The last week or so, the majority of the traffic on the forum has been directed towards one post regarding how the community used to be and what can be done to bring it back to the height of participation -- which was around the end of 2011 through the end of 2012. There are many new and returning members participating in the forum and I would like to take a moment to address a few things.
It seems most are genuinely concerned about the community itself, not just the changes in 2013. This is a good thing and we'll always encourage discussions on how to get more people involved in meaningful ways.
The EF community was originally designed to help educate people who were new to the site and the reviewing program, as well as provide a place for all of us to socialize with each other regarding just about any topic you can imagine. This is still its intended purpose.
In 2012, members of the community started asking for ways to curb point farming -- unfortunately, there were no other alternatives but to curb point accumulation for everyone at the same time. This was a business decision, it was not a personal decision nor a reflection of how EF feels about the community in general.
We are down to one part-time community admin, (that's me). I would love to throw the parties the way we did in the good ol' days. The overall lack of participation and the difficulty in moving on from the 2013 changes makes justifying those events rather difficult.
There is a marked uptick in participation this past week than from the months following the 2013 announcement regarding points. It pales in comparison to what the forum used to be. If we simply doubled those numbers we would be on a good start to getting back to where we were when we had fun, exciting things going on every week.
If you are truly invested in what the community is and can become, this is how you can help...
- Be Involved: The EF Community needs lots of tender, loving care at the moment. Get involved. Write a post on something interesting you noticed a certain toy does or something interesting and discussion-worthy going on in the adult scenes. Or, get a little more personal and write a post about how you were just about to see stars when the dog let out the loudest, nastiest fart you’ve ever heard or smelled in your life and you’re not sure you can ever have an orgasm again. Ask for advice on awkward situations, take polls to see what the members' views are on an activity or whatever comes to mind.
- Be Patient: It’s going to take some time to recover. Each week, I see the numbers increase. This gives me hope that we’re headed in the right direction.
- Be Social: Feel free to share links and posts on social media sites you use. If you see an exceptionally friendly face in the forum and would like to get to know them better, send them a message on their wall. I bet it will make their day.
- Post Constructively: Ask leading questions instead of merely expressing an opinion, this is what leads to proactive discussions. If you would like to discuss a perceived problem, please list suggestions on ways to improve it.
- Review to Educate: Reviews are the number one tool we all have to help others explore their own sexual needs and desires. Write reviews because you want to educate others on the benefits of toys while specifically giving an account of the pros and cons you experienced with that particular toy.
These simple things will help improve the community in so many ways that before you know it, we'll have been so busy with all of the parties and planning that we'll be saying hello to 2015! Are you with me?!
If you have a suggestion or idea, please don't hesitate to send it to me via email or a private message. (email@example.com om)
Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you all to make 2014 better than ever before!