management could have guided the site through a smoother transition if given half the chance. I donít know if it was ego, immaturity, or lack of foresight that prevented that from happening but losing the majority of the senior forum members was a hefty price to pay. Hopefully it's a lesson learned for future endeavors.


As for your invitation to help maintain the site, it needs resuscitation. If management is open to moderator's suggestions and willing to regularly communicate with, and support moderator's ideas and the input they get from other forum members, I might entertain the notion.


Here are a few thoughts for encouraging the return of some former members or growth through new members:


Nick Daws was and still is well respected by forum members. Whether it was his intent to encourage membership growth or to simply keep things interesting for established forum members, Nick ran several fun contests. One was a post count contest for a copy of, Whitesmoke software. It was fun and brought in several new forum members who turned out to be valuable contributors to the forum. The Red Barren Bar is named in honor of one of those valued and beloved forum members.


Why not try something like that?
I just checked the total post count for the forum, which a moment ago, stood at, 1,159,858 forum posts.  How about offering a tangible prize for the forum member who makes post, 1,160,000 or 1,165,000? I'm sure a clever marketing team, if they put their minds to it, could solicit or collectively spring for a decent prize in the form of writing software or something of value to a writer.
 
If you want to re-energize the prose, flash fiction, and poetry competitions, consider taking a year's worth or 10 of the latest winners from each category and have a, "Best Of" vote? Offer tangible prizes. For instance, spring for $5.00 - $20.00 and purchase publications from former or current writers here to offer as prizes.
 
That's a, 'Win-Win' because you'd be promoting MWC and supporting its writers.
 
Let's hope you'll be able to breathe life back into My Writer's Circle. It starts with forum owners and management who value and respect their moderating team and forum contributors. It sounds like you are well on your way to repairing the damage. I'm optimistic and look forward to seeing My Writer's Circle return to its former glory.


My two cents, for what theyíre worth. Hope it helps.
 
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Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« Reply #123753 on: August 30, 2018, 09:18:49 PM »
Nice to see more people posting here once in a while. Think the whole site needs a makeover?
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