Come this summer, Slyck.com will enjoy its fifth year online. Those with us from the beginning will remember our roots began a year earlier in June 2000 as Slyway.com. Since that time Slyck.com has remained anything but stagnant, as the rapidly changing face of file-sharing technology has been reflected in our community. As we look forward to our first decade online, Slyck.com is ready to meet the challenges ahead with several major announcements.
The most dramatic change will be a complete back and front end overhaul of Slyck.com. Since our inception in 2000, the general layout of Slyck.com has remained similar, save for the addition of the forums and the occasional aesthetic upgrade. Thatâ€™s all about to change.
The new Slyck.com, which is feverishly nearing completion, will implement several new technologies that will revolutionize the experience for our users. When released, Slyck.com will utilize the Web 2.0 philosophy, bringing greater user interaction to the file-sharing news experience.
Perhaps the greatest implementation of Web 2.0 philosophy will be a complete retooling of our guides. However as Web 2.0 philosophy dictates, that responsibility will fall on the Slyck.com community. The future of all our guides â€“ and indeed upcoming guides â€“ will be the dependent on the community via Wiki technology. To ensure quality, Slyck.com will nominate a member of the community per guide to approve all changes and/or submissions.
Furthering the importance of community interaction, we recognize many of our members are very articulate â€“ if not overly vocal â€“ on many of the issues in the file-sharing world. Sadly these intelligently worded posts are often overlooked in the hectic forums. To remedy this, we will offer a feature sure to accommodate our most vocal members â€“ individual web blogs. Interested members of the Slyck.com community can then post news worthy articles independently of the user forums.
The new Slyck.com will also benefit from dozens of other upgrades and enhancements, especially the reorganization of our file-sharing programs/utilities and dictionary. Slyck.comâ€™s original news and â€œmore news from around the webâ€ will also be redesigned and reorganized, allowing the end user to more easily navigate the volumes of file-sharing and technology related news.
In addition to the visual and back-end changes to Slyck.com, there is some disheartening news we also must share. It is with great sadness that Nick Parker (SlyckNick) is no longer part of the Slyck.com writing team. Losing any member of the Slyck.com team is always a difficult time for us. We will miss his contributions and dedication to Slyck.com. However, creative and operational differences made it impossible to continue our working relationship.
Back to good news. Although I was always the de facto editor-in-chief, the original plan for Slyway.com and Slyck.com was to make the lead writer and editor-in-chief separate positions â€“ understaffing prevented this. Owner Ray Hoffman will substantially increase his role in Slyck.comâ€™s daily operations and transition into handling most of the editing responsibilities. This change will redistribute our workload more appropriately and allow myself to concentrate on directing our original news and leading the writing team.
The upcoming changes are simply a foundation of things to come. The rest will be up to the Slyck.com community to fully realize our great potential.