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    Hi all! We really appreciate all of the wonderful feedback and passion surrounding this topic. Reading through the comments, we wanted to clarify one point that may have caused confusion:

    The purpose of this experiment with new directories is intended to better highlight broad groupings of content by bringing them together in directories where they wouldn’t be in direct competition with each other, increasing their exposure. In this way, creative content stands to have better exposure by being separated from gaming, etc. We will know better once the experiment concludes and we’re able to review the data in full.

    That being said, through your feedback, we also recognize that the broad naming of the category as “IRL” doesn’t acknowledge that Creative and IRL content are distinct. We will be evaluating the results of the experiment to determine how we can continue to best support communities’ growth, while ensuring we are…

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    Anchimayen commented  · 

    There's really no confusion here, it's clear from a business perspective this is a good call ... for Twitch ... Amazon ... More small categories jammed into a big banner makes it more attractive towards advertisers, it seems like that's a succes, as viewer I see more ads than before ... a wider variety.

    As a content-creator/streamer I can only imagine how much my content will get buried under other things ... because who in heaven's name is gonna search for arts in a "IRL" section. You say this will give more exposure, but logically thinking a new visitor who's interested in arts will see NO ARTS on the front page and therefore assume there isn't any, continuing their search elsewhere. Is this a bold assumption, yes ... but just imagine being new to a platform, you see a few categories and think "ohh, this is it... this is all they have to offer." As artists and we already have to fight to get some eyes on our work and this decision only further complicates stuff for us. Just for once listen, we're are with over 5 thousand here, doesn't that say enough, it is THE LARGEST thread on here.

    So, just please ... listen!

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