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May 30 2009, 06:42 AM (Post #1)
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This is the first step of my plan to renovate Origin. The main concern has been that Origin has no unifying theme. It started off as an Anime site—good. Then it turned into an RP site—good. But soon, that died and Origin just became a place where people relaxed and discussed random topics with each other.

Origin still does not have a theme as concrete as Pokemon or Futuristic RPing, but we don't need to—it's okay for every one of us to have distinct, unique interests as long as we can find ways of having fun together. Today you see the first result of that realization: Origin is now split into five distinct zones that best identify the five distinct fields of interest of our members. The latter four of them will revolve around the first in a planetary fashion (as if they were satellites/moons of the planet in the middle), and each will feature a town theme.

The first is the obvious: Official stuff, including our news category, our project factory, and the submission forums.

The second is the general discussion location, from the more intellectual stuff (The Academy) to the more playful stuff (Amusement Park).

The third contains a slightly reorganized version of our RP/Creative Writing section, with the town theme in mind.

The fourth contains all of the categories we'd normally associate with entertainment: Gaming, movies, TV shows, Anime/Manga, and music.

The last (fifth) is the technology center, for discussions about the latest processor, website design, domain services, programming, and other technology-related topics.

As you can see, we've worked hard to get the town theme in every one of our "zones" (or satellites). We're still working on the unifying theme that ties each satellite to our main planet (besides gravity of course), so expect that some time!

As you might have noticed, the motivation behind these changes is to allow Origin to appeal to a broader audience. Instead of interfering with the experience of another member, the member with his unique interests should enrich the community (culturally and socially) for everyone, even those who don't share the same interests. By organizing into zones, we allow people with opposite interests to get out of each other's way—for example, if you don't care about programming, you won't see programming-related stuff (unless you tried to); yet they can still share their days, rant about stuff, play some games with each other in the Origin Town.

This concludes the changes you see today.

The next change will further solidify the theme we're going for—the planetary, spatial, even geocentric theme. You'll just have to keep your heads up and be ready for what's coming in the days/weeks ahead!

I'd like comments/criticisms/praises! regarding this change and perhaps suggestions for what you'd like to see in later changes. Thanks everyone!
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May 30 2009, 07:00 AM (Post #2)
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Decent -- reminds me of how somethingawful got big.
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May 30 2009, 06:25 PM (Post #3)
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I like the name... but the Slums?
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May 31 2009, 06:00 AM (Post #4)
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Good. A very superficial change, but a move in the right direction nonetheless. The fifth zone, the Tech Center, is clearly the weakest, as if tacked on at the bottom of the page. We, or someone among us, needs to come up with a reason why people would want to see this higher up on the page, and to do that, some work needs to be put into either creating something specific and original, or in some other way distinguishing the section from those on other sites. I know Jinghao had some mods or something that were popular among a certain crowd that used to only post in that area...

I think "The Slums" is a fine name. It fits with the town theme, and that's what the spam area is. I do, however, object to the "Japantown" name. A lot of popular, respectable graphic novels is what may described as the manga style are now coming out of America and other countries. I'm not sure of a better title for the section, but one probably exists.
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May 31 2009, 06:05 AM (Post #5)
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QUOTE (Angel @ May 30 2009, 10:00 PM)
Good. A very superficial change, but a move in the right direction nonetheless. The fifth zone, the Tech Center, is clearly the weakest, as if tacked on at the bottom of the page. We, or someone among us, needs to come up with a reason why people would want to see this higher up on the page, and to do that, some work needs to be put into either creating something specific and original, or in some other way distinguishing the section from those on other sites. I know Jinghao had some mods or something that were popular among a certain crowd that used to only post in that area...

I think "The Slums" is a fine name. It fits with the town theme, and that's what the spam area is. I do, however, object to the "Japantown" name. A lot of popular, respectable graphic novels is what may described as the manga style are now coming out of America and other countries. I'm not sure of a better title for the section, but one probably exists.
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The first part—regarding the preferential ordering of our zones—will be addressed in stage two ssmile.gif You'll see what I mean. For now, remember the hint: planetary theme.

