February 13th (Friday) - MangoLassi Day!



  • It is completely coincidental that this is going to happen on a Friday the 13th but we are expecting a huge surge in traffic to hit MangoLassi on this day and it will represent an amazing opportunity for ML to get new users checking out the community and, we hope, joining in on the conversation. On the morning of the 13th, @Minion-Queen is going to be speaking to a large, online conference and will be discussion social media and MangoLassi specifically which, we hope, will drive a lot of people specifically from the Microsoft and MSP communities to come check us out.

    So what are we going to do here on the community? We are calling everyone out to put the day on their calendars and to put forth some effort to get on early, watch carefully and post often! We want to see the conversation explode on that day. If you have friends or coworkers that you have been considering inviting, this is the day to get them to come check it out. If ML isn't something that you do every day, please try to do it that day. Our goal is to have, by far, the busiest posting day in ML history.

    So mark your calendars, have some fresh posts ready to go (news, questions, ideas, conversation topics, images, funny stories, self promotion, you name it) and participate.



  • What are we doing to prepare for the 13th?

    • Leading up to MangoLassi Day we are going to be greatly expanding our computational and memory capacity and doubling our threading to be able to handle much, much more than we are handling today.

    • We will be moving to the updated NodeBB code base.

    • We are going to request the NodeBB developers be around to see how the site is doing.

    • We are looking into adding a Redis layer to accelerate Socket.io and session handling to take a load off our main MongoDB datastore.



  • This will also be a huge day for attracting vendors so if you have a vendor or two that is not in MangoLassi but you think that they should be, please reach out to them and ask them to get an account set up and be posting before and, most importantly, on Friday the 13th. Get the date onto everyone's calendars. We want this to be a really epic day. Maybe get some vendors to make some product announcements too!!



  • Some awesome goals to consider.... if everyone could get one person to join the community and participate on that day, that would be amazing. Hopefully they all decide to stay because this place is so much fun!

    Also, if we can get anyone new shown how Gravatar works as people with avatars get a better response and the community looks more cohesive.

    If we need a how-to on that, let me know.



  • I've been in a bit of a transition as of late but I should be available...depending on if I have a job by that point and also what the job is...



  • Sounds tops! Good luck on the hardware side.

    Getting the node.bb lads (and lasses?) in is a good idea. Sounds like it'll be an epic stress test... In more ways than one 😛



  • Sounds tops! Good luck on the hardware side.

    Getting the node.bb lads (and lasses?) in is a good idea. Sounds like it'll be an epic stress test... In more ways than one 😛



  • Should be a lot of fun too, so much activity that we can't keep up at all. That would be awesome. We get tons and tons of views now, but getting a lot of posting activity would be amazing.



  • Great idea! I will do my best to be there.



  • Whoah sounds a big day for ML.
    Morning of the 13th, like 8:00 am? ( 8:00 PM here)



  • @Joyfano said:

    Whoah sounds a big day for ML.
    Morning of the 13th, like 8:00 am? ( 8:00 PM here)

    Yes, exactly. Starting in the early morning and going all day.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Joyfano said:

    Whoah sounds a big day for ML.
    Morning of the 13th, like 8:00 am? ( 8:00 PM here)

    Yes, exactly. Starting in the early morning and going all day.

    Perfect.. On 14 I will be on another Mountain trip.
    I need to take picture from the summit for ML with "Happy Mangolassi day"



  • Oooh I will probably be on here but... I can't hang around all night. If it starts at 8pm then I'll be on for a few hours. (same time zone as @Joyfano )



  • @nadnerB said:

    Oooh I will probably be on here but... I can't hang around all night. If it starts at 8pm then I'll be on for a few hours. (same time zone as @Joyfano )

    Do as much"prep" as you can leaving us with lots of stuff to comment on when we wake up.



  • And find some more Aussies to participate too!



  • Can we get email notifications...hmmmm...?



  • @Rob-Dunn said:

    Can we get email notifications...hmmmm...?

    Of the posts as they happen? No, sadly the platform doesn't support that. We have been asking the NodeBB developers to get that for us in some configurable way. We are hoping that one or two or even three of the NodeBB guys will be here on the 13th participating so maybe that would be a time to talk to them here, rather than tracking them down on their own forum.

    I was speaking with them just this morning about the management of a high volume community as we are, we are pretty sure, in the top two largest and busiest communities on their platform.



  • Getting Microsoft and MSP's to come visit once is pretty cool, but there's almost no content here for those people. There's ZERO Enterprise level content from a Microsoft basis. Frankly I get a bit of a anti-Microsoft vibe here. How do you plan on getting these people to do more then a single visit, look at a few posts and never come back?



