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SM Traffic on Finals night

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:14 am
by Jazzman
Hey Dave,

I was somewhat surprised to see that our record for most users online was not broken. (Admittedly, many SM members were in Orlando!!) Last year's Finals night peaked at 63. How close was it this year?


2002: :compute: :compute: :compute: :compute: :compute: :compute: (63)

2003: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

How close was it?

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:37 pm
by Bandmaster
Not very! It might have been as high as 30 or 40.

There are several reasons... first off, DCI changed their reporting method for the scores. There used to be a way to get the scores on finals night as they were announced. This year... no way! Most people hung out waiting for me to post each scores as it became known, but I couldn't do that this year. Second, DCP has basically locked up the market for drum corps disscusion. I don't have the time, money or the desire to market this site as heavily as George does DCP. Plus I live too far away from the power base of drum corps to be effective in that anyway. George has made DCP into a full time business, Sound Machine's site is my hobbie. I have a real job that I still must fullfill. I mean look at what happen when SM posters tried to setup a get together in Orlando. George logged onto that thread and invited them all the go to DCP's get together instead. I thought that was tacky, so I guess I can't win!

I'll see what improvements I can make to Sound Machine's site to make it more enjoyable for folks to visit. Any suggestions?

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:51 pm
by Malibu
Dave,
I think you do a wonderful job here with SM with the little time that you have. As far as the "SM Get Together" in Orlando.....I was stuck in the I-4 traffic trying to get from Universal Studios back to downtown. Unfortunately I missed it, but did make it back to my hotel to get ready in time for Semis......I didn't go to DCP's get together either, mainly because I don't know that many people over there and didn't sign up for it.

Just keep your chin up Dave and remember, everytime DCP is down, you know where their posters run to.... :D :blonde:

Re: How close was it?

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:10 pm
by LAMystreaux
Bandmaster wrote:Not very! It might have been as high as 30 or 40.

There are several reasons... first off, DCI changed their reporting method for the scores. There used to be a way to get the scores on finals night as they were announced. This year... no way! Most people hung out waiting for me to post each scores as it became known, but I couldn't do that this year. Second, DCP has basically locked up the market for drum corps disscusion. I don't have the time, money or the desire to market this site as heavily as George does DCP. Plus I live too far away from the power base of drum corps to be effective in that anyway. George has made DCP into a full time business, Sound Machine's site is my hobbie. I have a real job that I still must fullfill. I mean look at what happen when SM posters tried to setup a get together in Orlando. George logged onto that thread and invited them all the go to DCP's get together instead. I thought that was tacky, so I guess I can't win!

I'll see what improvements I can make to Sound Machine's site to make it more enjoyable for folks to visit. Any suggestions?
Dave, you run a great site! Although I visit DCP often, this is always my first stop when surfin corps sites.

Sorry to hear about the tactics of others. I thought they would have been above such.

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:48 pm
by Marianne
Sound Machine will always be my site.

I only go to DCP as a backup. I find most of their threads have one or two good posts, then a bunch of posters hijack the thread and turn it into back-slapping "hey wasssup, your mamma is ugly" type of stuff. I also notice too many people ready to jump on others. I've never read RAMD, but I fear DCP is in danger of heading in the direction of that reputation.

I didn't see George's post inviting people to go to their gathering instead. That really is tacky. Next year, in Denver, it's a Sound Machine Gathering for me or nothing (I would have felt that way with or without that post from George, btw).

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Dave, you really are the TOPS! Thank you so much for bringing us this wonderful site! :bow: :)(:

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:26 pm
by Jazzman
Here, here!! You do a bang up job with everything (especially chasing off the riff-raff!!)

And I can count the times I went to DCP this season on one hand. :wav: I will remain loyal to the cause for as long as you can keep up with your hobby. Thanks again for providing us a great environment to share our passion!!

I'm not into all that smooching stuff like Marianne :oops: - besides you're not my type. :) So I'll just raise a glass instead!! :cheers:

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 1:00 am
by Marianne
*smooches Jazzman just out of orneriness* :twisted:

:)(:

Re: How close was it?

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 1:05 am
by Jim Anello
Bandmaster wrote:Not very! It might have been as high as 30 or 40.

