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With so much discussion going on in the Site Redesign, I thought it be a good time to get the administration's point of view on the situation, and we speak with GloryQuestor (the website administrator of a-m-v.org) this week.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: Thank you for joining me today, GloryQuestor. How about you introduce yourself real quick for the readers that may not be as familiar with you?
Hi, everyone, I'm John aka GloryQuestor. I started out creating AMVs in 2004 and soon got active with the IRC chat community, which was very helpful in getting me started in the right direction for my editing. I have been consistently AMV editing since then, and am still actively making AMVs today.
I've had a pretty consistent rise from joining the site to becoming an admin. In 2006, I was promoted to Channel Operator in the IRC chat room. In 2008, I was invited to be a forum moderator for the site. In 2010, when Jasper left the site, I stepped up to take over her duties as Website Administrator. Despite all of that, I still remain the same person I always was, a member of a community built around a hobby that combined two of my favorite art forms.
I got involved in the convention side of things in 2006, when I started submitting and visiting Tekkoshocon, Anime Weekend Atlanta, and later Anime Central. I became staff for both Tekkoshocon and AWA in 2008, then later on became the AMV head for Tekkoshocon's "sister" conventions KuroKiiro Festival and Sangawa Project. This coming September, I will be back at Anime Weekend Atlanta, and in October I will be staffing Another Anime Con at Bashar's invitation. I've met and been working with a lot of people in the AMV and convention community, with my greatest influence being Vlad Pohnert, who I've worked with in AMV rooms since 2008 and been learning a lot from every time I work with him.
Let's see... my favorite anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion, I'm a big fan of 80's music, I like classic video games & anime-based games, virtual pachinko & pachislo, trading card games (Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters), and enjoy spending time walking into and around the town I live in. Currently, I'm spending my time going back to college to get a business administration degree and in the downtime working on convention contests and watching anime, while spending time with my friends both IRL and online.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: Today, the focus of my interview is about the site re-design. Care to let us know a little bit about the current design team and what they're currently attempting to accomplish?
The current design team is being managed by I Fight For The Users (aka trythil, but I'll use IFFTU since most everyone here is more familiar with his current nickname). He was put in charge of the project after attempts to build the site within our administration did not really get very far and that the head of the last redesign attempt (Kariudo) has a lot of IRL issues that he had to deal with and he could not continue. IFFTU had a plan on how he wanted to get the design done, and after discussion, the administration decided to endorse his website plan.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: Any general comments that the administration would like to make about the re-design?
Well, there's not much to comment on right now. What IFFTU has released is a very interesting design with both it's pros and cons, but I'm sure that we would like to see a lot more get done. I know that he has been in contact with Kariudo privately about what he needs from the site, and that they are in discussion about what the administration needs the site to have so that past mistakes with our present site coding are not repeated.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: So what sparked the current increase in design/coding? We went a long time without any activity, but now it seems to have gone BOOM.
Well, when I took over as administrator, I really wanted to get the ball rolling on getting the site revamped, since it's been discussed many times in the past but never really was done. The present website code is still based on code done when the website started, and by now it's pretty much a huge mess to administrate. Some of the issues seen with both the site and the forum stem from a really bad code base that, for many things, has to be physically edited just to get anything done. Right now, the Technical Admins (Derobert and DokiDoki) are the only ones who know enough about the code to keep it running. We certainly do not want to keep the site operating this way, as it gets in the way of everyone wanting to do things to improve it and, if we were to lose both Dero and Doki, it would effectively cripple the site.
The administrators as a whole really do not want to keep this site as inflexible as it has been and the site could really benefit from a fresh website with new code and a structure that makes editing the code to add or modify the pieces a lot easier than we have it now. So, now that IFFTU is in charge of it and he has been getting a lot of other members involved, the site redesign is finally moving along after years of waiting.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: Is there anything the average a-m-v.org user can do to help in this process? Even if we can't code or design?
The best thing that members can do is continue to comment on what you see about it you like and what you don't. You can give constructive pros and cons about the website design as it's being done, but remember two things:
1) It is a Work-In-Progress. Give IFFTU some time to get it more developed before you start really tearing it apart.
2) IFFTU is apparently willing to take your input under advisement, but don't start complaining if there are aspects of the developing site that eventually don't meet your expectations.
So, please, we do encourage everyone to go to the Org Redesign Suggestions page and let everyone know what you think about the design. Your comments are very welcome, but just don't expect everything you want to happen right away. Give the site time to grow from its new infancy when we get there.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: Care to let us know about the technical website hosting the re-design documentation? Is any user allowed to register and leave comments/messages?
From what I can see, anyone can join GitHub for free, but any issue comments made there should pertain to the site as presented and be constructive and be more about bugs and issues with the current site presentation he has up. If you have a more general commentary about the site or a "I want to see X be implemented" comment, we encourage you to please keep those on the Org Redesign forum for now.
I've noticed that there are a lot of notes from IFFTU about the redesign and the steps being taken, so it's also a good way to keep appraised on the progress of the site as it's being updated.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: The current website for the new site seems to be a bit bland. Is this just a rough draft design?
From what I've seen, yes, it is a rough draft in a very early beta state. With time and some refinement of the site, I'm sure that we will eventually realize what IFFTU has in mind for the site initially, so please be aware that everything you see right now could eventually change as more of the site is coded and built.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: There has been a lot of active discussion in the forum as of late with a lot of questions and concerns (as well as praise for the lead designer for taking such an initiative). The big two questions (and fears/desires) seem to be:
1) What features of the current site are going to remain?
2) What features of the current site are going to be removed?
Can the administration let us know about this? Will the administration accept the code "as-is" upon completion, or will they add/subtract features as necessary?
Initially, we will probably accept the code as-is, but we've already made it a requirement that we need clear documentation so that the website doesn't fall into the trap that has gotten our present site so unworkable. Once IFFTU gets the full site up and running, there will most likely be changes implemented behind the scenes, but the first version will be up for a while until we can get any additions done and working.
Again, we need to give IFFTU time to implement his vision of the website before any additions and subtractions would be considered. In the meantime, please enjoy the ride of the new site being done and continue to make suggestions in the Org Redesign forum as to what can eventually be added (and subtracted) once the first version is done and running.
CodeZTM wrote:Q: Thank you for your time, GloryQuestor. Any last minute comments or thoughts about the re-design?
Well, on behalf of the site administration, I would like to give thanks to David (IFFTU) and the members, both past and future, working with him on the site for their continuing efforts to get us an AnimeMusicVideos.Org site that will soon carry us into the future. I really can't wait to see it finally done after so many years, and to see trythil's vision of the new site come into focus.
Also, if anyone is at Anime Weekend Atlanta or Another Anime Con, or Tekkoshocon next year, don't be a stranger -- come up to the tables and say hi. Also, come on over to the IRC and say hi to me (I'm under the username G_Q). I really like meeting people and getting to know them better. It's really the part I've liked best about the community over the years, and will continue to do so.