Hey, I’m back from vacation and it seemed like some forum updates were overdue, so I made some tweaks to hopefully appease the various factions assembling behind the banners of Order and Anarchy.
Thanks @Mhx_Air especially for keeping things tidy while I was out traipsing around Florida with my family.
Anyway, the first thing I did was clean up the categories to try and make them a bit more useful, and to help clarify what threads should go where. They got some new names and descriptions:
How To has become Help Requests to make it obvious that this is the place to ask for help
Reviews has become Game Reviews & Feedback - this is the place to leave reviews, ask for reviews, or ask for or leave feedback on games
Play My Game* has become Game Updates & Announcements - Lots of people like posting about (and reading about) the ongoing development of the various games, so that goes here
Something(?) became Examples & Tutorials. I forgot what it was before, but now this is the place to share logic, bundles, techniques, explanations, etc
Bugs became Bug Reports to make it clear that this is for Flowlab bugs, not game bugs.
Art, Sounds & Music and Feature Requests are mostly the same, just with updated descriptions
The big new category:
Discuss game development, swap stories, share your game related content, hopes, dreams, etc.
This is where the notorious OTC will live, along with anything else that doesn’t fit cleanly into the categories above.
This category is Muted By Default for everyone. What this means is:
- On the categories page, it shows in the “Muted” section at the bottom
- Topics in this category (and the category itself) will not show up for people not logged in (e.g. casual users, folks just looking around)
- Anyone who is logged in can go visit this category to see the topics, and unmute it if they want the topics to show up in their feeds like Latest
Click the bell and select “normal” if you want the Community Lounge to just be a normal part of the forum for you.
If you don’t like to see off-topic chatter, you don’t have to do anything and everything should be good to go.
If you make an off-topic thread outside of the the Community Lounge it will be deleted. On the other hand - If you see off topic threads in the Community Lounge, please do not flag them as off-topic, since off-topic is on-topic here
Thanks everyone who had feedback, and please let me know if you have feedback on the new plan.
But I haven’t pulled the trigger on that change yet.