Over the past few months; working behind the scenes in a top secret facility, a handful of KG members have been working hard at producing new media content for everyone here. After giving some thought to the matters of how this new content would be distributed, a proposal was passed between these members. This proposal has been running under the code name "The KG Box" - its name derived from the ever so awesome Orange Box. I shall explain to everyone what The KG Box is in a moment; however, it is necessary to explain why we were thinking about a different method of distribution in the first place.
Ever since the Art Forum was created (as far as I know); we have been posting periodic content in there with the hopes that everyone would enjoy it. Unfortunately, due to the nature of KG, we rarely ever stepped out of the Asylum; which often worried other members from the lack of page views. Thus the Asylumvertising movement created, as well as another small movement LM pushed way back in KG1.
Another problem, and I may or may not be alone on this, is that when someone posts a new work, each work ends up being partitioned by a series of critiques, comments, and fan raving (MOAR MOAR!). Trust me, we appreciate your comments, and hope for more in the future; however I've found this current issue with "partitioning" somewhat annoying when trying to find a specific chapter/where I left off.
There were additional little things that floated about too, such as methods of trying to maintain a proper update schedule.
Originally, the proposed solution was to gather all of the content submitted from participating authors and pace the installments out on the forum in regular intervals, like a bi-weekly e-zine. It was also proposed to release this content in a PDF; however, as a rather conservative member pointed out, they demanded that the content also be released in a "loose-leaf format", meaning it's all archived in a zip folder. Inevitably, this meant that we'd have to create several archived versions to distribute to KG to accommodate for different archive programs. Therefore, this solution may not be the best.
The New Proposal:
During this semester, I've been taking courses that centered around GUIs (graphical user interfaces), and more key things for my upcoming career. As a result, I'm feeling a little more confident in my abilities to create a pretty snazzy application.
Therefore, before embarking on this new idea, I'd like to know if you are interested in this project. I'll also be very interested in hearing your input on the matter as well.
The new proposal is this: I will attempt to assemble a "digital press", which will distribute content like Steam. Basically, the content will be available only to KG members, and will keep track of any new content submitted by anyone from KG. Comics and written fictions, for example, can have a snazzy little reader; and music (like ST34MPUNK) could be played through some media player.
Keep in mind that anything submitted to the KG Box is not restricted to only the box. This isn't a binding contract - just a snazzy way of distributing our work to other members.
An additional pro to this solution is the possibility of offline content - should KG or the internet explode; if you've chosen to download the material, you can view the downloaded content at any time. This is great for laptops, where wireless isn't always available.
Member/fan comments will still happen on the forum - the KG Box will just be an improved method of distributing our work for our viewer's delight.
Comments? Suggestions? Support?
Edited by Dark Phantom, 19 July 2008 - 12:03 AM.