Since Weasyl started, there's been a very specific goal in mind: make a better, more communal and more functional art site than any of the likes we've seen before. Like the infamous complexity of the game Go-- or perhaps more lewdly, the Lemon test as it applies to pornography-- it's easily identified, but not as easily enumerated.
Primarily, it would appear that most folks are grumpy about the lack of perceived activity on the site. I'm not about to start making excuses on behalf of the site for that lack of such-- but nor am I going to defend it, either, really. Because, frankly, at the end of the day, we want our site to be hustling and bustling with creativity and its eventual consumption! Of course, an enormous population has its own hurdles with its own set of solutions, but it'd be naive to put focus toward that right now. The first thing's first: how can we grow?
We currently have a sizeable-- if relatively small-- community. And that's great in itself. A small community has a good amount of benefits. But for an artistic community to thrive, growth and transformation are very important elements. While the current population is simultaneously flattering and appreciated, it would be arrogant to assume superiority merely from our existence. There's a necessity, therefore, to look inward and see-- other than the more clear-cut bugs we've got on the roadmap to be fixed, such as thumbnails and various search issues-- what can be improved and expanded. We do, after all, still have things to improve upon.
A common discussion thread I've seen pop up states that Weasyl is great for artists, but bad for consumers. While I have confidence that the UI issues are a definitive hindrance to our growth, I am not all that convinced it's the only one. While users may not forgive them-- and as curators of the site, we should take responsibility for them-- they will attempt to work around and deal with certain issues if there's a strong enough incentive to do so. If folks feel so strongly toward the general UI issues, then I think it's very safe to say that there's so much more we can do in addition to them to satisfy and strengthen the community.
Unfortunately, my creativity is rather lax in this regard. I have a few ideas-- mostly involving contests of some variety-- but not a whole lot. I'm unfortunately not the most social of creatures, being a dragoness and all, but helping to provide the infrastructure for that social interaction? I quite like that!
So with that in mind, I'd like to get a discussion going:
Please try to focus on the questions posed, and don't be afraid to answer these questions honestly. If you're mad or upset about something, don't be afraid to vocalize your emotions. If you'd rather not vocalize these emotions in this journal, please feel free to message me directly. Constructive information can still be culled from your input, no matter how frustrated or annoyed you may be.
Additionally, keep in mind that not everything that will pop up from this discussion is likely to come to fruition. We only have so many resources and an unfortunate series of boundaries (mostly of the legal variety) placed on us which limit our ability to perform certain tasks. This isn't to say your input will evaporate into ether, though. Everyone's commentary has an opportunity to shape how Weasyl works. :)