What's next on the 'Temp?

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Costello, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Upgrading to the latest forum software (IPB 3.2.1)

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  2. A new skin for the site

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  3. More competitions, contests & tournaments

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  4. Better/more news articles and editorial content

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  1. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    We are eager to know what our members think is the most important task for us to do right now.
    I've laid out a few of the main possibilities that we have at the moment and it would help if you could tell us your opinion about it.

    We are a limited team of workers so bear in mind that we can't work on all of that at once.
    Ideally we should improve on all fronts but the reality of our workload and schedules make it that we can only focus on one major task at a time.
    So please pick one and indicate what you think.

    Upgrading to the latest forum software (IPB 3.2.1)
    Our forum software is outdated (IPB 2.3.X) and most of our members know it only too well, especially if you hang out on other forums.
    New IPB versions have come out with amazing new features, towards a more social and connected community.
    It'd be great if someone could summarize all the improvements of IPB 3.2.1 over IPB 2.3.X.
    An upgrade like that is an extremely long and complicated process because it requires us to re-code most of the addons and modules that make the specificity of our community. Also it requires us to adapt the skin, convert the posts and message databases and so much more. It could take months.

    A new skin for the site
    Although newcomers are usually content with the current V3 skin, a lot of long-timers have complained and still prefer the old classic skins.
    We could make everyone happy and create a brand new skin that would hopefully please a larger audience.
    The problem with that is we don't have anyone who is capable of AND that has enough time for creating such a skin.
    It would also take months to have such a thing done too because a skin isn't just a static image, the skin code has to be hardcoded into pretty much every single page of the site. It's a huge amount of work.

    A combination of the above two options seems impossible at the moment due to lack of time & staff.

    More competitions, contests & tournaments
    Over the years GBAtemp has been holding exciting competitions, tournaments, contents, and other random events.
    From Tempmas to the Homebrew Bounties, the tutorial competitions, graphic design contests, grand gaming tournaments, ...
    It's generally the kind of popular event that connects the community and creates bonds between members.
    If that's what people want, we can certainly do more of that, usually under short delays.

    Better/more news articles and editorial content
    Our magazine staff team strives to animate our homepage with news of the homebrew scene, articles about the gaming industry, revival of old classics and so much more. We will continue in that direction, though if the community deems it to be a top priority we can allocate more resources and push this apect of our site a bit further forward.

    What are your thoughts? I'll say it again, I know ideally we want all of that happening...
    but you can really just pick one choice.
  2. Tonitonichopchop

    Tonitonichopchop GBAtemp Maniac

    Dec 9, 2009
    United States
    I think the forum upgrade should be given priority. That seems to be the hardest one and would probably be best to get out of the way.
  3. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

    Aug 2, 2008
    i hear with IPB 3.2.1 there are many many features, such as status updates for one and what not


    yet i think we should keep it simple as it is, but a fresh skin would be nice [​IMG] (unless that version improves major bugs/security holes then i really don't see the effort would be worth it)

    Also what happened to the retro review [​IMG]
  4. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

    Oct 25, 2009
    After Earth
    I am mad I missed out on Tempas. The Temp needs more of those things. I know the forum software is important but if it going to cause problems then make it a goal for next year. Unless the Temp somehow was able to temporarily host some content on another site so the forum could be upgraded.
  5. mucus

    mucus Orc Orc Orc

    Feb 11, 2009
    Playing Minecraft
    While I think it would be really amazing to have the forums upgraded, I don't think it's a very feasible task.
    It would basically mean the entire site would be overhauled, yeah I like that. It would be cool to have all the newest features and awesomeness here. Many new plugins would be available, posts could change the way people think, we could all find everlasting love, etc.
    But something like this would mean all of the old stuff would have to be redone, and that's a lot of hard work. Not only is it hard work, but it tends to break/lose things when a site changes so radically.
    I would love a new skin for the site, something that reflects all the cool new happenings in the game world. The stale look of GBAtemp has irked me for a while, and is indeed a factor as to my long absences.
    A new skin could incorporate some new styles as well, and make things appear more streamlined.
    Bottom line:
    I'd love a site upgrade.
    I voted for a skin upgrade.
  6. Nathan Drake

    Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

    Jan 2, 2011
    I really want new contests and tournaments, but that seems so low priority compared to the core forum functions that need to be upgraded. The news flow has also slowed fairly heavily the past few months. The biggest spikes were off and on during the homebrew bounty, with another small news spike towards the end of that with E3. With that, I wouldn't mind more articles and more editorial content.

    The skin seems very low priority to me. It would be a nice gift, but nothing more. I think before a new skin is designed to work with all of the current features, a forum upgrade would be a better idea. You already mentioned something about having to adapt the current skins to the new engine, and you would ultimately just be making more work for yourself and all those helping.

    I voted for the forum upgrade, as I feel it should be priority. Maybe a group of staff unable to help with the forum shift could focus more on making the last two options a possibility as the forum is upgraded.
  7. Narayan

    Narayan desu~

    Sep 29, 2010
    does this mean better search?

    but the rest seems to be facebook and twitter integration...
  8. Nathan Drake

    Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

    Jan 2, 2011
    Features I've Seen:

    - Facebook + Twitter integration in quite a few aspects ~ I won't go into details, you can see them yourself if you really want to.
    - Improved moderation features
    - Improved general update features to make life easier for admins
    - Better search
    - Other misc. features

    It's hard to outline completely because I don't know exactly how old this is. If they had a version log on their site, it would be easier. It doesn't seem that they do though.

