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Firstly, I want to thank everyone who signed up for talk.bindpose.com. I know in today’s internet everyone seems to be trying to get your email and I myself am always very aware of subscribing to anything, so it is much appreciated!

Since I posted the page the other day, I have had about 30 people sign up, which is not an overwhelming number, but to me it says there will be at least 30 people to chat with and exchange ideas when I am stuck somewhere. Additionally, there will be at least 30 people to share and discuss cool rigging stuff with. When I put it this way, it feels like a lot! So, again, thank you!

That being said, any online community would need a bit more than that in order to be sustainable, as we are all too familiar with places that look dead and how unappealing that is. Unfortunately, that has been the fate of many good discussion boards, not only about rigging and computer graphics, but about anything really. Therefore, once the platform is live, we will need to make it grow a bit more in order for it to keep going.

If you have any tips and/or ideas on how best to maintain an online community for riggers like that and make sure it keeps going strong, please share them as comments here or hit me up on email or Twitter.

Additionally, if you have been a part of such online communities that have for one reason or another died, you might be able to point out some of the mistakes and I would be very interested in hearing those as well!

Roadmap

With the numbers out of the way, I want to share what I have in mind in terms of steps for creating the platform and kicking it off.

The way it is going to work is, as soon as I have a proper working solution (which should not be very far off) I am going to gather a bunch of people, from the ones who have subscribed, to give it a test and see if there is anything terribly broken. If that’s not the case then we are going to seed it with some initial information (questions, answers, sharing interesting resources, etc.) just so nobody other than me is faced with the big empty when they come for the first time.

That’s where I’ll need some help. I have some ideas about things I would like to have posted on the platform, but the point of the community is to have variety. So, I would really appreciate it if you have any ideas for specific rigging tips, questions, shares, etc. you would like to see and share them, so I can crack on and make sure we have a variety of content to start with.

Distant future

On top of sharing cool ideas and asking/answering questions, I have a few other notions for features that a platform like ours should have once it has been established.

Job board and freelance area

To begin with, I think it would be really handy if we have a job board and a freelance area. The reason for that is, again, similar to the whole reasoning about the platform. There are other huge places which try to do this, but I think the more narrowed down it is (rigging only) the better. That way, we can rate the jobs and make sure riggers do not have to settle for neither bad employers nor terrible rates, as of course, that affects all of us. I would imagine it would be really easy for companies to find people this way as well.

Workplace information

While we are on the job topic, it might be cool to share information about people’s workplaces. Since our industry is very fast paced and often people have shorter contracts, it would be amazing to be able to read about the work environment at all those other potential places you could work at through a rigger’s perspective.

Rigging challenges

Additionally, I think it would be so much fun if we do some rigging challenges. One of my teammates for my final university projectZeno Pelgrims – started a really cool online place for lookdev challenges – shaders.xyz and it looks amazing! Wouldn’t it be nice to set up a similar rigging challenge, where we all have to rig the same asset and then we all share our processes? It seems to me, this would be the ultimate way for learning from each other.

I am sure that for every one of these ideas, you guys probably have 10 more and I am looking forward to talking with you about them once the platform is live!

Conclusion

For the time being, while I am working on the website, I will be taking time off writing here, as unfortunately, there is only so much spare time. I think it will be well worth it, though!

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who signed up! If you haven’t done it already, please reconsider it – talk.bindpose.com.

tl;dr: After chatting with a few people about it, I have decided to start an online place just for riggers to communicate with each other easily. Head over to talk.bindpose.com to show your support for the idea by subscribing.

The why

A couple of weeks ago I asked riggers on Twitter where do they go when they have rigging questions, as I was struggling with something that I could not find information about and was wondering how do other people tackle that. I have to say I wasn’t very satisfied by the replies as I hoped there is a place online where riggers hang out a lot and you can easily ask and pick their brain (think StackOverflow for rigging).

People there suggested Twitter, Google and some forums, which are all great, but the main issue I have with these is that that they are obviously not rigging specific, so it is very easy for good and useful information to get lost among all the noise. Another big issue is that some of them are so distracting that it would be a shame to have to open them up when you are actually focused on working.

As a guy who grew up in the times where there was an active discussion board or forum for everything, I find the lack of good and consistent source of information and communication about rigging disappointing.

That same week, in my newsletter I asked whether people would be interested in an online place, dedicated to rigging, where they can ask, learn and share stuff. I had quite a few riggers positively respond, so I decided I will crack on with it and create that place.

The how

As I mentioned above I was hoping there was a StackOverflow-esque place with elements of Reddit and Hacker News in there, but obviously, all about rigging. Now since, all of these are immense platforms, when I say similar to them, I mean similar in the effect of making it easy for people to communicate about a topic they are passionate about. That is what I am aiming for. Additionally, you will find that the design I have in mind is almost 100% based on these three websites, just because I find them incredibly easy and straightforward to use, which I do every day.

I have been working on the platform since then and I am feeling very positive about it, as just looking at it, I can imagine how helpful it will be to me and hopefully to other people interested in rigging.

The when

Even though I have some minor web development experience, and I have dabbled with it through the years, I am by no means an expert, so everything I do I double and triple check to make sure I do it right. On the other hand, I do not want to spend too much time on building this initial version as I have no idea if people would even find it useful. The fact that I am so eager to see it live, also makes me speed up the process a bit more, so I have already made a fair amount of progress.

With all that in mind, I decided I will roll out a landing page where people can actually subscribe, so I can see if there is as much value in something like this as I had thought and make sure that what I am building is going to be useful.

The where

For now I have decided I will host the website here on bindpose, until it grows a bit, so I can use the great rigging minds on the internet to actually come up with a proper good name for it, as I am sure you all know, that is the hardest bit of creating anything.

So, head over to talk.bindpose.com to subscribe to the list if you would like to see an online place for riggers come to life.