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kikubelle
Posted: Jun 26, 2006 7:07 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 27 Jul 2005 Posts: 1026 Location: Toronto, Canada + Lalaland~
Community
Everyone is very nice here. I am only close a few members and I think we've become great friends. I would like to get to know the not so frequent posters. Also I think that in some way shapr or form we all help each other. The community spirit is not strong. Because my definition of strong is that everyone knows everyone and everyone will do things together in unison or something close to that. I see this forum as small little groups because everyone is talking to different people but we are all connected somehow. Ch-ai makes me happy~ because everyone is so warm. But at the same time it also feels kinda fake, why are these ppl so nice?! lol its surreal. I used to visit everyday but due to recent busy schedule in my life i cant T^T. I feel happy when i see people post feedback not crap. I have met many new frds all around the world YAY~ Boogie No, I haven't introduced Ch-ai to anyone because Ch-ai is my other home. Well mostly because not much people like Ai Chin so yeah. The people make me like this place.

I duno what makes me post here, but i think it is because other ppl post so it keeps me going too. I think there are enough incentives for people to post. Myt major incentive was to be one of the top five frequent posters ^^ and i am. At first it was like omg those ppl post so much I'll never catch up hahaXD I was wrong?!

Download
Removing the download forum reduces leechers. VIP system is great. Makes me feel special ^^. VIP system is fair. Unless you are active you don't deserve Ai Otsuka videos!

Forum
I personally don't like the cramming but if you subdivide it, i think its even worst @-@.
Good topics can come from two to three lines but its rare so I think its fine the way the system is setup. I create topics on occasion. Haha and I don't know how to use search properly so Tongue.

I do think its weird there are no mods. But like mods could mess up the forum. Depends on who you trust. Mods are kinda overrated, but would reduce the amount of stress and effort of the geekmaster. It is deinately a dictatorship Mussolini style! But in a way it's good. Since we have no say, eyn makes all final decisions and we dont need to do stuff the "Canada way", talking it out because that way takes too long. Also, eyn does listen to what we have to say so it doesn't matter. I do feel overwhelmed but the replies but i like it. It reminds me that so and so post new things~ YAY~

Rules
The rules are minimalistic. They make sense. They're logical. We dont want dumb fools to mees up Ch-ai and that's the truth ^^ Rules draw the line between what is appropriate and inappropriate. I do care about the rules but sometimes rules are meant to be broken. But eyn is a pretty flexible guy considering he gives warnings. I can't say I kow all the rules by heart, honestly just don't do stupid things and if by chance you do something wrong by accident, just apologize and dont do it again. We all learn from our mistakes.

Features
Yes i think if we say stuff like, on friday night at whatever time, we will have a scavenger hunt on the forum or something hahaXD find ... post about ... or a forum game...like playing online games together...

Contest
There was one contest which was great IMO but the forum went down...Its tough to organize those but little contests may add meaning to participation in forum.

Gallery
I have not been to the gallery for a while. I think its a hassle to go there, put stuff in shopping cart then download it. I dont mind it but I feel that I like looking at new posts and responding to them a little more than going to the gallery. I think the gallery is great just that the chatroom is better.

Blog
I know we have a blog. I don't visit it often because it comes after the gallery on my list of important things in chai. The opinions are repetitive. It's like someone says something and another person just rewords it. Or its like someone just says omg its great but why is it great? I would join the blog team if i had more time. But you mnake time for things and now is just not the time. I know there is an Ai Chin section and I think its wonderful ^^

Misc
Honestly this took forever eyn! But its ok. Anyways I think there should be more interactive things for channel-ai members to do. like a game or something hahaXD but you dont have time to make it do you Confused I think there should be a Channel-Ai messenger haha to message people like on msn or something. I like how google talk implements it into your e-mail. That is it~ time to go clean
 
