The Future of D-COT
I sent out a survey to our active supporters to get an idea on how D-COT is used on a day-to-day basis. Thanks to those of you that participated. I had a sense that there are some components of the site that are not used as often as others and I wanted to get a real good understanding on it. Here are the results:
As you can see, not many use the forums. 🤔 This part of the site used to get a lot of traction, but I think nowadays people turn to other social media platforms for their answers.
This surprised me that almost 50% don’t use the activity feed. Some additional feedback included how bloated it is and I tend to agree.
I wasn’t too surprised to see that not many people use the private messaging feature.
We pay for every e-mail sent. The stats from this survey indicate that if these were to “go away”, not many would miss it.
I know there are some of you that love being in the top of the leaderboards. 😃 75% of you just enjoy being active on the site. 😘
The thought here was to provide another benefit to our supporters and it looks like majority would enjoy a weekly or monthly newsletter.
There are so many Disney podcasts out there. I was surprised to see how much interest there was if another was made. 😀
This was a close one! It looks like you enjoy the games. I mean, who doesn’t love games?! 🎮🎰🎲
There were a lot of suggestions for a native app on iOS and Android. I get it… I would love to have that too. I did not try to submit (or develop) an Android app, but Apple denied me when they saw Disney music in the app. I needed direct consent from Disney. I pay royalties and licensing fees to keep D-COT alive, but that was not enough for Apple. 😞
I am going to take this information and put it towards more research on where D-COT should go. My first thoughts are “trimming the fat” on what aspects of the site can go and which need to stay.
The beta jukebox (https://jukebox.d-cot.com) has helped me learn how to program an actual web application and I will be re-using this code in the next generation of D-COT.
The initial thought here is to go in the direction of a complete web application. The data will be moved around and realigned with this vision. Needless to say, the main focus is going to be the jukebox and community. I know a lot of you made real friends here and I will never take that opportunity away from others entering this safe, toxic-free environment.
I want to take this moment to thank all of you for making this a happy place. You make everyone feel welcome and at home. Please know that any changes I make to D-COT will hopefully be in the best interest of this community. Here’s to looking to a brighter future.🌞