As you have already noticed, we've finally completed the transition to the new forum software. This software is highly specialized for forum discussions and community interaction. Hopefully, it should bring back the community feeling many people felt before.
Please be patient while we iron out the rough edges. The front-page of Devmaster is still work-in-progress, so expect some changes. Also, the forums will continue to be tweaked.
The log-in system is now managed by the forums. Unfortunately, we were not able to import new users that registered in the last 5 days or so. So, if you recently registered, please register an account again. If you're having trouble logging-in, try resetting your password. If you continue to have issues, feel free to email me at dia at devmaster.net
Let me know If you have any questions or have suggestions for tweaks to make to the site!
Thank you for the doubtlessly cumbersome effort. There are, however, too many nombrilistic statistics, let the site not be a Twitter. Could we silently edit, delete posts? (For maximum quality). Can you please remove the number of clicks on the links, threads etc.? Such things are silly vainglory, like those amusing Twitter temples where you can witness followers [unsic] fetishingly collecting & profusely sharing illuminating utterances of ephemeral pocket gods.
The categories aren't very specific so we end up looking at everyone's advertisement, again. category:finished works. category: works in progress. Anyone advertising should be required to put them in those categories or get moved there. If you put them in Game Design, it's the same thing all over. Game design should be general discussions on game design, not an advertisement. There still isn't a way to clear unread posts that I can find, or a filter to not have some categories in there. It wouldn't hurt to have a look at another game forum such as Unity. There's a reason they choose those categories: so they don't drive people nuts that don't want to look at someone's promo.
We're using the same categories we had in the original forums. We can tweak them if needed. Posting in the wrong category is a violation of the posting policy and such topics will be either deleted or removed. Repeat offenders will be banned.
Flagging posts is supported in the new forum software, so if you see any post that is spam, miscategorized, irrelevant, etc., be sure to flag them. The moderation tools provided by the forums will hopefully lead to much higher quality discussions.
Hooray, recently it looked like the community around DevMaster is dying a bit (honestly my activity also dropped due to Q&A nature of DM in previous year).
I'm glad you're back at full strength, I'll do my best to spam here .
BTW. the forums look awesome and are great on mobile devices (just tried it on tablet and it's awesome).
Someone de-iced me at the wrong time? o_O
I don't know what it takes to run a forum. I imagine it's a complex task, and the admin(s) sure have my respect for their continued effort and success.
And once in a while a facelift is in order, alright... but this now doesn't look like a forum to me.
Don't take offense, I'm expressing my honest opinion (if you want it, else I'll shut up).
To me this looks too much social-oriented. We have social websites already, let a forum be a forum and focus on what it's best at, I say.
I especially dislike all the... squareness? Sorry, I don't know the best word for it, but elements of this new layout strongly recall Windows 8's metro interface. I absolutely cannot stand win8's rectangular flat shaded shapes.
They are an eyesore.
Decades of conquests and advancements in making the Windows GUI pretty with ever increasing detail and colors... and all was trashed with Windows 8 and its flat-shaded flatness.
Will Windows 9 be monochrome white or look like an LCD type display? What use are colors and high resolutions if you can impose square shapes and monochromy, right?
I have a romantic view of forums. Colorful, but not garish (background images are fine if they add to the mood). With lots of icons, but none too big or distracting. And with the list of topics organized in cascade, and the few important infos per-topic relayed on the frontend (number of posts and views, topic starter, last poster, are there links, images, other documents attached, did a moderator or the admin reply in it...).
With that format I know where to go and what I want to read, in seconds.
Now this is all very whitey and spacey, and no list of topics is readily discernable. Much less the info I look at the most when picking a read.
But I do like the generic avatars. Letters are a nice idea, although I wish I could choose my N's background and foreground colors as well as the font. I can always draw my avatar, but what about those without the means or skills?
Oh and, the overall font in use has excellent readability, definitely a boon.
But I've looked at some of my past posts and I see bits of text substituted with an \ character (?). I'm pretty sure there were hyperlinks in there.
And in some case I see hyperlinks in odd places where I'm positive there weren't any.
These glitches must be cured. To have old posts altered like that casts a bad shadow on the forum. Forums are all about text and links. If those aren't preserved, devmaster becomes a joke. Can you imagine that?
Best of luck in any event.
Now all we need is a screenshot-of-the-moment to the upper right corner and this starts to feel like home again.. =)
I second that. A return of IOTD with comments would be nice..
We could consider bringing the IOTD back if there's enough interest. How many people here would submit an entry if we opened it up?
I could probably submit my turtle made with anime studio debut. Not sure anyone would be impressed, though.
I volunteer for spamming iotd each week at least
Could it be made so that updated posts stop pulling their thread to the top?
New forums are awesome, very dynamic and fresh approach. Is this a custom implementation?