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Not a complaint, just an idea
As I've said countless times, I really love this website, but there are a few things that I would like to bring up. This is not meant to be me complaining about how the website currently runs but more a constructive criticism to the team behind the scenes, and even to bring up some ideas. First off, instead of making personal Discords a bad thing, why not utilize those to gain more members and recognition? Create an affiliation program, something like what's already a thing but make it easier to get and let the developers advertise their Discord on GPM in return of advertising GPM in their Discord? I'm not trying to say that everyone who's a developer and got a personal Discord should get to be apart of the affiliation program, but more experienced (seasoned) developers. I personally think this would be a good idea for the future of GPM and it's member base.
My standpoint on the Discord advertising was taken from these lines in the GPM guidelines. Correct me if I'm wrong.
- No advertisements. This includes but not limited to: other communities, organizations, companies, referral links, etc.
- No indirect advertisements. This includes but not limited to: posting a discord link that has content that can be purchased, etc.
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After reading your response I know have a better (and clearer) understanding of what the advertising guidelines actually mean, but with the previous text I'm more trying to pitch the idea of the affiliate program to increase activity and members, because from my personal beliefs that's what GPM is missing, members. It's a known fact that the Discords are what's the most popular in the community, and that everyone tend to come back to them, therefore I believe that collaborating with the Discords can create good bonds between GPM and the developer Discords members, which in turn generates clicks and joins. As I previously said, I understand that the team has the final saying but I think it's a good point worth mentioning.
@Billy Johnsson I will talk to our operations director to come up with a solution to allow Discord owners to apply to become a Community Affiliate and come up with a good vetting method. You are 100% right that Discord servers have been the most popular platform for the GTA Modding community and we do need to find a way (and we will) to incorporate our members who own and operate a discord server to become a Community Affiliate.
Will definitely keep you and the rest of the community posted
Good stuff @Ray , thanks for the fast responses.