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    Growing the MP3Car Community.

    Is it time for our next step?

    First and formost, this is not a rant, not a negative rant. I will from time to time express opinions that perhaps run contrary to current implimentation. I'm sugesting nothing more than improvments and growth. ---if NONE of this comes to pass, I will bear no ill will to owners, moderators, or members.

    The most active developer doesn't even have a CarPC yet he plods on soaking up your feedback and feature requests, writing software all the while.
    MP3Car is home to some VERY wise contributors posting their experiences and educated advice.
    MP3Car is home to eager reviewers sharing their experiences with all of us.. not asking a thing in return.
    MP3Car is home to resourceful engineers designing hardware.

    MP3Car has a dedicated following .. a rich collective knowledgebase. I think they and we are worthy of more than a discussion forum.

    I'd like to recommend that the owners/operators consider upgrading to a full blown web portal system.

    Basic Portal Features:
    <> Articles ("How-To"s, FAQs, Reviews, etc)
    <> Forum --of course
    <> Live Chat (interviews, reviews, live Q&A, etc)
    <> News, BLOGs, RSS feeds from sister, user sites
    <> Misc: gallery, calendar, filedownload area.
    PRO:
    <> Meaninful search results
    ;Today your search pulls every (regardless of context) instance of your query unless you employ programatic search vocabulary. --not a pervasive skill in our userbase.
    When data is kept organized in categories and context, searches will link users with their desired info with less frustration from having to sift through threads and threads of unrelated info and chatter.

    <> Information stability
    ;In a forum, valuable information is quickly lost to 'scroll' and chatter.
    If we could post an article and then post forum content about that article we could have the best of both worlds.. --the article that withstands scroll.. and a discussion that grows the knowledge and value for all participants (and viewers) alike.

    <> Growable feature list
    ;As demand and resources require and provide, additional or fewer features could be enabled, modified or scrapped without a complete re.write of the system.

    CON:
    <> expense?
    <> bandwidth?
    <> More content managers/moderators

    MP3Car owner, Operators, Moderators --your input please
    --This isn't a democracy, and it ain't my level of service in the ballance. I get that. --just the same, I'm asking of you your collective consideration of growing this very valuable resource and by extention this valuable community.


    Comments...?
    •Micke

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    I'm not advocating we jump to a subscription service. But I do want to illustrate my commitment to the community.
    <> I'd be willing to chuck a few financial resources at getting a portal online.
    <> A tiered membership may be required, I'd be willing to pay a modest amount for monthly or yearly access to premium content.
    •Micke

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    I think it would be a good idea to upgrade the site a little. Don't know about membership fees though. Especially when the content is driven by the members themselves.

    I'd like to see the member profile areas upgraded a bit. Would be cool to be able to host your install gallery, and specs in your profile.

    I think it would also be a great idea to have access to some location information, to find out if other people in your area are also into carPCs. This would be especially useful if people wanted to share their experiences or sell services.

    It may also be a bit useful for the group to create some kind of statistics for viewing by mnaufacturers and retailers. If they could see how many people use or want a particular piece of kit or feature then they may be a bit quicker to implement them. i.e. double din screen or 800 x 480 resolutions.

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    Ph'benny,

    yes, one of the features I didn't list explicitly would be polls that could be used to collect data like that.

    I think there's a lot of value in growing the resource..it's also a lot of work and planning.. someone has to have vision enough to plan wisely and govern /moderate just as wisely or the community falls apart in chaos.

    The simplicity of an WebStore and Forum probably is a significant factor of MP3Car's success.
    --I'm curious if the desire & support is out there for something more.
    --I get a little frustrated every time I see the 'search rant' when in my heart I feel for all the newbies that must sift through pages and screens of chatter to find a simple statement relating to their query.
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    i think jumping into a webportal would be nice.

    here is the thing.. vbportal is either free or very cheap since mp3car.com owns vbulletin. its very easy to integrate vbportal. i run portal and vbulletin on my website. www.gsturbo.com

    also.. making users pay for subscrptions or software.. etc.. is the number one way to kill a website; especially since all the content comes from the users and not the owners.

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    I can conceed the point on pay for play. I'm trying to make this idea apealing to the owner/operators.

    For organized information, articles written (as articles) by our local heros, and organized downloads-- I would consider paying.
    •Micke

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    I think that we should keep the information free as possible. That is the way that we started and should maintan that for future MP3Car users.
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    Point taken.. I don't want to bog this topic down to Pay vs Free.

    what are your comments on the rest of the topic?
    •Micke

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    Quote Originally Posted by grepzen
    Ph'benny,

    --I get a little frustrated every time I see the 'search rant' when in my heart I feel for all the newbies that must sift through pages and screens of chatter to find a simple statement relating to their query.

    I agree with that, I even know what I am searching for and it's still hard to find information, would be nice to see if that could be improved.
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    so, let's fix this.
    •Micke

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