the great fandom migration
Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007, 06:30 pm
atrata: the following are presented without comment. except for the parts with comments.
This is stuff from the mod queue and my inbox. I really love that you guys submit posts and links, and I really
hate that giant red "reject" button, but I think it's better to try and round up links in news posts than fill up the f-lists of a couple thousand people (!!) with small chunks of info.
Now, in regards to the name post
... we're not there yet, but I think we're getting closer. Some thoughts:
- I agree with the many people who are against having the word "fan" in the name, because we don't want to alienate non-fen.
- If, however, we're intent on something with that f-a-n letter combo, we should look for something where it's subtle, already part of a larger word (e.g., "fanfare," suggested here (with others) by copinggoggles).
- I also don't think we want to be all INTRNETZ IZ SRS BIZNEZ about it, so we should go for something with a hint of whimsy.
- tekanji makes a good suggestion here: "I would recommend combining two words that describe what kind of service you're offering (ala. Live Journal, Word Press, Type Pad). Maybe figure out what features will make your service stand out and create a name from that."
Further thoughts and suggestions? Keep 'em coming! I am obviously unfit to make naming decisions, because the Mafia fangirl in me will go with "Our Thing" and call it good. Remember that we can also make up a word or egregiously misspell something. It's the web2.0 way!
Mon, Aug. 20th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Just been sent here after talking about doing my own site... mine's still in the talking stages here (trying to convince my father's friend to join with me, as he has a large server and host space he bought for a website, which he couldn't make successful) anyway, still talking, still umming and ahhing - both from mine and his point of view... mainly about whether it's worth it with all the different people setting up their own things, or hoping for the best and migrating to places like IJ and GJ.
Whatever happens, I hope that all fandom survives this mess... and also, from your hardwork, good luck *smiles* if it works out, you may even see me joining yours *thoughtful smile*
My fingers are crossed for you guys, since I've been resting on my laurels and really not getting anything done till now... good luck... and the name thing... 'Our Thing' does sound quite closed minded.
Sat, Aug. 25th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Just an idea....
I just wanted to say something about, how people would prefer the "friends" term to be called "watchers" instead of friends, I agree with that, but what if you take it one step further, what if everyone is classified as a watcher first, and after so many set posts or comments in your journal they become "friend" or "fan buddy" or "admirer" or whatever. It would encourage more people to comment to achieve that higher status, than just a watcher.
I feel that friend is too intimate right off and watcher is too distant, and will keep people lurking. It should be preset by the admin and the same for all journals for it to work smoothly. Just an idea....
Sun, Aug. 26th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
FYI, if it hasn't been suggested yet, WordPress has released a Multi-User
platform that might be good for community building.
It doesn't have the same structure as LJ, but it does allow for community blogs, nice searches, etc.
Tue, Aug. 28th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
I am a bit meh about the our thing idea, as it raises the question - who is 'our'? (and therefore who is not.) it comes close to potentially looking clique-ish.
Wed, Oct. 3rd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
I like the idea of a name that refers to the community aspect of fandom.