I gathered a few ideas from renowned community "Piapro", fleshed several things out, and eventually have started to take steps to fully realize this idea. And yes, looking into the distance called Piapro is a daring vision, but is one can only propel development throughout.
This brings me to VocaloidOtaku.net, which seems like the perfect place to host such endeavor.
The first link should provide you an insight on things, an introduction to it, some details and get you general impressions.
The second one is the file-sharing interface in all its BETA-esque glory.
And now, I'll try to put things on the table in a coherent order. Hopefully I will cover everything I have thought of so far, though it's way into the night, I wouldn't be surprised if I go flying right past some details.
The link with a subdomain is pretty much a Portal to this project. For now, it has a banner, a bunch of relevant links and an explanation or two.
Within the next stages of development, I wish to integrate it somewhat with the actual File-Sharing interface for a more comprehensive (read: shiny and cool) browsing and overall sharing effectiveness. The first idea that sparked was a news-centric module/wrapper that holds news related to the project, using maybe one of those News interfaces out there, I forget their name. I haven't used them in yeears. But that is a search away. These news could bring you different edits from development stages, but they could also bring news recently released albums, illustrations and whatnot. Maybe not too specific here not to saturate it. Ergo, something that needs some planning.
Of 'course, though it's currently one page, the Portal might eventually branch out to different pages. Featured tracks, featured illustrations, artist descriptions, tutorials, resources, contests, reviews, etc. There is a myriad of possibilities here for cross-interfacing, and unless it's too far-fetched, I can probably have an hand in it.
Onto the file-sharing interface itself, there are currently a couple of available features. I will now list them:
- Uploading all types of files
- Downloading all types of files
- Comment/feedback section
- Rate files
- Favorites list
- Option to check out more of X artist's works in another page
- File subscriptions (say, if the artist is building an album, it will warn you of new tracks in the album page)
- Soundcloud integration (you can submit a track via the "media" button)
- Possibility to share various files in the same page, download them all or individually
And now, onto the list of features I want to integrate in time:
- Allow HTML for customizing your post
- Automatically post in the Vocaloid Tribune whenever a submission is made
And, apart from that, just general optimization, like recent images, top rated images and all that stuff.
Last but certainly not least, I hope that people enjoy what is trying to be done and jump in, because most certainly, without a community, a community-driven project cannot certainly go on. It is important that you submit your tracks, albums, illustrations, GFX, along with a spiffy description, preview (to youtube or soundcloud for instance, which can easily be integrated in submission posts), and actually fill this thing up with what matters, content.
I'll be sure to pitch in my part whenever possible.