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ButterflyEffect  ·  1163 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jabberwocky

I took Biochem last year and was shown this stirring rendition of Jabberwocky. To date it is one of the weirder things I have ever seen.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1287 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2015

    It's not their fault, it's just that since they came in with a bunch of redditors, their experience here is.... a bunch of redditors.

I disagree, it is their fault. You're coming to a new site, and maybe you've read about it but you don't know anything about how it works or the people who use it already. I wouldn't go into a new restaurant or new pub or new social place and force my ways on the people that are already there, even if I already have some sort of base knowledge about that place. There is a courtesy to taking the time to get to know a place and its culture and becoming comfortable with that and tailoring your interactions so you're not that person that people just want to serve quickly so they leave. It's the same kind of thing, I would imagine, as to when a small local place with character and something good going suddenly gets a lot more popular and is overloaded with people who are there for the image or for other values that the place wasn't built on. To me it is the fault of the people coming here if they disturb things and immediately start treating the site like something it's not. Especially when it is so, so, so easy to observe for a week or however long and not take the selfish route, for lack of a better term.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1366 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Are Hubski's best days ahead of it or behind it?

How can you really say one way or the other? It could very well be behind us if the community were to collapse and registrations/active users fell off current levels, but I think they're ahead of us if everything were to pick up while still maintaining the feeling we have right now. It would be great to see the multiple communities or interest groups or what-have-you develop but who can say if that will be the case, it's all dependent on the right people finding Hubski and deciding it's somewhere worth their time without too many people leaving in the process.

I'm saying neither and taking a non-answer because if you you feel they're always ahead of you then you can't appreciate what you currently have and if you say they're behind you turn into Uncle Rico. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't, who knows. I'm sure there's some philosophical term for the stance I just took.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1451 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Super Bowl roll call: Who is watching, who isn't and why?

The kids died because they didn't tweet #makesafehappen.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: School radio


(This became a huge post and I'm sorry if it appears overwhelming but it really isn't! There are a lot of steps and if you find people to help it will become a lot easier. I just wanted to be as thorough as I could be on a Sunday night while I'm doing laundry and I really hope this is of benefit to you!)

It depends entirely on the scope of what you're trying to do. If you want to broadcast over the air, a structure similar to ours (that would be WITR) or WTBU would be a good start. If you're looking to start something that is internet streaming only, then I would recommend a structure similar to RadioUTD, down in Dallas. That should really be where you start: Do you want this to become something that will have to ultimately be regulated by a Telecommunication Commission, but also be of a much larger scope and visibility, or streaming only which will be much easier to setup and will face a lot less scrutiny.

THE TECHNOLOGY (For streaming purposes only)

1. An audio stream and a server (for our streaming we use icecast so I'm going to link you to this article). You'll probably want a dedicated computer and server to host all of this, so that you won't have it turned off all of the time. Honestly, if you read that article and this one it will give you a pretty good idea on that end.

2. Want to play music and make it convenient for people? Automation and a digital library is a great, great thing. That's where something like the Rivendell Project comes into play. If you have a bunch of great CDs, and want other people to be able to play it, you can rip them to whatever directory you have set up and then import them into the program. From there, it's as simple as a search to get them playing. Any software like that is a powerful tool. You can also prerecord a show using Rivendell and have it set to play at a specific time, which is a great way to fill time.

3. Royalties. I have no idea how the royalty system works in Canada, so that's something you'll want to look into. I highly suspect you're going to end up having to pay some company a good chunk of money on a yearly basis to be able to play music. The nice part about streaming is that you won't need a license, which you will the second you decide to broadcast over the airwaves.

4. If you're interested in doing a broadcast, let me know and I can try my hand at explaining that too. You'll need a lot more money and equipment to do that.

THE PURPOSE (Or: I went through the tech side of things first because I go to a tech school).

1. Now what? You've got all this fancy stuff to make an online stream possible, some people interested and willing to help, etc. I'd start thinking about a mission statement now, and also branding (more to come on that later!).

