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Old 30th July 2001, 05:51 AM   #1
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This site is for you guys. I have loved watching it grow, and I thank each and every one of you for your contributions. What do you love and hate about DIYaudio.com?

Traffic has been pretty steady at 30,000 page views and 10,000 sessions a month for a few months now. I thought it might be about time to bring the design back into line with how the site is actually being used.

Page view breakdown:

31% Front Page
43% Forums
25% Links Directory

Some ideas to kick things off?

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<li>Should the site be changed to be forum centered instead of directory centered?
<li>Is there any interest from people wanting to host their projects on the site? If so, a section could be set up pretty easily.
<li>vBulletin configuration. Seems to be working ok - any comments?
<li>More functionality? What else would you like to see on DIYaudio.com?
<li>Quality of the directory. I admit it hasn't been getting my full attention. I also haven't been getting a lot of new links submitted from the outside world either. Would anyone like to volunteer to maintain that section and give it the attention it deserves?
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Old 30th July 2001, 01:08 PM   #2
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Personally, I don't use the links much because it looks like they've been neglected. I'd like to see them updated more with more links to people's projects, or things like that. Has the problem been one of mainly no links or no time? If you want more links, I think I could probably dig up several that you may not have.

As to the other things, I just read bits and pieces of the forums as I don't have the money to try the things out. (priorities put money in other places when I have excess)

That's my views.
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Old 30th July 2001, 03:17 PM   #3
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Hi Jason,

I like the way the site has grown, and I think that the reorganization you did last time around with creating the different forum topics has worked out quite well!

I do have two suggestions though:
1) I like your idea on the projects section. This area could serve two functions. a) It could be a collection of links to different projects on the web page of the builder, and b) it could be a place for people who don't have their own web pages to be able to post a few pictures and some descriptions.

2) Since the theme here is DIY audio, I think the links section should be organized a little differently (perhaps as its own forum section??). I was thinking that there should be a collection of links that focus on topics like:
a) amplifier power supply design
b) amplifier grounding techniques
c) amplifier heat sink selection & mounting
d) speaker enclosure design
e) links to electronics surplus houses
f) learning basic electronics
g) vendors for rare & exotic parts like silver wire, electro static panels for speakers, etc.
h) any other ideas...

I have book marks for many of the topics I listed under 2). E-mail me if you'd like a copy of them.

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Old 30th July 2001, 03:26 PM   #4
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It would be great if it was easier to put pictures in the forum (i.e you host it).

A front-page centric layout is useful for new users. I log on so regularly that I usually find the latest posts anyway. Would it be possible to enlarge list of "latest activity" on front page?

A tips and tricks section would also be useful. Not all issues are suitable for a discussion board.

If viewers could vote on the quality of content that could form a basis for quality oriented individuals with little time to check out quality postings.

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Old 30th July 2001, 04:08 PM   #5
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It's great the way it is, however...

You could add a forum for Digital ideas and questions.

As a foot note, I hope you don't mind me adding the video projector threads to your site. There are other site for video, but I simply don't like those site as much as I like this one.

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Old 30th July 2001, 08:59 PM   #6
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Jason,
if it ain't broken, don't fix it!
diyaudio.com is one of those sure things in life. I got used to the way it is, my hand knows were the mouse should point, so PLEASE DON'T CHANGE IT!

I agree with what Petter says, it should be easier to upload pictures. Maybe a new section for them would be good. That and a nice clean up the links section should do it.

[Edited by grataku on 07-31-2001 at 02:16 AM]
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Old 30th July 2001, 09:51 PM   #7
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What I would love to see is some sort of directory of places to buy stuff. The most daunting task of all is not speaker construction or design, it's finding the right drivers, crossovers and other components at reasonable prices. I've had a hell of a time trying to find sub amps I don't have to order from Krakatau or some place. For me it's entirely regional. Sure, online retailers like Madisound offer wide selections, but with sometimes unreasonable prices with the guarantee of death by exchange rate and brokerage fees. But what if I wanted to find such things in Canada? Or Ontario, for that matter? The answer is "tough luck" as far as I can tell, because no really good index of DIY audio retailers exists that i can find.
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Old 30th July 2001, 10:08 PM   #8
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I agree that we should perhaps have a digital section. The topic has been occurring more and more, even in regards to smaller things such as digital cables, etc etc.

I also like having the idea of having a member-based projects section. Some of the best ideas I've heard of are on this site, but often this is the only place I've heard of them. Having a project section would just be bringing the best of the DIYers into a centralized location, making things a lot easier, especially for those just getting into DIY realm.
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Old 31st July 2001, 01:39 AM   #9
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grataku: Point taken. I too have seen many 'upgrades' turn into 'downgrades'.

Ignite: A good directory of parts retailers would be nice and very useable. It kind of exists under the 'retailers' sections of the amp and speakers sections, but isn't comparative it's just vanilla links.

Schaef: Lack of time is the center. That means not updating the links, and not sourcing new ones. I don't get many submissions for new links.

Eric: I'll wait and see if anyone is keen to have projects hosted. In the meantime I'll turn on image uploading and trust it won't get abused. If anyone notices that it is, please send me an email so I can take action.

vdi_nenna: The VP thread was great. I am keen to build one! (Not that it will happen but it gets the creative juices flowing anyway!)

Petter: Will enlarge list.
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Old 31st July 2001, 02:00 AM   #10
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Doesn't look like this version of vBulletin supports file upload natively

Oh well, if anyone wants stuff hosted then just mail me and I'll upload it in a jiffy. The index I did for petter is completely dynamic - it creates the thumbnails and stuff based on the directory contents.
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