I've had an idea for a while now, not sure if it's a bad one or not since all I have is my own judgment, and it's not like I have the power to carry it through or anything. But it's sometimes a pain to wade through hundreds of Bionicle groups with few to no members and no real purpose other than to make the creators of the group feel cool. It would be nice to have a sort of association of groups with Bionicle Display as the head. Display would be the focal point- all Bionicle creations are welcome, this is where the main conversing and planning happens. Then there would be groups partnered with it. These groups would have to meet a few criteria:
1) Focus on a specific type of Bionicle building, or other specific thing, that applies to many people/creations and would draw activity. No “All Bionicle Awsomeness”-type groups. Good groups would be based around (for example) Revamps, Rahi, Techniques, Themes, Non-Humanoid, and the like. 2) Be of significant size/activity. A group that was created yesterday and has two members hasn’t proved itself, it may flop. They don’t need to have hundreds, or even dozens, of members, just enough to prove that the group is worth it. 3) One group per idea. Only one “Toa Only” group, only one “Non-Humaoid” group. 4) Be well-run. Well thought-out rules, grammar, mature leader, ect.
A list with links of these allied groups would be on the home page of every involved group, so Bio-MOCists could easily navigate and explore groups that would be worth their time. A similar list of well-run, large, unique, currently active contests would be good too.
Just a (long) idea. I think it would be helpful and exciting. I’d love to do it, if the higher-ups approve. Permalink
Smaller groups I find are created because larger groups don't offer what they want, usually it's something specific. However more often than not, they just want to be an owner of a group. I've seen many of these boring ones that end up disappearing into the night. Whilst having them all under one centralised banner group, there will still require that level of co-operation amongst the group owners.
I wonder, what if to cull these otherwise useless groups, and they not only occur with Bio-themes, but MOCPages as a whole. Perhaps there could be a set limit on members and activity. For members, it may be no less than 3 members a group (with a given grace period to gain members at the start), and for activity, perhaps a notification, or even a closure of the group. Granted, BD would probably flop on that last part, but it would certainly help automate some of the housekeeping processes that the Admins have to deal with.
Now, as for the idea of specially themed groups: Love it. Permalink
Indeed. It would be nice if MOCpages had a feature like that, but I doubt it would be plausible. No one whose group was deleted would like it, and often genuinely good groups have a hiatus. Often, too, you want groups available for reference after they've died out. There are good, specific, usefull groups out there, it would just be nice to be able to find them easier and avoid duplicate and less active groups when you want too. Permalink
Indeed. It would be nice if MOCpages had a feature like that, but I doubt it would be plausible. No one whose group was deleted would like it, and often genuinely good groups have a hiatus. Often, too, you want groups available for reference after they've died out. There are good, specific, usefull groups out there, it would just be nice to be able to find them easier and avoid duplicate and less active groups when you want too.
Yes, balancing efficiency can be a tough one. I suppose there could be a 'vacation' mode for some, but in the end I guess all we can do is just leave them, report them to the admin and let them decide.