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Yet Another Thread About Low Activity
#1
So, I keep hearing of everyone complaining about the Forums, the GUM, and Skype rooms being nearly empty of micronationalists these days. And of course how this lack of activity must signify some kind of slow death of the community. Why is this?

I ask this question not because I don't believe activity has declined (it has). But I want to know why this is seen as a problem for many. Because I'm just not getting the whole "I should be afraid" stick that I keep seeing being tossed around. 

I just don't see low activity in the community as the end-all-be-all of problems. I'd like to know why some individuals here and elsewhere believe it is.
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#2
I should go back to posting my "Micropatrology" writings, I am just much more busy recently.
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#3
Well, I think that activity keeps people interested. When I post stuff and get no responses or replies or feedback, I'm not inclined to continue to post. From the same standpoint, when there is very little posted by others, and what is posted is mainly trivial stuff that doesn't invited feedback or discussion, I am not inclined to comment. When there is more activity, people do more things, work on more projects, and come together to get ideas, which helps everyone in their micronational goals. If there isn't much activity, people don't see the point in discussing their nation or their projects, and then may be less likely to actually complete these projects... leading to stagnation of their country.

Keep in mind that a lot of micronations really only exist online - on forums like this one, or on facebook (speaking of which, this is the only micronational forum that I am on, and the only place where Siar Fordell exists, apart from our physical holdings and properties... are there any other areas that might be recommended to expand my understanding and community?) Some of us, like Siar Fordell, Zenrax, and others that have real projects and physical property do quite a bit that might not make it to the forums, when we should be keeping the community updated and ourselves accountable... I don't do that as much when I don't get feedback. So... speaking for myself, yes, low activity is an issue, and it may prove to be significant in the survival of many hobby micronations.
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#4
As Thegn posted about the difference between "activity" and "online activity", allow me to postulate on how much it would improve the MN world if the actual brick and mortar MNs were to have MN-enthusiasts write up their official newsletters/announcements/etc, rather than doing it themselves. I'll assume (as a newbie) that the Bates family is not really very active updating the Wiki/Forum on what they're doing on Sealand this month...but he's probably done something, upgraded his servers, bought an R/C helicopter toy, upgraded his boat, who knows...but those of us/you with time on our hands should probably write the MW/forum news post, rather than waiting for him to do so...he jots a quick eMail, somebody else makes it fancy...or if he actually got news coverage in the MSM, then somebody here should still be posting it. But right now, (caveat, newbie) it seems like everybody only wants to report/talkAbout themselves...and most of them don't do much except announce that MyLivingRoomStan is facing a tightly contested election next month in which I will face nine fictional opponents...yawn.

Edit: Bates is just an example, insert whomever you want that has an actual territory and hasn't just announced that they've annexed Oregon.


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#5
I’ve been here in the community on and off since 2009. In my experience, activity here has always ebbed and flowed over time depending on various things - what the prevailing ideology is, what major discussions are taking place, right down to what micronations are around at the time and how well (or not) they’ve gotten along.

There are on-years & off-years, but the community here has always endured. So, my advice is not to worry about a decline in activity meaning some death knell - it doesn’t. The community is just waiting for its next heyday :)

I agree with what others have said, and it’s worth emphasising - online activity is just one aspect of micronational life. There could be a lot going on that just doesn’t make it through media etc.
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#6
Well I blame current ideological order in community.
Every micronation has monarch who supports some moderate conservative party or you have republic ruled by liberal party. Every micronation is now same with no independent culture.
I propose we expand our community by spreading micronationalism to various other communities who will bring unqueness to old order.
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#7
(29 Oct 2017, 14:04:55)Iron Lord Daniel Dankovsky Wrote: Well I blame current ideological order in community.
Every micronation has monarch who supports some moderate conservative party or you have republic ruled by liberal party. Every micronation is now same with no independent culture.
I propose we expand our community by spreading micronationalism to various other communities who will bring unqueness to old order.

Well, there is me and Charlotte of Uskor. We're both constitutional monarchs that rule over a socialist society (I was myself once part of the CPUSA, for a time).

And you have Alejandro of the GNSR. He leads a fascist (or, actually, a "dashist") democratic republic. 

You can't paint everyone with the same brush, you know.
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#8
Well, It seems that I've returned to the community at a bad time. What a shame. :(
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#9
Look at it as a chance to be the community's saviour.

(I mean, don't, you're one person so you're unlikely to change all that much, but you can do something)
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#10
I have started compiling monthly statistics on activity levels here, at least. The data has its own thread.

Also, I agree with Frix. The only way to fix low activity levels is with more participation from the users here. You've come back at a great time, Edward, just as I have!
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