It’s not always the members’ fault- more often than not it’s the fault of the admin, but they rarely admit it. Admins have to actively encourage activity by RPing, putting up site events, chatting with members, etc. but a lot of them don’t do this or they’ll get discouraged after just a couple weeks when a few less people come on. The truly great sites that flourish have admins that will keep going despite activity dips.
here’s my take on the ‘ditching after a short time’ phenomena that happens so often. a site is started with good intentions and lovely graphics and hype and everyone wants to attend the party. then, some people are discouraged when they don’t get the fc they want or people don’t snag wanteds or plot/thread with them. those people disappear. others are confused as to why the names online are suddenly dwindling and decide to jump ship as well. those left can try to save the site but often don’t.
I often notice a difference between the type of players that join and ditch a site versus the type of people that bother to stick around for the long term. A lot of the people that join and ditch sites within a few weeks will instantly put up a shipping page, along with a request for a final or developed plot, and expect people to come to them for posts. If they don’t get their instant gratification plot taken, they leave. I try to avoid sites that have a lot of those players like the plague. On the other hand, if I see a lot of people being proactive and posting in each other’s shipping pages, a lot of plots that are threaded out from the beginning, and little in the way of predetermined ‘finals’ and such, I’m much more interested.