Yeah, but French fries aren't French and not all burgers constitute American food. It's just a generic name for until someone comes up with something more clever. Thanks for the comment though.
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May 31 2009, 03:45 PM (Post #6)
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Every japanese part of a town that I've ever been to was either called the japanese district, or little japan. Never heard one called japan town before.
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May 31 2009, 03:53 PM (Post #7)
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I forgot, did I mention that I think this idea in no way changes anything, it's just stirring the bowl of s*it we have, and giving it a new shape, but we still have a bowl of s*it.
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Jun 1 2009, 02:31 AM (Post #8)
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Yay for reorganizing! ssmile.gif I'm looking forward to this. though I would prefer something else like "the farm" instead of "the slums!" (imagine "Most active in: the slums" on a member profile) stongue.gif stongue.gif
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Jun 1 2009, 05:37 AM (Post #9)
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Also, I suggest that Jinghao go back to being Jinghao instead of impersonating Odd. ;P It's confusing!
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Jun 1 2009, 07:06 PM (Post #10)
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I had this cool idea. See, there's this bridge like a mile and a half from where I live, and it only has one graf on it, and it sucks. I though, hmmmmm, that needs to change, so I've been trying to design a graf for my name, Keese, to put up there.

Well, that got me thinking, wouldn't it be cool if the main page had something like that. I have no idea how to go about making something like that, but my idea would be like an image file that can be wrote over and edited by anyone who wants to. People could write anything they wanted, but no copy and pasting, and no text, everything has to be drawn with the mouse. How cool would that be?
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Jun 1 2009, 09:41 PM (Post #11)
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QUOTE (Tricia @ May 31 2009, 10:37 PM)
Also, I suggest that Jinghao go back to being Jinghao instead of impersonating Odd. ;P It's confusing!
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Yeah. I agree. Its kind of annoying too.
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Jun 1 2009, 11:39 PM (Post #12)
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Also, quit the double-posting.

That's a cool idea, Tuxedo Mask, but it's kind of a finishing touch sort of a thing... we're not quite there yet.
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Jun 2 2009, 02:10 AM (Post #13)
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QUOTE (Angel @ Jun 1 2009, 11:39 PM)
Also, quit the double-posting.

That's a cool idea, Tuxedo Mask, but it's kind of a finishing touch sort of a thing... we're not quite there yet.
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I'm Keeserat, the same Keeserat as before. I'm just using the name Tuxedo Mask as a novelty for a wile.



As far as revamping the site.......this is my personal opinion, and just that, but I think that you guys should focus on the one thing that makes this forum different than most other forums.....the Zenny and the store.

Maybe create some kind of RPG based on it. I suggested a giant robot game, but no one was cool with it. Maybe a lord of the rings style game?


Edit, I'll double post if I feel like double posting. If anyone is that upset with it, delete the doubles, I don't really care that much. Better yet, go ahead and ban me for it....im sitting at 67%, only take one more warn to ban me......lol. No one has the balls.


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Jun 2 2009, 05:05 AM (Post #14)
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QUOTE (Tuxedo Mask @ Jun 1 2009, 11:06 AM)
I had this cool idea.  See, there's this bridge like a mile and a half from where I live, and it only has one graf on it, and it sucks.  I though, hmmmmm, that needs to change, so I've been trying to design a graf for my name, Keese, to put up there.

Well, that got me thinking, wouldn't it be cool if the main page had something like that. I have no idea how to go about making something like that, but my idea would be like an image file that can be wrote over and edited by anyone who wants to.  People could write anything they wanted, but no copy and pasting, and no text, everything has to be drawn with the mouse.  How cool would that be?
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That's a little too risky...

I have another idea: I'm developing an unrelated FB app. Perhaps I can give users incentives to join and post on Origin.
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Jun 2 2009, 05:24 AM (Post #15)
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Some ideas I thought of:
-most recent posts on the front page (for lazy people like me who don't want to move their mice to look)
-most recent arcade score on the front page
-news updated more often swink.gif
-easier-to-find link to "Compose a Message"
-yay for the FB app! (stake a future) Perhaps something similar for origin? sbiggrin.gif
-weekly poll or survey on the home page
-survey members for interesting personal information or quotes. Ask people match up which member said what. (I suppose this could be a discussion topic, also, but it would be cool to have more content on the front page)
-on the front page, list a member each week for something similar to Albert's "Least Likely To" topic or our "monthly" awards. (For example, people can vote for the member most likely to become president, most likely to be famous, most likely to conquer the world, or the member you would most likely want to date if you were the opposite sex stongue.gif )
-Keese's idea sounds cool, but something similar could be to have a quote box that people bid on on the front page.
-I agree, it'd be great if there were more stuff to do with zeny. sbiggrin.gif

comments?

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