How do we encourage our spectator Snappers to become active posters?
Ok I'm posting here partly because it is a question for Snapzu and partly because it is one of the most active tribes. There was a similar thread about this not too long ago and an interesting point was made about people who are waiting for content because they aren't on other content site, therefore they literally cannot post content themselves. I can see that but this is about tribes this doesn't apply to.
There are tribes that I really want to see thrive which do not need access to other content to do so. That's because these tribes are based around original content of the tribe members. An example I'm going to use but is in no way the only situation I have experienced, is /t/writingprompts. This is a tribe where there are apparently (I can't see right now on my phone), if I remember correctly, about 30-50 members. With that number if each member posted even a prompt once every month and if even a couple members took a little time to respond, then it could be a fairly interesting tribe. This is a tribe that not only doesn't rely on getting content elsewhere but cannot. So I have to ask, if not to post prompts or respond to them, what did those members join for?
I'm even more saddened to see how a tribe such as /t/needafriend has gone quiet. It's a tribe whose sole purpose is to just post and find someone to chat to. I joined because I was interested to watch how it might help others, as someone who used to struggle through depression. Maybe even chat to a couple people looking for a friend. (Maybe every member there is the same as me who knows)
I feel that maybe, partially, as amazing as it is in other regards, these specialist tribes take a hit due to the way the system has set up multiple tribe posting, because people have less incentives to visit individual tribe pages or go post discussions or check the discussions posted.
I guess I'm here just to hear your guys thoughts. Do you think I'm just over reacting to seeing tribes I had high hopes for go quiet? Have you experienced similar issues with other tribes? Are there tribes who found a way to encourage the spectators into participation?