Monday, November 03, 2008

We're all very aware of the time constraints & therefore lack of movement on our beloved IB site. Based on that, I've been toying with an idea. A community much like that of our beloved, but something that we can commit to never fading into the background.

It would require a small team of people, but each could have different roles or aspects matching their skills. I'm thinking it could be designed in another language away from ASP (PHP is more common, but RoR does have it's advantages), and with the idea in mind of starting from a large sense of community. Those that are interested can inquire within, or e-mail me directly.

Certainly, it would be an endeavor that would benefit from some form of revenue to maintain the site, but not as the focus, and very unlike the social site based game that has provided the death blow to our pixelated home.

Let me know your thoughts, and let's create something!

10 comments:

Denise said...

I think you have a great idea and am willing to do what I can to help. There is only one problem.... I know very little about webdesign or icon design. Other than this, I am willing to put time and effort into this endeavor.

Tieson said...

Can has community? We do you have in mind? All-around techie stuffs, or simply DeviantArt + forum? Either way, sounds fun!

Ben said...

Honestly, that's not a problem at all. We're going to need all sorts of people, and designers web or icon are only one segment. I accept & appreciate your help. Stay tuned.

Ben said...

@tieson: Well, the initial idea is to create something to replace our long lost love, but by all means, bring your ideas to the table. I'm a bit busy this week with other obligations, but I'm planning on having a round table chat in the next few days.

You're on the list!

tieson said...

@ben:

cool.

:)

WallPhone said...

Great idea!

Godzilla destroyed Tokyo, Japan; Ratzilla destroyed Tokyo, Set. Lets move to greener pastures.

B3llit0 said...

@all

I think soprano and I have voiced our support for this kind of thing before. I'm multi-talented in web design; I can code and do graphics, and maybe help localize (something that IB doesn't have).

Wile said...

I'm a J2EE architect. I wrote a framework to handle webapps (intra and extranet). It's based upon struts, spring and hibernate. This is a nice way to build quickly apps with such stuffs.

I thought about making a IB-like stuff ... I'm currently on a study for that (I cannot spend as much time I would on it, I have a real work beside ;o) ).

I'm thinking about starting with the IB concept, quite as-is, then add functionnalities : stock exchange for tokens/stamps, users can submit their own creation and community votes for its value, dashboard could be integrated, stats such as the ones I publish on www.klasen.eu.com, how many deliveries have you sent (thanks to austingirl blog), ...

In fact, the work is to build the database, and make the services on it (a SOA architecture should be great). Then given those services, any user should write some pages (or functionnalities, why not) in something like a sandbox. We should test it, and if it's good, integrate it in the web site.

Last but not the least, maybe asking the chiefs about using the original IB sets as a starting point ... since they decided to let the site down, maybe they should, at least, give the chance to otherones to go on and keep their initial work and idea live ...

Just some thoughts ... I'm on the study right now ...

Oh yes, a last idea : if chiefs are ok with my last point, maybe allowing IBers to come to the new site with the sets they already owned ...

Wile said...

Finally, after some days of study (and flu), I decided not to turn my idea to real site.

I mean I'm not a designer, I'm not a graphist, and the only things that it can bring to me is when people grumble against what is made or not ...

And since that is a quite hard and long work to put it on, I don't wan't to waste my time ...

So, if someone makes it, and need some help, I'll be there, but I won't do that on my own ...

DeniseMQuinones said...

Any progress on this subject?