JpopCentral is a messageboard/website created by the users of Jpopmusic.com for the purpose of continuing the tradition of Jpopmusic.com – a Jpop site for fans by fans. Our goal is to be the primary site for news, reviews, opinions, and information on all things related to Japanese music, be it Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, or anything under the Japanese music umbrella. The site is driven by user generated content such as translations, scans, reviews, uploads, and beyond. We look to evolve, grow our membership, and once again, become a leading source of Japanese music for the English speaking fan.
How the forum works:
For those of you coming from the old forums, as well as those of you generally new to the world of Yuku.com, yuku is an evolved social network, allowing its users powers unseen in most messageboard software:
From activity feeds to photo tagging, blogging, shoutbox comments, profile status, and designer skins, keeping up with friends has never been easier or more fun! And with our advanced privacy controls, members choose exactly what should be public or private.
Many of the features you are familiar with on Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, Photobucket, and other Web2.0 websites are available right in your profile. With that in mind, it may come off as extremely overwhelming at first glance, especially coming from a forum where all you had were the bare necessities, but it allows for something that we at Jpopmusic have not had in a VERY long time, the opportunity for user generated content and all around creativity. Visit your profiles to learn more about choosing skins for your profiles, making friends, using status updates, signatures, and the potential of creating multiple accounts.
Now because we are hosted by Yuku at the present time, there are some limitations that I can no longer provide. Those things include changing usernames and creating “usergroups”. I wanted to provide usergroups on the forum as a unique way to promote fun for the users and allow the showing of support for your favorite artist. In place of usergroups, you can do several things that I would be more than willing to implement – the use of custom titles under your avatar, as well as fan created forum skins that you can easily choose at the bottom of the forum. Also, we currently allow the use of signatures in both the Karaoke Bar as well as in the Tech Forum, those I sincerely hope that this option isn’t abused.
I also hope that you take advantage of our forum chatroom, that is open 24/7, and is a great way to get to know other users, get into fights, cyber, and trade photos of nemesisyume and generally make friends. Speaking of photos, Yuku allows you to host up to 30mb of photos, so though there is no need to get rid of your photobucket, Yuku is a great place to host your avatars and other personal pics you choose to share with the forum. As also mentioned by the link I posted in the above quote, your privacy settings – much akin to facebook – allows you to choose which users sees what on your profile.
One final recommendation I have is in regards to timezones: set them to your preference AS SOON AS YOU CREATE YOUR PROFILE. The forum default is eastern standard time, and changing your timezone tends to be a nuisance to say the least. You would have to first change the time zone, then clear your browser’s cache and cookies, log out, and then log back in for the forum to reflect your proper timezone.
On a personal note, I would like you to enjoy the forum, the eventual site and evolution of Jpop on the internet. I know for a fact that not only has our site lost many users due to the lack of evolution, but also due to the lack of interest in the music. There is only so much that can be done as a website as far as interest in the music itself goes, but we can become a way to remind ourselves, as well as to show others, that Jpop was and still is cool…or at least, interesting.
Now go – create threads! Post information, videos, postwhore, camwhore, bitch, moan, everything that makes the internet fun. I’ll be listening, and this time around, I will be able to do things and take a better lead.