While the GFA is looking like a success thus far at a ripe old age of about a month, serious action needs to be taken should the league last for a prolonged period of time. The initial reaction you get from new members is that the league seems generally well set up, well run, and has the typical community of 15 year olds taking revenge on their fathers not hugging them enough by acting like douchebags. While all this is expected in a league where the overwhelming majority of the population consists of members who are totally awesome at life, so much so they joined a fake football league and contribute hours a week to it. Creating a league with solid rules is only part of the recipe for success. My little miniseries is about how to develop ourselves into a productive community. But first we must understand our history.
The VHL, a hockey league run by Amish Scotty Campbell is considered the most successful player league in our invisionfree scope. Their secret is easy, turn new members into productive members through league education, which is our goal, but we are from from understanding how to effectively do so. So lets take a look at where we are and how did we get here.
The same sim community cannot support both the ISL and the GFA thusly one needs to go. Through natural selection and the fact that if push came to shove I would sim for the GFA, I would estimate in a knife fight the GFA would win and takeover as the community’s water hole for ignorance and weekly sims But that being said, history often repeats itself, and while fundamentally the GFA is an improvement someone will just create new one and tweak a few things. It always happens.
When doing research for this show on how to retain and educate new members, I looked into the family tree of sim leagues and I can show how this great place came to exist.
The RFSL had a child who was a little different and the FSL was born, more of a discussion forum than a sim league in the sense that the quest for attribute points was not found in creating media about team dinners, demanding trades or how somebody stole your jacket. This allowed for the members to be unable to release their anguish through media and instead they developed personalities and the community was formed.
Dissatisfied with a lack of a “points objective” sim league without crossing into the depths of the MSFL_R, TesT decided to hybrid the two leagues on his fantasy sports site. The gene crossing was a tremendous success and the league flourished for many seasons before collapsing. This was essentially the last true remodelling of the sim engine we still use today.
Several season’s into the FSJ’s reign as the communities’ elite, the Dorows, not the brothers but their community, who had previously tried to replicate the FSJ’s success hatched the ISL out of the ashes of another league that had admin issues. This ISL is essentially a clone of the FSJ but with major exceptions, the community was different and they added PoG pickems, revolutionary to say the least.
Three separate communities existed under one umbrella ate team and life was good until it was made clear that they could not all survive. The MSFL was the first to go, citing an aging late teens community core that was not into sims as much anymore. Few refugees crossed over to the ISL/FSJ. Surprisingly it was the more mature FSJ league that suffered its death next, much of the league was in the hands of one man. This man was simply burnt out, understandable seeing the amount of effort put into the site throughout the years. Some FSJers were already on ISL, and a few more joined.
This left the underdog ISL as champs, several new leagues were created but could not find success due to the lack of new members or practical innovations. People began to tire of the ISL‘s policies and a few of the more respected members decided that they were going to do things the right way this time, and take bits of each league’s strengths in an attempt to create frankensim that would satisfy the wants of the community. As of now, I would say they succeeded.
Professional failer Kris Johnson then elected to try and steal from a motivated GFA crowd by creating a basketball league that would allow him to get whatever he gets out of making failure leagues, don’t ask me, I’m just girl hehe. This coup of power resulted in nothing but a few members wasting a few hours making some graphics and Kris Johnson went back into his hole to plot a return just to do the same thing. It’s like watching Pinky and the Brain, without the funny. This attempt should surprise no one as it has been seen many times before, but it should startle you that some people do not realize we have a good thing going here
Sure, we fight. We fight over shit that normal people would brush off, but it’s a sign of passion, a sign of caring, and a sign that as members of the GFA, we are devoted to making a sim league that works well, has a good community and overall will be able to evolve. There’s potential here, let’s try to not fuck it up like history has shown we will.
Next time on the quest for success, I will investigate how to integrate members into our community without conflict and share an interesting experience that we can learn much from in seeing how to turn this thing into a winner.
I wanna see this live on. That's one reason I left sim leagues for so long.
KEEP IT ALIVE.
The one point I disagree on, is that 2 football sim leagues can survive at the same time. It's when people get further spread out than that, things collapse.
|QUOTE (Laker12 @ Mar 6 2009, 05:19 AM)|
| Next time on the quest for success, I will investigate how to integrate members into our community without conflict and share an interesting experience that we can learn much from in seeing how to turn this thing into a winner. |
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