Commenting On Stories And Interacting With Other Members
Up until recently (until the Beta profile to be exact), I used to receive my fair sure of story comments. Nothing crazy, but enough to keep me coming back to see what people had to say to my stories, to respond and to interact with my fellow EP Members. Now days, I think I would be lucky to receive 1 comment per story (and I have written over 2500 stories, and over 1000 in the past year). And speaking to other's, they have found similar lack of commenting since the Beta profile became compulsory.
I am not sure what the reason behind this is exactly, maybe it is the Beta profile (which many of us find too difficult to navigate effectively, but I am not going to sit back and knock the Beta profile, you know my feelings on it already), or maybe it is the direction the site has taken (which seems to be a My Space clone more so every day). But I am going to say that something needs to be done in regards to getting people to interact on this site.
Right now, the Experience Project has become an impersonal, unfriendly site to be a part of. It lacks the personal touch in once had, the magic and the welcoming nature that really made EP feel like a home for many of us. I am not sure what the answer is exactly, maybe it is promoting commenting by providing additional tokens (it doesn't need to be complicated like changing the rating system!), or providing trophy’s for sending gifts / gestures / whiteboard comments to new members. It's this sort of interaction between members that need to be promoted and encouraged, by both staff and by other members. Something to keep people coming back and something to reward members for using the site the way it was intended to be used.
Something needs to be done. Change needs to happen.