Is there some way to just clear unread messages? A lot of them are basically advertisements.
There's no way to do it currently.
I do notice an increase in posts that just advertise a commercial product or announce a game. In order to maintain quality of the site, we need to enforce some policy for which posts are allowed. What I'm thinking of:
For game announcements, the post must contain informative technical details about the development of the game or must be an open-source game.
Advertising commercial non-open-source products is not allowed and will be deleted. Such advertisements must go through the official advertisement channel at DevMaster.
Let me know if anyone has other thoughts on this.
What about the people who are selling game art assets, like Arteria and so forth? Historically we've let them post their announcements / advertisements here, but it sounds like they would be excluded.
Just noticed that there are unread posts.
If there would be an official ads channel, we'd definitely need someone to moderate that one here (and approve the posts) ... as it would be filled by ton of garbage sooner or later (but I bet that it'd be sooner) - and I presume you'd want to keep only programming or game development related stuff in the channel.
What I mean by the official advertising channel is through the banner ads on the site, not through regular posts. Those obviously go through some manual review process.
I'm getting really sick of them to be honest, we seem to have lost a lot of development chat and gained a lot of "hey guys, we've just finished our brilliant %s and would like to tell you about %s"
Generally the proper thing to do is remove all commercial advertisements and have those people setup a proper advertising campaign with Devmaster, just as Dia says. The new site doesn't really cater to those kind of posts anymore since everything funnels into the one and only list.
I totally second this, because just today I read that all new topics are commercial ads. This leads me to - is someone in contact with Dia, I guess he is working on update -> when can we expect it?