Isu - Commerce Rant
(I) - Introduction
(II) - A quick look at commerce
(III) - Rant
(IV) - Conclusion
(V) - Sources
Hello, for those of you who do not know who I am or my background, I will give you a brief summary. I am Isu, and I have been a part of the Firestone community since late 2016. I am a current Redwood alderman, a business owner, as well as a correctional officer within the Department of Corrections. Throughout this post, I will talk through each of my points which represent why Firestone commerce is heavily flawed.
A quick look at commerce
The Department of Commerce is in charge of business relations with various companies all over ROBLOX.¹
Many businesses registered within the Department of Commerce solely rely on roleplay to operate. While yes, Firestone is debatably a roleplay group, businesses relying solely on roleplay that have no purpose outside of this fail to give players a reason to attend to these businesses; which slowly causes them to die.³ These businesses that fail to have a purpose outside of roleplay fail to give players a reason to consistently interact with them, hence causing civilians to lose interest. This is even stronger when that said business is outside of Redwood, the spawning city, but that will (hopefully) be fixed in v3. By looking at the Department of Commerce’s permit list, you’ll see over 41 businesses with standard business permits.² I did a personal investigation on this and found that ~50% of businesses shutdown after their first month of operation.
Businesses that I can think of that I believe do have a purpose are:
Transportation Businesses (Uber, Driveglide, etc)
Tour Businesses (Quest Expeditions)
News Businesses (Firestone News Network)
Churches (Grace Church, Church of Greendale)
Police Exploring/Fire Exploring
in some cases Banks (Prominence Bank, Bank of Redwood)
The problem with businesses outside of these fields or businesses relying on development support is that not only is it difficult to receive development support (especially if you’re a newer business) but it is difficult to give players a reason to give your business attention, this being most true if your business solely relies on roleplay. It is easy for a bank or a transportation business to gain traction due to the fact they offer services that can be beneficial towards civilians, (loans, rides, etc); but if your business is for example a laundry company, you won’t gain much traction.
To get noticed by citizens, you need developer support. To get developer support, you need to be noticed. This is a heavily flawed system which leads to the “rich becoming richer and poor becoming poorer”, in the sense that the businesses with development support gain more traction whilst the newer businesses die out.
Commerce is flawed.
2 https://trello.com/b/r4a8Tw1I/commerce-permit-database (Standard Business Permits List)
3 https://trello.com/b/r4a8Tw1I/commerce-permit-database (Expired/Invalid Business Permits)