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Caelum returns, JKHub holds survey

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Caelum is staff

Most people who have been keeping up with JKHub news will already knows this: I'm back. Hi. We hit the first $99/month Patreon goal a few days ago: which said:

I will un-retire and return as JKHub staff member. I'll actually dedicate quite some time to it. JKHub will see a lot more news articles, improvements, and activity. I'll be holding lots of polls to see what people are interested in and what I should start with.]

I've spent the past couple of days working things out with the other staff and making sure they're still okay with all this (admins were consulted on it beforehand though, it's not like I just came up with this alone without asking). Plus I've been asking a lot of practical questions about how things I don't understand work. I've been gone for the past 4-ish years, so I had - and still have - quite a lot to catch up with. That said, I'm now very much un-retired, and starting work on a number of things.

 

For those who don't know who I am: good to meet you! I came up with the idea of JKHub, and created it (with a lot of help). I also worked as JK3Files reviewer once, and in much darker days, I ran a couple of JKA clans. I retired years ago, and have since focused on running my commercial hosting business, which has grown to host 30+ JKA servers (plus other things, like websites), and which I'm still working on fulltime. Any rumors about me are all true: I am actually a Nazi lizard alien cleverly pretending to be human. Don't listen to anyone who says I'm secretly a woman though. They lie and deserve horrible death. :lol:

 

On a more serious note, here are some of the things I'll be working on (in no particular order):

  • The JKHub 2.0 redesign (immediately instead of in a number of months if we hit the next Patreon goal).
  • As a part of the above, making the wiki usable and less broken.
  • Increasing the frequency of interviews, articles, and news about JKA and the community.
  • Fixing broken website things.
  • Trying to resolve some people's frustrations with JKHub, its current state, other users, etc. I've heard a lot of frustrations with JKHub through the grapevine, plus seen some negativity on the forums, and I'd like to see if there's anything I can do about them. Disclaimer: I can only address people's frustrations if they tell me what their frustrations are.
  • Encouraging more lurkers to try posting & participating on JKHub, and hopefully, encouraging some people who stopped using JKHub because of frustrations or other issues to come back.
  • Whatever other changes seem like they're important and good ideas (hence the survey below). This whole list is intentionally incomplete.

Some of the things I can also do, but which you probably won't see me doing very much because I feel I should be spending my energy on other things, and current staff are doing fine without me:

  • Forum moderation
  • Posting in forum threads often
  • File approvals
  • Answering emails, contact form submissions & simple questions other staff members know the answer to as well
  • Resolving conflicts between users unless you specifically ask for me in particular to be involved.

Essentially I can do everything other staff can do too, but I'll be focusing my time and energy on different things for the most part, where I feel it'd be better spent right now.

 

You can generally contact me through PM, and I pretty much live in the JKCommunity Discord chat too. If you want to talk or have a question for me, don't hesitate to get in touch, though it sometimes takes some time (and/or some repeated harassment) for me to respond since I have errands to run, a real actual serious hosting business to manage (I feel like such an adult), a to-do list the size of a small planet, and even some semblance of a social life.

 

The JKHub survey

One of the things I'd like is to get people's opinions about the current state of JKHub. Whether you're an active user or just lurk here, I'd like to know what you think about the site, what you like about it, and what your frustrations are. To help, I've created a survey. It should only take about 5-10 minutes to fill in. It'll help the rest of the staff and myself get very useful feedback, and it'll help me get my bearings. You can find a link to it at the bottom of this post; I'd really appreciate it if as many people as possible filled it out. If you have some free time, please take a look at it.

 

The survey is anonymous, and answers will only be shared with JKHub's staff.

 

Side note

On a tangential side note: you might notice the 'JKHub admin' and 'JKHub staff' badges got merged into a single 'JKHub staff' badge. We had a discussion about whether it's still useful to have the distinction, and decided to fold both roles into a single one. Nobody has been demoted or left the staff or whatever. Just saying.

 

Patreon fundraiser still ongoing

The patreon fundraiser described in the last news post is still ongoing, and we'd really like to hit some of the other goals. If you haven't, please check it out below and consider contributing to it. As a reminder, these are the most important goals:

 

ACHIEVED: At $99/month

I will un-retire and return as JKHub staff member. I'll actually dedicate quite some time to it. JKHub will see a lot more news articles, improvements, and activity. I'll be holding lots of polls to see what people are interested in and what I should start with.

 

At $199/month

The JKHub 2.0 overhaul will begin immediately, instead of waiting longer. It will be the biggest face lift in the history of JKHub, featuring a clean, modern redesign based off constant feedback from the community. It won't be one of those crappy corporate redesigns that suck - it'll be awesome.

 

At $299/month

JKHub will never need donations again. I will pay for JKHub costs out of my own pocket (through these Patreon donations). Also, we'll create a cool custom server tracker that's infinitely better than Gametracker and Jeditracker.

