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    I Love Licorice silver trophybronze trophy Datura's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
    People respect the rules and don't discuss it here, so I'm confident they would respect the rules and keep it civilised in a section dedicated to these sensitive topics of discussion. If it doesn't work, then it gets trashed. I would not oppose the creation of it.
    You know Raffles, they used to have discussions like it included here on SP, but it got out of hand, that is why it was eliminated.

    I know that you and I could hold to the rules, but I am not sure how many members would not. Think about the bashing that often happens when people are not that well informed, or how inflammatory some people are with their comments. I do not know how to keep it civilized enough not to have verbal fist fights. It just lends itself to clashes.

    There would have to be a moderator on standby at all times just for that section alone.

    I personally love discussing politics and religion as well, because those issues are so very important in all out lives, but frankly, I am glad we do not on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kailash Badu View Post
    You don't need to use WordPress in order to be qualified as a blog. Nonetheless,
    http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/wp-admin/
    It doesn't even look like wordpress. Great job Sitepoint!
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    I think that the step foreward would be development teams.

    For example, a couple of people from the PHP and Design teams join up as a group. Sitepoint starts advertising as making sites (yes, I know they do as a company, I'm on about mass site creation by the community), and the jobs are listed on a page (oldest first). The team manager signs up for the job - the sites get finished and the profits are split between the developers, manager and sitepoint itself.

    Not only will sitepoint be leaders in web development (while 70% of members are newbies, I'd say at least 20% are experts), but it would get massive revenue. It could even be a mass-employer - people could even leave their dayjobs just to work with sitepoint.

    Lol - ok, maybe thats a bit of a nieve idea - but hey, opinions are opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kailash Badu View Post
    You don't need to use WordPress in order to be qualified as a blog. Nonetheless,
    http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/wp-admin/
    Wow....nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Harbottle View Post
    1. Programming Reference Site

    We're busy working on a reference section for sitepoint.com that will rival anything else you've seen. We currently have some of the best minds in the business cooking up reference material for CSS, JavaScript and HTML.
    Excellent news. I'm looking forward to this bit. Any plans to extend beyond those to include say Php and Mysql ?
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    > Something has promted old members back which is good.

    Is that true though? Personally, the more I visit Sitepoint, the more convinced I am that it's going from bad to worse, and that is unfortunate as it's now going on what? 5 years since I signed up?

    I have a few ideas as to why I'm finding it (more) difficult to stay with Sitepoint, but maybe it's just something I've ate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Livingston View Post
    > Something has promted old members back which is good.

    Is that true though? Personally, the more I visit Sitepoint, the more convinced I am that it's going from bad to worse, and that is unfortunate as it's now going on what? 5 years since I signed up?

    I have a few ideas as to why I'm finding it (more) difficult to stay with Sitepoint, but maybe it's just something I've ate
    Could you enlighten us a little bit more? You make a pretty broad and non specific statement there.
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    I would like to see:


    1. A loans department module built into the forums
    - Copy the Prosper.com business model
    - We upload cash and lend it out to each other.
    Go to http://prosper.com for an example. Not hard to do

    2. A social network for us techies built into the forums

    3. Better and Wider Promotion of the Sitepoint Marketplace
    We need more buyers and sellers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcel View Post
    1. A loans department module built into the forums
    - Copy the Prosper.com business model
    - We upload cash and lend it out to each other.
    Go to http://prosper.com for an example. Not hard to do
    Very hard to do legally, internationally, and without losing all the margins to fraud. Why would SitePoint go into a totally new business which has nothing to do with web design? Especially when there are already companies providing the service?

    I ask the same of the person who asked for game reviews...huh? On SitePoint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    Very hard to do legally, internationally, and without losing all the margins to fraud. Why would SitePoint go into a totally new business which has nothing to do with web design? Especially when there are already companies providing the service?

    I ask the same of the person who asked for game reviews...huh? On SitePoint?

    #1 To make money
    #2 To leverage the existing membership that's not scared of spending money online

    Leverage is what's important here.

    Start smal... Paypal started out only in the US.

    IMHO, it does not matter if it's topically acceptable.

