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MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:10:32 AM »
Please vote! Select a maximum of two options!

Feel free to comment on your choice and/or explain why you prefer them over the others.

Thanks!
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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 03:18:39 AM »
The Forum itself to increase posting and membership.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2009, 12:39:29 PM by tigershark »

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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 03:34:26 AM »
I went for Aircraft information and the Forum itself :)

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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 06:01:44 AM »
Forums, they have all the above, in one, and interactive ;)
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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 08:00:33 AM »
I went Aircraft Infomation and Air Forces.

Especially the air forces info, their lacking...  :(

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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008, 09:27:10 AM »
Good morning all.

I went for Aircraft Information and photo galleries...that's the kind of stuff that i keep coming back to this awesome site for!
I very rarely look at the forums, it's the information and piccies that rule!... :D
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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 10:55:41 AM »
Aviation news
and
aviation photography

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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2008, 12:46:49 PM »
Hey Niels,

I voted for the Aircraft Information and the Airforce Information,
as this information makes your website unique. There are not many
websites with this information. Photographs, wallpapers, etc, etc
are already items that can be found on the internet more than ones.
I do not say that you have to remove them, is a great extra, but not
your main focus in my humble opinion.

Regards, Ramon  :)
« Last Edit: March 30, 2008, 01:07:28 PM by Ramon »
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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 04:24:27 AM »
Despite only 21 members voting, it seems clear I need to focus my attention on the air forces and aircraft sections.

The aircraft sections haven't received as much time as I would have liked. Despite what Ramon is thinking, there are lots of sites offering aircraft information. So I had set myself the task of providing better quality sections, this means that they also take a lot more work/time. That's why I wanted to know whether there's still interest in them. They'll also have photo galleries, I was just checking if there was a desire for more "stand-alone" photo galleries. Despite the many "photography" and picture sites on the web, pictures are the most popular content. A small/poor/basic report with "superb" photos receives more visitors than the in-depth/excellent reports with just "good" photos, although my view on that might be slightly wrong because of the way stats are measured and the way people browse the web. Anyway, I'll try to refocus on the aircraft section (and I have some other plans regarding aircraft info).

The air forces section was the result of a long-time ambition of mine, but I didn't even quite get to finishing the RNLAF one. I also hoped for more contributions, but apart from the fine piece put together by Leandro and the photos by Ivan, it remained silent. I have big plans to make this section more useful. The thing I have in mind is basically a database-driven air forces directory with inventories and orders of battle. Since a year or so, I'm actually capable of programming it. It's the kind of thing Jane's and since not too long ago Key Publishing are offering (for 1000-1500 British Pounds per year/license), although they're be a bit more extensive. Of course it can never be of the same quality, but as long as it's better, more reliable and more user-friendly than Wikipedia, plus more extensive and user-friendly than Scramble, plus more complete, accurate and user-friendly than GlobalSecurity plus more up-to-date as some of the others, then I'd be happy. The thing holding me back is that it takes (even after programming) considerable time to fill the database with data, which also needs to be constantly updated. I'd need volunteers to help me with that who know what they're doing, but even then it puts more demands on the programming of the back-end. I guess I still need to make my mind up whether to take this route or just start adding more reports (or summaries). Anyway, in the mean time there's the air force resources guide, which has relevant official and quality unofficial links listed per country, as well as direct links to the related Wikipedia page(s). I've basically created this for my own needs (as Google results start to get more useless every day?!) and for convenience, so it should be pretty useful for those of you seeking information on air forces.

Regarding the forum, it wasn't listed because this poll was about content. Forum content is what you (the community) put into it. I'm already spending more time here than updating the site! If I would need to focus more on the forum, I might as well drop the site and keep the forum on its own. Getting more members is constantly being brought to my attention, but I can't force people to sign up. Getting more activity from members also depends on you, in-depth topics and interesting discussions will trigger people to sign up and actually post. Again, like with all the other aviation things, there are a lot of aviation forums! Anyway the new homepage design I am working on will have stronger links to the forums than currently the case. Also other pages of the site will be coupled with the forum or have links to the forum. It's all a matter of coding, and that's not one of my strong points, at the same time it's at such a level that I can't resort to off-the-shelf "have-it-all" packages. I won't be happy with it. Not only will the structure be fixed and looking like a standard site (like f-16.net or wikipedia for example), I would have to convert everything!
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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2008, 12:39:51 PM »
Boss the first choice was easy.  Aircraft Information which has started to be a hoppy of mine. The second I'll have to go  with is Aviation News.  How else can you keep up on new events that I might not find.  Thank You!

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Re: MILAVIA Should Focus on...
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2009, 08:27:11 AM »
Hmm. Voted Aircraft information and aviation news. Maybe the forum if there was an option there.  ::) the aircraft info is a definite go..
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