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What does Keenspace lack?
What alternatives are there to Keenspace out there? I'd like to know if it would be feasible to create an alternative comic hosting place. One which makes it more user-friendly to upload and manage comics, yet still giving power users the room to work.

This is where people who have used Keenspace/spot before come in. What could be better, especially for people who aren't very techinically minded?

(I almost considered posting this in the Keenspace forum, but that would be rude and likely get deleted anyway)

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scixual From: scixual Date: March 16th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, as 1,000 accounts just got deleted, mangled and restored, you might find some sympathy this morning.

Reliability would be a big plus.

The tags system works pretty well, the file structures are a little complicated at first.

And I hate mandatory image blocking.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 16th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, seeing as you have a lot more insight into the webcomic community, do you think it'd work and be successful/popular?

I guess I can't hope for it to be profitable, but I want it to at least be self-sustaining (heck knows I can't afford it on a monthly basis). It would only have to generate $13 a month to pay for itself (at least while it's still little).

I just did a search for 'comic hosting' and I'm noticing that Keen has ads. Would ad-free hosting be an attractive option? I do like the idea of ads that link to other comics, though.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 16th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scratch that $13 estimate. It'll be as low as $10 when it first starts, and as it would need more space it would go up to $16, $25, and even $50. If it gets past that I'd need to look into dedicated hosting.
scixual From: scixual Date: March 17th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I think having a tiered membership would work: 1. Paid, no ads. 2. Discounted, only comix ads, 3. Free, with ads (but still keep them good fits for the demographic, don't use any adservers.

Also, having a membership cap might be a good idea, to keep from growing too fast, as Keen has.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 17th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd really rather not do generic ads if I can help it. For one, I don't know where to start to get ads. Considering I pass up all ads for products, it would waste more bandwidth than it's worth. On the other hand, maybe Google's adwords/sense (what is it called?) would be a decent alternative.

Something I was thinking of was having everyone's comic banner in rotation as long as they've updated at least once in the past two weeks. If someone wanted to ensure their comic was noticed, they could buy a day's worth of ad for a few bucks (up to a limit, so they couldn't corner the market).

A membership cap isn't a bad idea, as long as it's tweaked so it's not too limiting. I'd like to have open joins, but at the same time joins could be limited by the amount of activity currently going on. For example, each month the server usage could be sampled and if there's plenty of room left admissions could be accepted until an estimated fill-up usage has been met. (for example, thirty users are only using fourty percent of the server, we could open up another thirty to fifty positions (I have no idea if those numbers are anywhere near accurate, just spouting off an example))
scixual From: scixual Date: March 17th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Sound slike good ideas.
maboo From: maboo Date: March 16th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are at least a couple of others out there, but I don't know much about them.

I actually found Keenspace VERY easy to use, but this was a while ago.

The main thing that would be good would be reliability - but unless you made it by invitation only, that would be hard to control.
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