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I was hinting at this thing earlier on IRC, and you know the truthfrom DJ: there's a new site abrewin', with DJ, Juju, Street, aeTIos,and myself at the helm. As I said in IRC, this is not an attackagainst any sites or people, but DJ explained that, so you should knowthat already.Some facts about the site:We have a closed-beta member base with 5/8 invited non-admin membersbeing activeLast month we had 963 postsAt the current time this month we have 484 postsWe have project threads from all 10 active members (including admins)We have a featured project from a non-adminWe publicly announce the site on December 15th (and I ask for you notto talk of this site or this email until then with anyone but us)We open to public January 1stSo why do I say this? I needed to show you that we are for-real. Why?Because I see an opportunity for an inter-site (meaning the new site,Omni, and Cemetech) project that would be beneficial for all threesites and the community as a whole: A Cross-Site Competition.So you know "Project Periodical," right? My idea is that we post allthe projects from all three sites into the periodical (same format,time-wise) starting with the January editions (Jan 14/15 and Jan31/Feb 1). The links to the project threads on every site will belisted in the periodical. If a project has an active thread on allthree sites, then it gets put in the running for the competition. Atthe end of the year/start of the next year, a community poll will takeplace (outside of all of the sites, on a Google Doc/Poll thing,probably) determining the winners for each calculator type. As forprizes, that can be worked out sometime later.So the benefits are considerable: for starters, it encourages peopleto post about and discuss their projects on all three sites, whichboosts site conversation and visibility. It also means that the sitesthemselves would be more closely tied together, which means that thecommunity as a whole would be more closely tied together. In addition,it provides a support structure where the entire community can besupported without rivalry and detest.So why are TI-Planet, HP Museum, etc. not on the list? Thiscompetition idea is for the English-speaking community that has afocus on TI (with secondary focus on HP and Casio).So why is this email to you in particular? Well, you are on staff forboth Omni and Cemetech, and you already knew that the site existed. Iwould like a yay/nay on the idea from you because if you back up theidea, it will be considerably easier to get the other admins to hop onboard with the idea.Regardless of what how you feel or your approval, I once again ask foryou not to talk of this site or this email until then with anyone butus (meaning the new site admins) until the 15th (or earlier if wepublicly announce earlier).So why is speed an issue? If you approve of the idea and would like tomove forward, we need a more thought out plan than an idea to presentto the site admins before the new year, so we need all the time we canget.I have talked this over with the new site admins and they approve ofthis message.--Your Lobster-ific Walrus,pimathbrainiac
Thing is, CW started more as a programming group aka a hangout for friends to drive projects together, we don't expect to grow into a community as big as omni anytime soon (though we're already more active than them lol).
Well, so far I know Runer112 didn't care much. He understood but he still thought the site was a bad idea no matter what. But of course, so far, everyone that disagreed with the site are staff on another site.
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