Iwaku is growing FAST. Much faster than I had anticipated, so I'm having to do MONTHS sooner than I originally planned. c___c We are currently having an organization issue when it comes to the In Character forum threads. Our Signups forum is doing it's job, as it has a varied list of Genre Prefixes and Thread Icons to let people find what they're looking for based on GENRE and whether or not they are accepting characters. The only downside is that with these extra Genre Icons, people have been getting confused at which Genre forum their IC thread belongs in. (For example, labeling their RP as Horror with a Prefix, yet not knowing if their IC thread goes in Modern, Fantasy, Scifi, etc.) Our In Character area is a mess. We're having a huge influx of Private RPs, which IS a great thing for player interactions, but flooding out the other roleplays. And members are heavily requesting more Jump In RPs, but it's very hard to find them, when many don't create an Out of Character thread in the Signups. (because they're jump ins, they're not supposed to need one!) THINGS THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED --> We do NOT want to make extra sub-forums in the categories. The more sub-forums we have, the more confusing it is. Not to mention the behind the scenes work that staffers have to go through in maintaining several extra forums. (It would double and triple the amount of forums Mods have to sift through.) --> We also want to avoid segregating roleplay threads in to too many categories. We are growing fast, but we are still not a large enough community to warrant too many different categories. The less categories people have to browse through, the better. --> We want to make it as easy as possible for all roleplayers to go DIRECTLY to the kind of roleplays they want to play. In the previous poll, Traditional Genre reigned most popular because it was the most common, well known, and "easiest" simply because everyone recognizes it the most. And it IS the #1 best way to organize our roleplay threads. Playing Styles was also a popular option because it solved our One on One and Jump In roleplay issue. As most players are very specific on whether or not they want to play in private, group, or no-bio roleplays. THE PROPOSAL FOR THE -IN CHARACTER- RP THREADS: Combine -BOTH- Traditional Genre and Playing Style in to a more organized system. By making the main forum structure done by playing style, but listing all IC threads by Genre inside the forums. Main Forums: - Signups & Player Requests (Closed Apps & Roleplay Talk as Subs) - Jump Ins - Group RPs - One on Ones - Mature To explain in detail, it means: SIGNUPS: Same as the current one. All OOC threads organized by Genres and thread icons. JUMP INS: Would be all roleplays that do NOT have a signup thread or require bios. The first post in the thread would have a brief plot summary and any player could jump in without having to be approved first. We can give this forum the set of Genre Prefixes so potential players could choose their Jump In by genre. GROUP RPs: These roleplays are the traditional multiple player roleplays. Their OOC threads would be in Signup like normal. Threads would be organized by the Genre Prefixes just like the Jump Ins. And have the Thread Icons to list whether or not they are seeking new characters or is a private rp. ONE[X]ONES: All two player private roleplays. Will not require any prefixes. MATURE: The private forum for all rp threads that players don't wait available to the public. So the question is: Does this structure satisfy the public need for good Genre organization AND playing style/type organizing? Answer fast. o___o We're getting more and more new members everyday and need to get our roleplay area squared off to accommodate! If this doesn't work for members, I must find us a new solution.