Not much has changed since my last post on the subject. We’re still looking for people to help with running the site.
- The site needs a responsive mobile layout. Google penalizes search results for sites without a mobile layout, and VocaDB too has been categorized as inadequate. Making a mobile layout for such a complex site as VocaDB is no easy task.
- Promoting VocaDB on other sites like reddit and VocaloidOtaku. I’ve been told that many still don’t even know you can make playlists and use VocaDB as a Vocaloid “radio” playing songs by a specific artist or genre. We need people actively advertising features such as these. You can use this as reference. We also need people advertising our Facebook page.
- Monitoring for mistakes and maintaining guidelines. A lot of basic mistakes like missing vocalists are still being let through, despite the site’s automated warnings.
- Updating guidelines, moving them to the wiki. The guidelines should be collected from the site, this blog and the wiki, restructured and written as wiki pages.
- Translator who can translate messages or contact the Japanese users on site when needed. Sometimes we get Japanese editors who don’t know English. If they’re doing something wrong, we need someone who can write them messages in their own language, and translate back the replies.
Edit: it seems there has been some misunderstanding that making mistakes is frowned upon. That’s not the case, mistakes are fine as long as people learn from them and listen to advice given by others. The problem is mostly:
- Users who completely and repeatedly ignore advice such as private messages – language skills can obviously be a problem, but in case the user doesn’t seem to understand English we try to message them in their native language (if possible), but some people ignore even those messages and continue making the same mistakes.
- We have a lack of people checking for mistakes, especially by new users. As said, mistakes are ok if there’s someone to correct those mistakes and explaining the users what they’re doing wrong (most of the time it’s about not adding producers or vocalists).
Fear of making mistakes shouldn’t be a reason to prevent you from contributing. If there’s anything uncertain, you’re encouraged to ask on the discussion area of the site.