So it has been eye-opening already, this little foray into Google+ land.
I've gleaned so far that to some folks, there's resistance to the notion of having to pay for niches, which is compounded by the seemingly high NRVE prices of niches, and confused further by the fact that those prices fluctuate alot from auction to auction.
People are coming away underwhelmed from their visit to the alpha, and there are multiple layers to the problem.
Paying for niches
I too was initially turned off by Narrative auctioning niches, and was pretty vocal about it. That was before I fully understood the paradigm change of the content economy. On first impression, auctions can seem mercenary - especially coming from a land of free communities.
Here is what I wrote on Google+ to respond to that concern - let me know if this can be improved upon, and perhaps someone from the @Narrative Network Team might consider collating all these points and more, in a blog post, so it can be addressed directly from the proverbial horse's mouth.
Remember we have been accustomed to 'free' on Facebook and Google, but in exchange, we have been giving away our content and attention for free - assets which both companies have capitalised on to the tune of billions upon billions per year, often by allowing unscrupulous and anti-democratic entities to exploit our data. If we want to return to a model where our data remains our property, and our online efforts are rewarded without being exploited by the platform, then we have to accept to return to a world where fake 'freebies' disappear. I know what my preference is. $75 doesn't only buy you a community on the platform - it buys you a piece of the content economy and you will receive income based on your niche's activity. Your moderators get paid. Your content contributors get paid. It is a much fairer model. You get to be a real stakeholder, rather than a worker-bee exploited by the network.
Be prepared though, for people to have other gripes. For example community owners on G+ can create categories, that can be used to filter the content on the community. Many Narrative community members have been clamouring for this, and some form of content featuring. It seems like some of these notions have made their way into the Narrative mind map document, but we're not messaging about it, and these millions of Google+ users are going to want to hear about this, or they will find our implementation inferior to what they have. My guess is both Diaspora and MeWe offer these features, so it is imperative that we not be perceived to be without them.
High, inconsistent NRVE prices for niches
I provided the straight forward explanation:
The niche auctions start at the equivalent of $75 - the amount of NRVE fluctuates depending on the value of NRVE at the time the niche auction starts.
But beyond providing this explanation more prominently, perhaps there are other ways of getting ahead of this? Perhaps there should be a display of this equivalence on the auction page itself, so the first impression a new user gets is not negative, and they are able to realise immediately that the actual cost is about $75? In this sort of scenario, more often than not, there is no second impression, if the first is this bad.
Another 'blockchain' solution
So we're suffering from a negative stigma of blockchain projects - and specifically because of environmental concerns surrounding electrical consumption of proof of work. As I posted previously to the community, we're missing a great opportunity to broadcast the ways in which NEO's proof of stake is far more sustainable, and that joining projects that use it is a way to influence the future of blockchain for the better.
I'll let you know as I discover more.