This Is Not A Blog. Damnit.
So, snarky post title aside, I have to say that I am really liking the new GDNet.
WYSIWYG post editing? Yez plox.
File attachments? Oh yeah.
Tagging on journal entries? Woohoo!
OK, yeah, there's some speed bumps. I miss the Forum Favorites. I miss the IOTD. The CSS needs a lot of work, and there's a billion minor layout issues.
But you know what? Who gives a shit. I've been here in one capacity or another since V2 of the site. Yeah, I'm that old. That time has included several major changes to the site, in more areas than one. Every single change was accompanied by a large amount of bitching and whining. In fact, when v4 shipped I did a fair amount of whining myself... at first. Sometimes people actually followed through on their petty threats to leave over a color scheme; usually, though, they just quietly slipped back after a couple weeks and went on with business as usual. I find it ironic to see a lot of the same people complaining about v5 that whinged during the v4 rollout - often having flip-flopped their opinions about certain key issues in the meantime.
I'm not really trying to invalidate anyone's complaints here. I share a few of them. But I do want to say, publicly, that this attitude of "fix it or I'll leave" is just pathetic. We're a community of technically inclined people, and frankly it's kind of shameful to see people say things like "you're ruining the community so I'm going to leave." The community isn't GameDev.Net the domain name, guys, the community is you.
Leaving is what ruins communities.
Not contributing what you can - money, time, ideas, CSS tweaks, beta testing - that's what ruins communities.
So for those of us who are really loving the new site, let's enjoy it and be encouraging to those who aren't.
And for those who aren't: remember that you're the one, ultimately, who has control over the community experience here. You can be a positive part of it, and make things better - or you can hypocritically complain and walk away and be a part of the downfall of one of the best damn web sites that ever lived.
Vitriol mode off.