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What's your opinion about the closing of Channel-Ai for almost a week?

I missed it very much  
I think the closing is a little too harsh  
I don't really care  
I'm going to leave this forum  

Total Votes : 60
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 4:03 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
Here's an annoucement posting to sum up what I have said in my forum-wide email.

First of all, download forums has been removed and access is only given to those who are in the "Regulars" usergroup. Regular users are those who post their insightful comments in the forum, they do not need to post every single day, but they are members who are not afraid to share their opinions.

Gallery has been migrated from 4images to Gallery2. It used to be that full-view of images are allowed only for registered members but I decided to remove that restriction, just to discourage member who registered just to leech stuff from this site. Old gallery is still accessible here. One of the coolest feature in the new gallery is the slideshow feature, there are some really cool transition effect, but they are only available when you're using Internet Explorer. Sad

Those are the 2 main changes I have done as an admin to discourage leeching of this site. I have also updated the rules to state the purpose of this forum a little more clearer, and what I expect from members as the webmaster. I hope these changes put no pressure on members, because I'm not forcing you to post, but discourage you to not post when you have chance to do so.

New forum style is in effect now, it's called Raid, developed by Mike Lothar, the designer of NoseBleed and AdInfinitum. Raid gives a very different feel compare to other conventional forum style, and I personally think the design is more suitable for discussion oriented site like this one due to the professional feel it delivers. Do take note that Raid is not so IE friendly, so you should get yourself Firefox if you haven't done so.

That's pretty much it. I've spent quite some effort to update the forum and gallery, and I hope these effort will be appreciated. Smile If you have any suggestion, questions or comments about these changes I have made, feel free to leave a response here. If you would like to discuss about my decision to close down the site for reconstruction, feel free to post them here too.

I hope the new Channel-Ai will give you a refreshing feeling, and I hope as a member you'll enjoy this place more. Nod

P.S. Karaoke contest voting will be opened for 3 more days.

Last edited by eyn on Apr 09, 2006 2:45 pm; edited 2 times in total
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 4:23 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 09 Jul 2005 Posts: 139 Location: Makai
I like this new style! ^^ It looks very professional!
I don't know why but I was worried you would change the smilies. I'm glad you kept them! Giggle
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 5:23 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 30 Jul 2005 Posts: 420 Location: MI, USA
It was so sad seeing Channel-Ai close down last weekend. Sunday was seriously such a gloomy day knowing that it wasn't up anymore.

I'm glad to see it back up again and better than ever. It feels a lot cleaner on here now. I like the banner and everything but everything feels a lot bigger. The spaces between lines and sections are huge! Is there any way that could be toned down?

I hope everything goes better this time around. Nod
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 5:41 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 12 May 2005 Posts: 53 Location: NY
Nice job on 2.0. The style is different, but different is good in this case Smile I hope it isn't too bad for IE users. Firefox is a better browser, but some people are too set in their ways to switch. The new gallery looks nice too. It's annoying when people stop developing (and patching security issues) on popular scripts. Hopefully the one you switched to has a good development team behind it.

Anyway, hope the changes helps solve the leecher problem. I noticed a decrease in bandwidth usage on the files I put up to share on my server when this site was down. I haven't reached the point where it was costing extra, but it was always a concern, especially since some people like to share the direct links elsewhere despite me asking that not be done. Grr. Anyway, the way I see it, if you're a serious Ai fan and would like to have this stuff, put in the time into the community and you can download it easy here. If not, then just get them from trackers or watch them at YouTube. That site has lots of Ai videos and stuff. Only problem with YouTube is that it's lower quality and you can't save them as media files to burn on DVD or whatever, but hey it's better than nothing. Smile
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 6:00 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 18 May 2005 Posts: 357 Location: Toronto, Canada
YAY channel-ai is bak Smile
i like this new style, but u r rite, it is too different from me
i luv everything in little grid and charts which is y i prefer adinfinitum casue the lines separating each topic is easy to see
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 8:35 pm Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 06 Nov 2005 Posts: 504 Location: Singapore
phew i thougt channel-ai was closing down untill love_graphiix told me wad happen i miss this forum very much Sneeze

i like this new board style it is very nice i like the new system of preventing leeches Boogie
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 9:20 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 05 May 2005 Posts: 210 Location: Beyond reality.
Yay, I am glad that Channel Ai is back up Smile. I love this new style for this board its abstract yet simple. I hope there will be other styles we can choose from like your old format. I also like how you now have made restrictions in some areas of the board so that 'regular' members can only have access to them.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 10:09 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 27 Jul 2005 Posts: 1026 Location: Toronto, Canada + Lalaland~
When I tried to go to forum, it was down. It said please try again later so I kept retrying. Until i checked my e-mail, I did nto realize that it was going to be closed for a while T^T. That night I did not finish my homeowrk >< because I missed Channel-Ai and was in shock. I talked to spellcheck for 1 hour before goign back to my homework. I love this forum very much! and to see it go down (even for 1 week) is very very overwhelming.