 

At $499/month

I will offer unlimited free JKA & JKO servers to the community. Seriously. No strings attached. You ask, you get a free JKA/JKO server. Any mod, no restrictions. Nobody will ever need to pay for a JKA/JKO server again. I'd really like to hit this goal.

 

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Current amount donated: $128/month


By Caelum, in Site news,



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Survey is closing in 24 hours if anyone still wants to submit it! We've had 36 submissions so far, very much appreciated :)

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just a question here, last time there was a donation there was talk about new tools for the forum and also a new version for the 2.0 plus the one year for the payment for jkhub, if i remember right the amount of cash there was pull in was pretty big. is this included in this donation here ?

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just a question here, last time there was a donation there was talk about new tools for the forum and also a new version for the 2.0 plus the one year for the payment for jkhub, if i remember right the amount of cash there was pull in was pretty big. is this included in this donation here ?

 

You raise a good point actually, $200 was donated and set aside for XenForo. Is that being given to Caelum to purchase the new forum software?

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$347.65 to be correct in overall donation  :)https://jkhub.org/topic/6457-donation-time/

 

its not im trying to pull something off everyones head here, but it would be nice to see does money getting used on the forum :) we might not see much on the front here for what happens on the bag ground, but the staff could say something that "now thx to that big donation we got last time, we do now use the new tools for JKhub" or something like that :) but if that has been posted somewhere and i didnt see it then nvm :)

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I would extend the length of the time you leave the survey a bit, some people don't check JKHub too often.

I was going to say I strongly disagree, because there has been a grand total of 1 survey submission in the past several days.

 

Now after posting the deadline, it's suddenly survey submissions all over the place, so I tend to agree. Survey now closes on September 20th. Not postponing it a second time though.

You raise a good point actually, $200 was donated and set aside for XenForo. Is that being given to Caelum to purchase the new forum software?

$347.65 to be correct in overall donation  :)https://jkhub.org/topic/6457-donation-time/

 

its not im trying to pull something off everyones head here, but it would be nice to see does money getting used on the forum :) we might not see much on the front here for what happens on the bag ground, but the staff could say something that "now thx to that big donation we got last time, we do now use the new tools for JKhub" or something like that :) but if that has been posted somewhere and i didnt see it then nvm :)

JKHub donation money will be used exclusively for JKHub as always, and the extra for the forum software will go towards paying, well, the forum software. Right now, that money is just sitting in JKHub's Paypal account because we haven't purchased the forum software yet (we're waiting for XF 2.0 unless we hit my $199/month stretch goal). Once work on JKH 2.0 starts, we'll be using that donation money to buy the (commercial) software needed for it. That won't go through me largely because I'm in the EU and would need to pay extra VAT.
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Survey closes for realsies tomorrow, after which staff will start reading through them. Last chance if you didn't fill it in yet.

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The survey is now closed. Thanks for all your submissions :)

 

We received a total of 47 submissions, which the staff and I will be reading throughout the coming days. Aside from statistical data, we have a total of 88 filled-out text fields to read, so please bear with us while we go through that.

 

Much appreciate all the entries, we'll probably have a follow-up survey at some point in the not-too-nearby future. :)

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47 doesn't really reflect the size of the community. There's still hundreds that visit the site daily. They just don't want to fill out surveys. :P

Take a large enough sample size and a few will fill out surveys, 47 is a tiny number indicating the sample size is not sufficiently large enough.  I already knew this though, I think I'm just finally realizing what the numbers actually mean.  *sigh :(*

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@@Darth Futuza Personally, I think you're confusing stagnation and activity. One of my concerns with JKHub is stagnation (which I'm hoping to solve with the JKHub 2.0 project & other assorted madness) and another is signal:noise ratio (interesting on-topic posts vs uninteresting ones), but in terms of activity, JKHub is actually statistically not doing any worse than before. I'm planning to post a big post with fun statistics about this once September is over, be on the lookout for that. Will include cool graphs of activity over time and stuff.
 
My point is (and I only just now looked at this myself too after reading your post), statistically JKH doesn't seem to be all that inactive, 47 submissions seems to be a matter of people who browse JKH vs people who'll fill in the survey being low. I'm still pretty happy with 47 submissions though, I think it's a pretty good number.
 
I just posted all surveys in the staff forum earlier today, and can I just say, using the [ quote] & [/ quote] bbcode 96 times in one thread is surprisingly complex and tiring.

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47 responses is respectable, considering the survey was only open for a week or so.

 

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We have a lot of good feedback from this survey and are currently in discussion of what to do.

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Oh yeah, I'm not implying it's changed much over the years, just that I've never really thought about how small we are.  I look forward to seeing the response from the surveys though.

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Damn JKHub's community has gotten small.  Makes me a little sad only 47 submissions were to be had. :(

lol i forgot to submit

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