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Re: Changes Coming to SFM:uk

SFMuk Admin » Apr 9 '15
Dear All


For sometime now I have been growing increasingly concerned about a downward spiral for the site with reduced builds and posts taking place.  At one point there was honestly more work going on in keeping the site running than there was actual activity.  At this point I did seriously consider closing up shop and calling it a day. Competitions have been very poorly subscribed and the voting for the last one was woeful despite all the chasing I did.


This is one of the reasons I have taken a step back over the last month or so and been considering what I would like to do.  And I`ve come to the conclusion that changes are needed and some of these will be radical.  I will shortly be posting my concept for the future of the site but will be contacting a number of people in advance of this.  


I am therefore posting this now in case anyone has any opinions which I should be considering.  I cannot guarantee that any/all can be implemented or that everyone will like my decisions, but  I have to consider the long term future of things.


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Re: Changes Coming to SFM:uk

Paul mather » Apr 27 '15
Hi Alun, 


I was wondering how things are moving along on this front. here are some thoughts I have had since we last chatted.


Competitions/group builds. 

These have been, for me, one of the most rewarding and fulfilling aspects of SFM:UK. That said, the last build for me was something of a let down as I think, I  was the only one who completed a junk/MaK tank. Now it is easily one of the best things I have ever done, but I would have based it differently if I had just built ot for myself, as a result I based it to fit everyone else`s build. I suspect the brief ended up too limited to encourage everyone to join, as I recall there was a big haggle over scale. 


Perhaps future group builds could be less specific and not require the bases to fit together or even be in scale with each other?


More activity on the site/facebook. I think we need to somehow encourage people to get involved on a regular basis without feeling its a chore. 


Club feel

It would be nice to feel more like a club, than a group of disparate people spread around the country. social aspects, getting to know people.. i still struggle to know who people are sometimes at Crewe.


Just a few thoughts to set the ball rolling. 




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Re: Changes Coming to SFM:uk

Marten Richens » Apr 27 '15
I did respond to Alun directly on this, but I agree with Paul. It would be great to have a club feel and to try to make us more of a community. I also agree regarding the competitions. I was gutted that I couldn`t enter the comp at that start of the year due to shite kits, but I did at least vote. It was very disappointing to hear that there were so few votes for all the work put in by everyone. All that does is make us lose heart and not bother in the future. 


I can`t really say regarding group builds, because the last one (MaK) was already underway when I joined the club. I think they are a great idea in principal, but getting the kits together must be a nightmare (I am based in Exeter).

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Re: Changes Coming to SFM:uk

SFMuk Admin » Apr 29 '15
Sorry to be so slow responding.  It`s been a heck of a week so far!


I`ve had replies from most people I contacted and all were very positive about the idea put forwards so I will likely be working towards that end and need to discuss it with Mark about how we might implement it on the site and how things are focused.


Don`t worry, it`s not been forgotten or anything and will circulate more information and details in a couple of weeks time.


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