This is where things are, currently.
Another split, for technical reasons alone, isn't feasible. However:
- I'm speaking with Andrew, and other members of the early Social Sound Design community to come up with ways to make this better, and we've got some good ideas on the table that I'm going to be sharing in a separate post as soon as we all finish playing email tag.
- We want to fix this. A lot of planning that involved founders and moderators from all sides pointed at everyone looking forward to a larger, more inclusive site (more on this at the end)
- Things in the engine itself can be better utilized to accomplish this.
SSD and AVP had quite a few tags in common (when I say AVP, I'm speaking to the audio, not video side). Everyone involved, after looking at both sides, agreed that bringing them together would result in a stronger community that would attract more people, and lead more people to sound design. Our biggest worry was that a more strict subset of users would come into the new site and immediately begin closing things - this is something that I actively worked to prevent, and everyone seems (now) happy with a focused, but relaxed environment.
We saw the existing community continuing to do what they do, while enjoying the occasional question that was within their expertise, but perhaps not really in the realm of sound design. After many rounds of 'did we miss anything?' during planning, this wasn't considered.
I'm working now to use all of the buttons, dials, toggles and sliders I have available to me behind the scenes to better tune the system so that it shows you what you're interested in more effectively. I'm also on a hunt for some of the lesser quality questions that were migrated over, which I'm shipping back and just closing on video. And a lot of other things, I'm genuinely upset that so many people are so unhappy, I want to do my best for them, and I know I can make it at least better.
I do not want to end up with two extremely insular communities trying their best to get along on a single site - that's one of the problems we were trying very hard to fix. However, participation should be opportunistic, you just happen across something interesting that's out of your usual domain and find that you can answer it.
Please give me a few more days to get this all together - Conversations are traversing emails, instant messages and oceans over time zones. I also need to have a meeting with my team when I've finally got a plan together. I think I can fix this to the degree that everyone is happy, but I have to make sure.
I'll open and feature another meta post detailing what I'd like to do, then discussion to refine as needed can be had.