Referral traffic, eh?

30 August 2011

How interesting. According to Google Analytics my personal blog is getting some minor referral traffic from yppp.org. If you don’t know what that is, don’t ask me, I really cannot explain. I can remember it being a thing, of some description, back in the days of YourPSP.

I also recall them deciding they would be Wooden Dice’s rivals, or something?

Either way, I would imagine their forum is probably much more active these days than Wooden Dice’s, but I can’t check as one must register to even view their site and I really can’t be bothered.

The reason I say “rivals” with both uncertainty and a little disdain is simple. Wooden Dice was founded in February 2005, several years before the YourPSP community even launched. Furthermore, it was not created to be related to any given gaming community. I’m not quite sure why the YPPP fellows feel our two groups are related but it’s probably something to do with me personally, rather than the WD community.

Regardless, it’s probably just a thread of them laughing at me over something or other, it’s hard to say. Haters gonna hate and so forth, I’m still me and am enjoying it.

In terms of what the plan for Wooden Dice at this juncture is, I’ll explain a little. I intend on attempting to transition the forum to phpBB via SMF, if I can get IPB to behave on my test bed server. The idea being to move to software we can keep up to date for free and with support for extensibility.

Once that’s done I plan on implementing something like Facebook Connect and Twitter’s equivalent to make it significantly more easy to register on the site. With any luck the new software will prevent continued issues with spambots.

Now, that said, the cynical amongst us would ask “Why?” and I’ll put it simply – WD’s members have lives and it’s currently a bit of a pain in the arse to use the site and even harder to invite new people (an admin has to authorise their account personally!).

Well I’m working on putting together a new video podcast, a spiritual successor to Napier Subculture, amongst other things. I would like to use the forum as the community for it. I will also be looking to recruit some new blood from my alma mater to assist with the show.

That’s the most obvious public-facing stuff that’s happening at WD at the moment, but not the only thing. I can’t exactly discuss it in precise terms on here but there’s stuff going on under the surface and WD is far from dead. Hello, YPPP.