Originally Posted by Pjanssen
Maybe it's an idea to give larger projects a bit more space like this project? And maybe even some (limited) moderator functions for the project leaders?
So that there can be multiple threads, without it getting confusing. I'm pretty sure that the Minas Tirith project, or the Shirow project could use it.
It will also give a positive effect to the amount of succesful collaborative projects on this forum, because project won't have to move to a private forum once they grow.
The sub-forum here was created a long time ago (and I'll add here that it wasn't by me or even suggested by me ... it was a gift from an Admin, at the time), when membership on CGTalk was considerably lower and at the time there wasn't much going on in the collab section other than AlienZ and a few offers for game mods. There is much more going on here now than what was happening when I first volunteered to Mod this section of CGTalk.
Which is one reason why I asked Leo to remove the AlienZ sub-forum (any day now). The formula just doesn't work anymore.
- A forum mod would have to be appointed for each sub-forum which isn't the way Leo or Leigh would want to grant Mod status to anyone. A Mod is not a Mod just because they start a project on CGTalk's Collab section. They're much more selective about who they want representing CGTalk, CGNetworks, and Ballistic Publishing.
- Numerous sub-forums contribute to the messy and unorganized structure of the entire CGTalk site. They have made an effort to reduce the number of redundant sub-forums within the past year. Last thing they'd want now is more clutter.
- How and who would you choose to decide which projects deserve a sub-forum of their own? I certainly don't like getting the PM requests for new sub-forums here. I'm sure Leo or Leigh don't have the time to make that decision either. Yeah, that's hypocritical because I have a sub-forum for my project, but again ... I didn't ask for it and now I wish I had declined the offer. It's not worth the hassle.
What you can do though ... is manage your project more effectively with in the main Collab forum. You can have multiple threads for your project posted there and you can manage the project in much the same way that I did here without a sub-forum. How?
Use CGTalk to your advantage. There are several features of this forum that can help you manage your project. Thread titles, searching, and subscribed threads.
- Thread titles for your project are controlled by the people working with you. Have a main thread and layout your guidelines immediately. A new thread can be started, but have all threads relating to your project start with the same format (for example "AlienZ: Main Discussion", "AlienZ: Concept Art", "AlienZ: Modelling", "AlienZ: Rigging", etc.). Notice that each thread title starts with the same 7 character string "AlienZ:" which will make each of your threads easily identified within the main Collab forum section and ...
- Searching the forum for your thread titles is a rather easy and painless process. It doesn't take much more time than your standard point click navigation process used to get to CGTalk and your project's main thread. You can even save your search results in your browser setting's Favorites list so that you can quickly and easily find all threads related to your project. This isolates your project into a search result that looks much like a sub-forum listing.
- Subscibed threads can also be used for each of your threads in the Collab section to notify you immediately by e-mail if there are any updates to your project. Or you can set the notify option to give you a once a week summary of all activity.
Sadly, this whole AlienZ project is not a great example of success in collaboration. We had some good progress, excellent team work among those involved, inspirational work created by the artists but fell short on the whole "completion" thing. It's the curse of Collab projects ... it's discouraging and heartbreaking. I know from experience ... I've seen it happen to others and now, it's happened to me.
The suckiest of all sucky feelings you'll ever experience. Hopefully you won't ever have to experience this.