Something you want to see? Some site feature you want added? Some book you want reviewed? Anything you'd add if you were building it? Tell us about it. We'll see what we can do.
The one thing that I do not like is that the original post is at the top of the thread and then the newest post is under it. I do not realy care if the original is at the top or bottom but I find it easier if the responses are in a linier order of the oldest to newest following the original rather then newest to oldest.
One other thing, how do I get my signature below a line? Do I need to put in html codes for it or is there a box on my account page?
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Ok, I did notice that replies to a post within a thread come up as old to new but replies to the original are new to old.
Good points. I just switched it in the system to display comments from old to new (instead of new to old). It seems to have worked. We'll see if people like that better.
Ditto. Actually I was trying to figure out how the site sorted originally, as the date and times seemed to be sorted randomly in my browser, anyway. This is much better.
There is no substitute for proper technique!
Thanks for the fix there Wheat. Much better
You bet! Thanks for the feedback...
Another question, is there any way to use personal messages with in the site or does it just send the messeges via email?
Right now, it just sends to email. There's a private message module that I haven't installed or tried out yet. I'll have to look into that. There are several other modules/extensions to choose from (we can use any of the 4.6.x ones). I know I'm going to try out Print Friendly Pages and Quote soon. See anything else that looks good?
Just an update (so the thread won't be misleading to new users). Private messages work now. You have a "view inbox" link at the top left where you can access them. You can PM users who are willing to receive PMs by clicking on that user's name and clicking the "send private message" link.
How much thought have you put into sponsorship and how does it work? I noticed some sponsors on here, but have you considered getting some instrument manufactures to put ads up? I am just wondering--how does that work?
How about giving the first 50 users who sing up AND post something a free bass? Maybe a Peavey, Rick or perhaps a 'Vette. ;P
I'll take a Ritter Roya, thanks. :)
Right now, I'm just using Google AdSense (just like on the BassBook). After the site has grown a bit, it might pay to look into some more formal type of sponsorship. For now, this is an easy way to help cover the hosting and production costs. I don't want the site overpowered with ads, of course. But I wouldn't mind being able to do this as my part-time job (in addition to my full time job, of course). And ad revenue would be one way to make that happen.
The goal right now is to build up the content. I have some ideas on that (and have one thing you're going to love in the works right now).
My son uses Google Ads on his website and over time they generate enough money to renew his domain name and pay his hosting service. Once this site begins to get a lot of activity you could probably get some Musician sites to put up ads. I like the uncluttered look of the site now.
Yeah, and the challenge will be to keep it nice and uncluttered if/when I do decide to go with some banner ads. I don't want it to turn into a blinking, cluttered mess like AB or TalkBass.
I've been thinking more about trying this out. I've found a banner ad system for Drupal, though I don't think it will work on my host just yet (not until they life the PHP "safe mode" restrictions, which is something that should happen soon). The Google AdSense ads are helping, but getting some companies to sign up would be wise, I think. I don't want to turn the site into a bunch of blinking ads, of course. It has to be done tastefully.
I know it is probably complicated, but it would be nice to be alerted when we log on if someone has responded to our posts. As the site gets larger, I can forsee it getting more and more difficult to go surfing the "recent posts" section to answer people who may have asked us questions, and I would hate to be thought of as someone who snubs people, just because I missed their post.
Yeah, it's all about ME! ;)
I agree with you Kelly. When the site grows, it'll get harder to keep track of all the posts. When we beta-tested the site, we had no way of predicting how the forum would work since we didn't have any posts. When more and more content is added to the site, new bugs and issues pop up all over the place. I just hope James has the time to take care of them all....
That's a good idea, Kelly. I'm already having a hard time keeping up with all the new comments and such (and, as admin, I have some screens that make that easier). I'll look for a module/extension to make that happen. Keep bugging me if I forget.
How about adding a location to the member pages? It is cool to see where people are from and possibly arrange some jam sessions. Ahh that gives me another idea ...
Not surte if your server can handle it BUT ... what about a JAM thread? A player can arrange/create a backing track, email it to whom ever wants to join in and then that person records their minute or two of playing to the bt and then they send their recording back to the original creator of the jam for arrangement/editing. After all is done and the original poster has a finished product then he/she puts it up on the net for the rest to hear.
Just an idea. There is guitar site I frequen that has something like that but they use it to battle eachother most of the time. I figure if we keep it as fun jam sessions it would be much better.
Ok need to go play some more befor bed.
Like an Add-a-Track? That would be most cool!
Adding a location field to the profile is no problem. In fact, you guys should tell me what else you'd like added to the profile page. I can tweak that out.
The add a track thing is a really good idea. I'll have to give that some thought. I'd like to let people upload their tracks here, but my host runs PHP in "safe mode" which reall screws up file uploading. They're phasing that out, but it'll be some time before it's gone and I have the ability to use the file uploading features here. Let me think about how to best implement that one and I'll keep it on the list of things to do.
Just an update: location is now a field on the profile pages. If you haven't added one, edit your profile page and tell us where you live.
I have no doubt you've already considered it, but do you plan to add an article section that is distinct from the lessons section?
I can add other categories for other types of content. What do you have in mind? BoH suggested that we have a category (sort of like "Resources" at AB, though I'd like a better name for it) where we can point people to cool content on other sites. I think that's a good idea and it would be easy to roll out. Do you have something else in mind?
