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12/01/2011 08:44:17 PM · #1
DPC Community,

This is certainly long overdue, and I'm not exactly sure where to begin. I think a little transparency would be helpful. I'll start by saying that I've been hearing your voices for a while now regarding your hopes for DPC features and improvements. There are a lot of great ideas in the hopper, but it has always come down to a lack of resources. Drew and I started on a complete overhaul back in 2009 (DPC3) and were able to get pretty far with it, but it ultimately crumbled due to a lack of time and focus.

I've signed up to Get Satisfaction as the first step to get back on the right track. The Web Site Suggestions thread, while containing a wealth of information, has become entirely unmanageable. Get Satisfaction offers a unique approach at keeping in touch with the desires of the community. At face value, it's just another list of suggestions that can make the site great, but it has the features necessary to maintain that list and more importantly, to gauge what the community finds most important. The Web Site Suggestions forum will be closed to new posts, but I'll keep the existing ones visible so that all the great ideas can be referenced.

The second step is to hire a Community Manager. I'm still working out the details of the position, but I'm looking for someone to be the face of DPC and manage the day to day activities while keeping their finger on the pulse of DPC. I need someone that really understands where the community is going and what the community wants from the site. This will allow me to focus more on site improvements and the technical side of things.

Coming back around to DPC3 and why this thread is titled v2.5 -- it's always much more difficult to completely recreate something than it is to incrementally make something that already exists better. I get a ton of mixed signals from the community whether a complete redesign of DPC would be a good thing or not (DPC3 was a complete redesign). A lot of folks feel that DPC is showing it's age while at the same time others are saying if it's not broke, don't fix it. I feel like a perfect compromise, and what worked for us for so long, is to make steady incremental changes. So based on your feedback from Get Satisfaction, I'd like to start consistently making small to medium-sized changes to the site in an incremental approach. As time passes, we may end up with what may look like a complete redesign, but instead of us going off and coming up with what we think the community wants, the changes will be based on community feedback.

So please, if you have a moment, check out the popular ideas on our Get Satisfaction site and star the ones you're interested in the most. Get Satisfaction has a variety of authentication methods that you can you use so you don't have to create an account and try to remember another password.

Thanks for your time and dedication,
Langdon
12/01/2011 08:50:20 PM · #2
Oh! There IS a Langdon!

:-)

Thanks! This is awesome.
12/01/2011 08:51:49 PM · #3
Perhaps I'll wander on over to Get Satisfaction... I'll need to put on some Rolling Stones first, though ;-)
12/01/2011 08:52:59 PM · #4
Where is the like button :)

Sounds good Langdon, can't wait to see where this goes
12/01/2011 08:54:30 PM · #5
Originally posted by kirbic:

Perhaps I'll wander on over to Get Satisfaction... I'll need to put on some Rolling Stones first, though ;-)


You can't get no...
12/01/2011 08:55:35 PM · #6
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Langdon If you'll have me I would like to be part of over site.
12/01/2011 09:00:35 PM · #7
awesome.....I always look forward to change
12/01/2011 09:01:41 PM · #8
Well, had a gander at the satisfaction website.

I have to say, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Langdon, you seem to be the biggest advocate of changes. Good for you mate!

You had an idea years ago, it grew, and grew beyond you could probably image. You have a family now, you are still a whipper snapper compared to most of us (you are 70 aren't you??? lol))).

Anyways, I think you did a good thing to go in this direction, lover or haters, bottom line is, this is your baby and your business, let it grow man and reap the benefits of hard work, for us, for you and for your expanding family.
12/01/2011 09:08:52 PM · #9
What??? Change the site?? NOOOOO!!!!

Oh, Okay then. :)
12/01/2011 09:09:16 PM · #10
Lock and load, team! I'm looking forward to this process :-)

R.
12/01/2011 09:11:46 PM · #11
So glad to see you post here. This confirms you still have something personal invested in this and to me it says that DPC will be around a little while longer :) I like that!

I'd like to suggest some consideration be given to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' SDW maybe for Community Manager?

I look forward to experiencing the next evolution of DPC.
12/01/2011 09:13:18 PM · #12
Guys, if you like the persons idea click the +1 just under the idea. That is the rating system.
12/01/2011 09:26:19 PM · #13
eta:
Awesome! looking forward to some changes

Message edited by author 2011-12-01 22:01:37.
12/01/2011 09:33:15 PM · #14
Langdon, thank you for listening, I already feel there is a relationship forming.
12/01/2011 09:47:09 PM · #15
Langdon, thank you for your message.
I'll wander over to Get Satisfaction pretty soon,
but first and foremost, It's grand to hear from you
and read your ideas and thoughts for this fabulous site.
12/01/2011 09:48:48 PM · #16
Very good. If you want a nomination for a balanced, wise person to overview the site... it's ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music. He won't want the job, but he's the guy you need.

Message edited by author 2011-12-01 21:50:58.
12/01/2011 09:51:01 PM · #17
Been over to the Get Satisfaction site for the last hour or so... there's already a *lot* of good sharing of ideas going on over there. Can't help but be a positive thing.
12/01/2011 10:14:29 PM · #18
Originally posted by hahn23:

Very good. If you want a nomination for a balanced, wise person to overview the site... it's ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music. He won't want the job, but he's the guy you need.


+1 FWIW
12/01/2011 10:44:09 PM · #19
Originally posted by langdon:

...Drew and I started on a complete overhaul back in 2009 (DPC3) and were able to get pretty far with it, but it ultimately crumbled due to a lack of time and focus...


AH-HAA!

So I was right back then when I started a Thread about you guys working on a new website... but I was locked in and keys were thrown away!

I think our change requests are not that bad here in DPC... for example, color scheme, adding HM to front page and releasing the names, addresses, phone numbers of troll voters.

DPC v2.5? Heck, it should be DPC 9.0 right now!
12/01/2011 11:20:27 PM · #20
Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' langdon
12/02/2011 12:34:30 AM · #21
Awesome!

If ya need another set of technical hands, I'd love to help out any way I can.
12/02/2011 01:36:55 AM · #22
re: "Whoa there, internet browsing human! Get Satisfaction is temporarily unavailable while some important system upgrades are performed. We expect to be back online shortly."
12/02/2011 01:44:19 AM · #23
this is very strange timing, my membership is set to expire in 15 days and I had all but made up my mind to drop back to a registered member.....now i'm not so sure.....
12/02/2011 01:46:56 AM · #24
Originally posted by smardaz:

this is very strange timing, my membership is set to expire in 15 days and I had all but made up my mind to drop back to a registered member.....now i'm not so sure.....


I go monthly bases right now... it's better for Langdon too, more money for him per month :P I haven't made my mind yet to pay for a year yet.
12/02/2011 03:01:14 AM · #25
Thanks for the update ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' langdon, it's appreciated.

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