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Forums and Subforums - szsori - 2008-02-20 19:57

I like the new site and the work you guys are putting into everything. Thanks for that. One complaint, though... the new forum/subforum titles are a mess. I always make a point to post in the most appropriate forum and that's now quite a bit harder. I can just imagine you're going to get a lot of posts in the wrong places now.

I don't know if VBForums (I think that's what you're using, right?) has the ability to do multiple levels of sub-forums, but here's what I would suggest. Instead of making a forum for each flavor of XBMC ("XBMC for Linux - Developers Only Forum", "XBMC for Gameboy - Developers Only Forum", etc), how about making "Developers Only Forum" with subforums for each platform? This way people could post in the general "Developers Only Forum" if they need to, or they can post in the specific platform's forum. Same for the End-Users forums.

Another thing that is unrelated to the recent changes, is the Skin Development forum. Perhaps there should be a "Skins" forum under the End-User area where skin creators can post their mockups and releases. That would free up the "Skin Development" forum for questions from the skin creators to the XBMC devs.

Anyway, just trying to help a bit, since it seems a little confusing now (and I'm normally not easily confused... ask anyone except my wife). Smile

edit: 300 posts! Hurray! :/


- smcnally75 - 2008-02-20 20:42

I was actually just thinking this same thing. I've been kind of lost lately here.


- jmarshall - 2008-02-21 02:25

Sounds like a good idea to me. Gamester17??


- Gamester17 - 2008-02-21 14:17

Could maybe be a good idea if implemnted for all forums so that eveyone will learn the layout, but we had it like that before with the Vortex Development furum as a subforum for the standard development forum and because of that no one knew it was there, ....so we will have to think about it


- agathorn - 2008-02-21 14:37

I agree this is a good idea if done globally.

I would also be happy to see skins broken up a bit into sub forums for release, users, and developers.


- jmarshall - 2008-02-21 22:54

Gamester17: Shall we perhaps post a suggested layout so that people can comment?


- d4rk - 2008-02-21 23:00

The parent forum could be more descriptive if necessary so people still find what they're looking for. Example XBMC for Developers (Xbox/Linux/OSX/Win32)


- jmarshall - 2008-02-21 23:15

Agreed. I think that if done globally on the forum it will aid in people finding where they should post what.

Heavy forum users probably won't be affected - I just use getdaily or getnew for instance Wink

Cheers,
Jonathan


Mods: Another User Area skin forum ? - SandmanCL - 2008-07-12 00:56

Based on current view count, the Skin Development forum is constantly among the top three forums where people like to hang out.

This makes sense, since the xbmc core is getting more and more stable, and for most people and their needs it is almost feature complete. And hence there are more visible activity in skin development.

With that in mind, it would make sense to me if we had two Skin sections: one in the User Area and one in the Creator's corner. The User Area section would probably get a lot of traffic form the start, since it would now be visible in the browser without having to scroll down on the page. More traffic would generate more ideas and possibly bring out the creativity in more people.

Many of the current skin threads could be moved to the user area, where people could submit skin feature requests, discuss current skins, etc. The current skin thread would instead be more technical discussions about the skinning engine and where the skinners can talk about how to achieve certain things in their skins.


- Jezz_X - 2008-07-12 01:37

I really don't see the point users will still just read both anyway because they like to know whats going on in development as well and really questions on how to do stuff greatly outway the actual skin / user comments anyway

But Its not really up to me Smile


- SandmanCL - 2008-07-12 02:06

When I first started writing that post I was thinking of suggesting that the forum be moved from the creators corner to the user area, maybe I should have stuck to that idea Smile

In fewer words: If the Skin development forum was placed higher up on the page I think it would generate more traffic,


- Gamester17 - 2008-07-12 11:57

I was thinking of instead just renaming the "Skin Development" to "Skin Development and Skinning Suggestions", and also create a seperate subforums for each of the activly developed skins to make it easier for everyone to track mods and such without reading through one topic-thread with 100+ posts in it.

So Project Mayhem III (PM3), AEON, and so on all get thier own subforum under this "Skin Development and Skinning Suggestions" forum.


- ShortySco - 2008-07-12 15:47

That does sound more user friendly.

I'd think that now with linux, mac and windows functionality, we'll be seeing alot more users as time goes by, and thus more skins too Big Grin


- Livin - 2008-07-13 04:27

Gamester17 Wrote:I was thinking of instead just renaming the "Skin Development" to "Skin Development and Skinning Suggestions", and also create a seperate subforums for each of the activly developed skins to make it easier for everyone to track mods and such without reading through one topic-thread with 100+ posts in it.

So Project Mayhem III (PM3), AEON, and so on all get thier own subforum under this "Skin Development and Skinning Suggestions" forum.

Nod


- Jezz_X - 2008-07-13 08:47

Splitting it up into different forums for the skins is a silly idea it just create un needed nested groups, do you really think it needs a seperate forum for each active skin thats probably at least eight sub forums and would be a nightmare to read them all instead of just looking at one.
Not to mention so would barely get any posts at all