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19 Jul 2011 - 01:1963532
New forum for Gatherings?
Presently you have seven forums where topic threads can be posted:

1. Introductions
2. Cosplay Chat
3. Photography
4. General Costume Help and Critique
5. Market Place
6. General Discussion
7. Site Feedback

Have you considered adding a forum for, say, "Gatherings and Meet-ups?"

Going to conventions is a lot of fun. But what do you do when it's not con season? If you had an easy place where people could post threads for gatherings & meet-ups it could help people organize their own events.

Say you know a nice park where nobody minds if a dozen fans bring their sack lunches and cavort in costumes all afternoon. You could put up a notice, other fans on Cosplay Island could find out, and you could meet each other for not much more than the transportation costs to get there.

For that matter, you might want to have a way for people to talk about meeting up at conventions and other events. Right now your "Events" tab doesn't function as a forum link.

(I don't have a stake in this -- I'm not organizing any events to publicize here -- but I have a friend of a friend who's an "Amy Pond" cosplayer and she's been visiting my part of the world. We took her to a cosplay picnic here. Perhaps when she gets back home to England she'll put together a Gathering of the Amys. I bet that would be quite a sight to see.)

P.S. The US equivalents are here, so you can see how another website does it:
http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=68
http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3

EDIT: I see right now that sort of thing ends up in "Cosplay Chat." I think that perhaps Cosplay Island is getting big enough and popular enough to warrant splitting out a forum for event discussions. What say you all?


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Last edited by Hazel Chaz (19 Jul 2011 - 01:23)
19 Jul 2011 - 10:5763542
The Cosplay and Chat section seems to work well for this.


20 Jul 2011 - 17:3863677
I think this is a good idea


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22 Jul 2011 - 11:5063936
I like this idea too actually ^_^ Might well be worth looking into this! Thank you!


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27 Jul 2011 - 16:5564436
I do like this idea, it'd be handy so posts like this dont get lost in the Cosplay Chat area.

That or someone should sticky a thread in the Cosplay Chat area for Meet-ups and keep it updated with meets across the country.


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27 Jul 2011 - 17:2464445
Seeing as how most of the front page of Cosplay Chat involves meet-ups and cons, I like this idea too.


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27 Jul 2011 - 17:3064451
Quote MD_GEIST:
Seeing as how most of the front page of Cosplay Chat involves meet-ups and cons, I like this idea too.


Yeahh.. everything else got a bit lost
It'd be helpful for the meets that aren't at an expo too, they'd probably get a bit more attention if people were in a section looking for them


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27 Jul 2011 - 17:3964456
Quote Rekkusu:
Quote MD_GEIST:
Seeing as how most of the front page of Cosplay Chat involves meet-ups and cons, I like this idea too.


Yeahh.. everything else got a bit lost
It'd be helpful for the meets that aren't at an expo too, they'd probably get a bit more attention if people were in a section looking for them


Exactly, I'm looking for non-con meets myself and can't find many amongst the "X series at Y con meet" posts.


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31 Jul 2011 - 17:3064832
Hey guys, thanks for all your feedback on this!

The original plan was to separate event chat and group organisation (because to be fair, they go hand in hand most time) from the Cosplay Chat forum into a separate forum as the site got bigger with more active members.

However, if we take out all the event chat, group forming, looking for partners, etc out of Cosplay Chat - there isn't a lot of discussion left! The Cosplay Chat first page would then include topics that haven't been replied to for over a month or two - which looks a little dead to me.

So, in summary - chat about cosplay more! Threads like the Cosplay Fever music video, how you generally transport wigs etc - these are all really great topics. But until we have more of them, we can't really strip out the other topics


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