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NC for Hire

I do. I have too much invested.  I have hope for a new MODE for Ning...but all that aside, i can't help but miss the community that this place- here- once was.

This community once was its own set of best practices.  It was how a community should operate.  I learned what i wanted out of an online community by being a part of this place.  Ning committed suicide, but not before it gave us the most awesome coffin to sleep in.  Ning 3.0 is like an unpainted ferrari, disassembled and laying out everywhere in the floor of my garage. My 2.0 frankensite is getting dusty.

Ive been doing a lot of innovating lately, as i trust many if not most of you creators out there in creatorland have.  However, this place is a complete ghost town compared to what it once was.  In the old days 3 or 4 new sock-blowers would get posted and we all gave feedback and stayed inspired.  Today, tumblrweeds...i wonder who's even in charge.  that person may not even know that i have hundreds of posts and thousands of contributions to this community. he/she/it may even bounce me for my implied profanities. i sold Ning 3.0 with my enthusiasm to make it mine.  Much like many just a few a couple of you, my tips, tricks, hacks and workarounds made the platform look versatile- our willingness to experiment as a community in many ways made me into the person i am today. Community building without a doubt changed my life.  Today, i almost feel like i need to scrape all of my old posts from the site in order to have a backup, ...but a backup from what? if this place goes, ning has gone....so the tips specific to Ning are worthless.

As a Ning for hire, i've met a lot of interesting and ambitious characters. I became webmaster for my college. I'm finishing my phd for applied anthropology- social & cultural change / sustainability.  What Ning has done is undoubtedly only sustainable in their minds.  Here is a place where people there are only allowed once a month to see if anything bad has been written.  Maybe a few things will shift on the home page but most everyone is gone.  Smoke and mirrors.

So, If you are still here and give a s#it, stand up!.

To be honest, i like Ning 3 just the way it is.  I just want to migrate and get it over.  But in the meantime, i do still work on Ning quite a bit. So, If you are lost, ask a question.  If you are curious, ask.  If you find something valuable or interesting, comment or say thank you.  It is just as common courtesy online as it is in the real world.  I am no longer going to keep contributing to my archive if everybody seems to already have everything figured out.

1,234 views of a post i made last week and not one thank you or feedback.  That post was my test and this community failed.

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  • I'm still here in a wore torn dress, hiding in the corner managing a 2.0 and 3.0 and yes, Creators certainly has changed; hasn't it.  I must've missed your recent post or possibly it didn't apply to what I'm caring for.  I'll have to look.  Sad how so many are now gone.  While I absolutely love my 3.0, it's tragic how they left it incomplete, flapping in the wind and support from Ning went from dazzling to a pale burning ember.  Yes, I'm here.....trying to hang on.

  • I'm still here... but been walking away backwards. We were all part of something great... helping each other... beta testing.. good friends.

    After shutting my sites down...It's sad to say that I'm somewhat relieved when I see 500 errors on Ning status updates... since I don't have to worry about them anymore. I loved where 3.0 was going...but I won't wait forever. I'm focusing on the new beginnings of my projects and it's better to start over from scratch. I haven't felt excited again for a long time. I was too restricted with 2.0 and 3.0 started to work... but...

    I'll always cherish the good times over the years... but I'm moving on...heavy hearted, but liberated too. Like you said, most of us old timers are gone anyway. 

  • NC for Hire

    Some of what you say resonates with me. I wanted to take a moment to at least acknowledge that.

    This community is a Ghost town and I believe that creates the environment for lurking like an abandoned foreclosed home.

    It is hard to overcome the general feeling that Ning isn't interested in their own product. So if Ning isn't even interested in their own product it takes a lot of thrust to generate escape velocity so users can be interested in spite of the gravity that is Ning's lack of interest no matter how much they like the product.

    Despite the lack of thanks in comparison to views I would take it that lurkers are thanking you in their own way but just not in writing :-)

    • NC for Hire

      well said Garfield...well said.. the foreclosure analogy resonates with me as well.. thank you.

      • agree.... good analogy. I'm not one to bitch about it. It is what it is at this point. I tried to stick around.. I really did. Ning may still work fine for others, so I won't bash 'em. When I find the next platform that works well for me I may share my opinions to those of you that know me, but I won't advertise all over here for 2 years. 

        Those of you that I have become friends with over the years, I still care about and talk to outside of here... so I at least wanted to acknowledge your post... for old times sake J... it's been fun brother :)

        • NC for Hire

          we need to just start our own thing and get it growin..FT you know it has dawg!

          • no kidding huh! I have been rebuilding a lot of my elearning stuff (part of my new beginning) ...why I will only host my own stuff from now on. PHP isn't that hard once you dive into it. Been making some cool custom apps that I'll integrate with future network platform that I have source code for (more than likely SE). I'll keep in touch man. Wait til you see what I've been working on ;)

  • Is Ning still there, and do they give a Sh@t is a much better question IMHO.  Almost two years since the last update for the product road map, I think that pretty much sums it up right there.

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