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Norman Barrows

why no FAQ's in the forums?

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Norman Barrows    7179

just curious, why no FAQ's in the forums?

 

either regular FAQs or links to articles/topics on gamedev.

 

i'd think there'd be faq's for stuff like what language, what engine, etc. in "for beginners" (perhaps there is, have't checked).

 

but i'd also think there'd be FAQs for stuff like frustum plane calculations, ray pick, alpha blend draw order, alpha test sampling artifacts, rendering space scenes, scaling sprites, resolution independent graphics, and other questions that get asked every few months.

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jbadams    25677

Some forums have them, and others don't.  If you visit the "DirectX and XNA" or "OpenGL" forums for example, you'll see a collection of useful links in the "getting started" block to the right of the topic listing.  "APIs and Tools" and "Music and Sound" make more extensive use of pinned topics.  Some forums, such as "Business and Law" have detailed FAQs on separate pages, which are usually linked to from their "getting started" blocks and/or a pinned topic.

 

I think we could definitely use a bit more consistency with our FAQs, and some forums could use additional/updated/some information.

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Gaiiden    5710

the Getting Started box is generally considered a FAQ for us now, as the IPS forum software did not come with any sort of FAQ page for use per forum (the closest thing they had was a "Rules" page - in fact the Business and Law FAQ has re-purposed the Rules page for this).

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