With the end of the year approaching, the staff members and I have been discussing making some changes regarding the forum and the Discord server.
The forum has existed for almost four years now, and from the start we've seen a lot of dips and spikes in activity, mostly due to the fact that forums just aren't as popular as they used to be. There's not a whole lot that we can do about that. However, what we can do is accept the fact that the forum will never be as busy as it once was, and take advantage of what we have with Discord.
For those of you who've been around for the last four years, you know that this is something that we've discussed in the past, and at the time we decided against it. Since then, not a lot has changed as far as forum activity goes, and in order to keep the community running, we need to make a big change. We are now seriously considering completely shifting everything onto Discord and no longer actively use the forum. The forum would be turned into an archive, and all of our activity would be on Discord. We would continue to offer writing challenges and the opportunity for giving each other feedback on writing, through the use of Google docs.
If we decided to do this, it likely would not go into effect until January 2020. Making this change would mean the potential for a more active community. It would also mean having everything in one place, rather than trying to balance everything out between both the server and forum. We would also be condensing some of the channels and adding others, and making any necessary updates to the rules.
We would like to give everyone enough time to acclimate to the idea, in addition to also giving us honest, constructive feedback regarding making this change, so we invite you to give us your feedback. Whether you have been a member of the community since the beginning or only a few days, we encourage you to provide feedback and express and potential concerns you may have regarding this decision.
Please respond to this post by this Saturday, November 23rd, with your feedback.
The Worldsmyths Staff