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Post by DARKHALO2K » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:16 pm

Hello again. Branching off from the "where will the scene be" thread I was wondering if a site and forum sort out may not help the flow of releases somewhat?
In my eyes the scene will likely rarely shrink or grow in terms of talent, instead seeing a constant flow of leavers and joiners, but if the main site were to become an archive to deserving releases and the forums perhaps re-shaped into better categories, would that not make things better?
I mean, really, how many of the categories here do you visit? The FPS section seems useless, as conversation may as well move to homebrew games and, likewise, with the amount of releases we see, would there be any harm in joining categories like games and apps together?
With fewer people seeming to use DCEmu for news updates, would it not be easier to follow releases than by cutting the board numbers down?
And if the main site was made to look more appealing, was organised into simple to navigate sections, and possibly even included reviews and articles would it not both make it easier for newbies and legends alike to discover some of the excellent homebrew out there, as-well-as possibly helping to create more discussion?
I may just be rambling, but see if you can't see some sense in there...
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Post by Cammyfan » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:26 pm

The forums do need a revamp. There are way too many sections that are completely unnecessary because there are so few posters.
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Post by bizzle » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:31 pm

Cammyfan wrote:The forums do need a revamp. There are way too many sections that are completely unnecessary because there are so few posters.
Are you high by any chance?
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Post by Cammyfan » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:33 pm

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Post by DARKHALO2K » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:36 pm

-Dreamcast Emulation and Games
-Dreamcast Applications and Programming
-Dreamcast Mod's and Reapairs

-Non-DC Homebrew and Emu's

-Off Topic and Current Events


I take it that would be too extreme for some people?! Yes?! No?! Let's hear all suggestions and maybe find a common ground we could put to the admin's, if others even feel like we need a change at all!?
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Post by Cammyfan » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:38 pm

I fully support you DARKHALO2K.
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Post by DaMadFiddler » Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:18 pm

Sounds good to me. Off-Topic ends up catching stuff that could theoretically go in a number of other sections, and DC discussion is so scattered around that it's spread pretty thin.
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Post by Cammyfan » Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:21 pm

That is what I meant as well. The sections in this forum are spread too thin because there are too few posters.

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Post by toastman » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:05 pm

Keep Programming Discussion and Development Ideas.
Just because you don't go there, doesn't mean others don't. And I would hate to see valid programming questions get lost in the "Flash of the Week" posts of OT or see PD drown in "Prot this fro me" requests.
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Post by MetaFox » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:48 pm

Off-Topic and Current Events should definately not be combined.

DreamSNES discussion has to stay as that is the official forum of that emulator.

Combining the Dreamcast forums would make a mess - they were split off from each other in the first place to make things neater - they don't need to be added back in together.

The help forums should definately stay - and the Linux and Mac forums get enough use that they should stay as well.

And programming discussion should definately stay as it's a valuable resource - and development ideas was created to keep requests out of the main forums - so that should stay too.

The BOR forum is popular, as is the Quake Dev forum.

About the only forums that probably could be combined are the FPS and Quakedev forums.
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Post by Sir Savant » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:29 pm

What the hell? What about null? I don't think null and off-topic could be combined. Ever.

Other than that, I agree with Metafox.
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Post by MetaFox » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:46 pm

I didn't count null as it's not really a real forum since the posts get purged on a regular basis.

Anyway, I'm moving this to OT since it really has nothing to do with DC Emulation or Homebrew.
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Post by btm4k » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:35 pm

Just combine all the forums. Who's with me?
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Post by melancholy » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:36 pm

I agree with everything Metaf...um...I mean Doofus said. Beyond the redundancy of having a FPS and Quake forum, the rest is actually pretty organized. I'd also recommend getting rid of the poll forum, since nobody on staff wants to do it and not many people in the forums participate anyway.
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Post by Thomas » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:38 pm

I think the forums are fine how they are. Only an idiot would be confused by them.
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Post by Luriden » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:41 pm

Why fix what's not broken?
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Post by Prophet][ » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:44 pm

a new site is what we need
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Post by Cammyfan » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:48 pm

That is true. A new website should be started. Since BlackAura has said that emulation is not important and only homebrew is, then why not start a new website named Dreamcast Homebrew? Even though this website is named Dreamcast Emulation, emulation is not important. Is that not correct BlackAura?
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Post by Wagh » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:51 pm

Cammyfan wrote:That is true. A new website should be started. Since BlackAura has said that emulation is not important and only homebrew is, then why not start a new website named Dreamcast Homebrew? Even though this website is named Dreamcast Emulation, emulation is not important. Is that not correct BlackAura?
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Post by Cammyfan » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:54 pm

No I am not. Read what BlackAura posted in the Dreamcast "Scene" thread.
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