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Omnimaga revitalization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« on: December 13, 2015, 12:50:14 pm »
Ever since i joined, omni seemed to have the same level of activity. It was not for sometime, however that i learned that the present day omnimaga is but a shadow of its present day self. What i am woried about is the fact that as far as i can tell there is no visible change being made in order to help revive the community

I have bean thinking....

1) How can omnimaga attract members - both new  and old - to the site?
How can it keep those members? (i have had @Siphonic_Sugar tell me that he "forgot [omni] existed").
How can omnimaga change the portrayal of its ideology?
2) Should the forum boards be completly redone?
^Well not entirly completely, but the boards dont reflect the focus very well. First of, TI programming as a whole is dieng, so it might do well to shift the focus more towards general computer programming. Further more, all but about three of "our projects" are completely disbanded. (same goes for comunity projects) I think it would do well to move the projects stuck on hiatus to the discontinued section, where they belong, making room for active people with active projects like @123outerme

3) How can conversations on irc be moved to the forums in a non-obstructive manor?

4) For a month there seemed to be a spike because of the start of code golf. Should omni start an official contest, requiring participants to make a topic about their entry?

I really don't have answers, but i realy want to see change being made in order to make the site more active. Notice i am not going to talk about the actual ideology of omni's current leaders.

Edit 2:
I'm not really sure what there is that can be done, but we are certainly open to suggestions. Word of mouth can help. If you have people that are or may be interested, let them know! Also, one thing that can be done that is very simple is having topic titles accurately reflect what they are about. A topic titled "So..." says literally nothing. Let me help you out with that. ;)

Anyhow... Inactive projects can be cleaned up, that's no problem. A restructure to make things more well organized could work as well, but it would depend on what the other admins thought. Branching out is also an option, but again, I'm not sure how popular that would be. We do already have sections for no calc dev. Maybe that could just be restructured a bit?

One of the most important things is current team/ member activity. If there aren't many interesting projects to attract people, people won't post or have reason to visit. Contributing is one of the best things any of us can do to drive activity imo.
I could not come up with with a better title, good thing you where able to :)

Yes i know we have non calc sections, but they are not very prominent, unlike Cemetech (who have hardware and MC) and CodeWalrus (who have a bunch of different stuff), Omnimaga seems to be calc only. Once again, it does have the non-calc sections, but its not like anyone joins for non-calc related resones ;)

I agree with the last paragraph. That is why i suggested scrapping the hiatus-ed projects and replacing them with active ones. I would rather have a few active ones then a huge list of inactive ones  :)

Lastly, is there any chance of an omnimaga hosted contest? And btw, on the topic of contests, what happened to @noelthebest and their contest? (ti-conquest(?))
« Last Edit: December 16, 2015, 03:54:32 pm by Art_of_camelot »
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Re: So...
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2015, 12:51:45 pm »
We also have chrismas heading up, which usually keeps quite some users busy and thus the forum activity decreases.

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Re: So...
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2015, 01:13:34 pm »
We also have chrismas heading up, which usually keeps quite some users busy and thus the forum activity decreases.
Its not that, activity has been low since you-know-what happened, and there has not been any change to revive the forums.
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Re: So...
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2015, 07:48:17 pm »
I'm not really sure what there is that can be done, but we are certainly open to suggestions. Word of mouth can help. If you have people that are or may be interested, let them know! Also, one thing that can be done that is very simple is having topic titles accurately reflect what they are about. A topic titled "So..." says literally nothing. Let me help you out with that. ;)

Anyhow... Inactive projects can be cleaned up, that's no problem. A restructure to make things more well organized could work as well, but it would depend on what the other admins thought. Branching out is also an option, but again, I'm not sure how popular that would be. We do already have sections for no calc dev. Maybe that could just be restructured a bit?

One of the most important things is current team/ member activity. If there aren't many interesting projects to attract people, people won't post or have reason to visit. Contributing is one of the best things any of us can do to drive activity imo.
« Last Edit: December 13, 2015, 07:55:52 pm by Art_of_camelot »

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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2015, 10:42:19 am »
I'm not really sure what there is that can be done, but we are certainly open to suggestions. Word of mouth can help. If you have people that are or may be interested, let them know! Also, one thing that can be done that is very simple is having topic titles accurately reflect what they are about. A topic titled "So..." says literally nothing. Let me help you out with that. ;)

Anyhow... Inactive projects can be cleaned up, that's no problem. A restructure to make things more well organized could work as well, but it would depend on what the other admins thought. Branching out is also an option, but again, I'm not sure how popular that would be. We do already have sections for no calc dev. Maybe that could just be restructured a bit?

