Ok, well I just joined BW today. I found out about it by stumbling upon the "Hospitality Drama" of OpenCS via the HC group on CS. I joined CS in early january, although I knew about it for a while before, and started going to local meetups. Now OpenCS is a bit hard to follow being mostly biased second party accounts, but I believe I have the gist of the issues. CS and HC are not run to the likeing of 'core volunteers'(I can juge the authenticity of that as I am new to the Hospitality scene), so they left to start what is now BW, correct? I could go into more but I don't really care too much. I'm fine with there being multiple communities and will participate in the ones that start to have a presence. Although actually being a registered non-profit is nice.
No my main question is this, Does BW want to be like/replace CS?
The answer I gathered from OpenCS and the summer vision is yes. So I also have a few more specific questions as the 'summer vision' was a bit vague about the usability/features goals.
The key thing I think that makes a networking site thrive is new signups, which are motivated by usability. Of HC, BW and CS, HC looks like complete crap, BW looks very clean, but CS has all the features and layout. I feel the profiles there are laidout better, and of course it is far ahead in features(although I thought two 'very dedicated members of the tech team from CS left and work on BW via OpenCS) but they've been around longer. I feel that between the two(BW and CS) people will see both, signup, then realise that BW is clunky and that the majority of people are on CS(as even many BW members are part of both I believe). So really I am wondering, how fast will BW be even half as usable as CS? The top two things I see needed are:
1. A better search. Find members? That doesn't even make to much sense. If you don't like 'find a couch' then how about, 'Find a place' or 'Meet Locals' or some such. Also, there is only yes, maybe, no for a couch, where is drinks, and traveling?
2. Verification. It represents safety and security. I would say it should be first, but a better search that utilizes it is necessary first.
3. Minor layout tweaks would be nice. I know I said to main things but owell. The CS front page looks more interesting. CS profiles also seem to flow and seem better organized, BW's feels like a lot of space is wasted.
This is a bit of a ramble and I apologize, I may also be completely wrong in my assumptions, and If I am then I will quitely walk away as if nothing happed ;) .
PS - This forum is considerably insulting, I know BW is still in dev but a few notes. Tags do not belong in forums, Yes Web2.0 is great and exciting, but lets leave features to where they belong, IE blogger and flickr. The Firefox spellchecker also does not work, which is considerably annoying.