|· Portal||Help Search Members Calendar|
|Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )||Resend Validation Email|
|Welcome to Caw Vault Forums. We hope you enjoy your visit.|
You're currently viewing our forum as a guest. This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. If you join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customizing your profile, sending personal messages, and voting in polls. Registration is simple, fast, and completely free.
Join our community!
If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:
Posted: Apr 3 2008, 05:50 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 3-April 08
There are lots and lots of CAW leagues out there and only a few of them are truly great. The CAW Vault hopes to keep a collection of all the best CAW leagues so fans of this great form of entertainment can see for themselves how the most beloved leagues came around.
However, without wishing to cause offence, there are certain standards that a CAW league must meet at least a few of to gain inclusion into the Vault. There are far too many CAW leagues out there to realistically hold all of them on one website- as much as that would be great, the bandwidth costs would be huge and, regrettably, this is all being funded out of my own pocket.
Therefore it is with great regret I must inform you all that the only CAW leagues that get preferential treatment will be ones that I am somehow personally involved in the production of. This may seem a little like an unfair advantage but, again, I am paying for the hosting out of my own pocket so I hope you all understand that it is perhaps more fair all round if I am allowed to use the hosting for personal means.
As for the rest of the leagues, there are certain criteria they must meet one or more of to gain inclusion into the Vault. These are those things:
Notable Influence on the CAW Medium: Leagues like NoDQ CAW and Slam 'N' Jam are automatically worthy of a place in the Vault due to their popularity and how much they have influenced CAW as a whole. It's pretty safe to say that without at least those two leagues, there are many league owners who would not be interested in the hobby in the first place. There are very few leagues that fulfill this requirement, possibly only the five earliest notable leagues. It is not impossible that future leagues will be able to make us change the way we look at CAW, though it won't be easy.
Long Running: Some leagues, such as EWE, are hugely popular among CAW fans and have been running for many years. This level of dedication is a sign of just how much CAW means to the owners of these leagues. If a league has been running for at least a year, it will stand a better chance at getting on the site. However, while this criteria does greatly increase the chance of a league's inclusion in the Vault, it doesn't necessarily guarantee it.
Strong Fanbase: Leagues like DWL are very memorable and often have a loyal following. If a league made an impact on a big enough number of people it will be worthy of consideration of a place in the Vault. There is one thing I cannot stress enough, however: YouTube hits do not necessarily equal popularity. YouTube can sometimes be a great indicator of which leagues are doing well, but it is not always the case that the best leagues are the most viewed. After all, we've all seen Chris Crocker's tearful video about Britney Spears on YouTube, but that doesn't necessarily make it good!
If a league is suggested often enough or is strongly, convincingly and overwhelmingly argued for, I'll see what I can do about its inclusion in the Vault. Do please respect the fact, however, that not all CAW league owners like their shows being hosted on other websites and, therefore it is not ever a 100% sure thing that a league that is requested will be a league that gets a place in the Vault. Therefore, before including any leagues on this website, I intend to get the go-ahead from the league owners. Admittedly, I have not asked Aaron Rift if I can host NoDQ CAW on the Vault, but I am well aware Aaron has previously greatly encouraged fans of his excellent league to share the videos among each other if they want a full collection- indeed, there have been pinned request threads trailing pages and pages long on older versions of the NoDQForums. This site serves as a continuation of this as the fans can now help each other out on a much bigger stage (and I'm sure Aaron won't mind the fact we're spreading videos that always begin with NoDQ.com's logo and, thus, increasing his traffic! ). EDIT: Aaron has, in fact, linked to the CAW Vault from his MySpace page! To be honest, I'm pretty honoured that he took the time out to check the site over and I'm very glad indeed that he's supportive of the site
One last thing: when you're just starting up a new league, please, please, please don't request hosting on the Vault. I really hate to hate to sound like a spoilsport but, as I suggested above, there are too many leagues running to make this feasible. Once you've met the criteria above, I'll be happy to include you in the Vault!