One of the most important things is current team/ member activity. If there aren't many interesting projects to attract people, people won't post or have reason to visit. Contributing is one of the best things any of us can do to drive activity imo.
I could not come up with with a better title, good thing you where able to :)

Yes i know we have non calc sections, but they are not very prominent, unlike Cemetech (who have hardware and MC) and CodeWalrus (who have a bunch of different stuff), Omnimaga seems to be calc only. Once again, it does have the non-calc sections, but its not like anyone joins for non-calc related resones ;)

I agree with the last paragraph. That is why i suggested scrapping the hiatus-ed projects and replacing them with active ones. I would rather have a few active ones then a huge list of inactive ones  :)

Lastly, is there any chance of an omnimaga hosted contest? And btw, on the topic of contests, what happened to @noelthebest and their contest? (ti-conquest(?))
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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2015, 12:15:31 pm »
I could not come up with with a better title, good thing you where able to :)

Yes i know we have non calc sections, but they are not very prominent, unlike Cemetech (who have hardware and MC) and CodeWalrus (who have a bunch of different stuff), Omnimaga seems to be calc only. Once again, it does have the non-calc sections, but its not like anyone joins for non-calc related resones ;)

I agree with the last paragraph. That is why i suggested scrapping the hiatus-ed projects and replacing them with active ones. I would rather have a few active ones then a huge list of inactive ones  :)

Lastly, is there any chance of an omnimaga hosted contest? And btw, on the topic of contests, what happened to @noelthebest and their contest? (ti-conquest(?))

The TI-Concours 2015 is starting on January 11th. You should get an e-mail if you filled the form I talked about previously.
I will certainly post a topic on this website when it starts. ;)
« Last Edit: December 14, 2015, 12:47:37 pm by noelthebest »

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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2015, 05:03:21 pm »
Anyhow... Inactive projects can be cleaned up, that's no problem. A restructure to make things more well organized could work as well, but it would depend on what the other admins thought. Branching out is also an option, but again, I'm not sure how popular that would be. We do already have sections for no calc dev. Maybe that could just be restructured a bit?
Do I sense a volunteer to do the work of cleaning things up? ;)
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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2015, 05:08:42 pm »
Anyhow... Inactive projects can be cleaned up, that's no problem. A restructure to make things more well organized could work as well, but it would depend on what the other admins thought. Branching out is also an option, but again, I'm not sure how popular that would be. We do already have sections for no calc dev. Maybe that could just be restructured a bit?
Do I sense a volunteer to do the work of cleaning things up? ;)

I think we do.
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Seriously though. The best way to drive actiivity is to work on cool things and post. No one will post if no one posts. Sadly its an activity brings activity situation. So work on stuff post about it. We all want to see it I promise :P

Contest wise we have been talking around, but right now there is nothing in the works.

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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2015, 09:30:19 pm »
Yea, I don't mind about doing some spring erhm... winter cleaning. :blah: Also, we should get a contest in the works at some point. It's been a while.

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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2015, 10:56:43 pm »
Eh, sorry for stealing your activity >.> JK, I don't believe it's the only reason, as we founded CodeWalrus Omni was already starting to be the shadow of itself, which is kind of why we founded it in the first place...

I do believe a good spring cleaning should be done, we need some changes here, a contest would really help a lot.

Anyway, know that I and the other CW staff would definitely like some activity here (or at least this forum to not die) and support those ideas.

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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2015, 11:40:39 am »
In my opinion, the problem isn't that we need more exciting projects; there are lots of exciting projects going on already (just look at how long the list of cemetech programs of the month has been lately), the problem is that no one really cares. No one is going to bother posting on a forum where no one will reply (other than maybe 1-2 comments from Sorunome/AoC essentially just written to boost forum activity). This isn't an easy problem to fix, I'm not saying people should comment on posts just for the sake of commenting.



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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2015, 01:07:03 pm »
I second what LDStudios has just said. 
Also, I think at the moment students are just pretty busy with term evaluations (at least where I work). Another reason might be that calcs aren't the only 'toy in town' anymore. Nowadays, ppl have phones which keep them busy playing games, doing some programming (yep!) besides communicating with friends, etc.
BTW, shouldn't it be revitalize instead of "revitilize"? :P

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Re: Omnimaga revitilization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2015, 01:31:53 pm »
I guess SpiroH have a point. It's no longer what it was a few years ago. People probably have other stuff to do in class besides playing with their calc nowadays.

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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2016, 01:13:15 pm »
Well, I think one of the first things that should be done is redoing the textures or what ever of the OmnomIRC. Maybe not have that extra tap on the right side of it and also maybe even change the font...
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Re: Omnimaga revitalization, what can we do? Suggestions welcome.
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2016, 01:14:33 pm »
Well, I think one of the first things that should be done is redoing the textures or what ever of the OmnomIRC. Maybe not have that extra tap on the right side of it and also maybe even change the font...
with "extra tap on the right side", do you mean the userlist? You can turn that off in the OmnomIRC options (top-right corner there's an "options"-button)

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