So I was talking to a friend and one of my fellow RPers Anon administrators and neither of us are very happy with the Social networking softwares that we have found to change RPers Anon over to the new software that we find fills the needs and dreams we want to make for it. We already switched to Dolphin which is alright but it certainly is just “too much” and not very intuitive. There are far too many dependent modules and it is far too expensive to get the features that we want. So we’ve been looking into other means of getting the results that we want.
We’ve tried Elgg, which looks like the most promising but the support in the community is lacking as well as the basic functionality that we want for the site.
She’s tried Drupal (the bane of my existence)
I’ve looked at other softwares and they are either expensive or ugly to even look at let alone consider skinning.
Now that leads to the reason why I’m even blogging at the moment, I WANT WHAT IS IN MY BRAIN TO JUST APPEAR. I Want the code to just appear from my head, perfectly formatted, and give me what I want. I’m nowhere near coding savvy enough to make something that is secure and nice. (I’ve tried and it was a very poor attempt back then, let alone looking back on it now). I really want something not too elaborate or needy. I mean the basic things that we want is:
Statuses of some sort
An update of what the person is doing around the site
Discussions (preferably just in Groups I don’t think I need a general forum anymore at all)
Site Directory (Which might be integrated into the Fan Pages)
Liking things on profiles and in groups (to go into what the person is doing on the site)
A Default Portal page that has this information laid out in a nice fashion.
Now looking at the list I feel like it’s a lot of stuff (especially since I have a feeling it’s not the entire list) but there are things that irritate me and I want something that my members can really connect with for RP. I don’t want a basic forum. I want an honest to god, made for RPers, by RPers Social Network but I can’t afford to buy someone to code something for me.
Maybe if someone loves me enough they will be inclined to help me out. I’m not a complete coding dunce but I’m a poor mum. Maybe I can exchange awesome Morrness (posts and IMs and Tweets and general time spent) for some intense coding help or even some development help.
Wishful thinking I’m sure…