At the end of this month, the way UKMIX discusses Mariah is going to change.
As you might've seen, there are going to be some changes to UKMIX
- to enable these changes to occur, the site will be taken offline for a few days. I would encourage you all to familiarise yourselves with the aforementioned, linked topic.
As part of those changes, I will also be trialling something new - with our Mariah Carey community at the heart of it all. It's no secret that you - our Mariah Carey community - are a large part of what drives UKMIX forward. Just look at the stats for the last three months: hundreds of posters have contributed almost 40,000 posts and the Mariah topic alone has had a million page views in that time frame. This is clearly an area we can grow further and improve. And that's where the concept of MariahMix
comes into play.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've consulted with 20 different Mariah fans and sought their feedback, and over the 3 months prior to that, I've consulted with around 50 other posters to help provide a balanced view: is MariahMix a good or bad concept? What we've decided is to give the concept of MariahMix a go. Essentially, Mariah will have her own forum within the new UKMIX called MariahMix. It will be accessed like this:
We will move away from a single discussion topic, towards a similar operating model to FOMM - individual topics to discuss individual issues. We're yet to fully determine the guidelines but the general principle will be: if there's a Mariah news story, it gets its own topic. We might have a topic opened to discuss her Twitter updates, we might have a topic opened that pits Mariah songs against each other (a Mariah only version of our historic UKMIX favourite game Soundclash), we might have a topic opened to discuss the most recent events in the Stella/Mariah legal battle etc. To help keep discussions in check, the forum will have an archiving system to ensure only the most up to date discussions are visible (we're yet to decide what this looks like but it might be that topics that haven't had a reply in 2 weeks get archived). Longer term, I will also be looking to add a Mariah-meets-UKMIX style to UKMIX (so that those that want to have a Mariah custom style instead of the traditional UKMIX style will be able to select it).
Now, one caveat that I want to be open about upfront - as part of launching the new UKMIX, we will be introducing a new Premium User facility to help fund the site. This will help support with keeping the site online. With MariahMix, only Premium Users will be able to open new topics and only Premium Users will be able to select the Mariah themed style once it's designed and live (Standard Users will still be able to participate in all of the discussions though). The cost of premium membership will be in the region of $12 per year (US $ if international or £12 if you're UK based) and it will give you access to between 30-40 enhanced functionalities (some of which are documented below):
In a nutshell, our Premium Users will drive discussion in MariahMix.
In terms of moderation, bm08
will continue and will be the sole moderator of MariahMix - we've agreed that should the need arise, we will appoint another moderator at a later date. We will hopefully be able to share the guidelines for MariahMix prior to the forum going offline on 25th January - if you have any suggestions or would like to feed into those guidelines with ideas, please message bm08 or myself. We will be reviewing the progress of MariahMix 3 months post introduction to see how things are going and at that point, we'll seek your feedback on how we can improve things further.
Whilst I appreciate this may not be to everyone's liking, the general view among the Mariah fans surveyed was overwhelmingly positive and I would ask that any negative views are constructive. I'll post further details on the Premium User functionality in due course (including details on how you can purchase this option, should you wish). Any queries, let us know! I want everyone to see this announcement, so I will be creating a poll to draw people's attention to it for a few days.