So the fine tuning saga of niche creation and appeals continues.
JR brought this to my attention - the same user that proposed the Video Games niche, despite there already being a Gaming niche, has proposed a Narrative 411 niche, despite there being a Narrative Support niche already.
In both cases, the questionable new niches were approved by the community.
Both new niches now have appeals against them.
For the Gaming vs Video Games, the case is pretty clear cut. Almost nobody thinks of board games or card games when the word 'Gaming' is uttered - and certainly nobody under the age of 45 does. Gaming means video games.
We have to consider user experience as our highest priority here: there is no success for Narrative if we sacrifice user experience to other considerations. People will think Narrative is stupid and will get annoyed, if there are two synonymous niches like these.
With the Narrative Support and Narrative 411 niches, it is a little less clear cut. An argument could be made for the 411 niche having a more precise description - which could lull one into thinking it is a sub niche.
But again... USER EXPERIENCE. There is only confusion and frustration to be gained by having two niches to turn to for support and information on how to be more successful on the platform.
I'm afraid that the narrow guidelines of the tribunal are going to fail us here. We have to look at this niche pair holistically and make a smart decision for the good of the network. This isn't about whether the name is unique or whether it follows policy: it is about what the users will think and feel over and over again when they search for content, or go to submit content. Anything that roughens that experience will be like throwing sand into the moving parts of the network.