We’ve rearranged the online battle forums at RapDogs.com – Used to be a hierarchy of ten progressive levels; we’ve simplified it to three levels. The ten levels were a little bit cumbersome. I had hoped to have the battle progressions automated but wasn’t able to make that happen. With over 15,000 members on that site it was very time consuming for mods to hand-approve members to successive levels.
That site uses PHPBB and I also have a lifetime license for the Invision forum platform. If anyone has a solution for battle results to be automated please let me know. I spent a considerable amount of time with overseas techs trying to work out details for this but couldn’t get it finished.
For those that don’t know what RapDogs.com is – it’s my online hip hop forum community. General demographic is males age 13-22. They “battle” each other in text raps that they write and post. Then members vote on the best rap and members keep their scores, or “battle records”.
This forum is a great way for kids to work on their rap poetry and improve their skills. RapDogs.com is one of the few forums I run that has no censorship, and as a result does not run any ads. Members also trade hip hop beats online and get feedback on their recordings. RapDogs.com was one of the first battle forums on the internet, and has a pretty strong street rep as being the Grandaddy old skool hip hop community online.
Why is Rap Dogs important to me? The members, mostly kids, are very serious about improving their skills and rap lyrics, which is actually a form of poetry. Rap Dogs gives them an honest and open community to fully express themselves during the very difficult years of adolescence. It’s much better they use their time to focus on art in my humble opinion.
Rap Dogs is run by a group of volunteer MC’s that have been amazing over the years in building that community. Kudos to the Rap Dogs crew!