Mitsunari wrote:Ok, obvious question alert forthcoming:
Is KMA 'on' any social media sites? Although I loathe social media, it might provide a means to an end, and in turn, promote activity on the board itself.
I guess the best answer is 'not really'? SoSZ has a page on Facebook, as does KMA. The former doesn't see much activity and the later is badly neglected by myself. Surely an active role on social media—sharing content, information, promotion—would inspire some interest and traffic, but I wonder if that same energy would produce better returns (at least on my part) adding new content to Kongming's Archives?
That's surely a part of this. There's little reason for people to continue going to Kongming's Archives and our other connected site, Simulated RTK, because neither is receiving regular updates with new content. Instead KMA serves as a reference on grounds of the information it already has to offer. Which brings us to the Three Kingdoms gaming community: even in the heyday of English Three Kingdoms communities traffic for games like Dynasty Warriors represented the lion's share of engagement not just in many of these websites, but in providing 'new blood' to communities. Although there was a thriving community (relatively speaking) for Three Kingdoms discussion prior to Koei's Western market insurgence—but these old communities are, to the best of my knowledge, gone. Scholars of Shen Zhou has enjoyed a large degree of Three Kingdoms history and novel discussion over the years, with some of that interest coming from even older communities or individuals already interested in the era, but many—including myself—became fascinated with the era because we were introduced through video games. In my odd-duck-out case, that would be Destiny of an Emperor.
I can't be certain, but I think one of the best things I could do for this community as an administrator would be to revive Kongming's Archives with regular content updates and updated news on related subjects and games—rather in the same capacity it served in the past. This is also something an interested individual or individuals could help with, but we'd need someone interested enough in the subject and activity to enjoy doing it.