Any conversation that has to do with attracting new users has many considerations. KPIs regarding forum participation, things like posting & user numbers, aren’t always the best indicator of forum health.
As of now, when a new users joins, they are greeted by the usual enthusiasts, and encouraged to collaborate and participate. It’s easy to imagine a situation where a thread then is overwhelmed by low-quality comments, poor forum ettiquete, and smart conversation gets buried beneath them.
Imagine 10x the users posting on the AIP threads, but they are not knowledgeable, instead just debating and typing for the sake of typing. Currently, when a token holder goes to vote or look into an AIP, they are able to browse threads that generally have intelligent and thoughtful posts by experienced users, and the number of those continue to grow. Our forum community has always tried to help “level up” others.
So while it may feel like “Oh, we need 10x the forum users,” there are considerations for how best to approach this, and what is best for the token holders who arent active here everyday. Should they have to dig through 100+ comments of varying quality on an AIP for further information? In that respect, I’m unsure if a big drive to push forum participation is worth considering. If you want to hear the game plan so far:
- Identify dedicated and talented voices in the DAO
- Involve them in early discussions about upcoming proposals
- Working groups form behind the scenes to recruit these talents
I think @Amplify brings up great points, especially the Thank Ape. Once implemented, I can look to see how a user has progressed. If they’ve researched, completed quizzes, or joined a future discord channel, all of that is easily visible. It becomes a roadmap for participants to follow to get started. Catapult’s proposal has the ability to sort into working groups, and I’m excited to see how that implementation can change the landscape. ApeClub also will allow users to browse other freelancers and peoples professional abilities.
I’d like to also chime in to say, 1) without the Apes Vs Mutant team, please don’t form a proposal, and 2) Offering game rewards as a way to increase forum participation is likely not best course of action.