The What and Why of Niches
Niches are Narrative’s subject oriented approach to organizing content funnels that benefit creators, consumers, and advertisers. At Narrative, we’ve talked about the importance of Niche ownership throughout the Alpha. Not all members own Niches (not a requirement), but this blog is focused on what Niche owners need to know as we roll out the Beta and open Narrative up to everyone on the Internet.
The Beta will be our baseline framework for Narrative. Similar to our incremental Alpha releases, we will continue to add more polish to the Beta including adding more tools for content creation and moderation.
The Party is Starting, Time to Rally
We are getting very close to launching the Beta. And Niche Owners are crucial to the success of the platform. In short---you’re our Ambassadors, and we need you! Here’s what you can do right now:
- Begin to tell your friends and colleagues about Narrative and your Niches.
- Recruit contributors; look out for amazing writers and creators in your Niche subject. After all, the more popular the Niche, the more rewards will come your way. Consider using the NRVEworthy campaign to appeal to your favorite bloggers.
- Take a final look at the draft content you’ve got waiting in the wings. Add images where you can, and make sure they’re polished and ready to go.
Here is a link to some ideas on how to promote Narrative and your Niche. If you come up with great ideas of your own, feel free to share them in the community with your fellow Narrators.
IMPORTANT: When the Beta is launched, Niche Owners are the de facto Moderators until the Moderator elections occur. Content tagged for your Niche will flow directly onto the Niche content stream.
As a Niche Owner, you are the only one able to remove content from the Niche. An FAQ for how to reject content can be found here. If a Niche Owner decides that the content is not appropriate for the Niche, the content creator will be notified via email that their content post was rejected for that Niche. Once the owner rejects the content, it will no longer be found on the Niche content stream. The content will still appear in other Niche content streams it was posted to and the content creator’s personal journal (if that was selected by the author). In other words, a Niche Owner can only reject content to the Niche they own.
In the future, Moderators will have the option of reviewing all submitted content prior to publication on the Niche, but that option will not be available at Beta launch.
Why aren’t we holding moderator elections when we release the Beta? Simply stated, members need to earn some reputation first. How can we have elections without knowing a little more about the candidates - beyond what they tell you?
In Narrative, reputation is earned. In the case of moderator elections, the moderators themselves will earn a reputation, but also, the voters. Someone who is Conduct Negative in their reputation, loses their right to vote. As a reminder, the Conduct criteria for reputation is like a tripwire for helping to snag bots and other bad actors. We only want Conduct positive people voting in elections!
One final note, if a Niche Owner (or any other registered member) notices content that violates the AUP, they should tag it as an AUP violation. To do this, click on the downvote button on the post, and then choose “Content Violates AUP” as the reason, as shown below.
AUP violations will be addressed by the Tribunal initially, but when our Community AUP Review system is added later, the community will decide whether each reported AUP violation is legitimate or not.