The new forum style is professional looking and pretty! I like it and hate it at the same time. I am not getting used to where everything is e.g how to edit post etc. but i like the changing banner! it is very nice~ However the colours are very gloomy feeling. I think that since Channel-Ai is having a fresh start, there should be bright colours and generally happy icons.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 10:21 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
i missed the forum, a lot a lot. i'm glad to see all the changes, it make that one week of wait worth while Nod

now that i've gotten use to the new style (sort of), it's actually not bad! although the big space and gaps are still bugging me (ex. the space break for the polls) i really like the random pictures for the banner. will this be the default style for guests now?

regarding the gallery. i compared the old gallery to the new one. the old on had a lot more text, random picture on the side, and shows you the latest pictures. if you take all those elements away, it's very much like the new gallery. what i'm trying to say is, the new gallery is a bit plain, but i think a change for simplicity is not a bad thing.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 10:33 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 26 Jun 2005 Posts: 497 Location: New York
I'm so happy Chai is back. I missed it sooooo much. I kept on checking if it was up instead of finishing my philosophy paper that I still have to do... I knew that Chai wouldn't leave forever! Boogie

Hm, I really don't know what to say about this style. I like it, I like it a lot, but I guess the vibe I get from it isn't all that great. Maybe I'll get used to it later. And magically, it renders correctly on Safari (I checked in Opera just to make sure, but Opera shows more of the layout i.e. the background than Safari.)

I was sad Chai was gone, but I think it was necessary. Without its closing, all those people that leech and think that they "deserve everything" wouldn't have gone. It's a nice "cleansing" of the forum. So glad the do-ra-ma is o-va. Nod

As the admin, you should be able to do whatever you want with this site anyway and those people should thank you for creating it, not bashing you when you get upset 'cause a select few refuse to become an actual part of the community. You rock eyn!
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 10:55 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 20 Jan 2006 Posts: 34 Location: Argentina
mmmm I speak Spanish, I understand little english, i use a online translator to write,
I do not understand a lot, but Otsuka is my favorite artist, and I want to have his videos,
I wrote, but excuse me if me do not I explain well

i am sorry Embarassed

I trying everything possible so that you they understand me


oh! I am of Argentina =P
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 11:09 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 14 Jun 2005 Posts: 103 Location: Calgary, Canada
I was so worried that the forum was down for good!! But now that it's up and running again I'm so relieved! And version 2 looks great! Thanks for all the hard work eyn!! Love
Posted: Feb 19, 2006 12:20 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 04 Jun 2005 Posts: 347 Location: Singapore
I am very glad the forum is back...I miss it very much... I thought that the channel-ai would be gone...

The new forum fomat looks nice! I like it very much!~
Posted: Feb 19, 2006 12:21 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 05 Dec 2005 Posts: 322 Location: Canada
ahhh it's good to be back...

i checked the site everyday to see if it came back up!!

i'm glad it did! i hope we can improve things this time around!
thank you for the second chance!!

i'm digging the more elegant look! i like those patterns too ooooo weee nice awesome!
Posted: Feb 19, 2006 3:05 am Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 23 Sep 2005 Posts: 1137 Location: USA
I've seen this scenario so many times, and it never fails to amaze me how many people get mad about someone shutting down a website or a forum because of abuse. The person who runs the forum or website is paying for it. They have every right to do what they want.

It wasn't much fun without Channel-Ai around, and I will admit that I whined about it quite a bit, but I think the closing was necessary. Hopefully the new features implemented will help keep things going around here and cut down on the leeching and spam.

As for the new style... well, I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it. It looks nice in some places, and others aren't so great. Like the gaps, and the fact that there is no definition between topics and sections. It's all so white. I love the random pictures at the top and the layout in general. I just think it will take a little bit of getting used to.
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