Thursday, October 25, 2012

Miniature discussion post #6

I don't even remember where I found this one...

More odds and ends tonight! not all of which are related this time, after the break.

  1. As you may have noticed we have a new banner today, and have changed the blog name. The URL is still the same however, for now at least. We tried changing it, but that caused all links and bookmarks to the site to no longer function. If we do decide to change the URL we'll give everyone a heads-up, or at least make sure that old links will be redirected. Otherwise we may keep the one we have for a while.
  2. I have learned that it can be quite a challenge to check comments for submissions to the site: as this blog scales up, we may have to eventually use just the email submission system. However the value of setting up a system where people can leave stuff in the comments is great. So how can we make that system more efficient so that it may last longer? Should we make occasional posts strictly for the purpose of submissions? Should we allow passers-by to tag submitted content that they see in the comments somehow? 
  3. One thing I've noticed about "megathreads"/ discussion threads is that some of them don't actually turn into megathreads as intended. So what do you thing are the differences between a successful megathread/discussion thread and an unsuccessful one? Does it help if we break up and organize the comments into sections like Sweetie bot did here? Does that organization help the conversations grow? Is there an element of luck in which discussion threads do well? Can you think of some other reasons posts become successful places of discussion?
  4. Should we not bother with pre-readers and just post fics people like, if/when we get as large as EqD? What do you think our future fix policy could/should be? Should we have similar policies for other forms of media?
  5. With Hasbro's recent investment in FIM merch instead of the show, it's seems like perhaps purchases of merch to support of the show may be misplaced: if we buy merch, they will supply more merch. So perhaps instead we should make sure to buy season DVDs and comics: things that support the creation of more storytelling and episodes. That's my take on it at least. Might it be possible to steer Hasbro toward producing larger seasons again? If so, how would you go about it?