It’s hard to communicate a full opinion and be concise! I feel like I didn’t transmit enough of what I feel about this in my other post.
I think there are two very separate issues being discussed in this thread. One is about community health, user participation, site growth, etc. The other seems to be about a lack of respect that lurking users have for content creators. Stuff like “it kinda feels like if majority don’t give a damn about me why should I care about them” (that post has been deleted now).
I think that the first topic is very valid and worth discussing - encouraging users to be more active and create scripts of their own helps to grow and strengthen the community, making the entire thing more enjoyable and productive for everybody. I don’t think that the second topic is valid or worth discussing.
I’m pretty new to scripting, but I’ve spent basically my entire adult working life creating free stuff for the internet because I enjoy it. The internet operates according to the 1% rule - that for online communities, 1% of the users create 99% of the content. Smaller, newer communities tend to have a higher creator:consumer ratio, but as the community grows, we should expect to see a higher proportion of lurkers and consumers, rather than a lower proportion. A related concept is The Eternal September, which refers to how the beautiful core of online communities tends not to survive mainstream adoption.
This is why sites like YouTube and PornHub make views their primary metric of a piece of content’s success. Engagement is very variable, and generally limited to a small subset of engaged users, but views are universally applicable to core community members and the “99%” alike.
It’s our job as the early community members to foster an environment and culture that encourages participation, but ultimately (and especially due to the adult nature of the site) you can’t force people to participate in an online community. If you do, they will simply go and get their content elsewhere - this is how we could end up with siterip torrents where people can download thousands of scripts in a .zip file and never even come to the site at all. It’s possible to create gated online communities like private torrent sites and whatnot, but these exist explicitly to limit growth for privacy, secrecy or legal reasons.
The Loss of a Leader
I think most people in this thread have been discussing site/community health and engagement. Husky was talking about respect. Which I think is why he bailed from this really productive discussion and has deleted all his posts and scripts - everyone’s been talking about solutions to a different problem from what he’s actually upset about. It’s obviously his decision to make, but ultimately removing all of his great work from the site only harms it, which is a huge shame. He was talking about making an OpenFunScripter video tutorial, which I also assume he isn’t going to make now.
It sucks because I’m sure he enjoys scripting, otherwise he wouldn’t have made so many great scripts. I suspect he began to feel pressure to keep scripting due to his reputation, and slowly that pressure turned to resentment - he probably just needed to take an extended break from scripting for others to remind himself why he got started in the first place…
I’m hopeful that he’ll get the break that he probably needed now and will come back one day soon!