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[forum] nin.com updates/migration

Hey everybody,

Obviously, nin.com has been in dire need of an update for quite a while now. We’ve been busy working on all sorts of other things, as you know, but now with a NIN tour happening, we’ve talked a lot about how to keep nin.com modern, have the best features for our needs and yours, and not have to shoulder the burden of maintenance entirely on our own. We’ve decided to migrate from our current custom site to Modlife’s platform. It’s robust, customizable, has a ton of up-to-date features, and most importantly, provides us with an actual team of people who are working to keep the site evolving.

This migration is going to change nin.com and its features quite a bit, and we’re only just beginning to lay out the roadmap. It’s going to be a gradual process, but the first step will be tomorrow (Monday), when we will close off new nin.com user registrations. This is necessary to migrate all the user data over to Modlife’s platform, so your username/password will not change. The next step will be revamping the homepage in a way that hides all the old site content from view while we work on renovating it. However, during the transition, all the old content, like the forums, will still be accessible via direct URL – they just won’t be linked from the main nin.com anymore, and they will use the old, frozen user database. You can think of it as a sad graveyard, or as a secret private club, depending on how positive you are.

Change is scary, I know, but it’s long overdue, and all of this should, in the long term, result in a much better and more lively nin.com experience. We’re excited about the future here and the opportunity to finally be able to move forward with the site.
So, you have questions. “What happens to remix? What happens to images/video? What happens to the forum archives? What about the app?” The answer: We don’t know yet. It will be a gradual and modular process, and any important archival stuff that we aren’t able to migrate over to Modlife’s platform will be preserved in some fashion.

Now, for conversation: Do we make an effort to import all of the current forum structure and archived posts to the new platform, or do we start clean? Will there be mass panic if you all lose your old posts? Is this the worst thing ever and do you hate us now?

Thanks,

Rob

posted by rob sheridan at 11:18pm at the nin.com forum

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NIN fans collaborate on massive free DVD/Blu-ray of “Lights In The Sky”

Our 2008 Lights In The Sky tour was an ambitious multimedia production on a scale well beyond anything we’d ever attempted before. Everyone involved was extremely proud of how it came together, and we were devastated when, for a variety of reasons, we were unable to capture it professionally for a theatrical or commercial release. As a “plan B” of sorts, early last year we released a massive 405gb free download of raw HD footage captured at three different shows during the tour. The idea was to get the footage out in the wild and see what our notoriously enterprising fans could do with it. There were no rules. No strings attached. This was a gift, and an experiment, and for the past year we’ve watched it come to life in more ways than we could have ever imagined.

Fans have edited thousands of videos from the footage, assembled their own DVDs and live albums, even held theatrical screenings of their creations. And now, the ambitious and well-organized group known as This One Is On Us have released their massive, highly-anticipated creation, Another Version of the Truth: The Gift.

For 12 months, a core team of dozens of fans and a network of thousands spanning the entire globe pooled their efforts to create this professional-quality 1080p 5.1 concert film, and have released it in every format from Blu-ray and DVD to iPod and YouTube. It combines footage from all three shows and includes DVD menus, bonus footage, a PDF booklet, and more. That something of this scale was produced entirely by fans, on their own time, purely for the sake of giving something back to the community, is absolutely unprecedented. You can read all about the project and find all the download links here, or watch it immediately on YouTube here. Theatrical screenings are already being organized, you can find more info about those here.

This is yet another example of a devoted fanbase and a policy of openness combining to fill in blanks left by old media barriers. The entire NIN camp is absolutely thrilled that treating our fans with respect and nurturing their creativity has led to such an overwhelming outpour of incredible content, and that we now have such a high quality souvenir from our most ambitious tour ever. Or, as Trent simply put it, “Nine Inch Nails fans kick ass.”

posted by rob at 10:17am

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“The Downward Spiral: Live at Webster Hall” fan-produced DVD

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During the 2008 Lights In The Sky tour we began an open camera policy for stills and video during all NIN shows, inviting fans to capture the events with anything from a cell phone to a hi-def video camera. The results have been overwhelming, filling our own galleries with thousands of images and videos from every show, and inspiring a number of ambitious fansourced video projects within the NIN community. Some of those projects are starting to surface now, and we couldn’t be happier with the way the fans have organized themselves and created some truly impressive work.

On the recent Wave Goodbye tour, we were unable to professionally film the band’s performance of The Downward Spiral at Webster Hall, due to exorbitant fees requested by the LiveNation venue. Our open camera policy, however, remained in tact, and as soon as the show ended fans took matters into their own hands, organizing online to track down everyone who had filmed HD footage of the show. Now, only two months later, the group has released a polished, edited, downloadable DVD of the full Downward Spiral performance from Webster Hall. The entire thing has been recorded, edited, and distributed entirely by fans, and it’s the latest example of the amazing things fans will do when their creativity isn’t limited by outdated, misguided restrictions.

You can watch “The Downward Spiral: Live” in HD on this YouTube playlist. You can download it via torrent as a burnable DVD or an iPod/iPhone-friendly video from this page (click the question mark link on that page if you’re new to downloading with torrents).

We filmed all of the other final Wave Goodbye shows professionally, and you can expect to see that footage surface in some form or another in the future. In the meantime, we appreciate the efforts of The NIN Hotline, This One Is On Us, and everyone else who helped to immortalize the Webster Hall performance.

posted by rob at 2:54pm

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