Last month I asked How can CC support discussion of musical theater admissions? Since then, I started looking at the statistics. Here is the total number of replies in the Musical Theater Schools category and all subcategories by week:
While there has been some active weeks, there’s never have been enough activity to justify so many sub categories. There’s a sort of Empty Restaurant Syndrome that happens when someone shows up in a category and the last real discussion was a week or two old. For most of the MT school subcategories, it’s more like several months (or years!) old. People assume they are in the wrong place or everyone has left.
Meanwhile, we also have a Musical Theater Major category, which is fairly active. If you want to know what’s going on with MT programs, your are much more likely to get an answer by posting there than in a school subcategory. So after considering the options, I’m going to move the posts in the Musical Theater Schools category to the Musical Theater Major category.
How is this going to happen?
I’ve started the process by tagging every post in the Musical Theater Schools subcategories with the name of the school. For instance, you can find all the posts about University of the Arts under the university-of-the-arts-mt tag. New threads can use that tag too if there are new questions about that (or any other) musical theater program.
In the next few days, we’ll be moving each thread from the individual school categories into the Musical Theater Major category. If you are interested in musical theater, that’s where you’ll want to watch for new threads.
When that’s done, I’ll archive this category and its subcategories.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know in a reply or via private message. I know that this will be disruptive for some people, but I think it’s a necessary step for the long-term health of musical theater discussion on the site. Having so many categories that are nearly unused isn’t helping anyone right now.