HilaryDuffFanboy
Posted: Jun 27, 2006 5:29 am Reply with quote
PEACH PEACH
Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 1975 Location: Melbourne, Australia
Community
I think members aren't very very close, but everyone's friends at least. If only everyone could go to Toronto at the same time or something.... Laughing The community spirit is quite good here, but there's really no reason why it can't get better. I think things like these naturally come with more active members. I don't know how close I am with other members, simply because I have nothing to compare it with.... Laughing Um, let's see, I go to school with just_inhk and short+simple and am also friends with them. A few people have added me on MSN, but all the people that add me are now inactive. From the top of my head, they are ccb, kaorumite, TokyoPanda1987, sorry if I forgot anyone... it's off the top of my head, honest! (By the way, my email is overratedidiot@hotmail.com add me if you want! Tongue)

I feel much at home when at Channel-Ai. Everyone here is so nice and we all have a common idol. I don't feel 'happier' when I see a new post by any paticular member, I only get 'happy' based on the content of the post. For instance, today, edwx got me so excited about LOVE COOK Tour DVD with the news he brought, even though he has so far made only around 26 posts. I've introduced people to Channel-Ai, whether they have come or not, I can't say. I know I introduced Channel-Ai to just_inhk though, even encouraged him to post as he felt he had nothing to say. Tongue short+simple, I think she got here through just_inhk... Laughing

I'm quite sure I count as a frequent poster... Wink
I post in this forum simply because I love Ai-chin and this is the best (by far) English Otsuka Ai forum on the internet. The people are nice as well. I don't think there's enough incentive for casual fans, simply because there are times in which it can become very quiet. (like now, no one has posted in Ai's Chatroom for TWO days). What attracted me to post here was... because I wanted to find out more about Otsuka Ai I think... I honestly can't quite remember the reason apart from the fact that I love Otsuka Ai. But when I first started, everyone was still as nice, and I just loved talking about Otsuka Ai. My opinion hasn't changed much at all, apart from learning that the people here are nice. Tongue

Downloads
I think removing the download section from non-regular members is an effective way to remove leechers. But at the same time, new potential members might not join because they think a Download section doesn't exist. No I guess you could sort of post a short note on the front page saying regulars get access to the Download section and the requirements are very minimal....?

I think the VIP system is good. I may sound a bit biased because I am one, but I think it is a good way to reward posters who contribute lots. But at the same time, people who become regulars might feel that it is unfair, or that they feel that they have contributed enough to become VIP.

Oh, this just popped into my mind. ccb told me he quit posting here because he wasn't given VIP status when he felt he contributed enough. You've really got to ask the non-VIP about this I guess... you can't expect someone like me to say it's bad. Shifty

Forum
I think the forum is organized. But sometimes, too organized. As you said, like for a single/album release, I would prefer it if you offered more leniency in regards to these threads. As long as there aren't too many duplicates about the same thing, it will result in more threads, and this more chances for people to post, and thus a more lively community.

Also, if you cram everything into one thread for one release, everyone might be talking about different things, and then it just gets confusing and people might not post.

As for the TV performances, I think it is a good idea to make it one thread per song. It's much neater that way, as long as the first post has links and is updated with the download links to all the available performances. Skimming through pages and pages of threads to download a performance isn't the best way to spend our time. (I think the PLANETARIUM performance thread is like this)

Also, I dislike how horizon180's great guide to how to listen to Otsuka Ai's radio show was crammed into the download thread for the radio show. I think I am the only person that has (publicly) for it, simply because other people probably don't know it's there. I think it's so great it deserves to be a sticky in Ai's Chat Room.

The rule about not creating topics with 2-3 lines probably does more harm than good. This is another place where I think you can be more lenient with. As long as the content isn't spam, it's good enough to keep.

I hardly ever create threads so I can't really answer that... I don't think it's wierd that Channel-Ai has no moderators, simply because everyone here is civil and friendly, bashing of other artists is quite low compared to other forums. Moderators are just there to stop trouble from potentially getting worse. If Channel-Ai gets really big one day, then maybe it will need moderators, but now, I don't think so. I don't feel this forum is being 'dictated' at all, that's a pretty strong word eyn. There's enough democracy, I don't see why you are even raising it really.. Tongue The rules are reasonable and are there for a reason.

