I just won the Writing Niche yesterday. It came with the description:
"About writing. Process, challenges, effects on your life and relations, publication, stats, research, tips, experiences, all about writing. NOT for writing prompts or written pieces which are not about writing."
It turns out there is already The Writing Life Niche:
"This is a Niche for posts about writing craft, editing, querying agents and publishers, and publishing. If you have posts asking questions about these things, giving advice, or talking about resources you found useful, this is the Niche you're looking for!"
And, there appears to have been past drama about this very niche.
It is not my intent to turn this into a rehash. @Wild Speculation and I are willing to work with each other to differentiate sufficiently for minimal overlap. We just are not certain how to go about it. He has already changed his niche this month and is hesitant to do it again so soon.
Will this matter to the Tribunal?
I am willing to change the description to my niche. I have no problem changing the scope.
As for changing the name of the niche, that is a big ask. I bid on the niche because Writing is intrinsically somewhat of a catch-all. I recognize that this is less than ideal and am willing to pare down the scope. This adds the burden of having to remove posts that don't belong in the new, more limited scope. Moderators of the Writing niche will have to be on the ball.
The intrinsic "catch-alliness" is the reason I bid so much for the niche. I suspect that I would not be refunded for making my niche less than what I bid on. Changing the niche name would be like buying a Mercedes and driving away with a Smart Car.
Furthermore, changing the name would not ensure that the niche would not come back again to restart the drama a third time. At least if we sit on the niche, we can control it. I'm willing to accept the extra responsibility that comes with the niche, not being so overly broad that it steps on other niches. If I can hold Writing and work with the community to keep it within bounds, we can all win.
I am looking for help in:
- coming up with a limited description that would serve the community
- avoid the problems the Writing niche had with the previous owner
- a way to coordinate with the tribunal so that they understand that WS and I are working together to differentiate
- finding moderators who understand that we can't overstep whatever bounds we set.