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Clinton R. Nixon
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« on: October 15, 2001, 10:21:00 AM »

Well - I've been playing around with some new code, and am thinking about revising The Forge again. The author-driven game library hasn't really worked out because of bad code on my part and bad response on authors' part (plus, you couldn't submit someone else's game.) So, I've got some plans in the works.

I plan to keep the forums just like they are. I want to redesign the rest of the site to be one main page, though, where you can access everything. Right now, it's pretty scattered, and I'm looking more at an independent RPG portal.

Go to http://www.indie-rpgs.com/resources/">http://www.indie-rpgs.com/resources/. This isn't the look we're going to have, but the framework for the new library of games, resources, and artists. Play around. Submit links, or even new categories if you think we need them. (I already have a few of you guys' links in there. Try to follow the format for games I used, with the author's name first in parentheses.)

And let me know what you think. I need as much input as possible to make this work.

[ This Message was edited by: Clinton R Nixon on 2001-10-15 14:25 ]
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2001, 06:27:00 AM »

I've had one link so far submitted to me. I got an email this morning asking me if I had missed one game company. This thread - a thread about completely revitalizing the Forge and making it more useful - hasn't been replied to yet.

Basically, I'm pleading - people, I work full-time. I can't input every game known to man. I want to work on my own time and give you something useful, but I need your contribution.

Go to the page and input links if they're missing. I just put in a few for some sample data.

Reply here. Tell me if you like the idea so far. (Ron - I know I should have asked you about this first, but you of all people should have interest in this. Comment, please.)

The Forge is a co-op in a sense. It's what its participants make of it. We have great forums, but I want a great site. That can't happen without all of you. Submit links, submit suggestions, submit articles, and submit reviews. The reason this place looks like Ron and Clinton's playground outside the forums is because no one else is playing.

Go!
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2001, 07:00:00 AM »

Hey,

I probably ought to keep this private ... but here's my call, as asked.

1) I like the current format and layout. Sue me, but it's distinctive, it doesn't look anything like GO or RPG.net or anywhere else. It's usable, plain, but kinda classy in its Fourier way (on the forums). I prefer it over the provisional layout you linked to.

In general, I am terribly cautious about re-programming and revamping. 90% of the time, it's a disaster, no matter how many times the executives congratulate one another about the "wonderful new plan."

2) I agree about the under-used issue, especially the game library. I don't think a change in format would help; it's strictly a behavioral and values-based issue. I urge everyone to start frequenting the library, bugging authors you know about to submit their games to it, and actually playing the games and commenting on them. This especially goes for people who spend a lot of time goosing me about GNS.

3) I'd very much like to see an artist-driven library exactly the same as the game library. It would be really easy to have a two-pic gallery for each artist, with links back to their site. If we specified that The Forge is mainly going to yield low-funding assignments, most artists wouldn't mind (in my experience). I think that this way we would get TONS of great art for nearly all of our nifty, but wordy ideas.

4) Reviews remain problematic. I am not convinced that it is fair for me to exert an "editorial aesthetic" upon reviewers, but neither is it desirable to fling the doors wide either. Suggestions are solicited.

Best,
Ron
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Mike Holmes
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2001, 09:40:00 AM »

I just dashed off an email to Clinton to apollogise. I had just skimmed the first post above, and totally missed the fact that you could submit stuff via the page. I was the dope that suggested that he'd missed something. I gotta read more carefully.

I think what Clinton's come up with is really great, and urge everyone to support it. I'm going off now to figure out what I can add.

Mike
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2001, 12:48:00 AM »

The technical side looks cool, so providing you make it look like the forge and feel like the forge, then I think it'll work well.

Are you going to get rid of the splash page? At the moment it just puts a big barrier between people and interacting with the site.

Just my thoughts.


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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2001, 08:04:00 AM »

I don't have a great deal to add, since I haven't a clue about good web design, but the stuff for adding links looks to be user-friendly.  I haven't actually submitted any links to try it out, but I'll give it a shot a little later when I have more time.

