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Discussion: Awards And Rewards

14 Oct 2014

Posted by Mura in Otaku Network

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First thing's first, one of the biggest issues with this site is the lack of incentive, both for joining Official Contests and for...well, doing anything on the site. Of course, I would hope that everyone would enjoy actually being on the site, discussing things with others, and....idk, other sitey things that people do? But still, I think that Oz has shown us quite well how much people enjoy collecting otherwise inconsequential bits of data...

So here are the ideas that have come to my mind, some of the ways they might be instituted, and problems we could have with them. I'm also going to create a poll to ask you all which you would like to see on ON, as well as for what you would definitely NOT want to see. A vote would be very much appreciated, but a comment on the topic would be even better~ Anyways:

Point System
Pros: Easy to implement, makes it more fun to post things
Cons: Not really a reward, cause people to spam for points
Ah, point systems. What memories. No medals or gems btw. The way I see it, unless we have a ton of contests and events, this is really the only way we can go about to give out prizes and such. As I've pointed out though, this sort of a system doesn't really answer the problem of not having any rewards, and it comes with its own set of problems...

If something like this were implemented, it would probably also go mostly on the basis of forum posts. Just that would be pretty boring though, so I'd figure something else out as well~

Pros: Already up, easy to award
Cons: Would require coding to work better, somewhat uninspired
Pretty much everyone here should have at least one badge by now (If not, post here(or anywhere, really) to get one~). There are actually about eight badges total, but most of them were for limited time things. As it's something we're already using, I would certainly like to expand its use in the future...but on the other hand, I don't feel that many people are all that interested in badges <.< (I actually had an extra 10 or so for different amounts of forum posts, but got talked out of it). Also, although the system does currently work, it could really use a bit of tweaking for display purposes.

Site Functionality
Pros: Lots of options, not too difficult to implement
Cons: Could get confusing, would be geared more towards older members
Basically, access to different features on the site. This is a bit of a big one, so let's split it up into different sections:


Area Access
With this option, there would different areas on the site that only people who have so many posts/points/whatever can see. This could range from specific forums, or to something else maybe. Honestly, a specific forum is all I can think of right now, but I feel like there could be a lot of things we could put in.

Site Extras
This would include some things that we already have going, such as increased PM space, access to private chatting, and more frequent username changes.. As the name suggests, anything here would be...extra, so it's kind of hard to say what it is until it's actually implemented. But ideas welcome~

Username Customizaiton
Basically, the ability to customize your name's color and such. This is a bit difficult, because the way the site is set up right now it basically has to go through me. It would be rather tedious for me, and possibly intensive on the system, since a different color has to mean a different member group. I have another idea about this that would be easier, and kinda cool. But it's also rather off topic. Click the spoiler for it if you want.


Off-Site Rewards
Pros: Lots of options
Cons: Hard to create, expensive
These are the rewards that are usually given out for user run events (more on those another time), things like pieces of art, cash, gift cards, pretty much anything that can be transmitted over the internet. While there are a lot of optoins here, it all would be just so...disconnected from the site.

Physical Rewards
Pros: Pretty cool D:
Cons: Expensive, Requires shipping, Site design needs refining
So as it happens, Aron works at a print shop type place, and could get discounted merchandise for us. Stuff like shirts, hats, mugs, that sort of stuff. While this would be really cool, I feel there is some discontent with the design of the site, from the color theme to the mascot itself, which makes it somewhat difficult to design such items

Avatar System
Pros: Something?
Cons: Ew >_>
You might notice that this one didn't make it into the poll. There has already been extensive discussion on This Topic Here. Feel free to comment there if you wish, but at this time it seems that the general consensus is that an Avatar System would not be good for the site. I'm just putting this here because I'm sure it would come up one way or another.

I'm sure that I've not thought of everything, so if you have any suggestions, please mention it to me so I can put it up here~

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Site Changes Discussion

12 Oct 2014

Posted by Mura in Otaku Network

All right everyone. Sit down. We need to have a talk.

Ugh...how to start this...you see, at a certain point in somethings life, it starts to go through these certain...changes. It's perfectly natural. Nothing wrong with it at all. But there are some things you need to know about them.



Anywho, as I mentioned in the last update, Aron isn't feeling quite as...alive, as he may have previously indicated. Which means that big site updates aren't too likely. Sorry.


But I still think that we can still make a bunch of smaller changes that will gradually make the site a much better place, so that's what I'm going to try and do~


As I also mentioned last week, we have an ON Trello Board with some of the things currently slated to be done by Aron or I, so feel free to look over that a bit, and feel free to comment if you have an account (/want to make one. Plug plug). But I want to go a little bit deeper than that, and create discussions on specific topics that are accessible and available for everyone.


So, with that in mind, I shall be basically be doing a bunch of little blogs like this, maybe with a poll or two, asking for everyone's opinions on one topic or another. I've got a few things planned (mostly off the Trello Board), but a lot of it will come from user opinion that I see around the site. This is basically what I wanted this section for in the first place, so it all works out XD


Not quite sure how often I'm going to post them, as it will mostly depend on how many (/if any) people are willing to discuss. The first one should be out in a day or two, and right now the plan is to do it weeklyish.


Simply reading over the blogs and voting would be a big help, and actually commenting would be even better. So I'm looking forward to that, and I'll see you all again soon~



Why am I posting this fillerish intro instead of just getting into the meat of the matter? I swear it's not laziness. And I haven't gotten a HabitRPG account and set posting this as a goal. Really D; It's a complicated issue that I'm taking my time writing about...


Edit: This has a poll on it, but you have to actually go to the thread to see it. So, clicky please >.>

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Return Of The Chatroom, And Trello

29 Sep 2014

Posted by Mura in Otaku Network

If you haven't noticed, we finally have the chatroom back~

At least until six months for now when we're out of money again >_>

So yeah, go thank Aron for that, as soon as you're done beating him up for taking so long to do it~



On another note, does anyone here use Trello?

It's a very nice site, especially for organization/scheduling freaks like myself. And even for people who aren't who could use a little organization to help them accomplish more.


But plug aside, one issue that's been raised to me a number of times is that quite a few members have been concerned with the lack of transparency between the site staff and themselves. I personally don't really understand this, since I'm usually fairly open about the plans for the site. But I can see how some people (namely those who aren't in the chatroom listening to me complain about stuff I wanna do with the site) might feel a bit left out D:


In light of this, I have decide to unveil...wait for it...The Otaku Network Development Trello Board~~~~~


Exciting? Yeah, I know. It's not. It's been kinda dead for awhile because no one but me wants to use it...

Regardless, I shall attempt to keep it updated, just like the oh so popular Suggestions Meta Thread. Myes.


Anywho, that's all I've got. I'm not really sure how quickly we'll get through all of that, seeing as Aron seems to be coming down with another case of the lazies, but I'll see what I can do.

I'd also be willing to open up a Trello page for user submitted ideas, open to anyone willing to join Trello and submit a few ideas. That's not really too different from the actual Suggestions forum, but I've given up on trying to understand you weirdos >.>

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