I know there is the "Welcome to ..." thread but perhaps an "Intruduce Yourself" thread might get the newer members to post up. I see new members joining but most seem to not post and most seem to be new players.
"Practice doesn't mak perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."
Sounds good, HAZ. I'll start one over in the general forum.
The introduce yourself thread is here: http://bassplaying.com/?q=introductions.
I think some reviews would be great. I like the CD Series Groovin for Heaven by Norm Stockton. It's a 4 CD set. I think an interview with Norm would be great as well.
I know that you have a bass book and everybody has Patrick's book, but in September the Idiots book for bass came out. I have a copy and have learned some new stuff. Maybe a book review section.
Just some quick thoughts as I surfed in from my work computer.
[quote=Pete Wallace]. . . and everybody has Patrick's book, . . .
I guess I am the single minority.
I don't have a copy either, though I've looked it over in the bookstore more than one. The main reason I don't have a copy is because I'm working on my own book and don't want to be too influenced by Patrick's work. But a lot of people love it and Patrick is a great guy. If I lived close to NYC, I'd try to study with him.
Wheat has an excuse.. he's got his own book. But Haz... this book is for dummies. Wait... you must be waiting on Bass Playing for Clowns ...lol JK The Idiots book is out now and isn't to bad.
I'm going to add both of these to the to do list: CD reviews and Instructional Book reviews. I'll probably go with CD reviews first, as it'll be easier. And I'll contact Norm about an interview. I've seen his ads in Bass Player, but I didn't know what to think. Some high-profile players endorse his books, so he must be doing something right.
and a truly nice guy; very modest. I watched him play some of the stuff from his CD from about three feet away. Amazing stuff. Plus in 30 minutes he helped me more then a bunch of books an online lessons. He showed me how to think differently about what I play. My guess is that if he has time, he'll do an interview.
Just a note to make the thread complete: CD/DVD reviews are live. You can select them under "create content" (top left). These are for performance CDs and concert DVDs. I'll create a separate content type for instructional CDs/DVDs, and book/CD or book/DVD combos.
Hey Wheat, what about a link somewhere on top or in the right colum that will take you to all the lessons on the site?
I know I do not scroll through the entire home page so there are probably others as well and it might generate some more intrest in the site if someone can go stright to the lessons.
Musicians Collabaration Studio / a place for musicians to get to gether and create music on-line
I like the idea, Haz. And I can create pages that combine categoies. So I could have a link that includes all the lessons in one flow, rather than sorting by gear, theory, technique, etc. (which you can do from "browse" anyway). At first I was hesitant because we didn't have much lesson content. But that's changed now.
I'll do it!
You can get there either from the little light blue box that only shows up on the front page, our you can click "browse" (a.k.a. "site map") and click any of the sub-categories. Easy, peasy.
Looks good Wheat.
Hey Wheat, any way we can get the BassIAB, Introduce your self and maybe a thread for the MySpace page stickied at the top of the general forum?
That seems like a good idea.
I just noticed Wheat has a spot on the home page for the MySpace page, we could use that for discussion or have a thread in the forums.
Sure, man. We can totally do that.
Just a note to say it's done (for anyone reading through the thread later).
My Mind must be going. May be not but is there a search function?
Musicians Collaboration Studio / a place for musicians to get together and create music on-line
Not yet, but three will be one soon. You can always use google and limit to this site by adding "site:bassplaying.com" (just like that) as a search term. For example. You can do that with any site, BTW. It works better on some than others.
We're going to have our own nice Google-powered search page very soon. I tried Drupal's built-in search function. But it sssuuuuuxxxxxxxx.
Search is rolling now: linky, linky. I'm not super happy that the results appear on Google's page, but my attempts to make them open on a BP page failed. So this works for now.
I was just reading through the "Things we are still working on". I know Paul put up a "Digital Recording 101" but what about a section in the reviews for recording products? I would not separate the categories under it but it could be used for the interfaces, software/DAW etc. etc. etc.
Thanks Haz. We do still need that and it would be pretty easy to set up. I'll look into that this weekend.
Wheat, any way to increase the "Active forum topics" to show 5 insted of 3?
Just a thought.
You are probably aware that the "Links" link brings you back to the homepage. Are you going to create some content/ links page for the site (i.e.- the MySpace page, Wheats Bass Book, Wheatdesign etc, etc)
Funny, on mine it doesn't. It take me to http://bassplaying.com/?q=bass-links. Are you using the default theme? I haven't checked it under any of the other themes.
Works when I am logged out (default)- not when logged in. I noticed this also when creating URL links in post replies. When you preview- the link will go back to the BP homepage. When you post the comment- the link works fine.
That's freaky, G-man! I'll have to do some more testing and see if I can find out what's going on with that. We're going to be upgrading to the latest version of Drupal in the next few weeks. Maybe that will iron out some problems (or else break everything once and for all). :)
Ok, another one, for threads that have multiple pages could ya put the pages at the top of the thread as well as the bottom?
How about a Misc Gear Review section for things like pickups, cases, straps, strings, cables, recording equipment, and all the other accessories that we just love to purchase to make our basses well-adjusted and happy members of our families?