Other than that, I'm just curious as to what it would look like.  Some have complained, but I rather like the current aesthetic of The Forge.

Take care,
Scott
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2001, 08:34:00 AM »

Sorry, Clinton, I just saw this yesterday and I've been a lazy writer of late (getting only five-to-six hours of poor sleep a night will do that to anyone).

Comments:

I never liked the current author-submitted library because it feels a little "difficult" or "unwieldy" to use and browse (though it isn't in practice, it just feels that way).  

I like the new set-up, but not the layout.  I think Ron's correct about the current distinctive layout of the Forge; however, perhaps an update is in order, but it needs to be distinctive.

Using descriptions of the sites in the link library is far better than the current listing of keywords, it gives me more information to go on.

Likewise, the "Newly Added" feature is wonderful since it allows me to tell what's recent instead of having to scroll through a list and try to recall which are old and which are new; however, I've never particularly liked "Top so-and-so" (because they're usually ridiculously skewed and cheated on horribly), so the "Most Popular" section doesn't really grab me.

Dump the splash-page...it serves no purpose and at the moment it is just an annoying extra click.

The search feature of the library was not easily found.

Under "Add a Link", the "Category" selection is limited and nearly worthless (at least it was when I attempted to use it); expand it to include all possible categories or dump it.

BTW, ignore the update I recently submitted; I was testing the system to see what would happen with this "everyone/anyone can update" feature.

I think that's all for the moment.  More later, and I'll add a link.

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2001, 08:42:00 AM »

Hey,

In my ignorance, I created a problem ... the "test site" Clinton put up is only to be evaluated for its utilities, not for its appearance. The look & feel of The Forge is not changing, or at least, is not currently being considered regarding a change. So any comments of mine about the look are totally out of place, and I apologize for misleading people about that.

Best,
Ron
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2001, 09:09:00 AM »

The new utilities seem very user-friendly and the process to submit entries seem quite smooth.  I like the current look of the Forge, glad that is sticking around.  Its simple and distinctive, which is a relief after visting so my sites filled with unnecessary, distracting "hype".  
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Paul Czege
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2001, 09:30:00 AM »

I very much like the idea that everyone, not just game authors, can submit to the library. But perhaps there needs to be a mechanic so an author who's had his material submitted by someone else can seize ownership of the listings?

Paul
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2001, 09:34:00 AM »

Ah...upon second look, it appears that any user can edit any listing.
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2001, 09:36:00 AM »

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On 2001-10-17 13:30, Paul Czege wrote:
I very much like the idea that everyone, not just game authors, can submit to the library. But perhaps there needs to be a mechanic so an author who's had his material submitted by someone else can seize ownership of the listings?


Paul-

Great idea. The way the new system will work (does work) is that once something is submitted, I have to give it approval. That way, links can't be changed all willy-nilly.
However, I don't receive the name of the person that submitted it. I'll have to work on a solution - for now, the best thing would be for an author to e-mail me if he wanted to "lock" one of his listings.

I've got the layout pretty much set up (it's not up, but will be soon.) The coolest new feature will be the ability to search the whole Forge. So, if you searched on Inspectres, you'd get:

- The link for Inspectres.
- Jared's homepage.
- The review of Inspectres.
- All forum posts on Inspectres.

I think that's pretty dang cool, if I say so myself.
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2001, 07:38:00 AM »

thats very cool, and very useful.

an idea i just had that might be useful is for the memberslist screen.  Would it be possible to include a field for date of last post that would sortable.  That combined with sorting on number of posts would give a pretty good idea of whose currently active at a given time.
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2001, 12:34:00 PM »

It's got thumbs up from me ...

And along with a most popular, should there be a least popular?  Smiley

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Paul Czege
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2001, 03:48:00 PM »

And if you're just competing with yourself, you don't have to look at it.


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