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"CD-reviews" subforum, and exposure on the frontpage
Lyx
post Mar 19 2005, 02:50
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Hi,

some days ago, i was thinking that ha.org has a very high level when it comes to discussions, soundquality and audio-hardware - but when it comes to what we use all this knowledge and technology for - music - then thats behind this level by leaps and bounds.

So i and zolder had an idea to start something like a personal review-blog on ha.org, by starting a thread in which be both would post mini-reviews in aprox. weekly intervals. We would not post average and good albums and only restrict the introducing top-notch albums. These albums would mostly not be mainstream CDs but instead mostly unknown stuff. The format of the reviews would also be quite different to other reviews on the net - it would be small compact summaries with almost all important info packed in just a few lines. Additionally, it would avoid the usual cryptic and abstract language often used in cd-reviews and instead narrate everything into short keywords and a few sentences in a language which everyone can understand.

Now to the main problem: exposure.
Right now, posts in the music subforums don't appear on the frontpage. I can understand and agree with the reasons why it has been handled this way in the past. However, those reviews would differ in some important aspects from the current threads in the music subforum: 1. they would be less chatting but instead pure information with a high signal-to-noise ratio... and 2. they would have low traffic, because discussion of the reviews would happen in another seperate "discussion"-thread(crosslinked with the review-thread). But, as it is now, the review-thread(s) would not be noticed by the majority of the ha-visitors because they don't appear on the frontpage. I can understand the desire to keep technical information and music information seperate on the frontpage.

How about creating a "cd-reviews" subforum in the music section. In this subforum, only cd-reviews would be allowed - discussion would need to happen in the already existing music-discussion forum. There could also be some rules as to the requirements of posting a review (so that it does not become spammed with reviews like "yo, this album rocks - its so awesome, you need to get it now!"). Posts on this "CD-Reviews" subforum would then appear on the frontpage of ha.org - however NOT in the "active topics"-area but instead in a small box below it(i.e. like "last 5 music-reviews")

Opinions?

- Lyx

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Garf
post Mar 22 2005, 00:48
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1) CD-reviews are, IMHO, too much off the main topic of the site to go on the front page active topics.

2) If there is interest in a specific music discussion site/portal, this could be set up. But it seems, even from this thread, that those simply already exist.
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