About the replies, I think the more replies and posts Channel-Ai gets, the more it will encourage other people to post and make it a more lively community.

Rules
Rules exist for a reason. I think the rules are reasonable enough. I don't think eyn is too strict, but there's nothing wrong with being more lenient to newer members..... I don't know, nothing too bad has happened here. (apart from the Download Area saga).

Public warnings are much like public embarrassments. Also, if you edit their post, there's no guarantee they will go back to their post again and know what they did wrong. Sending them a PM saves them the embarrassment and is also more effective.

Features
Features.... I don't really mind. The fact that there is a forum about Otsuka Ai, I am grateful. The chat room is quiet because there just aren't enough people..... Whenever I look at it's status, it's always 0 people.... But then again, I live down south. Tongue Setting a time might work, it might not, who knows?

I don't know what RSS is....... so I probably don't use it. Laughing

Contest
I think it's best to have 2 contests max each year... just so it's more special I guess. Tongue If there is a contest, I will participate as long as I am able to do it. People not voting? It's their choice really... this probably ties in which the "level of democracy" you raised earlier... although last time, yes, the voting for that was quite a mess.

Gallery
In all honesty, I don't visit the gallery that often... I don't post comments there... because... I simply don't have any motivation to... I guess it's good for an image archive of Ai-chin... I didn't know the hotlink of gallery images is not allowed... I've never tried or anything..... if it eats up too much bandwidth, then I guess you are justified for not allowing hotlinking.

Blog
I do know a blog exists, I visit it at least once a week to check for new articles. I've only posted once.... Sometimes when I do want to reply, what I've said has already been said by another replier... Laughing

I think yes, it should have as much articles as possible, so more people will come and make it more lively. I have thought about writing for the blog, and once my tertiary entrance exams are over in November, I will.

Misc
Hm..... Great place to be, keep it up!

Pros
Everyone's nice
It's organised
Great news source for Otsuka Ai
Very minimal bashing and negativity

Cons
Not lively enough at times. (like now)
"Too" organised in some places
 
kazfz
Posted: Jun 27, 2006 6:08 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 24 Apr 2006 Posts: 854 Location: in my own world ^_^
well sometimes, lively might be seen as spamming as we turn to random [ offtopic ]... have to come up with something so everyone will be together Nod
.. i guess there is always something that every member can get involve ?....
 
Celsius005
Posted: Jun 27, 2006 2:24 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
It isn't exactly lively right now because of the waiting...There's been something I wanted to say for a while now.

(Celsius's speech)
The offtopic stuff does kind of get out of control (I do it a lot) but I don't really consider it spamming. Of course news on Otsuka Ai doesn't get updated everyday, so members here should use that opportunity to get closer to each other, right? I found out that having friends here that you can talk to casually makes things run a little faster. Most members here probably think that the senseless talking is due to lack of seriousness in some members, and they just want to increase post count with useless posts or something. The less-active members usually drop by once in a while to leave a comment like "Thanks!" without anything else to say. None of us here is expected to contribute something useful all the time, and it isn't fair to judge people based on how much info they can give while disregarding those who don't give as much. It also isn't fair to disregard the posts that say only "Thank you" either. Members who have been here longer may think that these are annoying, but it's better than saying nothing at all, right? Everyone is entitled to take part in any discussion, whether or not their posts are useful, thorough, or whatever.

