I’ve been around hitRECord for about a year, and in that year I’ve noticed a growing trend on hitRECord. What happens is, Joe will ask the community to create something - the Fall Formal dialogue, for example, or an intro video to a show, or the Amoeba poster, or a video re: whatever subject was going to be discussed at an event. In all of these cases there were dozens of submissions, and several that really stood out in terms of both quality and popularity within the community. In every single one of these cases, instead of contacting the makers of one of those and asking them to simply make a few tweaks or edits, a third party called in by the moderators re-did the entire record, and no one knew until the final product was put out and they realized that it wasn't anything they'd seen before. And I've been distressed to hear that much of what will be shown at Sundance is not being made in the normal collaborative fashion, but rather by people being contacted behind-the-scenes to make the final contribution.

I've been one of the people with a popular submission in a few of these instances, and it sucks. It  didn't suck because I wasn't chosen, because I was always very aware that was an unlikely option, but because I had done everything right - I had put in time and effort and recieved the support of the community or sometimes even a feature - and then it was deemed not good enough to actually be what was showcased. It makes you not want to bother or try next time. The issue isn’t being rejected. The issue is that the opportunity you thought you were being offered was never...

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  • Megancarnes-1820001
    Very well said.
    Jan 17, 2012
  • Picture_10
    Thank you again for posting this, RedHeadMonster - I know you're not alone in your concerns, and these are absolutely important issues to discuss.

    I think that all the members of the HR team have their hearts in the right place, but lately there have definitely been some issues with communication and transparency. I care deeply about hitRECord, as so many of us do, and I hope we can all work together with the HR team to further hitRECord's purpose - being a truly "open-collaborative production company, where we make things together."
    Jan 17, 2012
  • Hr
    Yeah, I get where you're coming from.

    Then again, even though the things that are ultimately shown might be touched up by a third party, the contributions are still from hitrecorders, so there's that.
    Jan 18, 2012
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  • 398701_3161413672617_1183570614_3499326_1022730150_n
    I didn't even know that was happening. But I'm really peripheral here - I never really have been part of any major "official" project. This doesn't really affect me personally, but it is disconcerting for all the reasons you say.
    Jan 18, 2012
  • Lawrie01
    Yep :) I think id just remind folks (and this isnt a solution redheadmonster) just an idea, that hitrecorders should utilise the community to collaborate on records (which if not featured or utilised) at shows etc. can be by themselves.

    I think if that aspect becomes a more common feature of hitrecord culture, it will allow a little steam to vent off, from folks who might otherwise get frustrated at the limitations of hitrecord, record selection and processes - which you question redhead most eloquently.

    Jan 18, 2012
  • Missamerica-1644486
    Well said, RHM. I think that when some really great RECords are then 'remixed' by a third party, and the end result isn't what we expected, it can be very frustrating, especially to the ones who put in a lot of hours and hard work into it. It concerns me that the 'Why bother?' attitude is lurking around here, and I know I've felt it myself.
    Thanks for speaking up.
    Jan 18, 2012
  • Emma-conner-1434879
    I absolutely agree - this is just one of many things that have been vexing me about HR recently.
    Jan 18, 2012
  • Maryer96-1682190
    I give Lawrie Brewster's comment a heart.<3- Mary Elizabeth
    Jan 18, 2012
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