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    Default What should we add to our forums to keep you coming back?

    I am sure many of you have seen this post: StopTazmo News [05/21/2013]

    It talks about how the manga is going to be removed at the end of this month, our server was capped at 10mbps because we were pushing too much bandwidth and I really do not want to keep paying so much out of pocket to keep this site running when we do not get any donations. I was hoping to at least keep the forums running but I am trying to find someone to totally take over the site, still asking people, so more on that later.

    This leaves me with a question: What should we add to our forums to keep you coming back?

    Do you want to see a particular forum added for a certain topic? A specific subcategory? Let us know. I just ask that you pick something that you could see attracting a larger audience.
    Do you want to see a particular VB mod installed?

    I'm posting this since at the end of the month we might only be left with a forum and I would like to see people coming and visiting and I know that something is needed to keep people returning.

    Any thoughts/comments/feedback would mean a lot.

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    How about a news/release section? I'm not talking about hosting, but just general news about manga, scanlations groups, info to get stuff, opinion pieces, etc?

    I've been here a long time, and I've seen forum activity down to almost nothing, I was here when Vol and Jyuu were stilll active. I know you're leaving completely, and a news section will need staff that knows about the topic at hand and willing to spend some regular time, but at least a news section will get people to visit and encourage people to talk and discuss things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiji1412 View Post
    How about a news/release section? I'm not talking about hosting, but just general news about manga, scanlations groups, info to get stuff, opinion pieces, etc?

    I've been here a long time, and I've seen forum activity down to almost nothing, I was here when Vol and Jyuu were stilll active. I know you're leaving completely, and a news section will need staff that knows about the topic at hand and willing to spend some regular time, but at least a news section will get people to visit and encourage people to talk and discuss things.
    Thank you for being a member of ST for so long. Where would we get the content for a news/release section? I know I can pull manga releases from MangaUpdates, not sure if people would find that of value since MangaUpdates seems to be the place for that but if you disagree I'd be willing to give it some serious though. The real thing in my mind is getting general news / info as you suggest, how could that be done?
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    To be honest, I don't have much more to add, just that I would definitely still visit if I could get information on what's out there, part of the reason I still visit here, is to see what's out there, and I could get the few series I keep up with in one place and an archive of sorts. I suppose I'm not too well versed on this anymore, I only follow, at most 3.

    Just for feedback, I think that it's rather difficult for a community to boon on a site like this, the core fans would be hanging out in the scanlation groups' web page, and it's there that they would contribute. And face it, without some sort of community, there wouldn't be much point.

    There is MangaUpdates I suppose, and from the years I know of that site, it's still rather raw, can't say I care about the overall design either. I've always appreciated the new release section here, and the ability to monitor series updates and see which ones have new chapters translated at a single glance.

    I have to say that I'm sad to see this place go, but I suppose all good things come to an end. I for one, would probably end up just hang about the scan groups own website for a series I really like, and just discard the rest. That's what this place gave me, the convenience and the archives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiji1412 View Post
    To be honest, I don't have much more to add, just that I would definitely still visit if I could get information on what's out there, part of the reason I still visit here, is to see what's out there, and I could get the few series I keep up with in one place and an archive of sorts. I suppose I'm not too well versed on this anymore, I only follow, at most 3.

    Just for feedback, I think that it's rather difficult for a community to boon on a site like this, the core fans would be hanging out in the scanlation groups' web page, and it's there that they would contribute. And face it, without some sort of community, there wouldn't be much point.

    There is MangaUpdates I suppose, and from the years I know of that site, it's still rather raw, can't say I care about the overall design either. I've always appreciated the new release section here, and the ability to monitor series updates and see which ones have new chapters translated at a single glance.

    I have to say that I'm sad to see this place go, but I suppose all good things come to an end. I for one, would probably end up just hang about the scan groups own website for a series I really like, and just discard the rest. That's what this place gave me, the convenience and the archives.
    I understand what you are saying for sure, more content is needed and that I agree with. I always thought we could build a community around Manga downloads if we had enough series, which is why I tried to add so many of them but it's clear it did not work. MangaUpdates is like that I Can Haz CheeseBurger network site, the design really has not changed since ~1990, it's simple and great for those that fear change. I don't care about a good design or not, as long as the info that I need is there so I never really gave the design much though.

    I'm going to have to keep talking things over and see what we can do, thank you for sharing your feedback.
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    It's been a long time since I posted here last. In any case Kevin thank you for all the years since this site has been my first manga scanlation site i've been to probably since near the time the site opened up. I hope retiring from this will give you more new opportunities for other things you can do.

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    From the back of my head, recommendations and reviews would be nice but they are kind of difficult to write up and present. This will help people find manga they like easier. It'll need a dedicated reader/writer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chidoki View Post
    It's been a long time since I posted here last. In any case Kevin thank you for all the years since this site has been my first manga scanlation site i've been to probably since near the time the site opened up. I hope retiring from this will give you more new opportunities for other things you can do.
    I'm glad to hear you have been a lurker for so long, I always love seeing members with old join dates. I hope other opportunities will open up to me as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by qbsenuef View Post
    From the back of my head, recommendations and reviews would be nice but they are kind of difficult to write up and present. This will help people find manga they like easier. It'll need a dedicated reader/writer.
    This would require someone dedicated to the task. Years ago, I am not sure if you remember but we did have a feature so that you could post your own comments/reviews of each manga series and chapter, but that was abused by our members and I had to mod the heck out of all of them. If someone really wants to be a staff member and start posting reviews I'd be happy to allow it if someone could invest time, not one off but really dedicate themselves to do it for 3-6+ months since I don't want to code the features if this person would just leave in a few weeks.
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    Uhmm ... excuse me, your Black Bird manga scanlations suddenly went gone x.x I placed it in my bookmark. :-/ then when I got some time, when I visit it, it was gone. hmmm thank you po

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    Although it is upsetting that this website will close down soon, I'd like to know if you'll try to re-use it in the future. Many fans of StopTazmo would like to use this website again and again, so when you get back up from falling down, I hope that you will replenish our need of manga downloads.
    I think that if you ever have another manga download website, you should suggest that signing in is required. (I do regret that I didn't get an account until now. J: )
    Thanks
    Last edited by dragonbubble49; 05-31-2013 at 07:29 PM.

 

 
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