Early adopters being punished

Service: Narrative

Over a year ago I purchased the niche "Meta" which is described as "A place for discussion of the culture and community of Narrative". I made this purchase not because I thought the name of the niche was particularly strong (it isn't) but because I believed this would have to become the go to niche for discussion on the broader Narrative community. In time I believed I could make changes to the niche to sufficiently fix the errors made by the person who originally suggested it. 

This February the niche Narrative Community  was created and shot up to immediate success, becoming one of the top 10 niches on Narrative and fulfilling exactly the role I originally predicted Meta would fulfill. At first, rather than file an appeal for duplication (which are rarely granted anyway) I decided to see if I could just sufficiently distinguish the Meta niche by attempting to edit it's name and description. Each time I was told my edits were intruding on other existing niches (but somehow not already intruding on Narrative Community). I finally decided to file an appeal against Narrative Community just to see what the tribunal would tell me about my niche and where it stands. I was subsequently told that because the niche was too vague it should probably just be rejected. 

I am not inclined to make complaints like this, but I have to ask, am I not being punished as an early adopter on this platform? 

At the time I purchased Meta there were many valuable niches being auctioned off where time was of the essence. Given these time constraints and understanding how successful a niche for the greater Narrative community would be, I decided to make a bid for the niche despite the name. Can I be blamed that I did not sufficiently predict the name chosen for the niche would be so poor and nebulous that it would render the niche description invalid? 

I understand the tribunal is not going to be inclined to shut down one of the top 10 niches on the platform at this point, but an equitable arrangement would be to at least allow me to edit the name of the niche to something suitable rather than force the niche to live in obscurity or face rejection due to my lack of foresight. 

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There are definitely flaws in this system that severely impact Narratives long term viability as a platform. My current peccadillo is the rating system but this is a big one as well.

I purchased a niche called "Manga & Comics" because, at the time the "Comic Books" niche was owned or it wouldn't let me make it or something like that. The other day I noticed that it was available and I bid on it.  So now I will have two, related Niches and I will likely nerf one but there are posts in the Manga & Comics Niche because the Comic Books niche apparently wasn't open.

The Niche system needs an overhall. 

Well you might not like to hear this but yes you're right. You chose the wrong name. In fact for a newbie, how the user will know that, there is a Narrative Community Niche with the name of "Meta"? Who will search that word?

Basic understanding will leads the user to search "Narrative" word first to find such platform related stuff.

I have seen your 2 edit requests on Meta Niche. And trust me the descriptions doesn't relate to that "Meta" word. I think the best thing can be done over here is, either you can change the Niche description according Meta (something totally different which has nothing to do with Narrative) or you can appeal to reject your own niche? Well it can hurt you to do that but you might get full or partial refunds on that if it's get rejected, rather then just keeping it idle?

I'm just sharing as an user point of view. Hope it helps. 

@JR, I'm sure it hurts. @Blogger Krunal is right. That niche name is awful. My first thought with a name like "meta" is the niche should be about itself. Who would even post content in a niche where you are expected to talk about the niche you are posting in? Yes, I think in the early days of alpha, a lot of niche names were thrown out there and approved with no one in the community giving a proper evaluation as to how it will appear once the platform is launched. That's why we have huge niche issues now. And you're caught up in that. You can it as you are being punished for being an early alpha user, but who punished you? All the other alpha users. Unfortunately, that doesn't help you today. I'd do as @Blogger Krunal says and appeal to have it rejected hoping you'll get a refund.

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@JR, I'm sure it hurts. @Blogger Krunal is right. That niche name is awful. My first thought with a name like "meta" is the niche should be about itself. Who would even post content in a niche where you are expected to talk about the niche you are posting in? Yes, I think in the early days of alpha, a lot of niche names were thrown out there and approved with no one in the community giving a proper evaluation as to how it will appear once the platform is launched. That's why we have huge niche issues now. And you're caught up in that. You can it as you are being punished for being an early alpha user, but who punished you? All the other alpha users. Unfortunately, that doesn't help you today. I'd do as @Blogger Krunal says and appeal to have it rejected hoping you'll get a refund.

As I said earlier, I hated the name when I saw it. I'm not the person who named the niche. I simply assumed it would have to be the niche to buy to cover that particular topic. I thought I'd be able to edit it later. Apparently that was not the case. I'm not sure getting a refund at this point is worth it unless I get a USD equivalent refund. NRVE was worth much more last year and I will get pennies on the dollar for it now. 

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