Isn't this exactly the same thing that would happen if you genericized the main site? I don't think we can (or even want to) compete with Myth Weavers, by either means. And we risk a great deal of the identity and draw that we have now, with either option.
I'm already planning on including a number of Myth Weaver's features and some that they don't (and hey, we have WAP access). It may take awhile but I'm not really worried about the feature arena. Competing in that scope is not really the problem, outside of a few things I don't want to do like custom forum creation. The current setup does seem to help newer games to be more active.
Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed a couple of games on Myth Weavers, and it's fine at what it does. But it's not what I want this site to be. I come here for mature players, and people who share my interests. If I want generic gaming, or if anyone here does, they're certainly free to go to Myth Weavers, or RPOL, or keep it here. I don't have any problems with the generic games here. I don't think anybody minds them, as they were. But that's not what I come here for.
That seems to be the general consensus.
So basically, I vote No to any restructuring of the site. I think a sister site is less objectionable to me, but seems rather pointless, for our current audience.
Possibly, certainly something that looks like this is lower on the priority scale. I am certainly redesigning this site, but the purpose of this thread is to get a feel for the future focus of this site. Obviously the mature only feel is important to people and in any well run site the community is the boss, for the most part.
Why is more linkage a better thing? Are we having difficulties meeting donations, recently?
If it weren't for the growth we had over the past year, I would have shut the site down rather than ask for donations.
That growth was due in no small part to Google, MSN/Live, Yahoo when it's feeling smart, and referrals from other sites. That happens because Elliquiy has links. We seem to have a small percentage growth per month growth and that's good, but I need to push at people to help it continue. So *push* : )
Or are the people crying our for more possible partners, because they're bored or jaded?
Please don't load questions. Yes, there are people looking for more partners. Sometimes their favored partner just has his/her hands full. Other times there simply aren't people with their specific kink. Or maybe they just don't 'click' with the one person who does. Occasionally they can't handle playing with each other because their posting rates are so different.
So yes, people would like a wider selection of partners, and I would like to facilitate this while keeping the current gated community feel. It's not like a flood of new users would be a bane, here.
Or do people who want generic gaming feel discriminated against? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. (The focus of the site, that is. I think a couple of other changes, like a male equivalent of the sirens, or even putting the players wanted threads public might be fine.)
The reason for the female sirens is a -whole- 'nother issue and if you want it bring it up in On Topic or something.
But I love Elliquiy just the way it is. I'd rather have an intimate coffee shop where I know everybody's name, than that they totally reconfigure to try to compete with Starbucks. If I want starbucks, I go to starbucks. I /like/ the fact that even as a relatively new member, it's not hard to put people with screen names here. Unless there's a pressing reason to change, keep it the way that brought all of us here, and keeps us here.
Well, obviously making the site more generic is no go, and that's fine.
I do want to make the site better, though, which will mean some changes, pretty much all of which have been discussed elsewhere on this forum) - but those are different topics.