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danphobic_

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Re: AGM
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2017, 04:59:28 PM »
This site is mainly about the people, for me. People who are passionate about building robots and have advice and skills in that area.
     It is however still a php forum and this means it is always going to be about the people and the subject matters discussed, rather than the projects. I think there is a limit to what you can do with a php forum, which is always going to limit growth.
    I stumbled upon a website recently ( society of robots) which seems to have some of the ingredients that would make a really good hobby robotics site, except user led projects on the homepage. It has news articles, industry sponsored adverts, beginner robot projects and a forum. Much like the lmr of old, but not much in the way of visual stimulation or user interaction that I can see.
   CKR is extremely visually pleasing. It has the user led projects on the home page. Systems for 'collecting' projects and following users. Interesting design motifs. But lacks the user interaction, shoutbox, active forum, etc. I really like the concept of it being 100% family friendly but I think that is also it's limiting factor. I don't really think kids are so fragile to necessitate the need to censor bad words etc. I think it is just part of taking part in the internet.
  RR has a great user interaction, great forum, great people, freedom of opinion, irreverent humour, with helpful people and passionate robotics enthusiasts.

I won't mention the original site, other than to say it had all of the above but with key addition of a core of 'community' contributors who did things like modding and adding content and crucially some interaction with professional roboticists and industry figures. If there was a model or formula to making a hobby robotics site super popular and fun it would a combination of all of the above. The closest thing i can find is HAD. The lure of having your projects seen, rated, followed etc is really the fundamental drawer for makers. The drawer for those wanting to get into making is looking at these projects and trying to emulate them, being able to message those makers and get advice, finding the products necessary all in one place etc.  These all seem to be the necessary traits of a really successful and fun robotics website.
 
   

 

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Re: AGM
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2017, 05:03:46 PM »
Although I should add, I totally understand the sheer difficulty of achieving that. You basically need to be a website designer with a lot of free time to pull that off. If I had any of the skills and time needed I would offer up.

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Re: AGM
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2017, 06:03:19 PM »
I agree with pretty much everything you said the question is how to develop a larger core community, I think we can move forward torwards a site that has the best of CKR and RR, part of the point of this for me is how we get there.

 

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