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28 March 2010 @ 02:48 pm
roll call poll  
Okay, so here's the thing.
Because sometimes so little people enter the challenges, I and caramelmilk_t came up with the idea of a monthly roll calls. Like it's done f.ex. at elite_disney.
That way, we would know how many people are still participating in the challenge and are interested in posting to this comunity. You have to admit, sometimes it's frustrating when only 2 people enter the challenge. And since we want to restart the LIMS having more that 15 participants would be great. So here's the poll and I'm waiting for your opinions. Please vote :))

And btw, we decided to restart the LIMS, Sign ups should be open soon. I hope that more than 15 people will decide to take part in it.

Poll #1544138 roll call

How do you like the idea of a monthly roll calls?

Very much.
Not really.
Not at all.
I don't know.
Manda the manateethat_was_cheesy on March 28th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
I don't like it because I'll just answer the roll call but not enter in challenges anyway because I don't have enough time. I do try anyway, though. When I remember.
Violet: 9nasirah on March 28th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I know. I'm not totally in favour for the roll call, I also can be watching the community and not entering for monhts (because I have a lot work to do). I'm aware that it's not quite a great idea and I'm still considering it.
Samantha: disney | clopin | told ya soex_absolute on March 28th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I've actually thought a lot on the idea of the 'roll call' post. I am a member of elite_disney, so I know how it works. I find it a little hard to get all my thoughts about the 'roll call' down because I think they contradict each other a little bit. However, my main, generalized thought is: they are a hassle, and they do not, contrary to popular belief, make me want to enter the challenges any more than I would usually.

And now I am going to give my (unasked for) opinion on the low activity levels. If you look at this icontest as a business, then you will, inevitably, come to the conclusion that the main competition is elite_disney. Both communities basically offer the same thing. I don't get anything here that I don't over there. You hold the same type of challenges in the same way. And this is to your disadvantage, to be honest.

The name of this community is disney_create, but there isn't a whole lot here that is more creative than over at elite_disney. And, for that matter, my guess is that all your members here? Are also members there.

So the challenge for this community? Is to make itself stand out. That will be how you up participation (that and promoting a bit more, maybe? Are you guys already affiliates with disney_hush? I know they advertise new affiliates in the community, so that could bring new members; and Sophie? Maybe an advert over at disney2020? That community's popularity has skyrocketed-because it is awesome--and that could generate some traffic.). You need to find a draw for this community that your competition doesn't have.

Maybe there's needs to be some revision on the type of challenges, or the way challenges are run. I don't know. But, in my opinion, that's what needs to be worked on, not some scheme to force members to participate all the time in order to stay in the community (especially when your member base is rather low in comparison to some already; losing members now wouldn't be in your favor, or give you the results you seek).

tl;dr No to the roll call post. But yes to maybe polling the members about how to make this community unique! :D

Disclaimer: My word choice of competition in this comment does not imply that you are actually competing against one another in some sort of contest and/or battle to be the best community, but rather that members will, naturally, compare the two when deciding which one to enter.
Violet: 7nasirah on March 28th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks so much for the opinion :)) I actually don't consider elite_disnet as a threat, I found out about this community rather recenly :)) I'm just concerned about the number of members. I don't want this community to get closed because of the situation when noone is interested. That's why we're doing the LIMS are advertising (caramelmilk_t is taking care of this). Plus I always thought that nominating the winners at wd_awards would be a good idea.
About competition... I won;t try to compete with other communities, it's not my point. The point is to make this community interesting and worth interest of the icon makers. I want this community to live the full life. And in this case, this coll call may not be a good idea but still I would like to know how many people are still interested in this community, if you know what I mean. If I did the roll call, I would do it only once, just to find out how many people are still out there :)
Samanthaex_absolute on March 28th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
As my disclaimer says at the bottom, I wasn't trying to imply you did think of them as a threat, but rather that, generally, people who are members of both are going to compare both. :)

So I think you have misunderstood my metaphor on that level. My basic point was: if you want more members/participation, then give me something to get excited about. As a member of both communities, I find them to be rather the same. As a result, whichever one has the most interesting challenge gets my entries. And I am suggesting that, should you wish to gain more participation, you should work on that. Make sense?

The point is to make this community interesting and worth interest of the icon makers.
<< That is EXACTLY what my comment was trying to stress. If you guys worked on fulfilling that ideal, then you'd get more participation. :)

ETA: Just as an aside, I am NOT on any level attempting to slam either this community OR how you run it. Just attempting to be helpful. :)

Edited at 2010-03-28 01:25 pm (UTC)
Violet: 6nasirah on March 28th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't understood it as an attempt to slam :) I found your opinions very helpful. XD

So, ok, we will have the LIMS which might work. Nominations at wd_awards... Well, there was also idea with the Icon Maker of The month. Or the Icon of the Month. I guess I will have to make more polls, as you suggested. Maybe you could help us with that? Honestly, me and [Unknown LJ tag] sometimes don't have time to do all this :)
Sophiecaramelmilk_t on March 28th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I think the icon/maker of the month is a good idea. I believe Elite Disney does do that actually on a points system where the winner gets to make icon posts to the comm for a month. Maybe we could have more than one theme each week? For example, one cap challenge, one text challenge and one that's the regular themes we have now? That way hopefully one of them will inspire an icon for some people. We could also have events on special occasions like at disney_hush. Secret Santa and that sort of thing though it's a little late now. I'll ask some other elite comms if they can promote at their communities too. Because the people there are more likely to want to apply and be accepted.
Peter, is your social worker in that horse?naginis on March 28th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I agree!
LIKEWHADDUP: pocahontuz.funkytrain on March 28th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I am in total agreement with absolutelybatty on this one. I am a member of both communities and whichever challenge looks to be the most interesting, I take time to enter. Now I try to enter both because as a person who has made a few communities before, its very frustrating whenever you put effort into a challenge only not to pay off.

A thing that I notice that elite_disney has that this community doesn't. have is premade promotion banners. I think if you have them made up than it will make it easier for the person to promote.

Another thing that is key is more generalized challenges. Such as favorite movie, or character. That way you see more creativity and more participants. Its because when you get specific all the time you will find that over half (maybe?) won't like the topic.

Another fun idea is the pass it on challenge. Where one person starts with a word than the next person has to create an icon pertaining to that word. It garners a ton of icons and its fun. That idea can also be used for character's, movies and such.

tl;dr promote promote promote and make the challenges worthwhile.

/end babble.