I haven’t done a whole lot of work on the message boards since I started this blog site, but these last few days I’ve started to take it more seriously. Here’s a preview of what is to come.
The NID message boards will be unique because they will be more than boards where messages are exchanged. There are already enough video game boards out there, and if I just try to clone them, people will have no reason to come to the NID boards rather than others. So what will make the NID boards special? Read on…
I have a few things planned that will make the boards unusual, but the most intriguing feature will be a virtual currency. The primary currency unit will be called the rupee. (Hmm, rupee, how did I think of that?) Much of the board will be centered around this currency. Every time a member posts, he/she will have five rupees added to his/her total. This encourages activity, but be warned, spammers; at least ten rupees will be subtracted for each illegal/spam post.
Posting is only one of the many ways to earn rupees. There will also be Wifi competitions, Member of the Month awards and lots more. At the end of every three, six, or twelve months (I haven’t decided yet), I will either send out a real-world prize or just give a slick signature banner to the member with the most rupees. There may also be awards for the second and third richest members. All rupee totals will then be reset so newer members have a chance to win next time. I hope for this system to add some friendly competition and help build the community. Don’t forget that the NID boards will still be message boards and regular discussion is more than allowed.
The board will look great visually. Myself and a few other people are putting a lot of work into the icons, skin and such so that the site is a pleasure to view. I may post some screen shots of the board as it continues to develop.
The NID forums will be hosted by the InvisionFree server because I find it to be the most customizable and user friendly. Also the InvisionFree server can be easily upgraded to the far superior Invision Power Board server when the time is right. Depending on how everything goes, the board should be launched between two and four months from now.
Questions, comments and suggestions are appreciated.