I've seen a few posts going around on the site regarding how the Community is currently shaped. And there have been points made on both sides I agree and disagree with.
I see that in order for the site to have more dedicated folks working on it to get things improving, there need to be more active users. And in order to have more active users we need to fix the site. It's a catch 22 we all recognize.
Right now they are very slowly fixing things with a limited team, and are trying to increase those logging into the site using things like forcing a login to view episodes before they hit youtube. Another thing I've liked is that they're trying to create more content by hiring people like Becca. Those are both happening. Slowly, but hey it's something more than we had. Not to mention the new site only was pushed through because Blip.TV went under from what I can see from an outside perspective.
On top of that I can I definitely agree that more information needs to be posted to the site itself to support growth, but also understand that it makes more sense to post that information elsewhere when 99% of their viewers don't use the site. It's not like they can force their staff to post on the site in their off time instead of Twitter. It's a weird sort of stalemate.
Here's the thing that I wanted to talk about though- even agreeing with those who are saying RT NEEDS to definitely have a bigger presence on the site, I have been increasingly irritated with them lately. I'd like to take a moment to explain why.
There's a point where you have to back off. Constantly harassing RT staff on the site whenever they show their faces in journals, forum threads, etc asking them why they're not using the site is NOT going to encourage them to use the site. Additionally, constantly being negative and complaining about how it's no longer the good old days is preventing NEW users from using the site! I have been recommending to Tumblr and Twitter folks that we hop back onto RoosterTeeth.com but a lot of them have come back to me saying "but it's so negative there! And they all complain about new users, so I don't feel welcome!"
And even personally, it's been hard for me to use the RT site lately due to said negativity. Threads I normally hang out in are ones I've unfollowed and moved on from just because I'm so tired of the same things being hashed out over and over (and over and over and over and OVER) again. And then some more.
I don't define the RT community by the site itself. However if you want the RT site to be part of the definition again there are many better ways to be pro active about this.
Create content! Bring people back to the site by making things happen here. If there is nothing to do while Tumblr and Reddit are organizing and having fun then why bother coming here?
Stop complaining in the forums- it's much better to complain to the right places! Negativity in threads quickly derails topics that are more relevant, and discourage newcomers. Negativity directly to RT staff who don't work with the site or marketing honestly won't help because it's not their job to process or respond to it beyond the kindness of their hearts. Besides, I also hear [email protected] is always open to feedback.
Finally, just consider being nicer to newbies. Take the time to explain how things work if it seems like they don't get it. You never know how much that might help someone stay on the site and move on to be a productive and happy user.
The community changed. The definition changed. It's never going to stop changing. If you want to redefine it in the ways you think are best, reconsider how you are trying to enable and act on that. Regardless of what the Rooster Teeth staff do and do not do.