Where did the 'Members' counter go?

Maybe I'm completely blind, but I can't find the member counter in the 'new' narrative alpha.

This is an important indicator for community growth and the general health of the project.

Last time I checked, the count was sitting at approximately 5,000 members.

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The old alpha was displaying a "member directory" page that doesn't make sense in a (hopefully) enormous platform like Narrative will be. (You can still search for, and find other members, though.) Since that page went away, the member count also went away in the updated interface.

But have no fear, stats are coming. You'll be able to see numbers of members, niches, and other stats as well. The cool thing about this update and code shift is that we now are on a trajectory, code-wise, where we can do incremental updates as things are ready and tested, so you'll see things show up between now and the Beta launch.

I wholeheartedly agree that displaying the member count is important to show how things are growing! In the meantime, we'll probably keep including stats like that in our newsletter and blog updates periodically so it's not totally lost.

I'd like to see it brought back, so everyone can see the project status.

Talk of having an "enormous" platform, or the "Amazon of social media" isn't based on reality, and it could take years just to get to 100K members. Perhaps I'm wrong, and I'd love to be.

It's weird, because on one hand, the team is saying they want to publish people's NRVE payments because transparency, transparency, transparency, but on the other hand, that same team is removing key pieces of data that reflect the momentum and success of the project.

If the team was really about transparency, it seems logical that they would never bury that membership number --they would make it freely available for everyone to see at all times. 

That's transparency.

Michael posted:

If the team was really about transparency, it seems logical that they would never bury that membership number.

The reason that it is currently not displaying is a lot less nefarious than what you're pushing.

It simply didn't fit in the new UI within the timeframe given to get V2 out.  No more, no less. Please don't make it into more than it is.  There a a few things that didn't make it in time, or required more changes that we could complete in the timeframe. Doesn't mean that it will not be here, only means it isn't here today.

Rosemary posted:
But have no fear, stats are coming. You'll be able to see numbers of members, niches, and other stats as well. The cool thing about this update and code shift is that we now are on a trajectory, code-wise, where we can do incremental updates as things are ready and tested, so you'll see things show up between now and the Beta launch.

I am glad there is plans to bring it back. No offense, but i want to be able to see it, rather than wait for the info to be made accessible when it suits the organization in a news letter or blog post. Transparency is what we were sold. I want to continue to have it. maybe once we are at half a million does it make sense that we are too big for it.

To me, a member counter doesn't mean a lot. People who signed up for a website aren't necessarily active 'members'. I'd rather see content counters that eventually boast the platform's activity to potential new members. Stuff like the amount of journals, blogs, and comments posted, as well as the amount of pool NRVE awarded for all of that.

As for finding people, the search feature will work for that. A member directory belongs to forums and other such centralized communities.

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