This section of the site is a new section that I've added to get announcements on the front page of the forums rather than them being hidden in only the sub-forums.
This thread is basically a notice about GOTM.
I would personally like GOTM to go on for as long as possible. People like to see the video on Youtube when it goes up, people like to submit their favourite goals that they have scored into the competition. This is what I want to keep. Not only does it help keep the posting on the forum alive, it gives people a reason to come back and do it again.
Saying all of this though, GOTM may be moving over to FH Talk in the future if the attendance of the voting doesn't step up. The amount of entries we get each month is phenomenal but the votes we receive are not even sub par comparatively and sometimes barely even equal the number of entries we get.
One of the advantages of moving over to Talk would include having integrated Strawpolls that I can directly link to on Futhead (like having the polls on the forums) Making the voting process a lot easier to do and a like nicer looking. Another would be that the voting (and maybe the competition as a whole) would be on the main Futhead site, rather than the underused forums, meaning it gets more attention and maybe eventually, higher stakes. The design of the main site is, obviously, better than here and would make entering the competition seem a little simpler.
The disadvantages of moving would be personally not having full control over what I can do with the thread and the competition itself and do things to make it easier to run / view / take part in. I've added a little write up on why in the spoiler as it goes off topic. (see below). The forums give me great control over the competition and thats what I like about it - it makes things smooth as if something needs to be done I can do it, if someone suggests good change, I can implement it there and then. Futhead Talk would take away that accessibility to make changes at will and it also takes away how noticed I can get goal of the month to be. On the forums I can make it an announcement and leave it there for a couple weeks while the entries roll in. and then do the same when the voting comes around.
I'm not sure how many of you are aware of this but I, myself am running the forums and I'm making changes on my own behalf and other mods if necessary to make things easier to use. One example of this is changing it so Youtube links, when posted, turn into an automatic embedding. So they are always click to view rather than having to open a new tab and view it from there. this along with many other changes have made the site better in my personal opinion. Maybe not in the looks department, but in usability.
I could (and want to) keep it on the forums, as it is the 'Futhead Forums Goal of the Month Competition' This is your guys' thing and I want to keep it that way. I could very easily advertise this on the main site through talk, through squads, maybe even through the front page of Futhead its self. The problem with using Talk is that it has to be consistent bumping, basically to keep it noticed. The problem with Squads is that they need upvotes and only last for 24 hours. The problem with the front page of Futhead is that the Forums aren't really cared for on the main site.
Maybe this whole thread is just a plea for more people to get involved, I'm not entirely sure myself. That is what the new Announcement section is basically meant to do on its own - get more attention to the announcements.
What I want you guys to do is leave ANY type of feedback in this thread about goal of the month and how YOU think it could be improved, better advertised, whatever.. I will listen to everything people have to say.