Hey guys. So, we're very nearly at the T-minus 2 months mark. This board has served us pretty well over the years; with the addition of a separate sub-forum for competitions, this one has been pretty organized. We've got the general-purpose threads for certain marques, or guess the car, or things like that. Then we've got everybody's specific galleries, which proved incredibly successful: consider that the top 20 individual user galleries have garnered over 1 million views combined. The CPG Directory thread also made it easy to find a particular member's personal gallery. ...but what new features can we expect with GT5? Obviously we're still a bit in the dark about Photomode, but what we do know is interesting; we're still going to have it, it's going to further simulate an actual camera, and perhaps best of all for a community like this; we get private lobbies! We'll be able to race against one another and actually do shoots that way! There's the talk of replay videos being easily uploaded, bringing another nice aspect to our galleries. So, after clearing it with Scaff, talking back-channel with Franz, we figured why not get the opinions from the people who made this area what it is? Just so we're clear: nothing is certain. Just because we have this sub-forum, and the Competitions sub-sub-forum, doesn't mean we'll get GT5 counterparts. I mean, it's a fair assumption, but I don't speak on behalf of the staff, and obviously, the final decision rests with them, and what's best for the board as a whole. That said, we can help, by discussing what we feel we could include to make such a board run as smoothly as possible. Franz has mentioned he'd be more than willing to bring back the Directory; it's a handy tool indeed. For the record, I'd be all for helping with it too! The one important change; we wouldn't be including 5 sample pictures for each person's gallery, just a banner (which can always include snippets of images anyways). The reasoning is two-fold: try loading a page of hundreds of thumbnails and banners. Second: GTPlanet has grown exponentially since GT4's peak, trying to keep something like that steadily updated would be bordering on full-time job. Something I think might be handy is a general meetup thread. I assume there will be one in the general GT5 board for people to meet up and race, but here specifically, we'd be meeting up for the purpose of photo shoots. People could always set up meetings in their respective individual galleries too, of course! How's about a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly thread highlighting new galleries, or competitions? It could be presented as a sort of online mini-mag, which I think would draw a lot of people in. Who knows, if popular enough we may be able to trick convince Jordan to have a regular article up on the main page? Personally, I'm going to be sorting my gallery under similar categories as I did before; also, I'm going to adopt Sony's "Play Create Share" mantra and offer plenty of GTP avatars, PSP backgrounds, PC wallpapers... y'know, make everything accessible. Also, links to other peoples' galleries in my first post, because there are some people who's work I admire greatly. Anywho, toss out some ideas. We're all clamoring for the full game, and the reason this is posted here is because this community is relatively tight-knit and the GT5 board is a jungle. Let's discuss!