Yeah it's a wierd name but I'm working on it ;-)
So. Basically I've been looking over the archive forum and the new one and come to a sad realization.
Lego Space is dying. Lego is dying. Or at least, the community is.
I don't know why or what it is. Maybe it's those dang Megablock cretins. Maybe it's videogames (as always).
But, what I see is that the young Lego community is nowhere near as vibrant and alive as that a decade ago. And it makes me sad.
A perfect example of this is Classic Space. Since the start of the old site our numbers have dropped to like, 1/100th of what they once were. Ok maybe that's a bit of exageration but, the point remains.
And it saddens me. Which is an elaborate way of saying, it sucks. My heart goes out to all you guys that are still with it, and to the new site...glory days past and all that...anyway.
What I see is that Lego Space must be reborn from the ashes! We've got a golden opportunity here, in the embers of this new site, to create a new version of Classic Space that will help to bring together and revitalize the Lego space community. And most importantly, bring fresh blood in! While I love the AFOL community, it's aging. Members are leaving. And too few youngsters are coming in. We need to fix this. And I certainly can't do it myself (I'm not really a programmer).
On the "what's up with space" topic I posted a proposal for the refreshed site. I'll repost it here in a minute. But let me begin by saying I know this is a lot of work, but its not really HARD work per se. A lot of my ideas can be easily implemented: the biggest trick will be getting a new front page for the site, and I can't really do anything on that front, so some of the impetus from this will have to come from the mods.
While the forums are great for us, they're not really informative or helpful for newcomers, young lego fans, or what-have-you. I think the site still needs a main page with menu bar, etc...
The forums are awesome and should be linked on the side, but we need the articles back, we need a Factions page again, we need a Links page, we need a Stories/Comics page, we need a news feed, we need community wiki/scripting space, and we need a community connections page with links to a FB, Twitter, etc...
I'd be more than happy to help with any and all of that...write-up text/descriptions, code for formatting, design backgrounds, whatever. "I gotwhatyaneed!" :-)
Also a couple other things that weren't on the old page and I always wished there were:
1. An 'instructions' page. We need a page where new users (especially younger ones) can come to read mini instruction booklets for some of the simpler lego creations we've made over the years. Now, I can make the instruction booklets (in PDF form, or flash) for designs that I know, like the egg-mech, generic vic-viper, etc....but this is something that will require more involvement from you guys, even if that just means sending me step-by-step photos of you building it.
2. A 'games' page. Not that we need to invent or host games per se, but in order to draw-in more folks and get them connected with the Classic Space community we need game links. I know there are other lego games out there, but even just linking to the individual ones on the Lego website would be good. Something to make this site the one-stop portal for all things Lego Space.
3. A news feed page. I know I already mentioned this but it needs more explanation: we need a LIVE update feed. Something where noteworthy lego news, photos, video, Lego website updates, whatever can be constantly monitored and updated. Obviously, this would be a time-consuming job for a person, so what would be ideal is a page that links scripts to the coding of other sites: Bricklink, LUG.com, Flickr, Lego.com, etc...and updates according to new headlines in the script. I don't currently have the code for this but I know it exists and should be simple to find/acquire. As a last resource I can get my father-in law to send me a code for it...he designs database-gathering systems and robots programs for a living so...shouldn't be too hard.
So all that to say: while I think the current state of things is dim, the future can be bright! It'll probably be a while, yes, and it relies a large part not only on community help/input but on the introduction of new members to the site, which I can help with somewhat (my little brother and his friends, for starters...and theirs, and so on...) but I think it can work.
I love Lego Space. I want to save it, revitalize it, and make it glorious again. Maybe I'm remembering things wrongly but hey, there's always a new opportunity, right?
Don't know if any of you have read the Song of Ice and Fire series, but if you have you'll know that "what is dead can never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."
I look forward to your suggestions, ideas, etc...although useless "oh, this will never work" type comments will NOT be appreciated: that's exactly the kind of spirit that kills future hopes.
"Re-go no kaijuu wa hoshi kara yo"
"Los monstruos de los Legos de las estrellas!"
"Lego monsters from the stars!"