Discussion in 'Site Support & News' started by Art Andrews, Jan 22, 2015.
Brian, sounds to me like you have some work to do!
Many sites have something of a tag line. All of our sites do.
For TDH it is "Be Fett."
For the 405th is it "Build Your Character."
For the RPF it is "Craft Your Fandom."
Like I said, in early variants, we already had "The Hunter's Lair" for Predatorium.
So, Mike and I were talking and he asked about the domain name. I am more than satisfied with Predatorium because it hits pretty much every target we wanted. However, at Mike's request and in deference to the membership, I will make this offer.
We are making the move late next week. If you can come up with a domain name that meets the following stipulations, I would give it serious consideration.
Here are the stipulations (all of which Predatorium meet).
Site name must be 11 characters or less.
Site must be available to register (or be purchased for a reasonable amount)
Site name must include the word PREDATOR.
That is it.
Just going to throw this one in there. PredatorTHL. It has predator in it (which helps) while it still embodies the spirit of the Lair. Something for the kids to get down too. THL bro! lol
Fits like a glove!!!!
And there it is folks...the death of The Hunters Lair.
Art, you stated earlier that you wouldn't take a vote, and if you did the at very least it would be a poll for some of the decisions. Now you're moving to change the name to something that mos people think is ridiculous and doesn't properly reflect any part at all of "The Hunters Lair"???! Some of the regular people that come here have already stated that they really aren't too keen that you ALONE have decided to take out the very name that represents this place...well dude, it's your choice and you've made it clear that it's not ours collectively as a whole - which is what this place used to be. From this point on, I think it's fair to say that the changed you're making are monumental and going in a direction that you think it needs to go. I wish you all the luck and I hope some of my huntorials survive the transition so that they're around for others to still enjoy for years to come...
Here's one question that popped into my head - when people type in www.thehunterslair.com will they be redirected to www.predatoruim.com ?
Of course your posts will transition, just like all of the other content.
And of course thehunterslair.com and all of its links will 301 redirect to predatorium.com. We have that domain registered through 2020 so we would be insane not to redirect it to the new domain. Old links and people with old bookmarks will be redirected for at least the next half-decade.
I appreciate the effort on this one, but after showing it and a couple of other suggestions to our design team... it is a no go on this name. It is just too awkward either to say or to present on any future swag. Andrew actually came up with a pretty good one, but there are some hurtles that would need to be crossed to acquire it. We are looking into it now.
I look forward to Andrews effort. Shame about the one I chose. Told a number of people about it and they really liked it. I think what ever the new name is this place will always be known as The Lair. Unless you're joining 5-10 years from now and have no idea about what came before. The abbreviation was put in there because its just pretty much how everyone types these days, its just everywhere now. I mean AVP was chosen as the standard, no one really says alien vs predator. As I said to you before I can see THL on merch. But anyway hope the ideas keep on flowing.
What about the photo galleries ? One of the best things about this site is the vast wealth of Predator images. Would it be possiable to organize them in categories for easy reference ? I have my tablet all divided out with all the images unused as reference for my build ie: hands, feet, bio, computer gauntlet, blade gauntlet, ect. It would make searching the site for a referance mage so easy you just go to the category you are working on and there are all the images. People could upload their personal images to their personal galleries and also choose a second appropriate catagory for the image. If I upload a pic of my plasma caster it goes in my gallery and I also choose the PLASMA CASTER gallery.
Just my thought bit it would be really helpful.
Thank you for all the work you put into this site and the new version. As a new builder it could not have done it without "THE LAIR"
If we were as big as AvPGalaxy, I think this would be a different story. When it comes to initialisms, it all comes down to how well or how little you are known. For all the success that this community has had, in the overall scheme of things, it is still very small, so only using its initials doesn't work for it all that well. Also, unlike the RPF and TDH that have seemed to be initialized over the years, I rarely if ever hear the Hunter's Lair referred to as "THL" but instead it is abbreviated to just "The Lair."
I do agree with you that many will continue to call this community the Lair for years to come and you know what? There is nothing at all wrong with that! That is the community's history and starting point. We aren't ashamed of it or trying to hide it and won't try to make people stop using it.
This was one of the things that drove us to go to xenforo as our software choice instead of moving the Lair to vBulletin, like all of our other sites. When we tried to move the Lair to vBulletin, we lost the galleries and I just wasn't willing to do that. Far too many members have invested too much time and effort building the galleries we have here and it was a MUST that those be transferred.
In regard to making new categories for the gallery, once we are moved and the dust has settled (to be sure, there will be a LOT of "dust" after the initial move and a lot of things we are going to need to tweak and adjust) we can certainly revisit that issue. Modern galleries are setup a bit differently than the one we have here... more like pinterest. I am still learning my way around them, but I do see your point. Lets talk again about this after the move.
Great... now you have me thinking about AvPGalaxy....
Hoping the name I came up with works out....I think it's about respecting the history and moving forward..
This place is not about the one or the few, it's about ALL of us, old schoolers and new bloods. it was always about us having a place to escape and develop.
lots of passion for this place as we have seen in recent days.
Amen to that and that is one of the things that you can be assured of, regardless of the name change or any other visual changes, at its heart this community will continue to be here for exactly those purposes and hopefully, with this new upgrade it will serve the members even better by being available to them more readily through mobile devices.
I think of the predator as a menacing, dark hunter. To me, The Hunter's Lair fits right in with the feeling of our beloved predator. When I hear "Predatorium" I think of the grade school kids being called to the auditorium for a special assembly on not talking to strangers and how to avoid becoming prey to a pedophile. It just seems so silly, and is far from doing justice to our mighty lair. I have no ideas to throw in the hat at the moment, but surely SOMEONE with more creativity than I can come up with something better... For the love of god, PLEASE someone come up with something!!!
I have to say every time I hear the name this guy comes to mind.
Mike, I am going to remind you of that when you are wearing a Predatorium shirt, hat, watch and have it tattooed on your arm...
And I think that would be pronounced Predat.. AIR... ium.
Andy is lying to you all... He made that post via telegraph... which is a technological upgrade for him. He used to make all his posts via a stone tablet and had his pet dinosaur deliver them to us...
Oh I forgot when it changed from the old ezboard to the new forum everyone had to re register. Will we have to do that again or will it carry over to the new one and still log in with the same username and password?
Oh no!!! Never! You will be able to log in with the same username/password. This is an import not a move to a blank board. All of your content and info will be coming over.
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