Its been a time since my last post about Meizufans internal changes.
On one hand this is related to my missing interest with Meizu on the other its because of my A-levels, which will be written next month and therefore require my absolute concentration.
However, as Meizufans is still very important to me I want to be as active as possible in the next time. This also means that some changes will take place. Below I’ve listed a couple of things which will be realized before I enter the exam phase in 4 weeks.
Registered members of our forum, will only see 1 ad on our forum from now on. As long as you are logged in you can browse the forum free of any other adverts. This should be especially beneficial for users who use our app as this saves bandwith and increases UX. Instead I decided to move our income stream to the firmware server.
As you might now Meizufans is hosting the largest firmware server for Meizu firmwares worldwide. Not even Meizu provides all the firmwares on their firmwares, which can be seen on the chinese Flyme page.
Due to this the server is constantly under heavy load and could use an upgrade, however as nothing is for free we decided to add a “fair-use policy”. This means that everyone who wants to download from our firmware server or browse its archive has to deal with 1 popunder each 5 minutes. Of course this is an aggressive way of income generation, but as the firmware server is by far the most expensive system this is a fair thing in my eyes.
Less ads on the forum, more when downloading/browsing our firmware archive.
New forum design
Our current “Lavender” theme was designed for the cold winter time. However, as the weather slowly starts to clear up (almost 15°C) its time to change to something more neutral. Otherwise it might happen that your eyes will sweat too, while browsing Meizufans. :D
One of the major issues of Meizufans is the lacking amount of moderators on the site. Sure, I might be the main admin, but it always has been my goal to provide a community experience free of any “forced leadership”. This way I want to make sure that Meizufans remains an entirely free and open place.
To make the whole job as moderator more attractive I plan to recruit 2 more moderators, which will be paid after a fixed rate. For more infos I suggest to check this thread.
Version 3.0 is to be released soon, which will feature fixes, updates and performance increasements.
Some of you might know that the forum is sending out emails regulary to notify you about updates. However, as not all users subscribed to this and the currently newsletter is everything else than nice to look at, a complete redesign is planned.
This is pretty much it as of now. If you have noticed any issues or have wishes which should be taken into consideration, feel free to share them.