So the asking for help thing is a bit too direct. But understand that I for one would absolute love volunteering and in different ways. I just simply have no idea whatsoever which tasks are involved in making this place happen. And maybe there are other people out there who feel the same.
To make a "help wanted announcement" is a bit much, but maybe a "volunteer program" could be just as good. Like have a link or subforum somewhere saying "Feel like contributing to Das Klub? Here are some ways you can help out."
Communicating to all users new as well as old ones that the website and support features are in an active state is a pretty nice message to send out, right?
Official news posts ( or threads ) every once in a while, changelog, roadmap etc. It doesn't even need a long list of change, the signal that activity is going on is just important by itself. Have you ever overheard someone complain about YT or any other big website redoing their design etc because "now I have to figure out everything all over" :) Have you also noted when 2 minutes later they will use the service per usual and have forgotten about it - maybe even start saying stuff like "woah look now I don't have to do x and y to get z I can just..." because they realize it wasn't hard and the boost of self confidence adds curiosity and spawns new behaviour? (this is just an example)
But imagine this communitys reaction on the forum if they logged in and the front page was redone! It would be a sensation!
Here are a few suggestions I can think of just by a few quick glimpses/general things (some more short term than others):
- Add support for everything and anything that can have video like Vimeo, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Facebook, Amazon (half of these I don't even know if have a public API but it's worth checking out)
- Facebook, Google+ AND e-mail logins. Do stuff like Disqus comments under the videos so people passing by don't need to sign up to start adding content
- Accept that people today is on the social media and forums are old school - this means a website footer must link to all the sites everywhere else where the new members are found! Twitter, Google+, Instagram etc
- And no image, video or post must be without clearly visible share buttons for each and every one anyone member might use to share something in a place where the new members are at.
- Maybe explore Live Streaming events or custom projects? OBS streams shouldn't really require any work once it's set up and this gives room for more creativity
- I heard mention of an app at some point. This is a splendid idea. If executed in a way that makes sense, and not just "to have one". An app could have activity feed / maybe alert subscriptions, ... it's a convenient way for some people to be reminded that this is were the party is at, and draw them back in and keep using it.
I'd personally love to just have an app to post teaser photo shots when I'm out filming so people can see I'm working on a new video....
Or it could have an archieve of songs that are cool to dance to and related. Reviews or ratings or speed and heaviness of songs or heck maybe even a song license for people who care about copyrights.
- Some people like meeting others and messaging, some keep track of news and interiews or events, listen to radio, hang out on the forum, and we are those who just loove watching others dance. Let people pick a setup that matches best their interests and help those who wouldn't do these things natuarally by hinting "Psst: you can drag this panel" or "toggle this feature"
-even better: create a uniform standard for all post and just have on single feed. #Tag or type-filter if necessary but why must there be a separate feed for videos, status, images, forum post and so forth?
- how about a unified way to applaud, reply or even add to something written or filmed? Applaud a user profile the same way you would applaud a video.
- Out with all the form elements. No raw inputs, uploads etc. Use something that looks cool and modern. Use JS libs if necessary.
- Add Ajax, maybe consider changing pageload into what's-the-nameof-that-thing using # instead of ? in addresses to reduce load speeds.
- Get up to date on optimizations ( https://gtmetrix.com/ ) and modern SEO
- reduce clutter, recuce the standard "1px solid #666666" border look found everywhere, and get rid of anything that distracts the eye from what you're doing. Dim some of it.
- follow any convention you can, know those you cannot follow and why, and don't break any without making it crystal clear to visirors why this is better and what to do instead. Footer layout, position of search bar and login, all logos/links/images takes people where they expect to go before trying......
- Follow the sites own conventions and never make exceptions for known pattern.
- Never impress less than possible. I mentioned the form elements, but it's also animations and unique ways of assisting learning/daily usage. Fancy feedback messages, unique problem solving, and anything that says "super sexy and cool industial dance raver" site. The sites image should match it's appearance and behaviour down into every detail ( the site shouldn't dance around, but it should always look cool and a bit hi tech if possible ).
- adaptible layout, screen size and orientation independance, mobile, tablet, pc, tv friendly
- larger avatars
- themes. Pimped profiles?
- as the site looks now I feel a disconnection between the users and the content. I want to feel like the content is made by all of us and isn't just a large shared collection.
-redone searching, submitting and commenting/sharing/liking
-less confusing menus, regroup it or maybe get rid of menus all together
Well that should suffice in pointing out there are things that could be rethought. I could go on. And I will begin formulating some more specific suggestions instead of ideas just popping.. Trello board etc...
I admire Musixmatch for it's community based approach. It's a concept of adding song lyrics, for users by users. An inspiration perhaps.
The calendar isn't a bad idea. I just raged on it because it can't stand alone. And regardless if it's t-shirts with the logo, a patreon or kickstarter, a paid membership with better features, video upload or other forms of hosting, promo/getting your dance skills seen by many people, paying for stupid crap like a different frame around the avatar or whatever and just marketing it as "I support subculture" - even something fancy like a "tribute" where you can have an account and people who think you're a good dancer will pay a small tribute from some internal account ...... whatever it is! it's going to require a larger userbase.
I guess the standard ways for music and dance doesn't bring much profit, no. But that's when you think outside the box and try out something new and exciting.. I see this more as centered around video to be honest. I know there are other types of content, but a dance is best shared online in a video - which can also show an interview or music track. Going around hosting videos and making a bizz out of it is big risk and big effort! And that's probably not a very good option. But a lot of things could be better than it is now. The donate link is hard to find. And where's the leaderboard for top donators last 3 months or so?
(I'm getting a bit eager and ahead of myself.)
That is if it's something you even want to do? Allowing this Klub go expand. I'm not sure of your wishes.