  • @Martin9700 said:

    Getting Microsoft and MSP's to come visit once is pretty cool, but there's almost no content here for those people. There's ZERO Enterprise level content from a Microsoft basis. Frankly I get a bit of a anti-Microsoft vibe here. How do you plan on getting these people to do more then a single visit, look at a few posts and never come back?

    Hopefully getting them here will help to create some content. That's what we struggle with most - getting people to ask questions. There are lots of people here to answer questions, but almost no one asking any. The lack of Microsoft content is from the lack of Microsoft questions.

    However the group coming are not Microsoft enterprise people, mostly, they are MSPs. So it is the MSP aspects that will be the biggest commonality, I suspect, which is on average far less enterprise and more SMB and SME.



  • If you have any ideas of how to get more content here, especially Microsoft content, that would be lovely.



  • Chicken and egg, I think. Can't get traffic without content and can't get content without traffic. Why would anyone post here? If you're looking for a place to ask your question you want a place that looks active and inviting with active SME's. Most forum's get a leg up because they leverage a product, Spiceworks, early PowerShell, etc. something ML lacks.

    It's going to be a really tough road.



  • @Martin9700 said:

    Getting Microsoft and MSP's to come visit once is pretty cool, but there's almost no content here for those people. There's ZERO Enterprise level content from a Microsoft basis. Frankly I get a bit of a anti-Microsoft vibe here. How do you plan on getting these people to do more then a single visit, look at a few posts and never come back?

    I wonder (honestly wonder) how much people come and read existing content versus only reading the current content (top 20 topics or whatever.) Searching turns up old ones, but I think that people visiting the site will mostly look at current discussions.



  • We ARE hoping to get some vendors involved. Two of which, StorageCraft and AetherStore, are Windows only so having them participating would help a lot just because every discussion with them will be Windows centric.



  • @Martin9700 said:

    Chicken and egg, I think. Can't get traffic without content and can't get content without traffic. Why would anyone post here? If you're looking for a place to ask your question you want a place that looks active and inviting with active SME's. Most forum's get a leg up because they leverage a product, Spiceworks, early PowerShell, etc. something ML lacks.

    It's going to be a really tough road.

    It is, a tough road indeed. That's a known problem. However that is also a downfall of other communities - stop using the product or don't like the product or the product goes away and the community goes away too. Being neutral makes it SO much harder to attract community members BUT makes (we think) there be a much better chance for continuous, regular growth that just lasts.

    But boy is it hard. No question there.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I wonder (honestly wonder) how much people come and read existing content versus only reading the current content (top 20 topics or whatever.) Searching turns up old ones, but I think that people visiting the site will mostly look at current discussions.

    Very tough road, agreed. A community like PowerShell.org is not a vendor based platform (they don't sell anything) but centered around a new technology. Of course, when that technology is replaced the need for the community will go away then too. It's also had some powerful personalities behind it that helped establish it.

    ML doesn't have that, and by staying agnostic there's no reason a Google search would ever pull anything up. The lack of any content doesn't help (if you have nothing to trigger a successful search... well... you get it). Content is a fickle thing, and sometimes it just drives a reason to visit and it's a one time thing. I get over 600+ visits a day on my blog (which I think is pretty good considering I do very little self promotion) and almost all of it is Google hits on 4 or 5 articles that people are interested in.

    So how do you get people to visit in the first place? Content. Even if it's fleeting the hope is that SOME of that traffic might create an account and stick around, until you hit that amazing turnover point. Might want to consider adding a blogging component and letting a few of the community SME's post an article or two to try and drive up hits and maybe begin to build the perception that this is a place to seek answers.

    Just thoughts....



  • Articles are always welcome. I'm not sure how a blogging component would work, more technically than anything. There is not a blogging engine in the platform so that would require some thought. Articles, though, can easily be posted and then discussions be had on them, that would be great.



  • This is a travel day for me. So I won't be able to get on a computer... Which sucks this would have been fun to participate in. Good luck hope everything works as expected.



  • @coliver said:

    This is a travel day for me. So I won't be able to get on a computer... Which sucks this would have been fun to participate in. Good luck hope everything works as expected.

    Oh that really sucks. Maybe you can do some posting from the road? I am actually struggling to have it not be a travel day for me too. I will likely, or hopefully at least, just be arriving in Texas the night before if all goes well.



  • That really sucks, @coliver, bad timing 😞



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @coliver said:

    This is a travel day for me. So I won't be able to get on a computer... Which sucks this would have been fun to participate in. Good luck hope everything works as expected.

    Oh that really sucks. Maybe you can do some posting from the road? I am actually struggling to have it not be a travel day for me too. I will likely, or hopefully at least, just be arriving in Texas the night before if all goes well.

    I will try and jump in if I can, I will be on the road for ~10 hours that day with maybe two 5-10 minute stops.


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