Fantastic suggestions so far - that would reap immediate benefits for the process.
Forgive me if this is already there and I'm just no seeing it: could we have the following centralised metrics:
- a tally somewhere of how many Validated Niches there are
- a tally of how many Niches under Evaluation there are
- the number of members signed up for the Alpha
- Niches Proposed per Member figure, that tells us exactly how well we are doing in terms of member participation in the process
I feel like these are basic metrics that will allow us to understand whether the niche engine is starved for anything, or whether it is firing on all cylinders. How many of the members are suggesting niches.
This is the first real moment of life of the project, and if we are flying blind as to how well we are doing getting the community to participate, it will be impossible for us to adjust our communication and our decisions to boost participation.