    General new stuff from their last update: http://www.invisionpower.com/products/board/whats_new.php

    Would this fix the upload issues we have too? Because that would be wonderful.
  9. Edgedancer

    Edgedancer Director of Moon based operations

    Oct 2, 2006
    Make me a mod?
    Just kidding. An upgrade would be nice, but I still like the site as it is. Thats the issue with any change, People get comfortable and don't want to change when its pretty clear that it would be for the better. Regardless though, whatever you choose to do, I would like to volunteer my services, as I am sure many other 'Tempers would also. But just remember, I volunteered first! Haha.
  10. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

    Apr 25, 2008
    SCUMM Bar
    I didn't vote actually. The reason being that I can't really choose between those things.

    Sure, the temp is using an old version of IPboards, but looking at the features of the new IPboards, I'm thinking, will that really improve the temp? I don't think so.

    Also, a new skin? I'd like a darker one, like, I think, lot's of people, but to say I can't browse the temp with the current one? It's just fine actually.

    For the events, is it to the members to ask for more of these events? I don't think so. Staff of this website has to put time, and more importantly, money into this (or are these events 100% sponsor based?)... So it's up to them if there are more or less of these events. Just don't take Tempmas from us!

    And for the news, combining the magazine staff with the usersubmited news.. I think it's fine the way it is.

    That's my opinion of the poll. But if you really want something changed on the website, I suppose you could update to the new IPboard, because it never hurts to be up to date.
  11. Hydreigon

    Hydreigon Isn't that DELICIOUS!?

    Mar 7, 2011
    I'd like another skin, but seeing that the forum software is outdated, I'd go with upgrading the software first. [​IMG]
  12. JinTrigger

    JinTrigger Asentrix Studios

    Jun 25, 2008
    United States
    I have been urging for another tournament!!!! Hell once I found the time/resources I was gonna see if I could host one. I still hold on to the Bomberman 2 and Clubhouse tournament where I made it to the Semi-Finals and 2nd place respectively cause it was so much fun and I count it as an accomplishment.

  13. wasim

    wasim ♫ Music addict ♫

    Nov 13, 2010
    More competitions, contests & tournaments
    cuz we need more fun
  14. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    Wouldn't you have to do a new skin anyway for the forum upgrade?
    There is no point for a new forum skin if you're planning on upgrading.

    I'd say upgrade + skin so I've voted for upgrade (I love the profile pages :3)
  15. tj_cool

    tj_cool Site dev

    Jan 7, 2009
    This planet
    True. If we were to make the skin first, we'd need to do double work when updating.
    But if that's what the community wants...
  16. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Nice to hear improvements are coming. And even nicer to see we can have our vote! A forum upgrade is not really needed IMHO, I don't need Twitter/Facebook integration at all. A better search function would be very welcome, but considering the amount of work.....

    I voted for a new skin because it's something I've wanted for years. It's also a bit of work, but it's something all members will appreciate (if you leave us the option to change between skins).
  17. ShawnTRods

    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

    Mar 26, 2011
    United Kingdom
    We need to upgrade to the latest software [​IMG]!
    Good to see that we get to choose, this is why I love the 'temp!
  18. Dter ic

    Dter ic ~

    Feb 19, 2009
    Voted for a forum upgrade, since there are some parts of the site which have bugs (i.e shoutbox)
  19. Shiro09

    Shiro09 AAI2 Localisation Team

    May 4, 2010
    I did "More competitions, contests & tournaments" because they Tempmas competetition was really fun, I would vote for the upgrade if I had a 2 choices though
  20. DarkWay

    DarkWay tsubasa hiroge

    Aug 21, 2008
    Upgrading the IPB takes top priority in my opinion.

    A new skin is all well and good but pointless if it creates more work when the IPB update eventually comes. So a new skin should only come after the IPB update, this way the new skin/skins can be made compatible with any new plugins/features that get added to the improvement of GBAtemp.

    Competitions/tournaments are also nice to have but the community themselves could actually step up and organize a few (there doesn't HAVE to be a prize, just for the fun of it would suffice), leaving the GBAtemp staff to focus on the much needed updating of the site as a whole.

    As for New, it comes and goes you can't just force out more and more news if it doesn't exist just let it flow as it comes.

    Having said all of that and voting for IPB update here's some food for thought;

    People will want all of this, some won't be able to choose just one.
    So why not hit all 4 nails in the head at once?

    Update the IPB (sure it's going to take awhile).
    Once the IPB is updated hold a competition.
    Competition is designing a new skin for GBAtemp (obvious prize is obvious).

    and BAM all 4 nails hit on the head, but WAIT what's this where's the news I hear you ask?

    The news is, Hey we've updated GBAtemp substantially look at all these cool new features, oh by the way competition time! Design a new skin for GBAtemp! The winner's skin will be implemented into GBAtemp for all.

    Sure this competition is HARD but it makes it all the more worthwhile and I guarantee there are tempers with the skill to pull this off.
    Not only that but this could bring yet more tutorials to GBAtemp as well, teaching people how to create custom themes for websites using the various tools and utilities available. that's an extra 5th nail on the head [​IMG]
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