4th thumbnail, a temporary image. I can and will do better when necessary, though in fairness, IMO we should have a contest and/or open development of the design, depending on what name we pick.
Today I'm starting this Phoenix Forum.
For all you conspirophiles, this day after finding out my Dad died is as much a coincidence as today's 2021-02-21 date.
Recently, off hand, in a post or comment, I came up with "Phoenix Forum". It got hot cemented to my brainpan. Moments ago I realized that this sub's title allows it the flexibility to go in a few directions, starting as a working-title for my original purpose...
Among my many long-developing forthcoming interactive "grand ideas" and SaidIt projects is the idea that we need to have goals, plans, and a resilient future for our SaidIt and truth-seeking communities. While we still have this active SaidIt forum I propose we utilize it as a launching pad from which to propel our collective dreams.
I propose that we should consider coming up with a clear, concise, catchy name for our Next-Generation Forum. Branding matters. There's no rush for a new name and maybe "Phoenix Forum" is good enough but I'm certainly open to better ideas and I hope to hear your forum name ideas. Against my tendencies, this must not be all about what I think, otherwise it's just public mental masturbation. The main point of this post below is more important than my distracting lists of potential names I've yet to share (much better than "Web-Free-Point-D'oh!", "ReSaidIt", etc).
Forum Liberation Fronts
I firmly believe our Next-Gen Forums need to be interactively co-developing on at least 5 fronts (lemme know if I missed any):
1) Fair Forum
My TRANSPARENT DEMOCRATIC MANAGEMENT outline was recently missed by most of you. It needs a better simpler initial summary presentation, as well as some kinks, grammar, and details ironed out. This "Fair Forum Via Democracy" is only the tip of the self-regulating-community iceberg. I would also propose the site be 100% transparent, 100% open, and as accountable as possible, with open records and statistics of all the good, bad, and ugly, with zero private messages, zero private subs, zero subs, and zero votes (replaced with the "Bonus" section below).
2) GUI + PreVis
A GUI OVERHAUL is a critical aspect of evolving beyond the limits of all current forums. In addition to superficial modes (dark/light, normal/impaired, PC/mobile, themes, etc) and fundamental functionality, flow, and purpose, this is where we have a chance to make giant conceptual leaps forward while reflecting backward. This is where the ideas are cultivated.
A PRE-VISUALIZATION TEAM could not only create images to communicate the concepts cultivated by GUI Overhaul, but I would love to see animations with voice over illustrating how everything would hypothetically operate. All work should be shared openly so that anyone could fork, update, and improve the ideas. Eventually, if our imaginary forum were motivating enough, the Soft Dev guys could be compelled to build it for real. Importantly, I would hope that faking it first would save an immense amount of effort in the coding realm where the functionality architecture is trickier than 2D pixels.
3) Soft Dev
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT is obviously necessary. I know nothing of coding so this is out of my realm, yet I know it will need to be addressed eventually. How I can help is with the PreVis Team.
FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTY MANIFESTOS would certainly not limited to this Next-Gen Forum project and should be at the core of all-things-resistance (against SCCMEE suffering, corporatocracy, corruption, manipulation, exploitation, and extermination). IMO, we need several manifestos to clarify critical fundamental linguistics, concepts, and strategies for our resistance efforts and for the world at large, to be understood by normies and newbies to people of influence and those who call them out. Much of this overlaps with many of our Next-Gen Forums ideals (decentralized indie-hosting, aggregated organized information, transparency, democracy, community, interactivity, opensource, crowdsource, cooperatives, nonaggression, crypto, rewards, security, anonymity, awareness, contextual understanding, flexibility, resilience, self-reliance, resistance, paradigm shifts, alternatives, solutions, etc.). This Fundamental Liberty Manifestos project (needs a better name too) is actually a much bigger project, that happens to overlap with many aspects of freedom of communication, independent technology, etc. so this will come up again and again.
5) Proj Mgmt
PROJECT MANAGEMENT would initially include spreading awareness of these projects, public relations, social media representation, funding, crypto, web-store, resources, and all forum project management. IMO, the project management team should be recruited and employed via the concepts in 1), my rough ideas about transparent democratic management. IMO, as a policy, all external social media should ONLY simply redirect to SaidIt where the conversation can be monitored, tempered, and dealt with as necessary. Anything more than that and we could consider it illegitimate, out of our control, and unauthorized behaviour and/or by unauthorized impostors. Limited exceptions may be discussed and established here on SaidIt, such as utilizing WikiSpooks and/or instances of select PeerTube.
METAVOTE™ is what I call my radical new concept that I have yet to explain in detail with illustrations. Not really a "Forum Liberation Front", this radical and fundamental concept deserves an honourable mention, so I'm providing a tiny glimpse here. Besides replacing the voting and sub/category/metatag concept I believe it could be a revolutionary simple new interface that is vastly superior to the low-information up/down vote or even the slightly better qualitative 0-10 vote of IMDb rankings. Furthermore, it takes meta-tags into entirely new dimensions. The BIG surprise is how effectively simple while informative it could be. It's so simple I bet it'll seem obvious and we'll wonder why no one has done it before. I would love to patent this cluster of concepts but without an army of lawyers I think it better to opensource it and hope for donations to support the coders who would build it. If I get interest from you on these Next-Gen Forum fronts, illustrating this MetaVote™ concept in images and animated videos would be among my first steps lay the foundations of our forum revolution. I'd like to tackle this first not only because it's freaking awesome, but I suspect there might be excellent ways to employ it or something akin to it for some kind of crypto/reward system (I only just thought of this so I need to ponder on it). I have several other radical forum ideas too, though none quite so superficially and structurally groundbreaking.
I like the powerful mythological concept. I like Burning Man and playing with fire. I like speaking truth to power, another form of playing with fire. I like the symbolic associations to our modern age. After 2020 burned down the old normal, after the Left and Right riots and "riots", after cancel culture comes what? After Reddit sold out, and after SaidIt, then what?
Let's prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
For our Next-Gen Forum and the Forum Liberation Fronts, and whether we arrive at a better name than "Phoenix Forum" or not, I recommend we start our discussion here in a single sub rather than 5 (or more) as I'll soon start other partly related projects and I don't want to spread out until necessary.
There's no shortage of potential for such an abstract name as "Phoenix Forum", whether it's about rising from the ashes, mythology, Marvel comics, the city, sports teams, Burning Man and playing with fire, recovering from loss, building back better, burning bad ideas into good, etc etc etc. I could go on and on, but I'm tired, I bet you're tired, and I would rather this simply be a forum for discussing how to build a better future. At least for now.
Since the 5 +1 concepts above are simply brief summary outlines, I intend to post more extended outlines on each soon enough.
I first used this thumbnail then went for some something clearer. Phoenix is a classic Marvel character, with pros and cons over the ages. My first introduction was by my top 5 favourite illustrator/inker teams, Alan Davis/Paul Neary on Excalibur. The character writing is excellent too, but back then I was more keen on visual style, and theirs is ideal. I bought these comics at the convenience stores along the way bicycling to the pools where I lifeguarded summers. My originals were stolen but years later I re-bought an all-in-one graphic novel.
2nd thumbnail logo from here. It's surprising how many images there are and so few that are suitable.
3rd thumbnail was again too small to be readable in the thumbnail.