I was quite active back in the day at Du when the idea of groups were launched for the reason of de-cluttering the window below of the active threads. We used to have many 'game' threads which were source of interaction together and that included small mini poetry threads but unfortunately as with anything sometimes even those threads turned into heated egging each other with words/poetry lol
We had many other random threads like discussions, topics which also turned sometimes into fights sending the threads to boiler room.
So webmiss decided to keep it away from all public eye thus creating groups to keep them more organized and appointing mods to keep things peaceful.
Unfortunately, its poorly designed. The format is not friendly nor accessible in many ways it reminds me of FB groups the way discussions fall down vertically and it takes forever to find something. For start, Groups should be part of the menu up above in "MY DU" along with Submit poem, my home, updates etc.
One of the best formats back in the day was a site called Hi5 (i don't know if anyone remembers it) but all the group threads were accessible (opened up) horizontally while the topics were arranged vertically. During that social media infancy stage Hi5 attracted people from all over the world because of their exceptionally well designed group format. It was booming with brilliance in every group, in every topic.
Since then, I have not seen any other social site match the same way and that's why we deem to look at them as boring despite how advanced technology has become they haven't prioritized groups.
As for cliquey da cluck lol
yep that's another thing that's always been well and alive here and it will never be gone until they actually make an attempt to get in touch with those people who they've had frictions with in the past to say, 'hey, lets give it another chance.' They'll probably be surprised to see how much others have changed and are willing.
I agree with this outlook. I came here to make a difference in the realm of modern literary art, but instead of invigorating, revolutionary interactions that could actually grow the concept of poetry, I found mostly a monopoly of crybabies and a galvanized group of literary hijackers.
We're all real people with different motives, but this is a poetry site. It's like a neighborhood or stomping ground meant for testing and growing literary art. This site could make a hell of a lot of money if it were able to be maintained as a stable environment for talented artists to connect and feel some sort of value.
If this were my site, the cliques which dominate by way of discrimination, and discouragement of anything new would be quickly replaced by adclicks for art products.
As the artist who has been blocked or ban-threatened several times for controversial content by the prevailing, ignorant mucky-mucks, I can attest to a desire for burning this whole shithouse down.
I have watched several talented artist abandon DUP over the last decade, and that saddens me deeply, because really this SHOULD be the intellectual safehaven for future rockstars.