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New FM Scout site - discussion
Help me come up with a proper plan to improve this site
As the founder and only developer of FMScout.com I'm always thinking of ways to improve this place and ultimately turn it into a solid community where people will enjoy contributing to, and not just use and go. This is far from easy though, so I really need your feedback here.
I was very happy to see a huge increase of our traffic this year, I'm also happy with most of the changes I implemented so far. The truth is I haven't done what I really wanted yet and it would take time and your help to go the extra mile.
What I want is your honest opinion no matter if it's good or bad, just make sure to explain your ideas and provide examples if possible.
Here are the topics we should talk about:
- Site design - what do you like and what you're missing; should I make a new design that's not derived from FM graphics?
- Member accounts - how to turn all those guests lurking around into logged in members?
- Main navigation - are the drop down menus handy for you? would you prefer something else?
- Homepage - how to make it more effective, what you'd want to see and where
- Forums - what is missing, how to make members wanting to post?
- Contests and Achievements - what do you think of our GOTW contest and the rest site achievements that can earn you some special icons?
- Downloads - what would you want to see more of?
- FM Network - a total failure so far, missing people to maintain it; your call?
- Interviews - would you enjoy having regular opinion updates from certain known people of the scene?
- Help/FAQ - an effort that kicked off well, but put in the fridge now; your thoughts?
- Player lists - I produced the best wonderkids list for FM11, but we should have more lists by country; thoughts?
- Blogs - they should turn into regular columns; I think we're missing tactical knowledge talk, and also some fun/humor column too
- Social Networks - are you happy with the updates done on our facebook page and twitter profile? what else you'd like to see?
- Overall - anything else you can think of that would help me improve the site, please share it