The State of the Community Address
As many of you are probably aware, there has been a long period of inactivity or a reduction of activity across the entire CSS community. Many have moved on to other things, spend less time on dA or just are no longer interested in CSS. But I would like to change that. I have been discussing the situation in the backrooms of several groups with various fellow CSS mods that there has been a lack of enthusiasm in the CSS community. Many have tried revitalizing it throughout the years, but participation has lolled. Contests getting one or just a few entries, despite offering interesting prizes... Submissions being declined for expiring... As Quiless
has put it, dA CSS has fallen asleep
. Well, he and I want to brainstorm ideas to jump start the entire CSS community again. So I am asking here for those reading this to bring forth ideas to pique interests.
First, to address submissions expiring, I went ahead and reduced the number of votes for all votable things by one. I hope my fellow SuperBabes do not mind me taking that liberty, but I know they are not as active in the group (no one is) any more. I'm hoping that small change will remedy that. However, I hardly ever even see submissions to this group. And on deviantCSS
, one of the most popular CSS groups (there are many top ones, not excluding for any reason), I do not have the ability to moderate that sort of thing to prevent that. I've always considered these two groups to be my 'Main Group', however this one lacks activity from Members and Contributors alike. Today, I marked CSS-Babes
as my Main. Since I cannot voice change there, I will voice it here.
I cannot Invite any guys to the 'Dedicated Hunk' rank, but I believe that rank is open to join requests. Hunks have limited permissions since the theme of this group is for Babes, however, they are able to submit to specific folders: CSS News Blogs and Tutorials. They are also able to vote. So basically, it is a light admin duty position. Hunks are able to submit journals, so I am inviting Quiless
to request the position here to be able to coordinate an initiative to bring back the CSS community. Dedicated Hunks actually have moderation privileges that the Babes do not. So, if any guys do not mind a CSS moderating position that is not focused on submissions, you are welcomed to request a join. Currently, all guys are Members only and cannot submit to our galleries.
To cure the lack of submissions, I would like to announce a Call To Code. Babes, we need you to look through your galleries and find highlights you would like showcased here to submit or make new skins to be featured. Members, if you have been making loads of skins since you've originally joined here, we want to see them. Apply for Babes, we only require one fully coded by you skin in your gallery. That means, not a template, not snippets of someone else's work and definitely nothing pilfered and we will check. But, you must also prove you are dedicated to being a Babe, tell us why you want to be a Babe in your join request. Even if you are new to coding, we want to recruit you. The CSS community needs new coders and it has become stagnant with walls put up around groups by simply not being able to submit.Submit Your Best
Solutions and Community Events
So, how can we get everyone interested? Let's all pool together our ideas. I've been throwing a few around and any key ones shared here, I will add to this list. Think of creative ways to get people back in the game. Contests already have proven to not be enough as they aren't getting entrants and they feel closed to those who are not adept at coding. So we need a new draw. I already know there is still a lot of interest in learning to code, and all the groups (like eCSSited
) have been quiet. Every tutorial or walkthrough has not been done. dA has changed its old codes, added things that need fixes... So all of our tutorials are mostly out of date. If you can, make a new tutorial or update your existing ones to reflect current codes. Okay, starting the list:
- Tutorials/Walkthroughs and snippets
Make updated guides and helpful resources
Create video tutorials or interactive tools
Take someone under your wing to teach them
- Weekly Challenge
Start an article giving a weekly challenge to code
- Meet n' Greet Collab
Pair Designers and Coders
- Show and Thumbshare
Newcomers introduce yourselves and thumbshare your best codes
We Need You
Bring this conversation to other CSS groups outside of the backrooms. The backroom is causing the lack of new stuff. We aren't actively inviting people to become contributors. We aren't enticing people to join or submit. Instead, we sit there, forgotten. So share this, shout it from the rooftops and wake your neighbors. Or just share it in your status, your journal, or groups and forums. Invite others to join the conversation and that brings us all back right there.