This has been pretty successful, I'd say. Moreso than I thought, since I thought it wouldn't do shit. We've gained about 150 members since our part of the app launched, and we've had a good amount of activity from some of these new people on our little chat thing. I talked to the HA of TNC and he told me they'd climbed by 103 members since launch when we talked a few hours ago. I'm actually excited about the desktop launch, considering the way this has gone.
That said, I have a concern about the whole president schtick. I really think the idea of club creators as the be-all end-all should be revisited if you want to help stabilize activity on this section of the site, considering there are about 0 major clubs that have anything to do with their creator anymore outside of nominal positions and acknowledgement, and in some cases they don't even get that. Like, the big activity hubs on this section of the site just aren't and haven't been run by their creators for years, yet under the current system people who haven't interacted with these communities for years in most cases can simply decide to come back and clean house. Sudden, random changes in structure - especially in communities as in need of activity as clubs are - can be devastating, doubly so when we're talking about the places that host the most activity on this section of the site if we're talking about the bigger picture.
People will leave clubs over minor disagreements with their staff, or even less than disagreements. Exoduses happen. We had one at the tail end of 2018 and had to rebuild nearly from scratch. People have relatively little loyalty to a brand or image and moreso to how that community is tailored to individuals like them. So we tailor our content and how we incite community interaction around them, all while there's some giant, looming presence that can come and completely destablize that because of what seems like a poorly thought out ruling that ignores context and circumstances, and driving activity away from that club.
In turn - and what's more relevant to MAL as a whole than just the actual club - they don't tend to go to new clubs. They tend to create offshoot discord servers to sort of keep their group together, pretty much denying even a connection to MAL in that activity loss. And a sudden, complete change in structure can absolutely cause that on a far greater level than any major club has had to deal with, I'm sure. It just opens up the door for people almost totally detached from our communities at this point to sniff that they can just bulldoze their way back into a community that's grown by tens of thousands since they left it, and seize control of what has been built entirely without them with no questions asked and no opposition able to be mounted.
What comes off as an attempt to simplify internal issues with clubs winds up coming across like nothing more than a giant, looming threat to what little we have left. I really would like to just say that whole thing should be revisited, not reinforced with this whole president/secretary schtick. Context, circumstances, et cetera, should be taken into consideration. It's less a growth thing and more a stability thing, and I get that focus should be on growth right now, but all the same. Might as well say it while I'm here.
But, again, other than that concern, the app launch has actually been great for clubs. We're getting a lot more activity from new people and growth than I was expecting, and I expect that to go even better with the desktop launch.
ManabanMay 18, 2022 12:45 PM