To the Diy Drones Community from Joshua Johnson:

Which proposed improvements do you like?  Which ones do you dislike?  Do you have your own ideas on improvements that would put Diy Drones ahead of  Rc Groups and add more resources for the community?  Please share and collaborate this is a perfect time for the community to help shape and evolve this community in something even better!!!!

My List of Proposed Improvements for

  1. Change background to black to fit in with the top banner and make the website more appealing but keep the very bottom of the website that displays the copyrights, who created the website, etc just a plain background.  Editing the color text scheme so that links don't get lost will take 30-60 mins to fully sift through. )
  2. Add eye catching content to the home page like the High Tech Revolving Visitor globe that I embedded into the Diy Drones News Center! (Members will have access to website statistics to use for personal and business purposes)
  3. Add a Poll Center page and HTML embed a 3rd Party polling encoder to allow the community to vote on key issues and hot topics (  Maintain this section constantly adding new polls that the community will find useful and interesting at the same time )
  4. Instead of Video's add a Menu called: Diy Drones and the Drop down menu should include Options such as: Facebook(Linking members to the Diy Drones Facebook), Twitter (Linking members to the Diy Drones Twitter), News(Linking people to the Diy Drones News center I created), Groups(All Groups Link), And Rules(The Diy Drones Website Rules).
  5. Setup schedule to change 100 photo carousel (Same Day each month) at the top of the home page with 100 new photos and maybe even set up a contest where we take a poll and embed in a Diy Drones Poll Center and allow the community to vote on a winner and the winner each month will receive a prize based on the highest number of votes
  6. Video's and Photos should be pulled off the menu list and put into the Members drop down menu.  Also the Members Drop down menu could be decked out with tons of features that can assist the members in different ways of engaging ( Could be links to the Diy Drones Skype Chat Group, an IRC Chat could have its own page and link in the members drop down menu which won't cause any lag for the website and will allow members alternative ways to engage. )
  7. Change Store to 3DR Store ( When someone is brand new to a website and they click on store to check out products getting sent to a different website usually makes people uncomfortable or people sometimes assume they got sent to a fraudulent website so changing the name to 3DR Store will give people a pre warning on where you intend on sending them )
  8. Getting Started Menu should be renamed For Beginners and should include like 10-15 drop down options ( This drop down menu should include a link to the website currently being developed by a Diy Drones Member that is map based that allows people to implement their local legislation's and laws concerning drones to a map.  Also links to websites like the Academy of Model Aeronautics and any other useful Diy Drones or non Diy Drones pages that beginners would find useful )
  9. Forum drop down menu could have some important forum topics added and changed each month of discussions that the community deems important ( If something like the 3DR IRIS is a hot top that month create a page or link a current page to a new drop down menu option under Forum  )
  10. Blogs Drop down menu should be the same thing as the Forum with links directly to important Blogs that are still hot topics or are of importance to the community ( Use this drop down menu to showcase the top blogs/news of the month that members would deem important.  This could be updated weekly or monthly. )
  11. ArduPlane, ArduCopter, and ArduRover drop down menus should all be jam packed with useful links to pages, discussions, blogs, or website pages that are important or pertain to these menu subjects.  ( The drop down menus could have minor schedule updating by a member of the Diy Drones Team with new links that members would deem important. )
  12. MyPage drop down menu could include links to MyGroups, MyFriends, MyDiscussions, MyBlogs, Etc

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 22, 2013 at 3:50am

Joshua, thanks for your feedback the team will take your comments into consideration as we move forward to the Ning 3 platform when it rolls out. Perhaps mid next year. If anyone else has any ideas they would like the DIYD mods and admins to think about please chip in.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 3:53am

Thanks Gary!,

I was thinking the same thing.  If anyone has any ideas for Diy Drones 2.0 ;) please share your thoughts so the DIYD mods and admins can make lists and decide what kind of important improvements should be implemented to better this community.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 4:01am

I forgot to add to my list that I think the Ardu Tabs/Menus at the top of DiyD should be jam packed with useful links to important/hot discussions going on over at ArduPilot.comTo help maintain a link between the DiyDrones and ArduPilot sites but at the same time still maintain the separation.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 4:16am

@Darrell I agree for most of us here this site is plenty nice as it is.  But the website statistics for RCGroups blows DiyDrones Website statistics out of the water.  What I am hoping we can all solve as a community is how can we get people to put away the RCGroups T-Shirts and add things that will make them want to contribute here instead of contributing to RCGroups.

Comment by Gerard Toonstra on October 22, 2013 at 4:16am

diydrones and rcgroups serve different interests. diydrones is for autonomous craft with sometimes references to airplane modeling. rcgroups is about model aircrafts as a hobby, but doesn't explicitly focus on autonomy.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 4:19am

@Gerard, I agree totally but I think their is easy ways to Make Diy fit both sides of the interests spectrum.  Correct me if I'm wrong but Diy Drones doesn't specifically deal with autonomy.  Especially since the convergence of tech support and discussions over to

Comment by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 4:21am

@Gerard, Diy Drones has it's side or part in airplane modeling.  Maybe focusing on more features and links for Airplane Modeling (Hot Glue Gun Tips, Safety when Cutting hobby wood, etc) would help draw some more crowds this direction (DiyDrones)

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on October 22, 2013 at 4:50am

One important item to remember is that visual styles change -- constantly. Our snazzy new masthead (everyone remembers the contest for it, right?), will seem stale in 2 years (or way less) and another one will be required so that the site will look fresh.

These are two different pieces of software and if the new Ning can provide the same level of searching, then DIYD fixes a major weakness IMHO.

At RCG the search finds items so old that the subject is often not available anymore -- plane, heli out of production. For an archive purpose this is fine, it tells me that plane 'X' or heli 'Y' is sorta an orphan now. On the other hand, the build log section on RCG is pure gold with many threads going on over years. It gives a sense of a vehicle's life span.

All the bits and tinker adjustments to DIYD will not change the interest of the visitor. As rapid as 'drone' growth is, not a single multirotor was at either of the last two flying fields I visited. Big gas/nitro 3D planes and Warbirds were the rule with the occasional sport/trainer fixed wing. One member said the nickname for a member that flies helis was 'Eggbeater'. It was hilarious!

Hobby flyers just want to do that and RCG suits their internet interests. DIYD folk do that too, sometimes, and a bit more...actually a lot more.


Comment by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 5:11am
I would love to the DIY drones test take advantage of the Ning titles system and set up a application process/widget so members can add titles based on their expertise, company of employment, etc. like sUAS journalist or members adding thsy title.
Comment by Crasher on October 22, 2013 at 6:01am

All the time DIYD is so 3DR centric and anti the competition, I really don't think it will ever come close to RCG in numbers.


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