Okay. I'm back from a hiatus having had to deal with Court matters and getting used to a relationship IRL.
Here's my take - no matter what you offer, most people here already think the website is dead. Look at some of you. You ALREADY have the attitude that the website should die or is dead. Some of you are even thinking of just ridding certain sections of the website with the attitude of 'Why bother?'. Some here have even commented 'if it dies, it dies'.
^ this, is friggin why it's dying. People gave up. Any effort made now just goes through one side and out the other with most people on here.
No one takes this website seriously anymore. And the one or two here who like the suggestions made, almost never even bother attending anything Ants or anyone else ever does in the ''Oh yeah! Cool! I will come'' and they end off fapping to something else. One of whom probably can't even see my post.
If there is ONE thing this year has taught me about people and that's that if a majority of people truly cared, or wanted this website to go back to its glory days, it would of been done by now. There would be no half asses promising to join Forum Events only to short come somewhere else.
Obviously, I won't - and I'm not - discrediting the people who have tried. You guys have done a good job and obviously, life gets in the way. But, peoples' attitudes are already focused on failure. Peoples' attitudes and effort for the most part are already half empty.
It's the attitude that determines the success of any relationship, job, hobby or project. So the ideas, for the most part, are good. You just have to change the attitude of the members.
Let's also look at this psychologically.
Why do people prefer game threads over general?
Same reason why you won't find a Debate Tent making profits if there is a carnival game beside it. There is no reward in being a critical thinker. There is no reward in being a smart ass. There is only loneliness, crippling depression and boosting the ego. Or, feeling satisfied you made a website butthurt (guilty here!).
Point is, game threads offer the satisfaction of 'winning'. Especially those counting threads which give the sense that you can beat a moderator.
People are drawn to whatever brings the most rewards. It's why WoW, Foxtel, Netflix or Vampirefreaks do so well. In exchange of money, or effort, rewards are given. For WoW, each time you subscribe, you get a game. Each time you subscribe to paid TV, you get the channels you like. Vampirefreaks has a point system and however you fall on the rank system determines your popularity and what reward the website team will mail out to you.
As far as the big picture is concerned, Anispace is just an ant compared to the money makers out there. The last forum I belonged to that had the same amount of activity as this has now since died. Literally. The person who created it simply stopped paying for the domain. And obviously, Luffy is Jesus in the sense that it feels like he only resurfaces every 1000 years. So to even have the resources to make this website remotely popular is dim.
Realistically, there is nothing truly spectacular about this website. There is no real reward, or proper friend recruitment system. And despite the topics offered, it's advertised as purely a place for anime weebs. Even Seth's only real argument is the fact that this website offers the best in profile customization.
And since Luffy is barely here, maybe Anispace can't be saved BUT perhaps some other people can work in making Weeboo 2.0 or something. Actual site admins, proper moderators who can be held much more accountable, proper systems in place to include the features we see on other websites.