I have been a member for a while, but I have not been able to participate much because of offline activities and I have been in college for these past 4 years, about to start two more (hopefully the last two as I am becoming too old for this). But I have been reading and saw the 15 pages of comments regarding everything from updates, advertising, fan pages, and stuff like that.
I think, and I know my opinion is probably not worth much, that you may want to change the way you do the challenges? Maybe create a flash game for each individual and maybe a full game with all of them. In the game, instead of everyone asking for spoilers and all that junk, becuase even though almost everyone has posted the exact information of how to solve every single challenge on this site in more ways than one, there seems to be more people who feel it is not necessary to read anything not directly aimed at them, there could be some clues, not saying how to do something, but maybe a book laying around, a newspaper article on a computer screen that the player could click on that would give them the information they need, if only they learn what they are supposed to. Maybe they have to interact with a few characters in the game that could give them knowledge that they have to decipher themselves.
I know developing that could take a heck of a long time, especially creating an overall story that can encompass all the missions, and developing the characters, backgrounds, how to give the user information that is not even technically the answer, voice overs, animation (which could be tweens much of the time), Action script (which is actually much easier now), and putting it all together in the best way, meaning the best compression type for the web due to bandwidth issues.
-- Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:51 am --
huh? I ran out of space. Okay,
Beyond the games idea, there could be other things. How about starting a fan page challenge that could be like that one game EA had many years ago that I fail to remember or find through google, but basically you signed up, received an email, then had to look at the email via select all to see a hidden message telling you to go to whatever site and find the clue there. The game also incorporated phone calls.
The site could create a game such as this, using different fan pages, having to accomplish whatever challenges, and so on, and there really should be some incentive to play the game, such as win whatever.
The reason I say fan pages is becuase when you start facebook and you have an email list of a huge amount you can import it to facebook and have a huge friends list. Then suggest the first page of the fan page game to all of them, those who play can share the fan page with others, and those can do the same, and so on.
This is basically viral game play. In any case, you can have hack this site banners all over these things, as well as affiliate banners for CPAs or whatever that actually appeal to them.
This creates a higher hack this site fan base, and maybe a little extra cash.
-- Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:02 am --
more space... .
In the end, I like the site, see that everyone is saying it has been a bit slow lately, but there are much more ways to get boosts than just articles. The problem lies in how many people want to do something about it. If the members themselves just are the type to go "oh wow, learn to hack, oh wait, everyone help me pass the challenge, I dont want to learn if I have to read" then you wont achieve much.
But if you round up the members that really have a passion for learning, and want to know every detail about everything, then you can find each of their skills, their expertise (because what geek with glasses, or cool guy who hides the fact that he is a math genius does not have some kind of expertise) and then really do something.
I myself have no expertise. I wanted to know it all, and I am constantly caught up in learning a bit about everything, until it gets boring, then go on, and come back later. So that explains why I know a lot about websites, but not site security that much.