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.
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.
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.
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.
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.