So at this point, I think it's safe to say the overall opinion's overwhelmingly in favor of moving to Jcink over using Tapatalk (in reading the discussion on the Zetaboard support forums and playing around with what both Jcink and Tapatalk have to offer, I'm feeling more and more like that's the best idea as well). So I think I can officially say at this point that we'll be moving over to the Jcink recreation of the forums
rather than sticking with Tapatalk. Until the move to Tapatalk occurs, we can still continue using the forum over here on Zetaboards as the main one, though keep in mind that if you want any posts or topics to be on the Jcink version of the forums, the only way to do so is to either need to either move the discussion or recreate them over there.
So first off, for any unaware, Rohzek and I have done a lot of work on the Jcink version of the forums since my last post in this topic, and it's now set up to be extremely close to what we have over here, along with having our two main themes fully converted. enigmaopoiea also went ahead and created additional custom buttons for the ones we needed, so far as themes go, they should now be 100% complete!
Since most of that forum groundwork is now done with, I want to shift the discussion to moving over and creating archives of threads over on the Jcink forums
, as that's likely the next big thing that will eventually need doing. I want to see how the community feels in terms of how far we should go in recreating threads on the new forum.
So first, one thing I'd like to note:
Every topic will still be around and remain as an archive on the Tapatalk forum when the conversion happens, so when I talk about recreating threads, I mean one of the following:
1. Copying over all the more important/notable posts from a thread (this would probably be rarer, and mainly in the case of stickies or infodump topics).
2. creating a new thread that has a link to the archive topic, along with the original post, (this is likely what I'd be doing more, especially for any topics focused more on discussion).
So to make this simpler, I'm going to divide this into 3 categories. Threads I currently plan to archive, Threads I don't plan to archive, and threads I'm unsure about. I'm mainly looking for feedback for the ones I'm less sure about, though feel free to comment on anything and everything that you'd to, since all feedback's welcome.
Things I'm definitely archiving:
- Any still-relevant stickies
- data dump topics with still-useful info
- A few of the more popular/still relevant discussion threads (I wouldn't mind opinions on where I should draw the line for which of these to archive, however)
- Everything in the "Polls" section (these are easy to build new discussion off of, and it's nice having a record of previous poll results)
Things I won't bother archiving:
- Any more personal threads (such as introduction threads, RP threads, and art topics - these don't seem fitting for me to copy over, and they can all be remade by the original thread creator should they want to)
- Short threads that were never much of a discussion in the first place (for example, simple question threads in which the question was quickly answered)
Things I'm unsure about archiving (these are the ones I'm most looking for feedback on):
- Smaller/long inactive discussion threads - Some could potentially still be interesting as an archive, but it would be a lot of work to archive large amounts of these. In addition, I wonder how much point there would be unless we actually planned to continue the discussion, since the archives would still be available to view on the Tapatalk version of the forum, and the any new threads on Jcink would simply the original post with a link to those archive threads. As a result, those new threads may ultimately seem more like clutter, unless people were to actually continue discussion in them. I suppose if people think I should archive some of these, a possible middle ground could be to only archive the initial 1-2 pages of each forum section, since that would probably grab many the smaller threads that have had some more recent activity (even then though, I'm unsure if it'd be worth going that far with any smaller forum sections that may only have 1-2 pages of topics total).
- Fan game topics - Now, I'm sure I want to archive some of these, so the question's really just where to draw the line. I'll most likely recreate any "Completed Fangame" topics, since their completed status makes them more worth archiving, though I'm unsure whether I also want to remake the various Demo-only fangame threads. I think there isn't much reason to archive the ones that were only concepts, at least. In any case, One other thing in regards to fangames is that when possible, I'd prefer that the original creators remake their fangame's thread over me doing so in their place.
One last thing I'd also like to mention is that when possible, I'd generally prefer the original creator of a thread to be the one to archive or recreate it themselves, both since it makes for a nicer-looking archive (since the thread creator's name matches the original post), and since that would allow the thread creator to still have the ability to edit the original post, should they have any need to. In fact, if anyone wants to archive any of their previous threads, feel free to go ahead and recreate them along with copying over any relevant posts whenever you'd like.
Anyway, I think that about covers it far as my current thoughts are concerned. Hopefully this gives people a better idea of what I currently have in mind when it comes to archiving posts; likewise, I'd appreciate hearing any thoughts of feedback anyone here has in regards to all this.