This is the fourth blog in our series that takes a deeper dive into the early Niches created in Narrative. In each of these, we are also addressing general Niche questions. In this one, there is a reminder on why Niche definitions are important and the process of editing a purchased Niche. Enjoy! Niche Deep Dive: Calling all Sports Fans!
Hey everyone- When we deploy our next major update (focused on KYC/Certification), we will also be increasing the maximum number of niche slots (niches you can own) per member from 5 to 10. Look for that sometime this month.
Perhaps these should be time boxed, and disappear after 9 months unsold - if there is interest again later, someone else can submit it (and hopefully buy it after it is approved). Having 170+ pages of unsold niches is a waste of space and effort - and it has been proven that duplicates occur due to nuances in descriptions and titles. Just a suggestion and it would clean up the listing making it easier for someone to find an approved niche to buy.
Some niches from the alpha period, approved in a different situation, now overlap with currently owned niches. Example: Creative Writing . Anybody can buy them anytime, but those niches are now a bad match, and would create difficult situations. The situation of niches evolves with time and keeping niches definitions that were approved in an obsolete situation makes no sense, in my opinion, especially niches coming from the alpha period, which was a totally different environment.
The Tribunal just approved the renaming of a niche from "Humor" to "funny" . Now, I'm confused more than ever. I have repeatedly been said even in the comments of the Tribunal - when the description changed the scope of the niche - that only the name carries the scope of the niche (and that alone is a source of endless discussions). Now, a change in the scope of the name - with no change of the description - has been unanimously approved. A quick surfing on the Web, for example, can let us...
Basically I have the niche Video Game Development, which used to be called GameDev (similar to Reddit). But that's bad for SEO, so I wanted to have better name. Someone had mistakenly I believe suggested Game Development and it was naturally rejected. Now question is, can I rename Video Game Development to Game Development? It's the uniquely approved niche.
Currently, I see not even the number of posts, on the niche page. It would be useful to have it, along with a few other metrics, like unique contributors. I know that even more statistics would be welcome, but a few metrics, to begin with, would be great.
Hi Molly! I just discovered that my niche https://alpha.narrative.org/n/personal-growth is not unique! I just updated my niche and now I realized, that it is a niche very similar whit my niche: https://alpha.narrative.org/n/personal-development . How can we solve this problem?
@Teddy . I see the issue. Why don't you appeal your niche with the comment above to the Tribunal. The Niche that is approved/purchased first always gets the nod. If yours came later, the niche will be rejected and you will get your payment refunded later.
Well I paid for the niche, I start working on details, but I am afraid, that the other niche was purchased earlier (?!) not sure. But I don´t receive any pieces of information in the past about this scond niche. Just I discover by myself.
Unfortunately, this has happened a handful of times - but not many so far. If it is in fact a dup (Tribunal will review), then you will get a refund. The tribunal will review the two niches in detail side by side. Since we are in alpha - we are still learning a bit here. It will be very easy to see these when the Niche Map is available.
Game Development is still in the system https://www.narrative.org/hq/a...al/31435596528935082 But rejected Niches names are supposed to be able to be re-used after 30 days. https://www.narrative.org/post...ll-features-and-more If I understand that properly the name is available to be used. I can't tell you whether or not the Tribunal would pass it, but I believe that the name should be available. Try it?
Hi @Vico Biscotti - yes, completely agree. I know that niche follower count is already on our radar for the future, but it might be good for others to list specific metrics they would like to see for niches.
Niche follower count and number of posts would be good . I'd also like to see top-earning creators by month. Currently, the top earners are a running total. I'd like to see who are the top contributors month by month.
I totally agree, not only because of the useless infinite list of niches, but also because the niche structure evolves with time, and old niches may be a bad fit with the current situation and - if bought - conflicts may arise. That's why I already suggested an expiry date on niches for sale here: https://community.narrative.or...e-on-niches-for-sale
Thanks. Seen that before. But I mean, Narrative should have proper list of all niches. 1- It helps SEO 2- I want one with pagination, and where I can see Niche name, live stats (e.g. posts/members...), and description to see which is interesting. Odd that we still don't have that.
I'm REALLY disappointed in @Ted for voting to reject my Niche topic. I'm wracking my brains to give him ( and the others that have followed suit that I've had very positive interactions with like @Harj ) some meager benefit of doubt. Reviewing the brief instructions at the top of the Niche Ballot page are some instructions on how to approach Niche voting. One column for upvoting , and one for rejecting proposed Niches. The first bullet describes...
I know there is ongoing discussion on the quality of Niches. Good discussion that we are reading and digesting…and we have continued to make some tweaks to how things work along the way. That is the point of having the Alpha. The passion on wanting to make this a good quality platform is great - and hopefully will translate to a really large community soon! As I have posted prior, those members who have been with us awhile in the Alpha - have certainly experienced the difference in quality...
Hi, Heidi! It's Verona. I hope the Narrative staff is okay with us moderating each other's niches because I was just reading about it and mine is gonna need one too. So far the ones I have are: How Stuff Works Math Mushrooms Software Development Looks like you've got some good ones too! I'd be okay with helping with moderating them. (And I was thinking the same thing. I hope they'll let us reject the posts that are gonna do nothing but keep the actual quality content from getting seen.)
This is a very valid point, @Garden Gnome Publications ! It's a shame people didn't leave any comments why they rejected it. I would reject the terrible description, for example. But yeah, now I see there's no point in appealing it, at least to this Tribunal...
@David Dreezer Do you think it would be appropriate for you to appeal to reject the Work & Travel niche in order to allow the court to assess cases in a unified manner? @Bashar Abdullah Sorry if I use your space but since we talk about Art & Travel .... I know you are a hospitable person! But if you don't like it, let me know that I open another request! I don't want to be intrusive ... it's not in my character.
Thanks @Malkazoid , I think you're right. If Ted hadn't voted to reject my Niche, I think I would have just chocked it up as "confused voter syndrome"... But Ted did vote, and he's supposed to know this stuff.
Currently, there are 44 Niches, and NO redundant proposals. However, only 10 of the 44 have a 100% approval score. This means 77% of the proposed Niches have met with resistance by the voting community. Clearly we need some voter education ! I have two solutions which are completely agnostic to the level of effort required to implement! Force rejection votes to select WHICH reason they are using to reject a Niche. (a) Redundant, or (b) Violates ToS Exclude members from receiving community...
Don't know if I agree with this. I haven't voted for a few of the Niches because simply I do not think the subject is well described nor I fully understand what it is. If we vote "Yes" for every single Niche just because "We are a supportive community," then we should just skip the voting altogether. My 2 cents
I'd say don't worry about percentages. If your niche is appropriate, it will make it to the next round (you only need 50+% approval rate, after all). I was miffed myself at the beginning because my suggestion was CLEARLY unique but got over it once I realized it'll pass anyway.
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