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  1. Hi everyone, Based on the responses we've gotten so far to our announcement about moving completely onto Discord, it seems as though everyone seems to approve of us shifting everything onto Discord and removing the forum. We are gathering feedback to use toward revamping the server, and would appreciate any feedback you can provide. We have a survey located here with several questions that we would appreciate everyone taking the time to answer for us. If you are not yet a member of the Discord server and would like to join, the link is here. We will continue keeping everyone updated as we continue to progress with making changes to the server. Keep writing! The Worldsmyths Staff
  2. Hm. I'm honestly not sure why it's doing that. What are you using to browse the site? As far as the answer to your question goes...as long as you can click on the links, it's fine (I'm admittedly not sure how to fix it).
  3. We totally get and understand the concern regarding the fact that it can be hard to keep up with the conversations going on in the Discord server. In fact, this is one of the things we discussed as being a downside to do this. Unfortunately, there's not a ton we can do about that. People are in weird time zones, and have crazy schedules, and we get that. We have tried to be as accommodating as possible to that fact for the past few years by keeping the forum open for as long as we have. Unfortunately, things haven't changed as far as the forum's activity goes, and we really can't justify keeping it open on the off chance that a few people are possibly going to be active, not when we have an entire community of people on the Discord server who are actively using it. I realize how frustrating this might be, but I'm...not entirely sure what else we can do at this point. What's the point of keeping a forum open for a few people who might make posts and might respond, only to not get any responses back due to the larger community not using the forum any more? It just doesn't make sense. We've tried long and hard to keep the forum afloat, but it's just not working any more. The Discord server IS floating, though, and that's what's important. I don't know if this will really, truly help, but one thing we could possibly consider doing is something I've seen in the World Anvil Discord server, which is an end of the month "newsletter" where they do a tag for everyone in the server and let people know about things going on in the server, though that won't really help with actual conversations. I'm not sure what, if anything, can really be done about that, though. I think it just kind of...is what it is. 🙁 We have to do what's best for the community as a whole.
  4. Welcome to the forum, @Evanarix! Let us know if you have any questions. I look forward to chatting with you more on DIscord! 😄
  5. I'm sad that you and even some others have gotten the feeling that you have to either use both the forum and the server or neither - that was never our intention, and I hope we never gave a specific impression that made you think that. We've always encouraged people to use the forum, because while Discord is great for things like fast-paced discussion, we've always wanted the forum to be where the activity is mainly generated, especially for things that require longer discussions, because it's so much easier to write a longer post on the forum and have it get read (generally) than it is on Discord where it can get lost a little more easily, but it hasn't really been a requirement, not since before the Discord server was made and it started getting more active. I can see why it might have been thought that you still had to use both, though, because of the fact that we had the challenges and such here on the forum. We've always tried to balance things out between both platforms, but it's gotten to the point where it's just not working any more and the forum is just sitting here because no one is really using it. Even I am finding that I'm not visiting it on a daily basis any more, though that's probably mostly because I know that I won't find much going on here. And even without the Discord, I mean...there really wasn't much for discussions taking place. People would start posts, people would reply, and that was it. No actual conversations really took place. As someone who is also an old school forum user - which is why I tried so hard to keep the forum for so long - it was one of the most bizarre things ever, because I've seen other forums where people generate conversations all the time and there's a lot of back and forth, but for some reason that was just not happening despite our best efforts. There's only so much we can do and say to basically tell people that they need to post and not rely on the staff to do it for them. This is unfortunately a long time issue that we've had since the beginning, and we've wracked our brains trying to figure out how to fix things, but nothing really worked. I do hope that you'll be active in the server more, and can feel less overwhelmed about participating. If you have any questions or concerns about anything happening in the server, or you just want to chat about writing or whatever, you are always welcome to message me. I definitely don't want people to feel like they're not being included, or like there's cliques being formed or anything like that and that they're unable to participate.
  6. This is definitely a valid concern, and something we have already discussed as being a potential issue. However, we honestly don't have much in the way of an alternative. If the activity is naturally shifting over onto Discord anyway, the forum is basically otherwise useless due to no longer being used and generating activity. While we generally don't like to strictly police the channels in our server, if things get to be too off topic in a specific channel, we do remind people to move conversations to the appropriate channels if necessary. As far as giving each other feedback is concerned (assuming that's what you're talking about, is feedback for our writing), people have already been using one of the channels to share Google doc links and it's worked well enough. We're always open to suggestions for possible alternatives that make sense for us, especially since we're not planning to put this into effect until January, but right now this seems to be the best choice for us. There are also plenty of other writing groups that are specifically only on Discord that are very successful. I've said this in the past - members are the beating heart of a forum. Without them generating activity, the forum dies. Unfortunately, there's just not much of a point in trying to pump life back into it, which is something we've tried to do a lot in the past already. Instead, we can take advantage of the fact that the Discord server is still providing an active community. We really feel that this is the best option for us.
  7. That's a totally understandable feeling to have! We'd be happy to have you back on the server. 🙂
  8. Members, 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. Thank you, The Worldsmyths Staff
  9. Hi and welcome, @Rogue! 🙂 NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It's a writing challenge that takes place every year in November. The website is http://nanowrimo.org The goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1st and November 30th. A lot of people (including myself) choose to be "rebels" and just continue to write whatever they're currently working on when November starts and only count the words written during November, or they use NaNo to write new drafts of a previously written story. We have a lot of people who participate it in it every year, so we like to see how many of our members do so. 🙂 You'll see a lot of talk about it in the server right now, since there's a lot of us participating. Let us know if you have any questions!
  10. Share your favorite lines and quotes that you've written during NaNo! Please only share 3-5 paragraphs at a time.
  11. This post is for sharing your word counts for the first week of NaNo. We'll have a separate post for the following weeks. Please only share your word counts in this thread!
  12. @KaeAlexandria made a Google doc for NaNo buddies, if people who haven't already done so want to add themselves to it! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Eb6QNWujLERMneObSBlTFj5q1N1NSoW4oIkURdDYk2w/edit?usp=sharing
  13. It'll be a long time before I'm even close to looking for beta readers again (I need to get through writing this next draft and then edit the dang thing), but I'll definitely let you know when I am! I'll more than likely put a chapter or two up in the library. I already have two chapters up there but there's a lot I'm going to be changing about them.
  14. Welcome again, @Mirrasae! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. 🙂 Maybe at some point in the future we can discuss the possibility of trading chapters for beta reading or something.
  15. Welcome to the forum! Buffy, Charmed and Gilmore Girls are three of my favorite TV shows, too.
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