My magic words that I use in this situation with low activity is directly from Superman:
"Kakkoii koto datte jibun ga yaranakya dare ga yaru?" - If you don't do something cool yourself, who will?
Basically I just feel that waiting for things to happen isn't good enough in times like these, someone has to take action. I've been trying but I guess it's not working effectively. It would be much easier to unite members with an organized event, but until that time comes I'll keep trying.
There's nothing else I can do about it....I'll never get the chance to meet anyone at outings and such...
and we all know that eyn and a few others are trying their best to keep things going so we just can't rely on them to bring up something interesting all the time, it isn't fair to them. Let's do what we can as well.
I'm not saying that everyone has to do something about it, but those who do something do it because they want to.
Most members usually post in certain topics most of the time, but if everyone took part in a variety of discussions then I think members would begin to understand that everyone has their own reasons for being here.
I think about these things sometimes, and everytime I see the words "It's boring around here" my first thought is "Then I'll do something about it." Celsius005 doesn't necessarily care whether people like him or not, but he does what he can because he wants to, which is what everyone does when they post. My sig says a lot about my reason for being here, but I'm not limited to only what it says. I'm here for the same common reason everyone else is here - because I chose to be and I enjoy it here. I have friends here that keep me coming back.
Eyn-san has a lot of responsibility, so let's try and make things easier for him by making up for the low-activity with more from us as well. This way everyone benefits.

(End of Celsius's speech)
 
rainbow12
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 2:04 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 10 Dec 2005 Posts: 262 Location: Mexico
I know I'm kind of "new" here (even if I come to visit everyday but never post x.x) so I don't know how everything works. However I'm going to post my opinions, I hope you all don't mind ^-^

Community
Again, I'm "new" here so I'm not close to anyone. From my almost daily visits I can say people are close here. Channel-Ai is like my 3rd home because AHO is my 2nd home (I spend more time there) ^-^ What I like about this forum is that I feel everyone is my friend even if I haven't talked to ayone ^-^;;
The reasons because I don't post as much as other forums are: 1. I sometimes feel out of place, like I don't know anybody here so I feel lonely at times ._. and 3. Everything (or almost everything) I have to share with others has been already shared x.x
And yeah, sometimes discissions here are too serious I think I can't give an appropiate reply. I also feel I know too little x.x

Download
Removing the download section was a very good idea. I don't have access to it, but I think it was a good step to stop leechers. What I think about VIP system? I think it is good ^-^ Can't say anymore because I don't know much about it ^-^;; I don't think it shoul be removed. If people deserve it then it is acceptable for me ^-^

Forum
I love the organization here. I love the idea of putting everything in the same thread. Not all the forums do that Smile I have troubles making threads because I don't know of what to make it ^-^;; I know how to use the search tool ^-^
At the beginning I found it weird that Channel-Ai has no moderators. I think moderators can be helpful. I like how it is right now, but a little more active members wouldn't be bad. I'm trying to be active since I'm on summer vacation ^-^ I'm used to lots of replies every 5 minutes. For me, they give me motivation to post. I would feel weird if I post asking for something and nobody replies in 30mins. ^-^;; I'm just way to used to big forums ^-^;; More replies every day would be better and would keep this place alive ^-^

Rules
I think a place without rules can't exist. I'm perfectly fine with the rules here ^-^ Channel-Ai (for me) is one of the most friendly forums I have ever visited (and one of the most organized too). I think it is thanks to the rules and how Channel-Ai makes everyone to respect its rules (again, I'm "new" here so I don't know much ^-^;Wink.

Features
Channel-Ai has enough features for me. I didn't knew a chat room existed ^-^;; Can someone tell me where it is? Confused It would be a good idea to set a time for the chat room.

Contest
If there's a contest and I feel I'm good at it then I'll enter ^-^
I think people should at least vote in a contest poll

Gallery
I visit the gallery like once a week. I don't post in the gallery because I don't have anything to say ^-^;; The gallery is perfect the way it is now for me. I didn't knew hotlinking wasn't allowed (for the 3rd time, I'm new here x.x). If people want to post pictures they can upload them to a server instead of hotlinking so I think no hotlinking restriction shouldn't be removed.

Blog
Of course I know the blog ^-^ I visit there almost daily because I love reading the reviews. I don't post my comment in blog entries because I feel I have nothing to say x.x The articles are so good, well written and interesting. It should be updated often ^-^ Actually yesterday I was thinking about writing for the blog but I'm not good at writing so... x.x
I love visiting the Ai-chin section ^-^

Misc
Maybe having something fun (like a contest or something) might motivate members to post.

