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Thoughts on the development of the forum

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While Jay is busy working on the new software, I've been thinking about what content the new forum should contain. The announcement that the O-OT DVDs are now going to be released means that the focus of the forum will need to shift a little.

My ideas are shown below - it should be stressed that this is only my view of how things should look. Jay has his plans for a fan edit blog interface, and I don't know how that's going to be implemented. I thought it would be useful to post some thoughts to generate discussion and ideas for the future.


¦ - Important Announcements (forum/site news, same as it is now)
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¦ - ¦ General Movie/DVD Discussion
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¦ - ¦ - Star Wars (has its own sub forum, since this developed from a SW site)
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¦ - ¦ - Other Movies
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¦ - ¦ Fan edits, preservation and custom DVDs
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¦ - ¦ - Fan edits/projects (both SW and non-SW)
¦ - ¦ (stickies for definition of a fan edit, rules, index of projects and PIF requests?)
¦ - ¦ (discussion threads for ongoing projects, info & feedback threads for finished projects)
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¦ - ¦ - Preservation projects
¦ - ¦ (stickies for definition of preservation, rules, index & requests)
¦ - ¦ (discussion threads for ongoing projects, info & feedback threads for finished projects)
¦ - ¦ (existing SW laserdisc threads will be kept for info but locked on official DVD release)
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¦ - ¦ - Custom DVD projects
¦ - ¦ (stickies for definition of custom DVDs*, rules & index)
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¦ - ¦ - Project help and technical support (also guides/tutorials, either stickied or in a subforum)
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¦ - Memorabilia Discussion and Buying/Selling/Trading (as now)
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¦ - Forum/Site Suggestions and Ideas (as now)
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¦ - Off Topic/General chat (no change)


* A custom DVD contains a film essentially the same as a retail release, but with differences in technical details such as sound mix, picture quality or subtitles. Includes projects such as Ong Bak, Backstroke of the West, etc.
Discussion related to distribution (uploading, trading, "PM me for details", etc.) will not be allowed - unless it's a "patch your own DVD" kit.


One thing that narks me (well, there are several things actually, but let's not go there) about the fan edit/preservation threads at the moment is that they tend to get cluttered with pay-it-forward or torrent reseed requests. Someone suggested a separate thread for requests, and I'd agree that it would be neater to have a single thread in both the fan edit and preservation forums for all requests.

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Good thoughts on the PIF/torrent request threads, keeping project threads informational.

I'd prefer the SW and non-SW project threads to remain separated as they are now, especially if old posts are to be retained - I don't think the number of SW projects will drastically diminish as a result of the release, they'll just be different (more focus on 'extras', docs and maybe even '97 SE preservation? [oh dear]).

Presumably LD threads which are locked on 9/12/06 will be unlocked on 1/1/07?

I also wonder if the chatroom could be linked directly from the forums?
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I too would prefer Star Wars and Non-Star Wars edits to remain seperate.
All in all I don't think the site will need to change all that much. Your outline is pretty much as it is now, with a few mior, logical changes.

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Originally posted by: THX
Presumably LD threads which are locked on 9/12/06 will be unlocked on 1/1/07?
No, the forum rules as they stand don't allow preservation projects for any film that has had a DVD release - even if that release is out of print. I don't propose that we change that rule.

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I guess MBJ & Zion had better hurry then.
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Given all the hoo-hah about the non-anamorphic DVD release, how about a new petition for a new transfer?
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Originally posted by: Moth3r
Originally posted by: THX
Presumably LD threads which are locked on 9/12/06 will be unlocked on 1/1/07?
No, the forum rules as they stand don't allow preservation projects for any film that has had a DVD release - even if that release is out of print. I don't propose that we change that rule.


I think that's one for Jay. We still have Bladerunner preservations going on, so I don't see the real problem with Star Wars once it is proven that the new DVDs are sub-par.

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