Last Wednesday we flicked the DNS to point dannychoo.com to the new version which currently lives on Mirai Gaia. dannychoo.com has never ever been complete and was always rough around the edges. The important thing was to constantly roll features out rather than trying to perfect them - in which case stuff would take ages to roll out.
Chris, Hector and I have been working on the DC to MG migration for a while. Luckily, dannychoo.com used post IDs and BBcode from a few years ago which meant we didn't have to loose all our limbs with the migration work.
Rather than spend another few weeks on an unstable server trying to fix everything up, we decided to launch on new cloud hosting with a temporary theme at SliceHost. Was going to go with Amazon but that ended up being too complicated for what we needed.
The top page has a section called Live Blogging where you will see updates directly from my iPhone. More Live Bloggers will join to give you constant photo footage from around Tokyo.
These posts have been merged into the RSS feed.
Puchi blurbs now have a checkbox so that you can see updates every 5 seconds without refreshing the whole page.
You can catch up on the latest conversations under the "comments" tab in the left column. These load via an ajax call so you don't need a page refresh.
Popular posts from the past few days are shown under the "Popular" tab.
You can display posts in List or Grid view to save space.
All paginated pages have List and Grid views.
And you can also view posts by Year/Month too.
There are no members posts on DC at the moment which brings me to the topic of the day.
Members posts on DC have been a place for members to post pretty much what they want. Some of the stuff was cool while some of it was not so cool.
There has been a some dorama about the members posts which has even lead to bloggers ranting about the "quality" saying that they don't read them - but then post something themselves thinking that their post is of "high quality."
I added a feature to hide the member posts but folks still complained. I guess somebody was forcing these folks to read them ^^; I also offered a feature to promote interesting posts to the top page but most of you said you didn't want that.
Now that the members posts are gone, we have folks complaining ^^;
How many of you read the members posts anyway?
We can do a few things which I would like to discuss - below are just a bunch of ideas and notes.
I need to set up a site for a cosplay competition and will open up a non-figure category at figure.fm. There will be two category trees. One tree is "figure" and underneath that will be Dollfie, Gundam etc.
The other tree will be "non-figure" and will have 2D Girls, Anime, Japan etc. The top page will display everything under the figure tree in one column and everything else in the non-figure tree in another column.
Figure.fm would be where all your content is uploaded and will still show up on the top page of dannychoo.com.
Or we could use Otaku.fm which is in serious need of attention. Its still aggregating posts but looks very broke. Otaku.fm could be the place where we put all the non-figure stuff. But not too keen on this option.
Alternatively, we could have member news be read in with Feed Fusion just like posts on Otaku.fm but then again that wont be good for folks who don't have blogs.
Or we could open posts up on DC but I'm not keen on keeping the unpopular posts so would have a system like figure.fm where only folks who post quality stuff can have their posts go to the top page. Figures on figure.fm, non figures on DC.
Or (or?) we could have only members who have been registered for more than a year and have already posted a certain number of popular posts to have uploading permissions and feature their posts on the top page.
If you have any other ideas then let me know. In the meantime, Chris and I will continue to work on the UI and bring back Mirai and Haruka-chans spot. Lemme know what you think of the UI design so far.
Also, thought I'd mention that I'm particularly pleased with the quality of posts on figure.fm which is regulated. Photos of poor quality generally don't get to the top page.
And nearly forgot to mention that I still got the data for all your posts and comments and will import them after deciding what we are going to do.