Pros

-Nice people
-Very nice organization
-My 3rd home <3 (I don't think this one counts ^-^;Wink

Cons
-Not a lot of "active" members Confused

That's it. I hope it isn't a lot ^^;; I'll try to be more active from now on ^-^
 
Celsius005
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 3:38 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
rainbow12 wrote:
The reasons because I don't post as much as other forums are: 1. I don't have a lot of time x.x 2. I sometimes feel out of place, like I don't know anybody here so I feel lonely at times ._. and 3. Everything (or almost everything) I have to share with others has been already shared x.x
And yeah, sometimes discissions here are too serious I think I can't give an appropiate reply. I also feel I know too little x.x
I started out feeling the same way.
I never expected that I would get to know anyone here but I did after a while, I just needed to be active. Nod
Hmm, well if you feel lonely then you can always enter the Chat room, that's where people get the opportunity to know each other better. You were in there for a while, it's a good start!
I don't really understand what you mean about posting something that is already there. Confused Don't be afraid to give your opinion even if it is almost like repeating someone else's words (if that's what you meant ^_^)
Don't worry about not knowing as much as other, I don't know much myself, only about Ai though. Everyone's opinions are welcome here no matter what, unless it's spamming of course. Some conversations may be serious at times but just respond how you want to. Don't be afraid to be a little silly, I do it a lot! Laughing

Just be comfortable here and post once in a while and you'll get into it. You can always ask questions if you have any, someone will surely answer. I welcome you to Channel-Ai and I hope you will continue to enjoy it here and open up more. We would love to hear more from you rainbow12! Smile
 
kazfz
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 6:39 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 24 Apr 2006 Posts: 854 Location: in my own world ^_^
Turn to chat ROOM and celsius kun and kazfz chan shall serve you with topics to chat about !!, the randoms.... i do daily posting over here beause hmmm theres something to talk about, dont be restricted to your comments [ but know the limits ]... if you need any help the members here are more than willing to help you solve the problem !!

For now, we [ channel-ai ] need active posters !!, sometimes it makes me wonder where are Ai's fans ?...
 
yangirl
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 10:27 am Reply with quote
SMILY SMILY
Joined: 13 May 2005 Posts: 469 Location: Canada
Community
Been around long time but I think I'm the least member who's close to anyone here; but by the way poeple talk, I know they get knowing others very well. This is the best ai-chin forum I must say; if I need anything abt ai-chin I come here. And yes, I'm very happy to see posts by you eyn, horizon180, Celsius005 and HilaryDuffFanboy b/c I know you'd post some good news for us. I visit this forum every time I access to internet, and sometimes I come here too many time that I couldn't count, just to check on a news thread to get more info abt a coming single or a download section to see anything new.

I'm not a frequent poster but I'm a frequent visitor. Sometimes I just don't know what to post, I don't know any japanese so I can't release any news, and just saying thank you in news section make me feel shameIf; I'm really not a poster. Honestly, I just post in Ai-chin sections. For other sections, I rarely come. I don't know how to involve with people I guess Laughing well, but it's just my problem ^^

Download
I think this idea's great (no doubt) and I think the way you set VIP is fine eyn. I don't think it's too easy to get in or you should set it just for top posters. Last summer I went back to my country and don't have time to access to internet and I was out of the VIP, but now I'm in again, thankful ^^.

Forum
I like the way you do for Download section. 1 single: 1thread for download single, 1 for PV and 1 for Perf...... but for the news Section I agree with HilaryDuffFanboy, we can do serval threads for a single as long as the topics are different. everything in 1 thread is too much to follow.

You're doing a great job. It's ok to have no moderators. I doubt you check every single post on this forum ???? I've never do it for mine Tongue.

Rules
Sorry, I'm the one who've never read rules of any forum ^_^ thanks for remind me each time I made a mistake. I got all channel-ai's rule in my mind now. I think the rule's reasonable eyn.

