GBAtemp 2011: Alive and Kicking!

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Costello, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    As we promised you earlier this year, 2011 has been and will be an exciting year for our community, with multiple changes on all fronts. We have done quite well so far: an amazingly successful Homebrew Bounty with over $5,500 redistributed to homebrew developers, a tutorial competition that has warranted the opening of a massive tutorial & guide section, the opening of our online product & store information/review site, further coverage of the Nintendo 3DS & PS Vita in the news and forums, and so on. It is time to reveal the second part of our 2011 plans.

    [​IMG] GBAtemp Merch Store
    Remember last year's t-shirt design competition? Our plan to produce the t-shirts last summer was delayed due to technical reasons related to the production of the shirts. The plan was even annihilated by the take down of, our partner that was going to handle production & logistics.
    But as we promised earlier this year, we have opened our very own merchandise store, run by members of the GBAtemp staff! We are now able to offer not just Orc's awesome t-shirt but also a selection of goodies that will lighten up your summer... or winter for you aussies and kiwis down there!
    Most of our members have received early PMs with more info, but we are now going fully public with it and discussion is as of now fully allowed on the forums (sorry if your posts got censored before, but it's alright now). Another fact that not all of you may be aware of: we were able to retrieve ShopTemp's customer database and if you ever purchased something off you should be able to login to our new site without registering again. What this also means is that customers that had store credit on will be able to spend some of it (in a reasonable limit) on the merchandise store, we're doing this as a tribute to our members that worked hard towards promoting the store back then. If you intend to spend your store credit please contact me before placing your order. Needless to say we will be offering even better products in the future, stuff that may actually be *useful* to you (hah!) such as DS and 3DS cases or pouches, various accessories and there could also be a new t-shirt design competition sometime this year. Stay tuned!

    [​IMG] Forum Software Update: IPB 3
    You may or may not have noticed the poll that we ran earlier this month. We asked our members what they would like to see next, in other words what the community would like the staff to focus on in terms of site updates. Unsurprisingly you voted for a forum software update. It is no secret that we are running a forum software that was developed something like 5 years ago. Times have changed, the web has evolved and we need to evolve with it. We will proceed to an upgrade in the coming months, in fact it could happen sooner than you think.
    If you think that an update of our forum software will result in minor changes, you couldn't be more wrong. There have been huge improvements over the new versions which I will attempt to summarize here in this short, non-exhaustive list:
    • Revamp of the PM system towards a fully conversational messenger
    • Like system with "like" button on posts (though we are still discussing whether this option should be fully enabled)
    • Full navigation is possible on mobile devices thanks to a special skin designed for smartphones. Also Tapatalk and the IPB application are both enabled.
    • Social interactions have improved: better profile page with status updates, friend posts, comments and much more.
    • A powerful Facebook-like notification system to keep you informed of all that's happening
    • A full-fledged blog system, much better than our current blog hack
    • A gallery system for picture hosting, sharing & commenting
    • A brand new shoutbox with advanced features (auto-refresh!)
    • A few more add-ons that we don't wish to disclose yet, and a huge amount of new little things that will make this place a lot better.
    We are impatient to welcome you onboard this new boat, we'll work hard to get it to set sail as soon as possible!
    Stay tuned!

  2. Devin

    Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

    Aug 17, 2009
    United States
    The Nexus
    Aw yeah, auto-refresh on the shoutbox. Can't wait.
  3. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    Profile pages will be cool.

    I hope the auto-refresh isn't like what you did though Costello (no offence [​IMG] )

    Also with the new update, hopefully all the bugs around the forum will be sorted. Fresh start to GBAtemp? Maybe so.
  4. Schlupi

    Schlupi Gbatemp's Official Earthbound Maniac™

    Aug 31, 2007
    United States
    Rozen Queen Co, Chicago Branch
    All of these things sound awesome! I kinda don't like the idea of Facebook style notifications; they can be excessive (OMG YOUR BFF JUST COMMENTED ON YOUR MOMMENT OF A FRIENDS COMMENT THAT A FRIEND COMMENTED ON FROM 2 YEARS AGO) I hope it's more refined here.
  5. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    No, it's more like "You've been quoted in this thread" and "Someone has posted in the thread that you've posted in" (Though you can obviously turn these off)

    It's better than subscribing to a thread and getting it by e-mail, that's for sure
  6. Mbmax

    Mbmax Homebrew addicted

    Nov 7, 2006
    I wish to see stickers for flashcarts like the one on the dstwo limited edition. [​IMG]
  7. Devin

    Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

    Aug 17, 2009
    United States
    The Nexus
    Ah, just visited the Merch site. I love the "I'm a cheap bastard" drop down option. XD
  8. Ron

    Ron somehow a weeb now.

    Dec 10, 2009
    This is awesome. Looking forward to IP.B 3 [​IMG]
  9. Ace

    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

    Apr 8, 2009
    It's great to see the Temp getting an upgrade.

    I love the new shop that's started. Let's hope more things show up there (cause I've already ordered) [​IMG]
  10. FrozenIndignation

    FrozenIndignation Tyrant R. of ye olde Prinny Squad

    GBAtemp Patron
    FrozenIndignation is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    Nov 10, 2010
    Wherever Yakity sax plays
    The upgrade sounds promising [​IMG] and I can finally get one of those cool GBAtemp mugs [​IMG]
  11. Zaertix

    Zaertix GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 20, 2009
    United States
    I've actually been in the process of converting a few sites of mine from other forum softwares to IPB, and I must say.. I do love it.

    So it'll be good to see it here.
  12. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

    Oct 25, 2009
    After Earth
    Forum update FTW. SO is the site going to shut down or stay online while the update is happening? I hate GBA Temp 2. It is filled with old posts from 2003 and newfags.
  13. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    Awesome news, guys. I'm so excited to see what the other changes are.
  14. Scott-105

    Scott-105 Bow to me. Please?

    Aug 23, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    This is pretty awesome. Loving the changes. I can't wait to see what the new ones are.
  15. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    Sounds intriguing! Stuff that makes my favorite place online even better? I'm all for that!

    I should pay more attention to the staff forum sections, heh. [​IMG]
  16. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    EDIT: Changed my mind
  17. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    wow... lots of improvements! the temp is going to be awesome!
  18. Hydreigon

    Hydreigon Isn't that DELICIOUS!?

    Mar 7, 2011
    Looking forward to the forum software update! [​IMG]
  19. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    I like (heh) the idea of a comment rating system but I have a couple of suggestions.

    1.Don't allow "dislikes" -- it'll encourage trolls and the same time discourage dissenting opinions. People will still know about the bad posts as the likes will be few.

    2.Try to write code in that regulates "likes for likes" trading.This, hopefully, will keep begging down. This sounds like something that will be hard to moderate otherwise.

    Can't wait for the site updates to see how this all goes down!. (time for a swarm of bugs to squash!)
  20. tigris

    tigris Sentient Existential Anthropomorphic Sweet Potato

    Jun 19, 2010
    The Tibetan Himalayas
    Revamp of the PM system towards a fully conversational messenger, A powerful Facebook-like notification system to keep you informed of all that's happening and a like button? ...and this is why GBAtemp is so good, doods. They actually listen to their community- and go further! A full profile is probably going to have noobs foaming at the mouth.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!