We're on-line!

If you're reading this, you're one of the few who have been given special access to Dollation. (Everyone will get a "Site off-line" message when they visit and only specially-invited people may log in.) At this point we are in "pre-alpha test phase" which means things are actively under development, probably unstable, and will be changing right and left!

We'd love your feedback on the basic design and navigation but please be aware that any content you add at this point may be lost since we're still working on the underlying structure. Try things out! Poke around. See what works and what doesn't. Then, please Contact Ruby to let us know what you think. Also check the Ruby's blog regularly for updates on what's new and to see if we're looking for opinions on anything. Your input at this early stage will really help shape Dollation!

We'll go from pre-alpha to the alpha test stage when content forms are done and all the information from Maria's old website, JustMagicDolls.com, is moved over. We'll open up the site so any visitor can browse, but during the alpha phase, only a select few will have create priviledges. Eventually we'll go into beta test phase where more and more people are allowed to register and get full access.

Finally, please do not share your username and password with anyone yet. We don't want the world at large to visit until we're a little more "put together".

Welcome and it's nice to see you here!

Ruby

P.S. Happy Halloween from your ghostess hostess -- I thought today was an appropriate day to unveil the website.

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JustMagicMaria
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I would also like to welcome you to Dollation and thank you for your help getting it ready to go live.

Maria
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I'm here, eating way too much candy corn and exploring dollation.com.  Thank you, Ruby Dolling.

Sylvia in RI

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Drinking too much coffee while switching looking at the screen and admiring the gorgeous Pat Sechrist 18" doll gracing my desk today, I'm finding the promise of Dollation intriguing.  It's going to take a lot of work to achieve everything you've set out to do with the site, Maria, but I am confident you will succeed. 

I'm still trying to wrap my head around how I'm going to use and contribute to the site.  I've had an album of the dolls I've taken to work for a number of years, first on Xoom, then on ImageStation after Xoom died and, currently, on Picasa after ImageStation closed up and went away.  I don't do "scenes" with my dolls, being mainly interested in the clothes they wear, so the album is little more than a record of the order in which the dolls have come to the office and what they were wearing on that day.  I change four per week into clothes appropriate to the season.  Dividing the pictures into separate albums for dresses, PJs, casual, summer clothes, etc., would be pretty boring as there wouldn't be much variety other than color and fabric--I don't usually have a bunch of dolls wearing similar outfits at the same time in the cottage for that reason.

I am very eager to see how the Wishlists will work.  If they are like Amazon's or American Girl's, they will only be useful to those granted access, kinda like a bridal registry.  Having a more open wishlist, or perhaps multiple wishlists segregated by content desired, would permit the more creative among the membership the opportunity to sell their wares and, hopefully, undertake commissions.

I am looking forward to the "How-to" articles and, of course, the doll comparison pages to which I have pointed so many people who think American Girls are the only 18" dolls worth having.

In short, I am eager to see you succeed...

Taffy

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Thanks, Taffy! This is great feedback. I like the idea of including "imagined" items on the Wishlist too, not just commercial products. I haven't thought enough about how handmade items fit in the site yet but I'll give it some attention soon. I was thinking that people could list them for sale in the Market (without having them be associated with an item in their My Colleciton or a product in the Dollipedia). Right now the Wishlist is of products from the Dollipedia. If I expanded it to also be Market listings (even sold ones), then you could say you wish for an item "like this one". Maybe that would work?

Maria
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Absolutely!  Telling a dressmaker/seamstress, "I want something like hummahumma..." and expecting a desired outcome does a deep disservice to the dressmaker.  I know bridal dressmakers who've been reduced to tears, trying desperately to match some vague hand-waving designs from the bride-to-be. 

That's not to say, "don't give much freedom to the dressmaker."  I've been very pleasantly surprised when a dressmaker comes back and says, "That really isn't going to look good," and I have learned to accept their advice.

Taffy

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