Abt the warning message, in one forum that I'm a modertor, they consider it a rude action and don't allow any moderators to do that; but in my opinion, I think it a quick and good way to remind that member; so instead of 'warning' you can use 'reminder' as you used when reminded me ^^

Features
I very like the idea of horizon180 ^^ (make a ai-think translation section) ^^ I'm very thankful our translators. thank you for your hard works^^ ( Embarassed sorry, I don't know when I can do this for channel-ai)

Abt Chatroom, I came there once and noone there ^^ I think we should set a date and time, so we can gather and talk. The Chatroom's open all the time for those who want to talk though; but if we have a certain date and time, more people can join and I think it's more fun.

Contest
I think 2 or 3 contests a year are good.
haha, right now I'm thinking abt Happy Birthday Contest ^^ making Happy Birthday Card for ai-chin ^^ I think then we can send this to ai-chin on her birthday

Misc
This is just a question for you ^_^ why you choose PHPBB forum instead of VBB or IPB


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kazfz
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 11:03 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 24 Apr 2006 Posts: 854 Location: in my own world ^_^
hmmm about the IPB things, its not free [ its ok if its not free ] however it cost 200 to run a IPB
i like that idea of making a birthday card ^_^ Nod
 
yangirl
Posted: Jun 29, 2006 11:10 pm Reply with quote
SMILY SMILY
Joined: 13 May 2005 Posts: 469 Location: Canada
I know VBB and IPB cost a lot of money; if it's the answer I can understand.
But it may not the reason ^^ I like the simple of this forum ^^ just that I want to hear from eyn
 
Aprilis.
Posted: Jul 04, 2006 3:38 am Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
Community
To me, channel-ai feels like a close nitted community that made up of 100 or so members. But in reality, there's way more register users than that. I'll love to have those other user participate more in the community, but at the same time, I love the close nitted community feeling that I get. This allows me to get to know other members better. If all the register user started posting maddly at once, I'll have trouble distincting who is who, who posted what on this thread.

When I first came here, I started posting right away. Maybe cause I join shortly after the forum started, there were a lot of random topics (like many tv in your household). And as soon as I had those few posts, I didn't feel like such a newbie any more. And soon, I got very comfortable here and started posting more and more.

Lately, I havn't been on the forum as much. Partly because there's really nothing new with Ai at the moment.

Download
Removing the download section from the public and non-regular idea was a good idea. Not only does this prevent leechers and spammers, in the long run this may protect us from Avex.
I disagree with HilaryDuffFanboy about making a public note that this forum has a download section. If people are joining this community just for the downloads, I feel they're joining for the wrong reason. Channel-Ai is a forum, not a download centre. Plus if there is a public note, this might attract trouble from Avex.

A few members mentioned that it's too easy to get on the VPI list, and a few others said it's fine. Since there are no written rule as to how you get on the VIP list, its really hard to say if it's easy or hard. I know you have to give back to the community to be a VIP, but what counts as enough give back? Sure, uploading photos, writting in the blog, providing translation, download links, and news are definitly ways you can give back to the community. But not everyone know enough Japanese to translate things or provide news. Does that mean those people that doesn't deserve to be on the VIP list? No, of course not. This is why some people are on the VIP list because they post. But how should we determine which posters should be on the VIP list? I think this is where eyn should draw the line.

Forum
I like how the download section is managed. But HilaryDuffFanboy and yangirl are right, we can use a few more different yet related topics in the news section.

It's not weird that Channel-Ai has no moderators. Channel-Ai really isn't that big at the moment. And if you feel you can run the forum without additional help, that's fine. But sometimes I feel that there's too much going on for you to handle. I'm not questioning your ability to run this forum by yourself, because you're doing a great job. Is just that, I always feel that you're overworking yourself with school, the forum, and other things that you have going on.

