Thanks, @Lindagaf, for the tag allowing me to chime in.
Yes, I am an “older newer” member, having been here since 2018. And, as a parent of a student who just completed the admissions season, this site has been incredible. There is no doubt that this site has incredible value to parents and should have incredible value to students. But the parents are the key, and as noted above, that distinguishes CC from Reddit.
I totally understand the need to get more traffic, particularly from students. It probably would result in a positive feedback loop if you could get the right balance of content and things to attract and keep students here beyond the admissions season.
With respect, I don’t think the ChatGPT threads help at all. In fact, I am a bit turned off by them, TBH. On many other threads, we’re discussing the problems with ChatGPT and other AI generators. Of course, there is a huge need for AI, but I wonder if setting up college-specific threads is all that interesting. The kids can do this themselves if they want to.
I don’t know really know about the tournament, and I confess that I don’t quite understand what it’s about.
I think things like the live sessions with the AO folks from colleges are great. CC should do more of these if possible, and earlier in the admissions season. I think that will get a good deal of student traffic.
Also, I think the student ambassadors program was a good idea, but I would like to see more activity there.
Several months ago, there was a HUGE thread where many of us commented on things like updating the Chance Me templates etc. I don’t remember exactly what was mentioned there, but I do recall there were some great student-focused ideas.
The net point is to make sure that your solid base of viewers (i.e., parents) continues to have strong content and extremely well-moderated fora on CC. That shouldn’t be jeopardized. But attracting and keeping students is a worthy cause too, just not at the expense of the parental user base, IMO.