The recent what's what.
by, 27th Jul 2012 at 08:02 PM (464 Views)
So a while back in a blog post of mine I hinted at some serious change to be made around the entire site. I realize I was absolutely vague, but being extremely convoluted in that post was completely necessary.
However, because of recent debate and discussion among the staff, we've come to go against this change and head in a different direction than what we had planned. Since this immense change is officially in the bin as of today, it should be fine to inform the lot of you what we were planning.
Simply put, we were planning on making the site a lot more family friendly. The idea sprouted when we realized that the site was slowly dying, another thing I've put in the spotlight with my previous blog post. To fix this, we decided to try something rather radical, that of course being to be something that stands out from the rest of the crowd: a site that caters to fans of My Little Pony, not bronies. This of course would mean the site would have more restrictions on what could and could not be posted, this may explain why some of us have been so strict as of recently as we were trying to get into the mindset of maintaining that atmosphere. Some of you understand what I'm talking about firsthand.
Anyway, it took a few weeks of discussion and thought to realize, "Hey, this is a bad idea." It may have taken us a while, although some of us were against it from the start, but in making this change we'd be doing the one thing we absolutely do not want to do, and that is alienate all of our old users.
And so the plan to do so was officially thrown in the bin as of today.
On to more recent things, as I've said a million times in the past by this point, the site rules are currently undergoing heavy maintenance. To give a little bit of perspective on the progress of this, it's officially not against the rules to necro-post anymore so long as the post remains relevant and constructive to the topic at hand.
As for something else, the topic of the lack of users has been brought up countless times in the past, heck, the staff's been obsessing over the solution to this problem forever. The solution we have in mind as of now is to not attract more people to the site, doing so would be pointless as we already attract hundreds of new users every month. Take a look at the bottom of the page right now, there should be more guests online than users, and that's a bit of a problem. So to fix this, we've been brainstorming ways to not just attract new users, but to make the site more memorable and appealing so that the new users we get decide to stay and the guests that lurk to a seemingly endless amount decide to sign up.
The idea we've come up with so far is EPTV.
With the fact that we now have two radios, one on Shoutcast, and one on Livestream, we're thinking of ways to make the Livestream function more as a TV channel to make use of the visual aesthetics that is has over SC. This of course leaves a couple of problems:
>Finding a way to make SC better
>Ideas for things to put on EPTV.
We're already looking into ways to improve shoutcast, but brainstorming ideas for what will essentially be a TV station is incredibly difficult, and so I ask you guys, what would you like to see? Please post your ideas in the comments or shoot me a PM if you have any, and keep in mind, we cannot play episodes due to copyright issues.
So far among the staff we've come up with:
>Live music making(?)
On to something else, as you may find out later today, we have ourselves a few new staff members. Stay tuned later to find out who's been selected.
That's all this time, later.