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OFFICIAL REQUESTS THREAD

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martok88
Dae814
92 posts
I'll write a main page post calling for articles. expect it soon.
middlerun
Randomsecondpanel
169 posts
I'd get in on that action. Don't know what I'd write about though. Maybe I could find very obscure webcomics and review them.
rgejman
Rgejman
264 posts
Sure, I guess anything that draws a crowd. I could setup a Rant RSS feed also - that's trivial. Again, let's get some submissions going and then I'll start putting in some effort.
martok88
Dae814
92 posts
rgejman wrote:
Sure, I guess anything that draws a crowd.

I'll take that as permission to spear-head this bitch.
rgejman wrote:
I could setup a Rant RSS feed also - that's trivial.

Yes! Is there anyway you can send out a mass newsletter to all users.. past and present? I don't remember if you required e-mails at signup or not.
rgejman wrote:
Again, let's get some submissions going and then I'll start putting in some effort.


I'll be putting up the call for papers ASAP.

I'm starting a thread about the project in general, look for my main-page rant there.
rgejman
Rgejman
264 posts
We do not require emails and I don't want to email users. If they're interested they'll come . We can put up a "notice" on subscription pages to let people know that new rants are being posted with more frequency.
martok88
Dae814
92 posts
good plan. My rant is up in the comic-nation magazine thread in the general section.

I've also created an email for the project--comicnationmagazine@gmail.com

Give me some time and I will hammer this bitch out for you.
rgejman
Rgejman
264 posts
Hmm, I've read your "Comic Nation Magazine" thread and I think we need to take step back first. Your ideas are really great - I think that if we get to the point where we do in fact have many articles on the topics you mention, that would be great. But I think it's a bit premature. Why don't we start generating articles first, to show that we can do a decent job at consistently putting out material. Then, when I (and others on this forum) can see that we're making good progress, we can make a "big fanfare" announcement and start recruiting more publicly.

Basically: let's not get ahead of ourselves. Feel free to recruit individuals privately via email or forum posts - but let's not go all out just yet and post to the front page or email this to other blogs, etc. If you know people who might be interested, let them know that we are accepting submissions, but let's not prematurely pull a publicity stunt. We'll clamor for fame when we have a product to show .

I hope this isn't a "downer" - I'm really only asking for 2-3 weeks of consistent production from 2-3 people who can (even only initially if they want) become the core organizers of this effort.

Does that sound fair?
martok88
Dae814
92 posts
Ah, your concerns are warranted. I have a bit of experience with these things. I helped Hope Magazine (a muncie based publication) get off the ground. Step one is selling to the writers. hence the fanfare sound of my mainpage post. People apply by sending in a sample of their work and this generates a backlog.

the articles will never come if we don't have the writers. trust in me on this one. I'll make this happen.

you may have noticed that a time frame is never established in the post. i wanted to make it sound as if the change was just on the horizon, but I never committed to a specific date so that we could pull back as need be.

Again, no worries, I have a degree in publications. I'll get this off the ground if you post the main-page rant. If it for some reason fails horribly... I will personally write a retraction and allow you to give me the forum rank of douche-bag for life.

Deal?
rgejman
Rgejman
264 posts
Haha, I'm not worried about anyone's honor. If it flops it flops (hopefully not!). I've made a couple of edits to the post to make it the change sound a little more delayed than it currently sounds, and update some of the wording to better reflect the "enhancement" that CN is making (vs. transformation). That, I think, is a good compromise between "throwing us out there" and remaining somewhat cautious.

Let me know if that's OK with you, and I'll Rant it. Also, can you send me the password to that Gmail account. I need to be in on these conversations.
martok88
Dae814
92 posts
works for me!
whats a non public way to give you the password?
meeowth
Teto
510 posts
Ron's e-mail is at the bottom of each page. That's pretty private.
rgejman
Rgejman
264 posts
Great. Martok's post is ranted.
Kithkin
Default-avatar
2 posts
Suggestion: Let people set a manual update schedule for "We do not check this comic for updates" comics.

For instance, I know Sally Forth updates every day before I get to work at 5:30 a.m. If I could tick a box that says "pretend this comic updated at X:XX every (day/weekday/whatever)" I would be happy.
rgejman
Rgejman
264 posts
That would require a bit of work. Anyone interesting in coding it up? You'd need at least another SQL table, but it wouldn't be too bad.
meeowth
Teto
510 posts
You could just cheat by doing the update check on something with the same schedule...

Go to
http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcount.html
Put anything in for date, month, and year.
Put in the time of day the comic updates in the hour minutes and seconds. Make sure the time zone is the one you are in.

"Show countdown"
Use the url of the page that results as the page to check for updates, and the following code which checks the date part of the countdown.

id\\=\\"day\\"\\>(.*?)\\<

The days left/since counter will only change on the time of day that you had set in the earlier part.

I guess the comic in the example would have to update every day though.
Cthulhu-Maccabi
David
167 posts
So what's the deal with Sally Forth? Could we not work out a functioning update system for it?
meeowth
Teto
510 posts
It uses cold, hard, unchanging, javascript.
<script>document.write(comic)</script>
Everytime, man.
issabug
Default-avatar
3 posts
Suggestion, I'm not sure if it's simple or feasable as far as the technical aspects though. Have a list of Most popular comics so people can see what others are actually reading. Along this same concept could be a voting thing like the gillion other web sites that rate comics only your site has more comics. Just a thought, But I would use your site more if I didn't have to guess at random which comics I might like.
Cthulhu-Maccabi
David
167 posts
Heh, that was actually in the original plan for the site. Amazingly, it lead to drama (in spite of the fact that we couldn't have had more than a dozen or so users at the time), so we took it out.

We have considered at various points trying to come up with a "suggest a comic" algorithm, that will suggest comics for you to read based on what you read and what other people who read the comics you read read (somewhat like the "users who bought this also bought" system you see at Amazon). Unfortunately, that sort of thing is actually fairly complex to implement in any really useful way - it's an issue professional coders have put a lot of work into solving, and we don't have either their experience or the kind of time they do.

That said, if you do ever need comic suggestions, just post in the forums with a little about the sort of things you like to read, and I'm certain you'll get some useful responses.
lostandthedamned
Shokaku0hs
85 posts
You can always see what comics people are reading by clicking on their name next to a forum post. It gives you a complete list of their subscriptions and it has what you are subscribed to marked as well. Find someone who reads a bunch of the same titles as you and start exploring their other titles.
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