This niche is currently up for approval. Is has a title and description far superior to the already approved niche that makes it redundant...
The latter was approved by a narrow margin and has no bids on it. The former would be far more appealing to narrators, readers, AND advertisers.
Is there anything that can be done in situations like this?
Oh wow. You've really unearthed a tough one.
I always feel a pang of sorrow when a redundant niche pops up that presents much better than the original one, but this one is that, squared.
The name is simpler, the description is powerful in ways few niche descriptions have been to date... and we have to vote it down and keep the previous one that for now has a flawed, self-referential description?
And where is the justice, if the original niche proposer amends his description to use the phenomenal description of the newcomer? The newcomer gets his idea taken from him and has nothing. Sure, the network benefits, but I can't ignore the newcomer's perspective. It just wouldn't be right.
I feel like this is a situation that we should seize as an opportunity to establish a policy for dealing with this.
One possibility would be for the Tribunal to have the power to determine that the new name and description are much better for the network, so the original niche owner can keep his niche, but he should adopt the better name and description... and to recompense the newcomer, a nice rep boost would be in order. Personally, I think I would feel ok about that, putting myself in the newcomer's shoes. As for the owner, if he feels imposed upon and wants to refuse and keep the old name and description, he should be able to do so, but he would take a small rep hit for ignoring what the Tribunal have suggested would be in the interest of the network as a whole.
The Team might not go for that solution because it may be too interventionist for their liking. There is a strong prerogative to not be a middleman whenever it can be avoided, and overall, I agree with that ethos.
Also there is a chance that this approach is just too complicated.
My take tends to boil down to: what is better for Narrative. What will make the network more successful, what will make everyone feel this is the most fair way of delivering a quality experience for Narrative's users. If stepping in once and a while with a small carrot and a gentle stick is what it takes to make a poor niche awesome, and everyone feel fairly treated in the process... I personally think it may well be warranted. But that's just from where I stand: I don't see all the moving parts as well as the Team can.
That's all I've got. Do you have any thoughts Christina? Thanks for presenting this really tough situation. Perhaps the Team will come up with a great solution that we cannot see, but definitely beneficial to look at this among ourselves and let them be amused, bored or inspired by our musings.