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Old 09-01-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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How can we improve IDM forums in 2015?

Ok so a bit of a spill-over from the hardware thread discussion really but any ideas are good.

Please feel free to have your say.
What do you like?
What don't you like?
Which areas of the forums work?
Which are dead to you?
etc

I'm not making any promises btw, it'd just be interesting to know what you reckon.
Afterall this place only works because you come here.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

I think that the forum is well organized, really don't have much else to add being that everything works

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #3
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

Bravo to the mods. This place is top notch! I really wouldn't be where I'm at w/ my music today without IDMforums.

That being said...I'd like to continue the hardware subforum discussion...I really do think it wouldn't be a terrible, terrible idea...but since you posted in that music review thread I have an idea...

What if the review subforum included music and gear? The hardware crew could keep could keep reviews coming in on gear we already own for quite a while. And a lot of the hardware heads that have had gear longer have owned and sold/traded lots of gear over the years.

That would make it easy for newbies to find info on hardware, but we could keep our secret ninja hardware dojo

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

imo keeping the same amount of sections to the forum but changing the names a bit would help

theres a lot that i cant really tell that much of a difference between. for example the ones under 'music production' header on the navigation all blur into one for me

also whenever theres a forum project i can never find the bugger. theres a header called project discussion but a lot of stuff gets put in the listening booth

this is probably my own personal retardation but i can never find threads im looking for.. i always end up searching the titles. music scene chat, listening booth, studio and side room are the only main ones that arent like this for me pretty much

EDIT: also yeah i think its really well run lol

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:17 PM   #5
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

^I agree...I think there could be a single production sub forum. But I dunno how much work that would be. Some of the Music Production forums don't see much activity that I notice.

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:27 PM   #6
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Honestly I think that the hardware subforum would be really great, might actually bring a different crop of regulars

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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Honestly I think that the hardware subforum would be really great, might actually bring another crop of regulars
Yea. And they'd probably be quality members with something to add as opposed to yet another bazz muzak wannabe with cracked massive and beats by dre.

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:30 PM   #9
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

Thanks dudes, this is the sort of thing I was looking for.
I would thank you all but alas I'm out for today, please don't think me ungrateful.

Don't worry, nothing will be deleted. (at least not on purpose eh Benwaa? )

Any sections you don't ever visit?
If so why not?
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:32 PM   #10
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

I never visit Workstation Center on purpose...I don't even know what the hell it's supposed to be, honestly : ) I'm thickheaded though.

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

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I never visit Workstation Center on purpose...I don't even know what the hell it's supposed to be, honestly : ) I'm thickheaded though.
Workstation Center is for discussion on DAW's, so generally more of a software forum but also for discussing techniques like sidechaining in specific DAW's.

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Thanks dudes, this is the sort of thing I was looking for.
I would thank you all but alas I'm out for today, please don't think me ungrateful.

Don't worry, nothing will be deleted. (at least not on purpose eh Benwaa? )

Any sections you don't ever visit?
If so why not?

I feel like the podcast has become the idmf radio
I personally don't visit track listings and id's among a few other sections but I feel like we need those fora to keep it away from the other stuff that would interesting/informative
and some I don't visit because I have more experience and knowledge about making music but I feel that they are more useful to beginners that are just discovering music

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:36 PM   #13
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I never visit Workstation Center on purpose...I don't even know what the hell it's supposed to be, honestly : ) I'm thickheaded though.
I think it was meant to be the section for asking questions about DAW's, but it looks like it hasn't been kept clean and tidy for ages and now it's a mish-mash of any old bollocks.
Grr! I'll get to it.
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I feel like the podcast has become the idmf radio
I personally don't visit track listings and id's among a few other sections but I feel like we need those fora to keep it away from the other stuff that would interesting/informative
and some I don't visit because I have more experience and knowledge about making music but I feel that they are more useful to beginners that are just discovering music
IDMf Radio became the podcast...and then died on it's ass and we returned to the original idea.
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Re: How can we improve IDM forums in 2013?

Re: Workstation Center...I see, thanks Broton. I think there could be just one Production sub forum...but that's just me.

Also, I think the reviews section could house VST reviews as well. That may help curb the Massive vs. FM8 type threads.

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:47 PM   #16
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Re: Workstation Center...I see, thanks Broton. I think there could be just one Production sub forum...but that's just me.

Also, I think the reviews section could house VST reviews as well. That may help curb the Massive vs. FM8 type threads.
Just a quick one...
The reviews section would start afresh as and when it starts and would be handled by a few appointed IDMf reviewers, otherwise I feel it'll just slide into white noise.
Also, retrospective reviewing is kind of pointless imo, where would you stop?
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Well, I want to get podcast type deals (*cough* IDMf Radio Chats) back onto the IDMf Radio so maybe we can even merge those forums to clean up the sidebar if we need to. I have to run though need to see if my PC is fixed up!

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #18
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Yeah ok, why aren't we playing those interviews and shit on IDMf Radio when no one wants to dj?
Seems like a no-brainer.
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Yeah ok, why aren't we playing those interviews and shit on IDMf Radio when no one wants to dj?
Seems like a no-brainer.
Because someone would need to set up a laptop to be like a grotbox and just play the stream (music, podcasts, whatever) 24/7 until someone needs to connect. Now I can DO that, but I would need to buy a new laptop, and also be here whenever someone needs the stream, to turn it off. And I will need to turn it back on when the streamer is done. Also if we had our own server we MIGHT be able to script it to just flick on and off when someone new tries to connect to it, but that's a bit more complicated, although not as complicated as buying a new laptop to just be a 24/7 radio transmitter? Also that calibur of streaming is intensive on bandwidth even if it's only 128kbps for 24 hours a day. Also I have tons of other places where I stream, I'd need to free up my bandwidth to stream there, so there would still be periods of dead air.

Seems like a no-brainer.

Ok that sarcastic statement aside up there, it is a bit more complicated to have a stream that runs 24/7 and also guests can DJ on, without any interruption in the stream. Generally when two sources want to stream to the same place bad things happen, so it has to be carefully orchestrated, which isn't entirely beyond my capabilities... It's a lot of work though on everyone's behalf. The IDMf Radio crew is expanding but I mean we're like a rag tag group of adventurers at this point still, we can't face the end boss yet!

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Honestly I think that the hardware subforum would be really great, might actually bring a different crop of regulars
Yeah, but what we don't want is for it to turn into a Gearslutz thing, in which people just brag about all the rare shit they have, and then rarely post any of the music they make (because most of the time it sucks, and they don't really use any of that expensive rare gear in any creative or interesting ways), and endlessly argue about chips and filters and crap, completely forgetting about the music.

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