There are a lot of cool things that happen on RPG Geek, most of them sponsored by members or groups of members. It's easy to miss some or to have yours be the one that gets missed. This article is going to offer some suggestions on getting your event/contest/initiative noticed.
Always make a thread to point to your new thing. If your thing is a geeklist, a thread announcing it is better because only threads can be front-pinned. No one can frontpin a geeklist.
Front pinning gets your post included in the Announcements section on the front page. To make it easy, put your thread in the RPG Geek News Forum or in one of the General Discussion forums; those are the ones that can be front-pinned easily.
To get it front-pinned, send a note to an admin. Not every admin can front-pin, but you can ask ctimmins, jasri, or adularia25. There are probably others, but they listed admins have told me in the past they'd like to be asked and are willing to help. Based on current activity, I'd probably ask in that order.
If you're running a contest of some sort, you should definitely add it to the RPG Geek Contest Subscription Thread. If you'd like to know about new contests, you should subscribe to that thread.
There are other places on the site where you might be able to get more publicity for your contest or event.
RPGG News is the blog on the front page. It has a lot more than industry news and you should consider asking them to add it. I'd send a note to sdonohue or brumcg. There are others who could do it, but those two are probably most likely to post something different. sdonohue is always looking for more content for The Thursday Thing.
The Question of the Day can sometimes work for promotion depending on what you're doing. Sometimes the question is as obvious as "Will you participate in this contest?" and other times it's more subtle. Either way, ask pdzoch for help.
Sometimes we offer rewards for winning or entering the contest. The most likely things are geek gold and microbadges.
For geek gold, the usual approach is to include a note in the message that anything tipped to the post will be distributed to the eventual winners. Other members will usually tip generously.
Microbadges are the other one. To hand them out, you need to get permission for a free badge unless you're a returning event that's had badges before. I would recommend asking kattvippa or adularia25 about permission.
Once you have permission, post a request on the RPGG Microbadges - Design, Discussion, Request and Fixes Thread. Even if you have the talent to do it yourself, they'll want to look at it and provide feedback before it gets accepted.
Once the badge is approved and you're ready to give them out, send a note with usernames to an admin. Adularia25 is usually the most likely.
Don't be afraid to ask sdonohue to add a reference to your event on Facebook.
Remember that the admins may have real world obligations and/or live in a different timezone than you. Be patient!
If you have suggestions, post them below.
If you feel like I've made a mistake, send me a geekmail and I'll happily correct it.
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