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Relaxed Machinery Ning Community is moving to Ello
« on: May 14, 2015, 01:56:28 PM »
I haven't mentioned this here yet - but I'm shutting down the Ning community.  I've run communities there for 8 years - 5 as Relaxed Machinery.  Ning is falling apart - especially the last year.

I've found a new "home" on Ello - as the Ello Ambient Music Community - https://ello.co/elloambient

rM is moving there. 

Now - I love it here on Hypnos - this is just another outlet for you and ambient related talk and posts. 

Ello is not everyone's favorite platform although it's getting tremendously better and better - I've been there 9 months and the improvements are staggering - and the level of interaction with the developers, owners, and users - is wonderful.  (Mike - you should check out the writer community - some really good people).

I just did a MASSIVE interview with Don Tyler (mastering engineer, records as Phase47 and in Ascendant and other ambient collabs).  https://ello.co/elloambient/post/hKA5BGpO-caivjmcwxQFJQ

I'm interviewing Rusty and Soma FM next.

Join in if you like. 

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Re: Relaxed Machinery Ning Community is moving to Ello
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2015, 04:47:26 PM »
I need to go give Ello another look.

I just read an article, not about Ning in particular, but where one of Ning's founders admitted that it had basically failed and was going to disappear.

Good luck with the new Ello ambient community!
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Re: Relaxed Machinery Ning Community is moving to Ello
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2015, 11:50:15 AM »
Whats the timescale for the move John ? I've noticed the Ning is looking rather 'untended' of late (from a curatorial viewpoint).

Firstly, good on yer for finding an alternative to goggle's intrusive offerings, but I have to say Ello looks very different at present - are the behind-the-scenes really that bad with Ning ? If you knew West Yorkshire here in the UK, very few people use 'H' at the beginning of words, so towns such as 'alifax, 'uddersfield and 'eckmondwike are referred to as such. 'Ello' would go down right well there.

Things change and not everyone is comfortable with that, I remember when MySpace was king of the hill and look at that now !

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Re: Relaxed Machinery Ning Community is moving to Ello
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2015, 06:29:21 AM »
Ning hasn't updated their development plan in 2 years.  The last post was from 2013 I think talking about a new round of bug updates.  The original founders left long ago.  New owners had interest - but then the new, new owners seem to have none.  Rumor is it's totally dead and just keeping the lights on because there are still quite a few communities on there.   We're still paying $240 per year there...  all images with a .png extension were turned to a lot darker on ning - I was locked out of editing the admin of the site for a week - then it worked - then locked out another week - then locked out 2 weeks.  Sometimes sections disappeared - all the photographs just disappeared for like 3 weeks and then poof they were back.

Ning site goes dead end of July.  I need to start my "how to join ello and not be scared of the blank white wall you first see" posts.  :-)   I'm kind of dragging my feet a bit only because I know the iOS app is almost out.  And that will help a lot of people.  (I'm on a Droid so not me - but it works fine on my droid.)

Google - yes I explained to Ello that going to Google was out because so many people in our community do not like it for various reasons including the privacy issues.   

Here's my post to Ello about why I chose Ello over other places for moving rM to:  https://ello.co/johnkochnorthrup/post/SJ9HQbju6Xmqx8hpaBDC3g

For me - Ello has all the right attitude and intentions and everyone seems to be making their best efforts to make Ello happen.  It's not all there yet - it doesn't all work (read my post you'll see I'm unhappy bandcamp isn't embeddable yet... and private messages...  and groups!)  But I have faith it's all coming.

I also thought about doing something like Hypnos and just being a forum.  But I really loved the aspects of Ning with all of it's media so easy to use... post video's and images and songs right into posts (ello does it a heck of a lot easier than ning ever did).   

Anyway - I love it here - won't leave.  I love it other places - won't leave.  Ello Ambient / Relaxed Machinery is my new "home base" though.

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Re: Relaxed Machinery Ning Community is moving to Ello
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 01:37:12 AM »
Thanks for the background info John,

I should say the change from the Ning to ello (as it is) is pretty significant, the formats are quite different. Saying that, I imagine people will adapt.