2. Formatting! What do you admire in radio? Here's the part where, as thenewgreen mentions, listening to radio comes into play. I strongly recommend doing that. Our station (back to WITR...oh no...): We have a general daytime format called The Pulse of Music where no matter who is on it's going to be a similar, Indie Rock, themed show. The stylings will range from electro-pop heavy to garage-rock heavy but in the end, you know what you're hearing. We do specialty shows at night and on weekends, which are shows devoted to a single genre of music. Now, a college like WTBU? They do things differently and it works for them. It really depends on what you like.

3. The above two things tie in to this: what demographic are you targeting? It's a college station, so chances are the local college students. It's your (and whoever elses) job to appeal to your demographic while maintaining the integrity of the station. Basically what I'm saying is don't ever sell out to iheartradio.

THE PEOPLE (or: be friendly, be outgoing, and surround yourself with ambitious people)

1. People. You're going to need them. Probably lots of them, and you're going to want them to buy into this awesome opportunity to start a station. Know how many people do that? Not many, that's how many. I would be shocked if you can't find people who aren't passionate about music and would love to be involved with radio. Know any music related groups at your university, because I'm sure you can find people there that would love to help out.

2. A minimum number of people is hard, but if you want to fill a lot of time you're going to need a lot of DJs or have long shows - and a system of standards and training to make sure everybody is up to par. You want to have a high level of quality before you start letting people go out and doing whatever, and that involves the stuff with setting a format and ensuring that it's being followed and having people to enforce that (see: the contact pages I linked to way above).

3. People within your university. They'll probably be interested to hear about this, since it will be representing the university in some form and also the community at large. Due to this, some will probably be very happy to help. We have 1 and sometimes 2 advisers, along with 1 technical consultant for when things go wrong with our tech. The advisers can help with tons of things regarding logistics for events, a space to host whatever equipment you may need, recruitment and publicity, so on and so forth which leads us into...

MARKETING (or, why people should care).

1. You have a station set up, with DJs who are trained and care about what they're doing, but that doesn't mean people are going to listen or know about it. Market hard, yo. Brand yourself, and set up branding and cultural guidelines. Know what else this is good for? Helping with transitional periods after the old guards graduate.

2. Branding: You'll want some sort of a slogan, you'll want a name for your station, and you'll want a logo for it. Google any number of radio stations and you'll find that they're all different. From there, you'll want to find some sort of consistency for all of your marketing. Avenues include but are not limited to posters, promos in local publications, using your own station to promote yourself, reaching out to other community organizations and working them for a mutual benefit, etc.

3. A website is a great thing to have and you'll need one. Yell at insomniasexx about that. I'm actually hoping to hire a new webmaster for us sometime this week or next, to embark on a complete overhaul of our website and bring us up to snuff with a lot of great stations such as KCRW (seriously ghostoffuffle, this site is killer).

4. Events! Get yourself out there at concerts, musical events on campus, whatever else might tickle your fancy. We do a ton of events ranging from providing music for other groups to putting on concerts to having a presence at local art galleries.

5. Fundraising! You're going to need money to sustain an operation no matter what you do. This is what I've spent years doing at this point, and there's no easy way to do it. The best bet is time, and building up a loyal audience.


1. OH HEY DON'T FORGET ABOUT ALL THIS BECAUSE IT'S ACTUALLY SUPER IMPORTANT. But yeah, you're going to want to establish policies and procedures, bylaws, and all of that stuff since, you know, this hopefully won't be a one year and done thing. It's something that will likely be a lasting organization and will have an impact on the university around you, maybe not at first, but at some point in the future. This is an aspect where an adviser or working with an internal legal department is very, very helpful.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1674 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sometimes I forget why I'm here

    I went looking for m_w's use of ironic badging in order to add the #ironicbadging tag but couldn't find any incidents. I do recall seeing it though and giggling.








There might be more, those are the ones that stood out to me. Can't believe I just spent 5 minutes going through badge history and picking those out. Better than working on my exit presentation all afternoon, I guess.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1678 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How many of you are ex redditors?

No, seriously, don't try to get people to join Hubski in some vain attempt to get the admins attention.

A: It won't work. Reddit's traffic is huge and even if 50,000 people come here today that's a blip in their numbers.

B: It makes all of our lives more difficult and would only work to degrade Hubski into something it should never be.

If you're going to invite people, make it be people that you think would be a good fit for the community and nature of the site. Please, don't just blanket invite every person you come across. That creates more problems than it solves.