Now that it’s been *checks watch* about 20 months since this forum was launched, it seems as good as time as any to revisit how it’s organized. I’m updating the list of categories and wanted to see if y’all had any input around this?
I’ve skimmed through all of the posts so far, trying to see what categories they fall into. These first few are no-brainers to me:
Feature requests: probably the most popular type of post!
Help: “how do I…” type posts; seeking assistance.
Bug reports: for when things don’t work as they should
Share Your Charts: for sharing songs and lists; might rename this, open to ideas
Recordings by You: for folks who want to post videos/recordings of themselves playing with Strum Machine; again, better name?
News & Announcements: a place for me to post about bigger releases, status updates, etc.
That covers most of the posts we’ve seen so far, but there are a few dozen that don’t quite fit, including:
- General feedback on Strum Machine
- Tips and suggestions for getting more out of Strum Machine
- Sharing stories and SM-adjacent news
Any suggestions for additional categories I should create? Or should I just lump everything else under “General”, “Other”, “Everything Else”, “Misc”, or some other catch-all category? (Like the current “Uncategorized”?)
I’m thinking about adding a “Tips” category at minimum. Not that people have posted that many tips, but I feel like people may feel encouraged to post when there’s a category available that’s a good fit.
Finally, I want to start a new category for myself, tentatively titled Behind the Scenes, where I share what I’m working on in the earlier stages of design and development. Things always turn out better when I can get more eyes on them. I’m also considering an “Insiders Club” or “Backstage Pass” newsletter, where I can share such things more directly and also share things I might not want to be public on the internet quite yet. I might also start a more general newsletter which I’d reserve for announcing new releases when they’re actually live. If you want to get on either list, send me a message here or within Strum Machine. (I’ll make a signup form later!)
Ideas? Don’t be shy!
Update (Jan 30, 2023): here is what I settled on for now (subject to change and improvement)