Having had some time to construct a proper argument since yesterday, I went through @PapaporoPaprito 's and my arguments and have reassembled them. I have also
kidnapped added @FXMaster 's suggestion for a creative writing archive. I’d like to put forth the following for consideration:
We would like to have an #art-gallery and a #creative writing-library channel on the Fulpstation Discord. Both should serve the sole purpose of archiving and appreciating the #art and #creative writing our community has created.
The current state is as follows: The #art and #creativewriting channels produce some very beautiful works of art of our favorite atmospheric simulator. In fact, the very mascot of our station, Safety Moth, originated there. However, it is years old. The amount of art accumulated in it goes largely unseen by the majority of users, especially the new ones. Some pictures get pinned, to avoid this. However, not every picture can be pinned, as there is a limit to pins. In addition, especially in the #creative-writing channel, there appear segments of intermittent discussion of a text or artwork that can make it difficult to find a specific picture or read a story published in chapters. The latter has been adressed in #creative writing by long slow mode. That regularly causes conflicts with longer stories.
In effect, the current #art and #creativewriting - channels are some of the highlights of our community. They are highly trafficed! And they provide us with something that is rare and precious: Beauty.
However: We ourselves lack restraint, sometimes, leaving gaps of mere conversation between pictures and stories. And the mechanics of discord itself make it difficult to separate and organize these categories.
Why then a discord channel?
Primarily? Traffic. It is fair to assume, although I don’t know the statistics, that more users frequent our discord than our forums. Even the regulars! And while the “paperwork-y” type of organizing the community is well served with a forum (I’m thinking not only grief patrols but also suggestions on the gamemechanics, ideas for PRs etc.), an art-gallery or a creativewriting-library does not require this kind of longform organization. The art is made, the stories written! All they need is a neat, tidy and easily accessible place for all to come and look and read.
And while our current #art-channel provides this to some extent, it is anything but tidy.
Some pros that a new archive channel would also provide: A lot of us conduct conversations and other activities over discord. Linking would be very easy, as it stays on the platform. Discord also contains many beloved reaction emojis! The wide range of possible reactions makes it very easy to convey exactly what I think of a given picture or text.
What would such a channel require?
In my mind, I envision a purely archival channel, one for pictures and one for creative writing. Posting would be forbidden for most roles. Reactions would be free by all, similar to the Booster Channel.
The Artworks and Stories would be posted by a new role, a curator. He would be equal in permission to the regular yellow folk, with the exception of being allowed to post in the archives. His responsibility would be in the beginning to go through the #art and #creative-writing channels, collect all the stuff and archive them.
Crediting the author/artist is a given, in addition, each work could be given some common keywords like “moth”, “colored” or for stories “Horror” “Non-Fiction” or similar. These would make searching the gallery much easier. Possibly this can be split, a curator for the art gallery and a librarian for the creative-writing library
Do we still need #art and #creative writing?
Yes, as a presentation area, a commons of the people to discuss, debate and aid one another on new artworks and stories!
Simply asking how an artist made the linework and discussing different graphics tablets can be all that is needed for an aspiring artist to find the courage to post their works as well! And thus our community grows!
In addition, the curator, once the initial load of archiving is done, will need a place to find new works! There, they can also guage the interest of the community in the given work!
I believe, these two channels would greatly contribute to our community! I hope you find this presentation convincing and look forward to your replies.