I don't really mind we don't get much replies. I care more about the content of the replies. Sure, more replies keeps a forum more alive. But what good is it if the everyone is just saying 'thank you' in the download section? I guess we should find a balance between the two: have more post, but also have the post mean more than just 'thank you'

Rules
I've seen people say that Channel-Ai's rules are too tuff, and that was why they decided not to join. Personally, I think the rules are fair. Without these rules, this forum wouldn't be running so smoothly.

Features
I had been in the chat room a couple of times. And I'll definitly try to use it more often. Because we have members from all over the world, it's really hard to set a time each week for everyone to meet up. I guess what we can do is set up 2 different times. And I mean totally different times. Like one in the afternoon (EST) and one late at night.

Other than the chat room, I don't really use the other features.

Hmm future features... how about a spellcheck? I know there are tons of times when i make a typo and wish I had caught it. But meh, I'm too lazy to proof read my posts Tongue

Contest
I don't think we should set the number of contest to have in a year. Rather, we should have contests depending on the situation. For example, with the release Yumeiku coming up, that usually mean a new forum theme right? And since it's the summer, a lot of people don't have school. So why not have a contest to design a Yumeiku forum for the theme? And I don't know, maybe the winner can work with eyn to set out the layout and everything.

There's really not much we can do about people not voting in a contest poll. It's like, what can you do with those people who don't vote in elections? (Actually, I don't know what they do with those people in Canada...) It's up to people to realize that like voting, this is a privilege, not a right. And if they can't realize this for themselves, they don't deserve to vote.

Gallery
There can never be enough updates to the gallery! Because there can never be enough pictures of Ai! I do comment every once in awhile. But most of the time, I don't really know what to say about certain pictures without sounding repetitive.
I didn't know hotlink of gallery images are not allowed. But now I do. This restriction shouldn't be romoved.

Blog
The blog is the place where I learn more about the J-pop culture. That's where I learn about new artists and singles/songs. I comment as much as I can, because everyone like feedbacks (I know I do).

I like horizon180's idea about updating the blog with Ai news translation. But I'm also afraid that by doing that, Avex will hunt us down. Cause in a sense, those are copyrighted. A while back, there was this site that translated Chinese entertainment news to English and posted it online (with credit and links to the original articles). But the owner took it down, fearing of some legeal issues.
So if we were to take this step, we should be careful. Especially since the blog has access to free mp3 and movie files.

Misc
You know those Channel-Ai groups on sites like LJ and last.fm? It's not really well known, is it? I think we create a sticky/post that lists out all these sites. And include the link, how to join, and other useful information.
 
Celsius005
Posted: Jul 04, 2006 3:58 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
You brung up some interesting points. Mind if I give my own thoughts? Tongue

Aprilis. wrote:
This is why some people are on the VIP list because they post. But how should we determine which posters should be on the VIP list? I think this is where eyn should draw the line.
You're correct about how not everyone can contribute something like translations or news due to their unfamiliarity with Japanese. I notice a lot of members who usually stick to a single section without ever going to Ai's section, which supports what kazfz chan said about how people don't have to be a fan to join the forum. So basically, we can assume that not everyone who posts here is an Otsuka Ai fan (though that seems wrong to me).

That brings up your point on how we should determine the VIP members. When I first joined I didn't even know such a thing existed besides reading about the "usergroups" here, but I was still confused. I really enjoyed Channel-Ai and I gave as much as I could because I wanted to (keep in mind that I still didn't know about VIP at the time). I became VIP yesterday and I was really surprised, after all I was unaware for the most part. I can't really say it was "easy" for me because I technically wasn't trying to become one; I can't say it was "difficult" simply because all I had to do was be an active member and give some thoughtful discussion. Though when I think about it, I feel that I did work hard for it so I am very grateful. I think that quality is dominant over quantity here, but what is considered quality for those people who don't post news or visit Ai's sections? I consider a "qualitative" post as one that gives more personal opinion besides the common "thank you" post. As long as the poster gives some opinion in their post, then I think they are eligible for VIP. I feel uneasy saying this though...it may cause some problems.