There are several reasons... first off, DCI changed their reporting method for the scores. There used to be a way to get the scores on finals night as they were announced. This year... no way! Most people hung out waiting for me to post each scores as it became known, but I couldn't do that this year. Second, DCP has basically locked up the market for drum corps disscusion. I don't have the time, money or the desire to market this site as heavily as George does DCP. Plus I live too far away from the power base of drum corps to be effective in that anyway. George has made DCP into a full time business, Sound Machine's site is my hobbie. I have a real job that I still must fullfill. I mean look at what happen when SM posters tried to setup a get together in Orlando. George logged onto that thread and invited them all the go to DCP's get together instead. I thought that was tacky, so I guess I can't win!

I'll see what improvements I can make to Sound Machine's site to make it more enjoyable for folks to visit. Any suggestions?
This is the number one site for me. I don't see the need to change a thing.

You've got me curious, though. How is DCP being marketed? If lots of resources have been dropped into the effort, I haven't noticed.

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 7:46 am
by blue9195
Dave, you've got te best site period. RAMD is horrible and DCP is juvenile. Which re-enforces my basic belief, there's no place like home.
Keep up the good work.

Travis

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 10:15 am
by Crown Alto 1990
Ditto on what everyone else said.

SM is like the little independent foreign film everyone likes better than the high gloss, no-substance blockbuster hollywood movie (DCP).

I guess that would make RAMD the drum corps version of the Jerry Springer show.

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 10:42 am
by Jazzman
Marianne wrote:*smooches Jazzman just out of orneriness* :twisted:

:)(:
Hey, that was kinda nice!! :)

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2003 6:07 pm
by GWFrog
Howdy!
Crown Alto 1990 wrote:Ditto on what everyone else said.

SM is like the little independent foreign film everyone likes better than the high gloss, no-substance blockbuster hollywood movie (DCP).

I guess that would make RAMD the drum corps version of the Jerry Springer show.
I agree wholeheartedly... :wav:



And I wish I had said that... :lol:


'Til later... 8-)

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:40 am
by Maggie
Hey, me three on what everyone says. We got a bunch of very smart people here and the fortunate thing is that there is not a bunch of snobby intelectualizing ad nauseum going on about the state of the activity here at Soundmachine. Everyone here supports each other. Got to admit on occasion I find I just have to put my 2 cents in at DCP when someone needs to get their facts straight, but this is the site I feel most comfortable at. Thanks Dave.

P.S. Hey Marianne! Since Finals is less that a year away now :wink: , I nominate you to scout out the place for the Soundmachine get together! I'll be coming down to help the Corps drive home and I would love to meet everyone. I will definately try to be there. Should be easier to get to than at Orlando :D

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:55 am
by Malibu
Maggie wrote:Hey, me three on what everyone says. We got a bunch of very smart people here and the fortunate thing is that there is not a bunch of snobby intelectualizing ad nauseum going on about the state of the activity here at Soundmachine. Everyone here supports each other. Got to admit on occasion I find I just have to put my 2 cents in at DCP when someone needs to get their facts straight, but this is the site I feel most comfortable at. Thanks Dave.

P.S. Hey Marianne! Since Finals is less that a year away now :wink: , I nominate you to scout out the place for the Soundmachine get together! I'll be coming down to help the Corps drive home and I would love to meet everyone. I will definately try to be there. Should be easier to get to than at Orlando :D
Maggie, LancerFi and I were waiting for you to contact us.......although after Blue Devils finished for their finals performance, we sat up in the press box.

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2003 12:33 pm
by Marianne
Maggie wrote:P.S. Hey Marianne! Since Finals is less that a year away now :wink: , I nominate you to scout out the place for the Soundmachine get together! I'll be coming down to help the Corps drive home and I would love to meet everyone. I will definately try to be there. Should be easier to get to than at Orlando :D
I don't know if you can trust me. I might just pick a place near me, which is about 35 miles from Denver! :wink:

Hopefully, someone that knows Downtown Denver better than me can come up with a few ideas. I would be happy to make phone calls to nominated places to see if they can handle us. But, since I don't get to Denver very often, I don't know how good I'll be at scouting! But, I can always help out!

Actually, meeting up near my place could be fun. Since all the places around Denver could be crowded (but it would be a fun crowded, as long as it was crowded with drum corps people!). If we met further away from the stadium, we could then caravan down I-25 into Denver!