    Just an idea, for someone ( anyone ) to run with...
    Last edited by marcel; Nov 4, 2007 at 16:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    True.

    Those were the pre-RSS Feed days, though.


    What do you think of Pod-casts??... You think they'd really catch on?? I think they're a passing fad.




    I think podcasts are cool, I currently listen to NetMag.co.uk and FreelanceSwitch's Podcasts. They alright. It is nice doing work while listening.

    If Sitepoint ever go through the podcast route, try not to make it too long, bland, and go off topic time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Livingston View Post
    Personally, the more I visit Sitepoint, the more convinced I am that it's going from bad to worse, and that is unfortunate as it's now going on what? 5 years since I signed up?

    I have a few ideas as to why I'm finding it (more) difficult to stay with Sitepoint, but maybe it's just something I've ate
    It's probably something you ate I've been a member here since 2005, although I have only been active for half that time. I find this one of the best forums for web designers/developers out there. I agree there are some things that don't digest well with me, but generally I don't see any decline.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcel View Post
    I would like to see:
    1. A loans department module built into the forums
    This way new members don't have to go around the forums begging for $5 to make a marketplace listing.

    Quote Originally Posted by SamiUK View Post
    I think podcasts are cool, I currently listen to NetMag.co.uk and FreelanceSwitch's Podcasts.
    If you listen to the .NET Mag podcast, you would live the Boagworld one.
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    A lot of great ideas and thoughts here guys =) an excellent thread cpvr!

    We want to keep our members happy and I am always up for hearing ideas that we can discuss at Head Quarters. So, if you can think of anything especially cool that you think a lot of members would like to see as features etc, pm me and I can discuss the possibilities with the other staff. I have already taken note of some of the ideas mentioned here
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo_dk View Post



    If you listen to the .NET Mag podcast, you would live the Boagworld one.
    Hey thanks Jimbo, I heard of the name of the website .Net podcast but never got around to checking it out.

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    It will get more active! great site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shazz™ View Post
    It will get more active! great site.
    SP is already one of the more active forums on the web.
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    Depends how you define "active". It's 364th in number of posts according to big-boards.com, but I suppose what sets Sitepoint apart from those above it are that there may be fewer posts but the quality content per post is probably very high in comparison.

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    That's what I thought until I started going into the General Chat forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranial-bore View Post
    It's a dim future, but the tea leaves don't lie.
    Wow, I wish I could live in your world for a day... a psychotropic experience I'm sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    That's what I thought until I started going into the General Chat forum
    hahaha -- GC is just an appendix
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    ^Or a kind afterthought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
    Depends how you define "active". It's 364th in number of posts according to big-boards.com, but I suppose what sets Sitepoint apart from those above it are that there may be fewer posts but the quality content per post is probably very high in comparison.
    What sets it apart from the other forums listed there is the TOPIC. The competition include forums that focus on politics, religion, relationships and just about everything but high-tech/web design. And many of them would appear to be pretty stupid.

    A more honest ranking would compare SitePoint to other high-tech forums. I would assume it ranks among the top three at least, though I haven't done a recent survey.

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    Thumbs up New to SP

    I don't remember exactly how I got here, but the fact that I found this site shows that exposure is wide.
    Interestingly, I am impressed with what I have seen so far and it looks like the site can become a very popular place.

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    Sweet. We love people like you. I get sick of hearing people moan about how things have changed.

    I reckon that if you don't like something, fix it or bugger off.
    (I do love you all, really. I'm just struggling with Monday morning.)

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    Frankly, I dread the day Sitepoint membership grows to the extent that its bigwigs start to charge members for being members. It is not far-fetched. When you get a million or more members for example, the potential for making money becomes so great and perhaps too tempting for the SP admins to ignore. While advertisement is an obvious choice, they may entertain the idea of turning the website subscription-based. That could be a nice little earner at least for a while until the inevitable decline sets in. That day, if I venture a guess, will be the beginning of the end of Sitepoint.

    Am I being a pessimist? May be such a scenario is not too far-fetched after all. A dreaded thought indeed.
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