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Sat, Aug. 11th, 2007, 10:15 pm
atrata: weekend update

Howdy, fandom.

The technobabble update is that I'm in the process of setting up a dev box. I've got the subversion repository set up, and now I need to configure it to allow multiple users. Then I need to install TRAC, and hook it in to the resository. Then we get coding. The dev team itself is not quite hammered out yet, but it's close. I still have e-mails to send and e-mails to read and e-mails e-mails e-mails, but once the hammering is done, I'll let you guys know who is rocking the behind-the-scenes development work.

One thing I really need to get better at is sorting or noting comments as they come in. I didn't make a running list of name suggestions as they appeared in my inbox, so it took me forever to go through the five pages of comments on that post and find them. Here they are:
  • our thing (okay, that's stil me, but a few of you said you liked it!)
  • postnet
  • crack rack
  • fanthing
  • fandomain
  • sanctuary
  • fantastica
  • fan_freed
  • zippy
  • fandom world
  • fanverse
  • fanspire
  • fanspiration
  • archnalunity
  • the place (because it's time)
  • fanhaven

Other suggestions?

And, last but not least, I set up fandom_flutter as a place to vent, share, post essays, etc. It's still moderated, in order to keep out spammers/advertisers/whatever, but I hope people who are interested in discussing the further implications of the exodus will head over there. I'm going to clear out the mod queue for this comm, and I hope anything that gets rejected will end up over there. I guess I'd like to try to keep this community for Project-related updates. I dunno. It's a fuzzy line. And I've maybe had some drinks, so it's clearly time to step away from the laptop.

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)

One thing I'd like to note is that, if you want to encourage LJ users who aren't in fandom to join the site then it's probably best to keep "fan" out of the title. Fans will find the site no matter what -- having a haven for them, especially in regard to the treatment they get on a lot of journaling sites, is probably enough of a draw -- but many non-fans will avoid a site with "fan" in the title because they'll assume it has nothing to offer them.

As for a name you can get as a domain... Many domains these days are taken, so 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.

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)

I like your thinking, and I think the word "haven" would be quite good :)

Or home, something friendly sounding.

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)

I like your thinking

Thank you, I do try. :)

I think the word "haven" would be quite good :) Or home, something friendly sounding.

That definitely has some potential. I think that a welcoming/friendly-sounding name would help create a good impression on people looking for a place to host their journal.

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)

I'd like to second that suggestion. :)

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)

I entirely agree, "fan" is off putting to the future nonfandom based user.

And combining two words that describe what service you offer than makes you stand out is a rather brilliant idea -- I mean obvious but not that obvious if I wasn't thinking of it haha ;) brilliant nonetheless.

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)

As much as I'm rather attached to a variation of Fandomain, I'm inclined to agree with you.

Maybe the 'fan' name could be kept for the fandom section? (should we decide to go that way, that is)