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Welcome To The New Gamedev.Net!

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Gaiiden

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Greetings fellow GDnet community members. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the brand new version of The GameDev.net website, something that has been in development in one form or another for the past five years. Yea, five years. Besides the challenge of hitting a moving target in terms of keeping pace with changing technology, our internal team has also had to overcome various obstacles in planning and design.

Over the past three years we've also been able to witness and follow the re-launch of other game development websites like Gamasutra, GarageGames, and the IGDA. This has given us a chance to see site revamping in action and has helped to guide us in our redesign and relaunch of GameDev.net.

There are two big things about this new site that I would like to point out. The first is that this is not exactly what we originally dubbed "V5" a few years ago when we started talking more publicly about the site redesign. This is indeed the fifth generation of GameDev.net (some would argue it's the second) but it does not follow the full design spec that was originally laid out for V5. So if you were waiting for something you heard was coming with this new site launch and don't see it, that could be why.

This leads into my second item, which is that you are not looking at a fully-completed website. So yes, that V5 feature you were hoping to see might still be coming as we continue to roll out areas of the website. We decided on this less-rigid launch to give you all a chance to help mold and shape the final appearance that will hopefully last us another ten years.

You can do this by making gratuitous use of the "Feedback" tab you will see hovering to the left of every page. This will submit a ticket straight into our internal tracking system and will allow us to take care of bugs and issues as well as determine where to focus on site development. Don't just sit back and let us decide what you want in the new GDnet, tell us what you want!

I'm so happy and excited to finally be writing this blog post, made even cooler by the fact that I'm doing it from the road on my iPhone (Feedback: mobile site version still needs work ;)). There are exciting times ahead but looking back we wouldn't be at this point right now first and foremost without the support and generosity of our community (that's you!) and of course the hard work put into developing this site by the GDNet staff and mods.

To close, I would like to extend a special thank you to one of the original site founders Mike Tanczos for spearheading the development of this new website based on IPS. He shouldered a gargantuan amount of work over the last year to get the site to where it is today, a state we deem ready for your consumption. Thanks, Mike!

Enough babble from me, you all have some exploring to do! We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new GameDev.net :D

UPDATE: While we will be jumping straight on fixing any serious bugs and issues that crop up as people start poking around and discovering things, we won't be commenting much specifically on general feedback and issues users are posting about. Tuesday morning I will have a new entry that covers a whole slew of topics that have been brought up so far that will help answer questions and ease minds... mostly :P
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Congratulations. First impressions are that it looks great and works smoothly!

Once again, congrats!

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Looks great! Can't wait to explore around the site. But in the meantime, I have a quick bug report! The "Recent Comments" section on the right is incorrect. I was surprised to see the following there:


[color=#1C2837][size=2][url="http://www.gamedev.net/user/81753-ezbez/"]Ezbez[/url] [url="http://www.gamedev.net/user/81753-ezbez/"][img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_images/master/user_popup.png[/img][/url] [color=#606060][size=2]on Nov 29 2010 03:56 AM[/size][/color]
[url="http://www.gamedev.net/blog/23/entry-2226878-my-first-foray-into-interactive-fiction/page__cid__2232209__show__newcomment"][img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_images/master/new_post.png[/img][/url] [b][url="http://www.gamedev.net/blog/23/entry-2226878-my-first-foray-into-interactive-fiction/page__cid__2232209__show__newcomment"]My first foray into Interactive Fiction[/url][/b][/size][/color]
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[size="2"][color="#1C2837"]That post of mine was back in November![/color][/size]
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[size="2"][color="#1C2837"]But wow, I was impressed that the formatting copied *perfectly* into this reply when I copy-pasted it.[/color][/size]

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[quote name='Ezbez' timestamp='1294591518']
Looks great! Can't wait to explore around the site. But in the meantime, I have a quick bug report! The "Recent Comments" section on the right is incorrect. I was surprised to see the following there:


