When I announced I'd be creating this forum I said there would be BIG surprises. One thing about me you'll learn: I don't blow smoke. I do what I say.
I've spoken with some people who have yet to join the forum because they feel it's pointless, that it serves no function because there are other, more established forums that do the same thing. There question:
What's so unique and special about the new forum?
Good Question. Damn good question.
I have a personal hero, Steve Jobs. Steve believed there were 3 things that were essential when undertaking anything.
When i designed the forum I made sure to lay it out in a simple way that would allow the members to navigate it with ease. The feedback I've received thus far has been that I completely met that goal.
Also, when designing it I wanted good aesthetics. I wanted the site to look pleasant to the eye and memorable. Again, feedback informed me I succeeded in that thus far.
Now it's time for the most important of the three factors, Innovation. This is what will set us apart from everyone else. Below you'll find all the innovations I intend to add to the forum and beyond to make this THE QS site. The community needs to evolve to survive; it's been languishing in mediocrity for too long. I hope to change all that with your help. Here is what is coming:
1.) Complete social media connectivity. We now live in a world where social media has become ingrained in our everyday. It affects every aspect of our lives. I believe the community must embrace it and utilize it. This is of utter importance. It is the only way we will stay relevant and expand the community. To this end I've already created a Facebook group which thus far has had a good turnout. One person even commented that he just learned he had the fetish and the group was his first find in the fetish community. Social media will help reach others thus growing the community. Google+, Instagram, twitter, etc. I plan to branch out to them and create an interconnected nexus for the community at large.
2.) Personal galleries. It's great to be able to share your stuff by posting it here, would be even better if you could have your own gallery and profile section where people can find all your stuff and even commission you. Yes, Deviant Art does this already, but not everyone has DV, and even if they do, there are advantages to having a profile within the community as well as on DV. More exposure and accessibility. Plus, I intended to create tag browsing of the gallery, which means members who are looking for something specific can do a tag search and will instantly have a listing of everything under that tag, thus making your work easier to find.
3.) Blog. Blogs are important, it allows people to express themselves and speak their minds. Having personal blogs will allow people to share their thoughts daily and keep people updated on all the stuff they are working on. It's a great way for people to hear from people who share their interest and while you can create a blog anywhere, having one in the community will insure people with your interest see it.
4.) QS Wiki. People new to the fetish have a lot of questions. While they are encouraged to ask away on the forum, having a wiki will help them get answers quicker. It's a valuable tool.
5.) Chat. Not only do I want to start a chat, but I want to allow individual chat rooms made at member discretion so they can have private sessions. RP is fun, but it's not always easy to hook up because not everyone uses the same chat software. Having personal chats on the forum will make life so much easier.
6.) QS RP game. One of the most unique features of the old DS forum was "Sinking Island" a text based RP game where members could interact and navigate various quicksand pits. It's gone now, but many have said they wish there was something like it now. Second life is great, but people seem to love the text based RP a lot. Maybe because it engages the imagination more. Well, I'll be creating one for the forum. This will take time as I have to code it from the ground up. I've already begun coding it out on paper in my spare time, so it should be up in 3 to 5 months. If you never visited sinking island, you’re in for a treat. I have a name for it already too.
There you have it. Six innovations i believe will change and evolve this community into something amazing. There is more coming in time. Together we are going to create something great and lasting. It'll take a little time to implement all these things, but be patient; the best is yet to come.
I need your opinions guys. I want your suggestions, your thoughts. How can we add to all this, how can we make things even better. I can't do it alone, this is YOUR community, and it’s you guys who make it all work. Your opinion matters so let loose!