As I said in the white paper:
a Niche is a subject area into which any Narrator may publish content. All Niches should be unique. You should not find one Niche called “New England Patriots” and another called “NE Patriots”. The goal is to create unified content streams around singular subjects.
Of course a definition is acceptable for niche title. A niche is just a unique subject, so the point of the description is to DEFINE/CLARIFY what the title is. So, yes, I am guilty of using definitions in descriptions because that is the purpose of a description-- to define and bring clarity to what the niche represents.
I also want to be clear about something else. Niches are not "communities". So a description that says something like, " a place for mom's to hang out," is technically incorrect. I'm not saying you should reject a niche because it describes a niche like that, but I do want to make clear that niches are merely subjects and that a definition of the subject is not only appropriate but ideal, in my opinion.
The goal of the niche description is to define and clarify exactly what the niche represents. Find me a niche I suggested that does not do that.
Actually @Ted A Niche is exactly "a place" by definition and the word does not mean a subject, no matter what you write in your white paper. The word itself, by definition implies community far more than it implies a subject. Please see the definition of "niche" inserted below. So yes, a description that says something like, " a place for mom's to hang out," is actually a technically Correct description. And a description of a subject, is technically incorrect, no matter what your white paper states. Words still matter. Especially on a writing platform.
In my opinion this is why so many people are upset that what they thought they were buying was a Niche-- meaning a digital place for people to congregate and share content surrounding a mutual enjoyed topic, but are disappointed to find out that what you meant by the word "Niche" is that we are actually nothing more than hashtag promoters. Myself included.
I suspect that @Bryan's issue with the description being just a definition is because it is stripping away the personal flair--the subtitles and nuances that a thoughtful description can have, and the direction it can send a niche's content towards. Your response to him stating the the "correct" approach is the more clinical definition, is a tad worrisome to me regarding the future adoption of Narrative.
At this point I would like to caution you to LISTEN to your early adopters//initial investors more (yes I am an investor...I have piled loads of my money and time into Narrative with an expectation to one day see a return). Your misinterpretation of the definition of niche, should be enough to demonstrate that your white paper may have not been as clearly written, as you think.
I leave this post with one more thing to ponder. Just because you had an original vision doesn't mean that your every original detail is the best approach. If Narrative is to become authentically adopted by the masses, I feel you will need to be much more fluid and responsive. How the majority of people want to use Narrative's Niches for their content will determine if it succeeds or not. The "rules" in the white paper, and your definition of Niche as only a subject, where ownership means getting 10% for promoting a hashtag, is greatly disappointing for so many. I just cannot understand the benefit in the decision to remove the owners involvement in developing their niche with personable flair, as previously discussed in other threads. If you try to control and correct people too much, they simply will lose interest and move along, to post their content on the next platform that suits their needs better.
That is my two bits. Personally I am on side with Bryan for the most part. I prefer personalized descriptions. But i am not going to vote down dictionary descriptions, just for that reason alone.