This week for the Community Profile I take a gander (yes… I stole a goose from them) at Second Foundation. For those who have not heard of them, SF is the community behind The Riot podcast. Fairly recently they held a community awards and this blogger and the TTL Community was lucky enough to be nominated. We all say thankya to them. So lets get to the juicy part, the inside info on their community. For the low-down I had a chat with Sigafoos and Brathnok. Soak it up.
- How and when did your community start up?
A lot of our community met in our former clan. We formed Second Foundation in November of last year when we decided to start a more community-focused clan that could put out the podcast and become sort of a hub for Halo sites to come and meet each other.
- What meaning does your community’s name hold?
Second Foundation was a name KryptoCleric came up with and I believe it truly personifies what our clan is. For many of us, it was the second “big” clan we were involved with and also has some science fiction undertones that fit in with Halo: yes, we stole it shamelessly from Asimov, and those who have read the Foundation series know that the Second Foundation is more of the behind-the-scenes group, setting things up from the shadows. Not that we try to be obscure, but we’d much rather do a good job than be famous.
- How many people call your community home?
Second Foundation the clan currently has 18 members, but that doesn’t show the whole picture. The unique thing about our community is that we try to be that gateway that brings other communities together. We have a fair amount of people from other clans that give us content for the show and come to hang out on our site. So, while the clan itself is fairly small our “community” includes everyone we cover on the show; this includes groups like the Gunslingers, the Halo 3 Webring, halo2.junk.ws and other great groups.
- How do you go about luring people to the community and podcast?
Brathnok: After hearing our show who wouldn’t want to come and hang out :)
Sigafoos: We don’t really actively try to get people to listen, but I think covering other communities help a lot: a person would much rather listen to a show that has news they care about than one about something foreign to them.
- What are some unique bylaws that your community enforces?
I’m not sure if we have any unique bylaws, per say. I suppose you could say that while competitive clans require you to be competitive, we ask that you like contributing to the greater good; even if it’s just posting on our forums. Besides that we just have the standard “no cheating, don’t be a jerk, etc” rule set.
- Beside the podcast, what do you do to keep the community members interested?
We try to create other types of projects to keep the community interested. Brathnok came up with a new type of tournament called The Game, which we are working on making automated using PHP and MySQL; that should be a fun time and we’ll be looking for people to beta test it in a few months if all goes well. We also try to see what other people are out there doing to let our community members know if there are any tournaments or events to participate in. If we miss something, it’s only because we can’t see everything, which is why we ask that people let us know if they have any goings-on.
- What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?
We are constantly in touch with tons of other communities and to a degree they all have a slight influence on the way our works since they give us the content we need to function. Obviously we can’t help but live in Podtacular’s shadow, since they were the first Halo podcast, but we don’t think the two overlap much: Podtacular is more about the game itself while we’re about the communities that play the game.
- What other podcasts influenced you to join the podcasting world?
The Hotspot, from Gamespot. It’s the single greatest podcast ever created, and actually ruined all other podcast for us since no one else puts on a show like they do. That includes us, by the way.
- What is the most memorable mile mark for your community?
The Community Awards that we did at the start of the year. The awards show to us was exactly what we wanted to do with the community: it was a great way to bring everyone in together and was an amazing show to get to be a part of. People have said it’s the best show we’ve done and we have to agree. It was a lot of work but also incredibly fun and rewarding.
- Any exciting things we can expect in the future?
Tons and tons of stuff is going to be coming. We redid the site last week to generally positive reviews (if you liked red, we’re sorry). We also have a lot of projects that we are either developing or have almost finished, such as The Game that we mentioned earlier. Look for something big to happen with the show in the next few weeks as well. Then of course we expect everyone to turn out next year for the second annual Community Awards, which should be even bigger and better than this year’s. So, to summarize, “Yes.”
Thanks fellas for all the information. Second Foundation is doing a great job of coming up with original ideas that set you apart from your average Halo Podcast. Readers, make sure to have a swing by their site and tingle your ears with a plethora of podcasting goodness.
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