Infopop, makers of the bulletin board software that run ehMac, have just upgraded to version 6.5! I'm implementing the upgrade to ehMac very soon now. (I know, I've been saying that for a while but trust me, it will happen really soon!)
I know when I do the upgrade, some people won't like the change cause well, it will be a change. But nonetheless, we'll try to go forward.
I plan on trying to update the look and feel of ehMac as well (yet keeping it somewhat consistent). Hopefully it will look ok. Will probably see a new forum or two.
And... there will be a few official sponsors to ehMac as well! Really excited about this as there are some great Mac related companies in Canada that we'll be partnering with. [img]smile.gif[/img] More news to come soon.
Also, I maybe asking some members to participate in a survey that a research company is doing. If anyone has the time to honestly answer the questions on the survey, this would inadvertently GREATLY help out ehMac in a number of $pecial ways!!! (If you do fill out the survey, please answer questions properly, not just fill out survey to help out ehMac) Again, filling out this survey will really, really help out ehMac!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned.
Admittedly you are a benign dictator but I suggest in the interests of community support you open up discussion on forum additions as fragmented discussion areas are a recipe for failure.
It's already a bit thinly populated with 4 forums and we really need a membership drive and in particular a drive for more active participation in existing forums.
Towns can be improved or destroyed by renovations. Tread carefully.
If possible, a parallel URL for some test runs would be ideal.
Official sponsors may be good for the income but it's participation that makes the community work and makes it attractive to sponsors in the first place.
Certainly some feature upgrades like searchable threads for instance would be welcome but again I suggest caution in change and involving the community ahead of time. I beleive many have donated to provide funding for the upgrade so have a vested stake in the manner in which it is done.
Even such minor change as emoticons caused some friction. Once again for the community tread gently and try for a parallel URL to test drive differences.
More work but worth it in the long run.
My 2¢ worth.
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Thanks for the good feedback Macdoc. Will take into consideration. I am the kind of guy though who would rather do something and see the reaction and then make modifications. (Case in point the emoticons.. which I believe you were the biggest opponent too ) Just like Mac OS X upgrades... when that little upgrade ball starts bouncing in my dock, I can't wait to upgrade.
I thrive on change so I'd like to update the features and look of ehMac. Some will like, others might not. I will listen to feedback. I really think most members will love the new features and layout.
You have a very good point about membership participation. And that's where sponsorship comes in. Its kind of a chicken and egg situation. Driving up membership and getting more members and more posts really drives up bandwidth, the amount of storage space needed on a server and the amount of admin time etc... So, I've been a little reluctant to really grow. With sponsorship, it will be more feasible to start to promote ehMac growth. Someday down the road, maybe even more so. And the more members, the more value to sponsors.
But yes, I will try to get more active involvement from members we already have too.
Regarding diluting forums, you're ever so correct. I used to have to many forums and it was your great suggestion that got us more focussed. (And all the great members Macdoc has sent our way. And all the great posts.) I think the two new forums I have planned will be of interest.
Thanks again for the feedback and I encourage anyone reading this to let me know your thoughts. [img]smile.gif[/img]
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ehMax: And... there will be a few official sponsors to ehMac as well! Really excited about this as there are some great Mac related companies in Canada that we'll be partnering with.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hmmm, did someone say, special incentive (read price) for registered ehMac citizens to buy Unreal Tournament 2003, for official ehMac UT2K3 game nights?
I would submit I have attempted to solicit more members at one time, only to be told these forums are far too "clichy" and one sided in their administration. Individuals whom I have convinced to drop by and give these forums a try have all reported no interest in staying on.
Shame, really. I know of no other Canadian forums such as these.
On the issue of improvements, a post preview option would likely be a welcome addition.
I'm honestly impressed by the number of regulars here and there seems to be a continued growth in the membership. For a "purely Canadian" site, the activity is quite remarkable, in my opinion. Rapid growth is NOT something I would care to see, in light of my experiences on other forums I frequent. Although I have had a few skirmishes here with fellow members, I maintain a respect for their beliefs and rights to express them. I believe the encouragement and acceptance of our differences is what makes us uniquely Canadian.
My comment on the reported "clichiness" (geez, I hate that word!) is only a result of feedback from those I've invited to join in. Personally, I don't see any more of that "feeling" here than any other forums. I would imagine that sense is only more apparent due to the smaller membership, making it more visible in a "smaller room".
The responsibility of making these forums more interesting shouldn't fall on the shoulders of the moderator(s) alone, but upon the membership. We are all an integral part of this community, and in that light must share the responsibility of continued growth and enjoyment.
On occasion, viewpoints and discussions in these forums irk me. But that doesn't keep me from dropping by on a very regular basis. Perhaps my input isn't as prevalent as it could be, but I do read most of what everyone is writing.
Thanks Macspectrum for helping. It won't be a phone survey, thats for sure! (I hate getting calls at my house besides from people I know) An email will be sent out with a link to an online survey. I'm getting final details next week. I'm not sure what the survey will be on yet but they are specifically looking for Canadian opinions. I know they will get some honest opinions here! [img]smile.gif[/img]