[color="#1c2837"][size="2"][url="http://www.gamedev.net/user/81753-ezbez/"]Ezbez[/url] [url="http://www.gamedev.net/user/81753-ezbez/"][img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_images/master/user_popup.png[/img][/url] [color="#606060"][size="2"]on Nov 29 2010 03:56 AM[/size][/color]
[url="http://www.gamedev.net/blog/23/entry-2226878-my-first-foray-into-interactive-fiction/page__cid__2232209__show__newcomment"][img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_images/master/new_post.png[/img][/url] [b][url="http://www.gamedev.net/blog/23/entry-2226878-my-first-foray-into-interactive-fiction/page__cid__2232209__show__newcomment"]My first foray into Interactive Fiction[/url][/b][/size][/color]
[color="#1c2837"] [/color]
[size="2"][color="#1c2837"]That post of mine was back in November![/color][/size]
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[size="2"][color="#1c2837"]But wow, I was impressed that the formatting copied *perfectly* into this reply when I copy-pasted it.[/color][/size]
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No it was right. I mean, that [i]was[/i] the most recent comment made on any of my blog posts :)

And yes - WYSIWYG post entry FTMFW :)

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Excellent job! Like everyone it'll take me a few days to poke and prod all the new features. But this is wonderful! Any background on what you're using to create all this?

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[quote name='Alpha_ProgDes' timestamp='1294592489']
Excellent job! Like everyone it'll take me a few days to poke and prod all the new features. But this is wonderful! Any background on what you're using to create all this?
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We're basing the site off of Invision Boards IP.Board software with a bunch of custom tweaks here and there. We're relying on IP.Content heavily for most of the custom site areas (books, dictionary, events, jobs, etc). It's an awesome system that will allow us to give you guys new features just by upgrading.

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[quote name='Alpha_ProgDes' timestamp='1294592489']
Excellent job! Like everyone it'll take me a few days to poke and prod all the new features. But this is wonderful! Any background on what you're using to create all this?
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It's based on the [url="http://www.invisionpower.com/products/board/"]Invision Power Board software suite[/url].

[quote name='Starnick' timestamp='1294592583']
It looks good - the visual rich text editor in the forum put a tear in my eye.
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So many people are still going to try entering HTML by hand hahahah

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[quote name='Gaiiden' timestamp='1294591943']No it was right. I mean, that [i]was[/i] the most recent comment made on any of my blog posts :)

And yes - WYSIWYG post entry FTMFW :)
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Ah, it's most recent on your blog, not most recent on the site! Makes sense now.

Unfortunately, quotes aren't WYSIWYG-ed.

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Im loving it, great job. Very nice on the editors and javascriptness. This will and should attract many more people to the website.

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The new design is full of win. That's all that needs to be said.

By the way, have youall considered an app for gamedev as opposed to a mobile version? Sure, more work, but better payoff in terms of community access for the end user.

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[quote name='_orm_' timestamp='1294600217']
The new design is full of win. That's all that needs to be said.By the way, have youall considered an app for gamedev as opposed to a mobile version? Sure, more work, but better payoff in terms of community access for the end user.
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actually yes, there's already an IPS official app in the AppStore that is free people can use to check any IPS community including ours and we have a few options in creating our own personalized app as well we will be looking into

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Just discovered the new look. I felt as if I just had my morning coffee! Great job guys.

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Why do we need to have a HUGE LAST and FIRST button?
Make the LAST button smaller (it;s rarelly used anyway).
And make the NEXT (->) button BIG.

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[quote name='Overdrive' timestamp='1294654843']
Why do we need to have a HUGE LAST and FIRST button?
Make the LAST button smaller (it;s rarelly used anyway).
And make the NEXT (->) button BIG.
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Maybe it is ok for comments pages, but it's especially annoying for reading articles.
When i read an article i want the NEXT button to be easy to click on. nobody reads one page, then jumps to the last one...

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Why does it even NEED those NEXT and LAST buttons? All this content would fit on one page! (I especially can't believe that only FIVE comments are shown per page, but short articles on five pages is a bummer, too.)

Oh, and BTW: I tried to add this comment via Opera, but the textfield just got cleared and the text wasn't added. Meh.

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