I'm always thinking about the community here, and how we can foster its growth. A forum is something that I've been thinking of for quite a while, but I held off mentioning it until we approached 5000 RSS subscribers. It may turn out that we need more of an audience to get a forum rolling, but let's find out with a little poll.
I want you guys to be totally honest here (not that I'm questioning your integrity). But a forum is a big deal with lots of extra work and responsibility on my part. I have no problem maintaining such a thing, but if I'm going to do it I need to have a good part of the community also supporting it. On that note, I would definitely lean on some key players to keep the peace.
I think it would be a great way to “share the knowledge” and interact on a deeper level than just the comments here on the blog. I'm not exactly sure how the topics would be broken out, but I could imagine things like weekly photo themes, photo critiques, Q&A, film photography, digital photography, cameras and equipment, post processing, news and items of interest, and more.
So what do you think? Would you participate in a forum with this community? And at what level? Leave some comments too, and let me know what sort of features or topics would make a forum really shine.
And don't forget to check out the results from the last poll titled “Who Wins? Nikon D90 or Canon 50D“. Even though the two cameras are in slightly different customer segment, the votes are nearly split 50/50. Lots of comments on that poll too — one of my favorites is from Antoine:
who wins ? the answer is easy Brian, WE do.
There is nothing that pleases me more than competition it pushes manufacturers to put in more features and lower the prices and, in the end, we are the biggest winner.
Both seems like good cams but, let’s face it, most of us doesn’t even need 1/2 of the features here.