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Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« on: Fri Jan 12 2018, 10:59 »
Just putting something out as an expression of interest - I want to reboot development forums for in-progress works because having a space to post ideas and the like was super handy back in the day. Currently trying to decide whether staying on forums or using something like Slack/Basecamp is the right move, but let me know your thoughts so I can gauge the level of interest.



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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #1 on: Fri Jan 12 2018, 14:07 »
I've voted for the separate forum idea as a backstage area, - as I think it works much easier for those working on shows, and keeps things that are currently 'in development' away from those that are just simple ideas or good pitches but unsure if wanna take it further as of that time.

I've never actually heard of the other two - slack/basecamp, so unsure how to use them etc, but I believe most people know about posting on a simple forum section.

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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #2 on: Sun Jan 14 2018, 09:32 »
Basecamp is expensive but excellent for project planning.

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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #3 on: Sun Jan 14 2018, 13:56 »
I know literally nothing about what you're talking about but back in the day, the backstage planning forum was for a time a very productive place. The degree of separation seemed to help during the development stages.

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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #4 on: Mon Jan 15 2018, 10:55 »
Allow me to expand on this:

Basecamp is an online project management tool that works like a message board but has all manner of fancy features:



However! As Tony points out, it is hella expensive so I was using it more as an illustration of a kind of service we could use.

There's also Slack:



Which is cheaper but depends how many active users we have. Finally there's Quip:



But again is costly so starts to veer into the issue of needing small contributions from people using it to keep it (or any other) service available.

Something like Trello is free to use at a fairly standard level:



So there are options for us that are cost-effective, but if we reckon we can get by on a few free options and a separate forum for the time being then that works just fine for me.

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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #5 on: Mon Jan 15 2018, 13:17 »
I've said to Tony that Trello would be ideal for sites like Set The Tape rather than Facebook. How it works in regards to what you'd want it for is telling,

That said, I'm sure those cards can be moved and probably would be great for story-boarding....

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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #6 on: Mon Jan 15 2018, 13:55 »
I still say a separate backstage forum is probably still best, and what virtually all who use this site will know to use.  Some of those others stated look a little complicated, and more aimed at businesses from what I can see (could be wrong)?

I found this link, not sure if helpful - as I looked for something like Scrivener but in an online format, and found this site which gives possible alternatives and links to sites.  Not sure if anyone wants to look into them more, may not be useful but might find something of interest among them.

https://alternativeto.net/software/scrivener/?platform=online

There was also https://writerduet.com/ - but again, don't know much about that either.


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Re: Separate development area or stay on MZPtv?
« Reply #7 on: Mon Jan 15 2018, 19:06 »
I've said to Tony that Trello would be ideal for sites like Set The Tape rather than Facebook. How it works in regards to what you'd want it for is telling,

That said, I'm sure those cards can be moved and probably would be great for story-boarding....

I don’t necessarily disagree but for my site it’s getting people on it & making it regularly used which puts me off. May be less of a problem for MZP.