The new Isocentre is ready. Thanks to all beta testers we got some really good feedback and were able to catch several errors in time. We will be migrating the entire user database over the next few days and all users will be getting a email after their account has been automatically registered on the isocenter.
Once again you wont have to register .. however since we are not aware of the password that you use on this wikidot based site we are forced to allocate a new randomly generated password during the registration process which will be emailed to you. Registration will be done in alphabetical order ( A —- Z) based on first name.
The login process in the new site is much more simplified..
Hoping to see everyone of you on board shortly
P.S. To all beta testers the beta testing site should not be used any longer.
As almost everyone knows Nikhilesh and Indranil were the people who moved Isocentre from a mailing list to a wikibased website first. The aim was to ensure people get to discuss freely and in a way that would benefit the whole oncology community without requiring membership in a closed mailing list community. The move was preceeded by a poll with very interesting results.
To keep the long story short we had a good time at Isocenter. Our website was being hosted by wikidot a famous provider of wiki sites. The wiki based structure ment that people could come in and edit the content on a page in the same way as wikipedia works. The tools provided were great and the permission system was important in maintaining a semblance of control over the website. Earlier this year there was a design overhaul along with efforts to streamline the membership process in an effort to maintain the site. The efforts have been a success in that we have maintained a steady influx of visitors over the last 4 - 5 months and a steady growth in our subscriber base. Our discussion forums are lively with lots of discussions on pressing issues. But with the popularity of the site several limitations became known….. Read more at http://www.isocenter.org/node/10287
Isocentre started out as a mailing list on Yahoo groups. It was not only a discussion platform then but also a way of keeping in touch. Originating at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai it had it's majority membership from there. News like personal job changes, promotions, awards etc were posted and were a great way of socializing amongst friends. This was a great way of keeping in touch with your colleagues who had moved away after their work.
With the migration to the wikidot website we got a great discussion platform but somehow the social aspects got de-emphasized. Thats an issue which some members felt was important but overall we could not implement it as a website is not a closed ecosystem like a mailing list. In addition with the widespread popularity of Isocentre we now have people coming in from all over the world joining us. While our community has grown it has also made it difficult to conduct "personal" discussions…., read more at http://isocenter.org/content/why-our-emphasis-social-aspects-isocentre