Great that people have all these ideas to pimp up the site, or even move it to another technology.
My usual response: who's volunteering ? As for myself, I have a day job, a family, a very demanding hobby, plus PS and church duties. No way I am going to invest lots of extra time in the site. As for Monica and Robert, they have their own things too. As it happens, we can only keep up because things are a bit slow here - dunno what would happen if we had many more active pianists, and dozens of new submissions every day.
Ideas are great. What we need is hands. It peeves me a bit when people say 'let's do this and let's do that' (note the plural !) but really expect somebody else to do it. It also peeves me when someone complains there's nothing new when he decides to drop in once in a blue moon. Actually, Avguste, you only post here when you want something, like an event calendar for which you have been lobbying before.
This site does not need the newest gadgets. It needs people to come in and talk. Sadly, many people drop out after a while, and we seen to have lost many core members. I guess it just happens like that, whatever the technology.
Volunteering to move the site?if it is to ning.com , I could manage it. It would take me a few weeks (more like a month)given my busy schedule(concerts, teaching, developing a forum based game), however it can be done.
The phpbb hacks, I could install as well, however for that, I would need full FTP and CPanel access to the current site.
A solution to the lack of hands is to have moderators like so many other community and game sites. Have specific moderators for specific sections, and those moderators get specific moderator powers.
Also, allow for artists to modify their pages themselves. That would remove a thing to do on your list and the other admins list.
Concerning your comment about my presence here, I come often and I post when I have something to say and/or request. And I disagree with you as far as not needing the newest gadgets. New features, new CD releases, new artists joining us allow for admins to email the community a regular newsletter (monthly or something similar), reminding all users who haven't logged in a long time that the Piano Society still exists, is active and thriving.
New features allow for admins, and current members to further promote and show that the PS is advancing and ahead of its time.
As far as the calendar, I took things into my own hands.
Same goes about promoting the Piano Society and its book, since I am distributing self made flyers about the Piano Society at all of my concerts.
- a move to a site such as ning.com doesnt require any coding skills. It would require just painful copy and paste. Although painful, this would also allow to clear forums of any threads which havent been used in years
- constructive criticism is and should always be welcome