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Ringing The Changes?



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Ringing The Changes?

Postby sound_chaser » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:55 pm

Now that we’re back up to speed site-wise, I’d like to widen out a debate that the Mods have been discussing for a while, to now include the membership as a whole. And namely, that is, how do we increase the amount of discussion we get at Yestalk? Seriously, it puzzles me that the amount of discussion going on here has shrunk to such an extent. I felt that the speed issue was the primary problem and I had hopes that things would once again pick up once that had been resolved. Now that it has though, we’re still seeing a reluctance to post by most of the people who take the trouble to log on each day. So this thread is an attempt to get to heart of the matter here. Are there now too many Yes forums on the internet, or is it just not that interesting to discuss the band in the way it used to be?

We have been discussing changes that we think may make the forum a busy and vibrant community once again. Personally, I think there are three issues to consider. Firstly and most importantly, was the terrible speed problems we were getting. Ed has moved the forum to a new home and things are an awful lot better. So hopefully, that’s that one put to bed. Secondly, there is a feeling amongst some that the forums appearance and use is looking quite tired. What about you? Would you like something radically different, or would you just like an update of what we already have? Or do you think the forum is fine as it is? Personally, I would like to see a change away from the green and yellow theme. There is agreement and disagreement on this: what do you think? Hopefully, Ed and Kota can expand on this discussion, but please remember we want everybody’s view on this.

Thirdly, I think we should look at the amount of forums that are on display here, because personally, I think there are far too many. I would like to see as many forums as possible squeezed into more manageable and user friendly forums. In that regard, I’m proposing that the forums: Tour & Concert talk, Album Talk, Into The Lens & Yes Art are all brought under a single banner of Yestalk. I think the musicians forum, We Love When We Play should be a stand alone forum, but I also think the Virtual Band forum could be incorporated into the musicians forum as a sticky. We need an alternative music forum, but do we need Alternate Tunes & When Rock Was Young, or could they operate as one single forum? I also think we need to keep the forums, Other Skylines, Yestalk Help & Yestrades as stand alone forums. Probably Yestalk Vault as well. But what about Chat? I think that could go in the links section. I also think members should be encouraged to submit links to forums they think other members might be interested in visiting.

Anyway, there are other ideas, but this more than enough to begin with. I think this is worth discussing, because I really like Yestalk and the people who frequent it. So please, post away like crazy and help get this place buzzing once again.

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Re: Ringing The Changes?

Postby tardistraveler » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:19 pm

Some good suggestions regarding the consolidation of forums. I'd be OK with those. I could see "When Rock Was Young" as a sub-forum of "Alternate Tunes" - I really DO like the Yes-inspired forum names we have out here and would like to see those stay.

I'm so glad the speed issue has seemingly been resolved . . . thanks, Ed! :)
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Re: Ringing The Changes?

Postby topographic_drama1980 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:36 pm

I do agree with condensing some of the forums together. It would make a little more sense. I also feel that, even though it does look very nice and always has, I feel the background should have a new look to it, but still keeping the Roger Dean art (I'm thinking either Tales or Relayer or even Yessongs) in place. This site could use a little bit of a change every now and again, just to keep it fresh.

I don't feel that's not interesting to talk about Yes personally, I know a lot of ground has been covered about this great band, some ideas for the band, some praises, some grievances, some of everything having to with its members, past and present (maybe future?), I think it's just that some of us just don't have the time a lot of the time like we used to. Hell, I was away from this board for over two years, not because I wasn't interested, I just didn't have the time. I did peek in here every once in a while, but not long enough tocontribute anything, and also I had a lot of stuff going on my life at the time. I'm happy to be back once again and I will continue to come back. It happens, people change, people do different things. There are a lot of Yes boards out there. I even joined a couple of them a few years ago, but only briefly, because I felt that this was the best Yes board on the internet and because I've gotten to know some of the members on here, not a lot, but a little. I've always enjoyed coming on here and will continue to enjoy it.

One thought: I don't know if this has ever been answered, but I've often wondered and if any Yes member has ever come on here at all.
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Re: Ringing The Changes?

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Re: Ringing The Changes?

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Re: Ringing The Changes?

Postby yesman90125 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:02 am

I agree with the part about there being to many forums. I like it simple. Subcatagories are fine. the look is ok for me
but switching things around now and then is fine. the fonts and colors are pretty easy on the eyes. rotating Yes backround would be an interesting thing too.
I think key here is fresh topics and things that might not have been talked about whilst still keeping the general Yes topics floating. It's allways been my understanding that the duties of a Mod are to keep it clean and friendly and keep the topics of a thread on track somewhat. The existing membership seems to have good self control . So the Mods can focus more on keeping interesting topics going . this ought to keep the membership interest fresh. it would be a good Idea for any members to add a fresh invite to friends with a Yes interest online. there seem to be many around. I think topics are probably key. however presenting a fresh look and saying to people "hey come check out the fresh look " might be a good marketing gimmick.
Engage, engage, engage!!!!!!! sell, sell , sell!
Keeping the Yesthemed topics like "Alternate tunes" and "Other skylines" is great!!
PS other message boards send 2-3 E-mails out a year to membership
"A new Look" or some "new event" is likely to at least get old members to drop in a bit more.
or some similar gimmick

the speed issues are ok now.
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Re: Ringing The Changes?

Postby happytheman » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:23 pm

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Re: Ringing The Changes?

Postby Ed Schaum » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:24 pm

I've made a few changes and additions to the styles.

We now have 5 additional styles available which mostly have some minor changes so far.

Yestalk-Relayer, Yestalk-Tales and Yestalk-Keys have new backgrounds and some basic new colors. Yestalk Dark is black theme for the nighttime people. Yestalk-70's is still using the green colors with a different background.

I'll continue to refine these until they look good, and then I'll change the buttons and other graphics for each of those themes.

We can create as many other themes as people want to see, so if you have some suggestions or want to add another theme, then speak up.

It would also be nice to create a brand new "grand" style with completely new graphics, colors, and borders but I'm not sure where to start with that right now.
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