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back at it again with another discussion question bc i'm genuinely curious from an administrator's perspective how members appreciate transparency. basically: how much do you appreciate your admin/staff team being open when making decisions? do you like a staff team that takes site by the reins and just kind of leads or do you prefer having more input on how a site is run?
this isn't the same as a staff team planning an event or doing important thread overhauls as time goes on, but more in the strain of world building or changing important aspects of the site. for example, when CT changed our member grouping from it's original format of something like heaven/hell/etc. we asked for member input on how important having them changed at all would be. when we revamped we asked for member input on things they would like to see in CT like locations. we try to keep our members in the know of large-scale updates that could dramatically change the site but keep the minor aspects like updating lore, updating rules, etc. within the staff group.
so what i'm asking is, as members, what levels of transparency do you appreciate? how open would your ideal staff team be?
I think for certain decisions that will affect me (as a member) more than the staff, it would be wise if the staff asked/made a poll about X before implementing it, that way I and other members can have a say (whether we're in the majority or minority) in the matters. One time, a site implemented something very "invasive" that would basically invalidate all pre-existing threads/plots/etc. and I was NOT okay with that. Despite members speaking up about it, the staff kept it anyway. The majority of the members chose to ignore it in their RPs. I've experienced this same sort of event at another RP as well a few years later.
So, now... for certain decisions that definitely affect members more than me as a staff member, I ask questions/polls/etc. to get a feel for what my community wants because at the end of the day, it's the community that helps you keep your site afloat.
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I would love a site thats run and built by both staff team and their members, because in my opinion... without the member base you really have a pretty but useless site. But when it comes to actual moderation stuff that'll be expected to be left to the staff team. Like... for my site which is in soft opening/beta testing mode (and havn't yet tossed aff buttons or my advertisement around yet) I fully intend to make each member who ends up joining feel like they can toss in some input to help the site grow. So if I end up joining a site again, I would love to see the staff encourage more member input.
I think a lot of this depends on the site type to begin with. A site intended to be sandboxey and guided by members more than the staff I expect the members to have a lot more input on additions and ideas that go into place than not. However it's a heavily plot driven site where the staff actively has a set plot they're trying to push out I don't expect members to have as much input because they're more along for the ride and in character influence than anything else at that point. At least for plot related changes and things that occur ICly that would be impacting of characters.
As for system changes i fell there is no one better to ask than the members, if they haven't voiced issues to you already. If it's clear something in the system is creating a problem but you don't know how to iron it out then ask the members. Chances are they can help you sort it out.
It's hard for me to be clear cut on this because I find a lot of it is touch and go. Certain things to me are 100% in the staff's hands while other things can be greatly improved via member input. I don't mind a staff that doesn't constantly ask members what they want because it's their site, not mine, but I'm not afraid to give it when asked either. While yes it's community driven the staff team is in that position for a reason (hopefully) and if I don't have confidence in them to make the right decision I probably shouldn't be on the site to begin with.
I guess as a member I don't feel the need to be constantly influencing the site because that's not what I'm there for, i'm there to participate in someone else's project, not take it over. But as a staff member I try really hard to make things easier for members when I see a problem, not make it worse and dick them over. Generally if I push for a change it's not out of the blue it's because I see the issue(s) happening or have them brought up to me so I push for a fix based on already present input and don't always need more to fix it.
i firmly believe that the foundation of a site is malleable. by that i mean, it's destined to change. staff had a firm idea in mind when they created these sites. rules, locations, settings, etc. but when people start joining they begin to interpret things in a certain way. some rules just don't work anymore. some places just aren't fitting for 'x or y'. that's not a bad thing. but i do believe the staff should be open to these ideas. members are all but going to come in and throw curve balls. the different opinions are healthy and should be openly discussed among the staff members.
now, i will also say that the last few sites i've been on have been in some ways like this. but, the major flaw i believe they held, was the staff were the sole pushers of plot. whether by administrative decisions or by their own characters, they molded the world however they wanted. when the member feels a bit drowned out or is over-shadowed by a staff members character for no other reason than staff wanting to push plot, than i believe that's an issue.
be open and frank with me on somethings, but not everything; i trust you to make this place a blast for me. at the end of the day i'm here to have fun and so are you so.