I agree that VIP should NOT be announced publically, though word does get around. I didn't have to know about it to be an active member - that shows how fair VIP eligibility is.

Nice thinking Aprilis. for bringing up spellcheck,
I didn't really think about it since I proofread my posts all the time. Shifty
Though spelling errors usually never cause any problems here, it wouldn't hurt to have it. Tongue

-------------------------------(final thoughts)
+ Quality > quantity

+ Much precaution should be taken when giving out VIP to members. Some people have said that they became VIP about 2 weeks prior to joining Channel-Ai. I'm bringing this up because there could be people who will just expect to post a lot of thoughful discussion within the first weeks, get VIP, and then never post again since they have it. Of course I would like to be more trusting of our fellow members, but you can never be too careful - anything is possible. Then again, eyn can just remove them if such a thing happens, right?

+ I like the idea of having a smaller community because everyone will be closer, but at the same time I would want to have more people join in thoughtful discussions. We should set a Chat room time like many people have said. It would be nice to have a lot more Random/Misc discussions with the community while we are all waiting for Ai's new stuff, so let's use this opportunity now to get closer with each other. Nod As a result, this forum will run faster for everyone and be more enjoyable.
 
HilaryDuffFanboy
Posted: Jul 05, 2006 2:22 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 1975 Location: Melbourne, Australia
Celsius005 wrote:

+ Much precaution should be taken when giving out VIP to members. Some people have said that they became VIP about 2 weeks prior to joining Channel-Ai. I'm bringing this up because there could be people who will just expect to post a lot of thoughful discussion within the first weeks, get VIP, and then never post again since they have it. Of course I would like to be more trusting of our fellow members, but you can never be too careful - anything is possible. Then again, eyn can just remove them if such a thing happens, right?

+ I like the idea of having a smaller community because everyone will be closer, but at the same time I would want to have more people join in thoughtful discussions. We should set a Chat room time like many people have said. It would be nice to have a lot more Random/Misc discussions with the community while we are all waiting for Ai's new stuff, so let's use this opportunity now to get closer with each other. Nod As a result, this forum will run faster for everyone and be more enjoyable.


Well of course eyn removes them! Of course you would understand that there might be the possibility of people trying to do that, and I don't see why some people wouldn't, simply because not everyone is that nice. eyn has removed people from the VIP list due to inactivity... I knew a few people found it surprising they couldn't get the VIP downloads when they came back after a long time... Tongue eyn can also track who downloads what I think....

The alloted chat room time idea isn't as easy as it sounds simply because of time zone differences....
 
Celsius005
Posted: Jul 05, 2006 2:40 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 May 2006 Posts: 685 Location: USA
HilaryDuffFanboy wrote:
Well of course eyn removes them!........eyn can also track who downloads what I think....

The alloted chat room time idea isn't as easy as it sounds simply because of time zone differences....
Nod Ah, I thought so - I just thought it was a very difficult task for him to keep tabs on everyone by himself, but I guess it's under control then! Nothing can slip by, can it? Tongue

Yeah I'm aware of the difficulty due to time zone differences, so how should we organize this?
Would it work out if we had a lot of members post some times when they are available on Ch-Ai and then work out a Chat time from that? There are people who stay up during late hours, so I'm sure something could work out if everyone had a list of times they are available, then we could find a common time that would work out for most members.
 
yangirl
Posted: Jul 05, 2006 9:12 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 May 2005 Posts: 469 Location: Canada
yeah, eyn keep tracking who download what. I was in anti leechers team but from since Channel-Ai down time I didn't hear anything abt this team anyone, It was dismissed I guess ^^ Now the download section just open for regular and VIP members, we don't really need anti leechers team anymore^^

abt the chat time I think we should do as Celsius005 sugguested. Anyway, I think a good time will be in the morning of America, afternoon of Europe and at night of Asia b/c most of us fans are in these 3 continents. Asia countries are 10 - 14 hours ahead America countries and Europe countries are 4-6 hours ahead America countries.
 
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