UPDATED ON 2022-01-31
Bitwish was born as a Bitwig community wishlist on Nov 5. It has been evolving since them. What’s next?
What follows is a short-term roadmap including the Wishlist but not limited to it. This project already has brought many bitwiggers, and they have brought many ideas. We stand on the shoulders of a very powerful open source platform (Discourse) that can take many functions missing in the Bitwig community.
Ideas to be considered and agreed upon before any work starts.
Bitwish is not the only site on the internet where tags have grown… organically. While most of the existing tags have a reason to be, currently there are different tag families that are mixed.
If there is interest and critical mass, we can do this too. Just ask. Technically speaking, we already have everything we need. Discourse is simply the best forum software, designed for creating safe and friendly spaces of conversation.
It’s not just that Discourse and Discord sound confusingly similar, they also integrate very well. In most communities there are use cases for real-time private (or cozy) chat as well as asynchronous, structured, and public collaboration. If there is interest, we could explore further steps connecting Bitwish and Bitwig’s Discord. Currently there is a small and manually maintained connection.
Nothing in this roadmap was in anyone’s mind when Bitwish was created. These ideas have been coming thanks to this inspiring platform. If you have more ideas, let’s talk! If they are good for Bitwig, they should be good for us.
Some work is underway and more ideas are welcome.
Recently we added the possibility to Request a new language on Bitwish. The first languages testing this setup are German / #deutsch and Spanish / #español. More languages are welcome! If there is demand, we can make this languiage support (now pretty basic) more sophisticated – join the discussion on Support for languages other than English on Bitwish.
The Music category continues under development. Some ideas about next steps…
Recently we implemented user profile fields for artist links on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube. Users adding links there will have small icons in their user card and user profile linking to their artist page in these platforms.
If there is interest, we could offer more features related to these publishing platforms:
- Badges for creators on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc, that not only look good in user profiles but also allow to see a list of all Bitwish users on a certain platform.
- Topics for creators on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc, to meet and discuss how to best use these platoforms.
- Even groups for more cozy conversation.
The discussion continues on Planning a space to share music on Bitwish - #33 by icaria36.
In these areas the work consists in increasing adoption and fine-tuning. No new features currently planned, although we always welcome ideas.
Here the progress is less technological and more social: we need more users casting more votes and bringing more proposals, and we need to clarify the relationship with the Bitwig team. Both processes take time and perseverance, and we have both.
The integration with Bitwiggers.com, the place to share Bitwig Presets and Clips, is also in place (check). On 2021-12-11 we announced A new space to celebrate and discuss Bitwig presets and clips.
We continue adding improvements as new ideas are discussed here.
Aka the Bitwig Video Guide. A (casually) structured selection of video tutorials produced by many creators in the Bitwig community. The structure of the Guide was completed on 2021-12-17.
The work now consists on actually adding videos and curating them. Ideas are welcome here.
Music is the whole point of all this Bitwig thing, right? Many people release tracks and albums produced with Bitwig. Some of these works are free, some can be paid, and all of them look for listeners. Some of these artists are hobbyists, some are professional (or trying to make the jump), and all of them look for feedback and peers.
On 2021-12-12 the Music category was created with the first #music-monthly topic. A few days later the category was open for new topics about tracks or albums. We also enabled OGG, MP3 and bwproject uploads.
Feature requests, presets, tutorials, music… all bring together creative and collaborative bitwiggers. When interesting people share a space, interesting things happen. How can we promote and spice up this collaboration?
- Private groups are available for anyone developing any Bitwig-related activity and welcoming the safety and focus of an own working space.
- Special badges can be used to find and recognize music artists, preset creators, producers of tutorials, contributors to feature requests, certified trainers, and other excellent community members. For details and proposals, see Bitwish badges.