|Forum topic by RayBowers||posted 303 days ago||427 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
303 days ago
I just emailed LJ a suggestion before realizing it would be better to post here and see if others thought it was a good idea…
Is there any chance LJ would consider a service to host wood working groups via private forums, announcements and user management?
Here is a little history on the request… I am the webmaster for the Washington Woodworkers Guild (WWG) in the Washington DC area. I inherited a site of stuff cobbled together by various people over time. I am afraid to do patches and make any real changes. I am looking to move our site to something, even a paid service, where I can focus on content and not software… Ning.com provides a pretty good service that my wife uses for another community of hers, but does’t have much competition in this space yet.
As I got to thinking about what I want, I realized that you have it all here! Imagine if LumberJocks provided a Group tab that might have:
Many of the WWG members are already members of Lumberjocks, and if we moved our site to yours, even more would join. As a small group, we don’t have a very active community—who wants to post stuff here and then come to our WWG page and deal with my outdated software. But integrating them would hopefully boost usage.
Anyway, it is just an idea. Currently I am leaning towards just moving to Ning so I can focus on building the community and content, but if LJ was willing to host groups, I’d be willing to talk about our wish list (most of which you already have). I think you might find a lot of others out there, either physical groups like ours or virtual groups.
Just an idea. Any thoughts?
-- Ray Bowers