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Suggestions Box / What I want for TWG
« on: September 04, 2003, 05:16:51 PM »
Because I am at the receiving end of suggestions/complaints/snarkiness/whathaveyou for the TWG website, I started thinking again about why on earth we have this site, anyway. Initially, it was an excuse to get free games. While it has fulfilled and continues to fulfill this original goal passably, it seems that various people want TWG to be various things.

On that note, here are some things that I think about regarding TWG. These are in no particular order, and some of them are strictly my deal. But please feel free to add or comment on anything after reading this.

First and foremost, I want to know WTH is up with PHP truncating strings when entering into MySQL for pre-built packages. Both the polls and phpmyadmin are doing this, but nothing else is. This only started happening after the Solaris 5.8 OS upgrade. Whatever the cause, it's given me renewed motivation to simply move my server back to FreeBSD. This would mean downtime for TWG as I worked out the problems that come with switching OS.

I know that most people enjoy the little titles associated with your post count, but I'm tired of the Perl YaBB and wish we could move to something MySQL-based. Of course, this would mean rewriting the entire user authentication system. (i.e. more downtime for TWG)

I hate the current way the departments are handled. TWG was originally built that way because EUOL wanted to have full control over his department pages. So I made it so each department has its own directory and homepage. Of course, shortly after EUOL stopped admining (is that a word?) and the only department that's ever had any significant work done is the RPG section. Everything else looks like crap.

If we aren't going to have department heads who want to actively maintain their own pages, I want to go back to the "single page template" that PHP-nuke uses. Adding features to a single department page is so much easier than going through every one in every directory. Also, then we'd be able to manage departments through the database, instead of having to do it all by hand.

When Fell and I started TWG, we really didn't know what to expect. I made the online article submission so that we could branch out and let other people write articles without making Fell do everything. At the time, we thought we'd have more admins: me, Fell, EUOL. Turns out EUOL and I aren't interested in maintaining the site content, so it ends up being all Fell anyway.

What we do have now, though, is a small but loyal group of regulars. Some of you even write great articles, so I'm glad we have the online thing. The question is, are all of you using it? If not, why? If so, what do you like or dislike about it? The one thing I'd really like is to see more content, and more submitters, working with TWG. I'm not sure how to facilitate that, though.

Despite all my ignoring and resisting, I personally feel that TWG still has a lot that could be improved. Most of the reason I avoid changing things is because there's no real consensus on what should be changed, and how. If we're just going to keep posting reviews here and there, and occasionally get free games for it, I see no reason to change anything at all. However, if the TWG community (now that we have one) wants something else, I feel like we should at least know what that is.

Rants and Stuff / one more thing about Nicole Kidman
« on: May 12, 2003, 07:28:29 PM »
I'm very disappointed the Fell forgot to mention one thing in this week's poll report.

It clearly shows that I'm right and he's wrong.

Video Games / EVE Online
« on: April 29, 2003, 01:32:08 PM »
All you gaming nerds might find this new MMORPG interesting:

While I'm currently playing DAoC, I'd be interested in looking at this one when it comes out.

Suggestions Box / There's always something to forget
« on: April 07, 2003, 05:54:07 PM »
So, thanks to the author of the Ars Magica article, I discovered that I left out a field in one of our database tables. This means that any guest articles submitted since we added the "meta" field to articles got sent to the black hole of the internet.

Since most articles are written by admins and department heads, we never noticed this until now.

Webcomics & Free Stuff / Two very fun flash games
« on: March 28, 2003, 05:16:09 PM »
Here are a couple little flash adventure games. They're both based on exploring, and both kept me highly amused for a couple hours each.

Everything Else / Things I wish I had, part 1
« on: March 20, 2003, 04:57:44 PM »
I didn't think this kind of technology was so close on the horizon:

I'm sure when it becomes commercially available it'll be horrifically expensive. But still, a full DVD in 5 seconds? Sign me up.

Movies and TV / Farscape 2.2 DVD
« on: December 03, 2002, 04:00:15 PM »
Hey, through a rather impressive display of stupidity, I purchased two Season 2 Volume 2 DVDs. Would anyone be willing to buy one of them for $20? That's about half the price Media Play is asking, and still less than online dealers. I know 42 is collecting the series, but he might already have it. Anyone interested?

Webcomics & Free Stuff / I'm amused
« on: December 03, 2002, 02:42:18 PM »

Video Games / Robotech review
« on: November 21, 2002, 03:39:00 PM »
Very impressive review, Mr. P. It was very detailed and weighed both the good and bad about the game. It's nice to know that we're picking up more good writers.  :)

Webcomics & Free Stuff / Demonology 101
« on: November 04, 2002, 05:57:14 PM »
So I just finished the archives of Demonology 101, and I must say I'm very impressed. The archives aren't huge, and read very fast. I'd be curious to hear any other general impressions before I write my review.

Movies and TV / The Ring review
« on: November 04, 2002, 03:14:08 AM »
Sorry Kid, I didn't see your email with the review until just now. With all the construction at the new house, I haven't had a chance to set up my computer yet, and I rarely check my home email from work. Do you think you could just post it as a guest review, and Dan can look at it tomorrow? Or rather, later today, since it's Monday now...

Webcomics & Free Stuff / What next?
« on: October 17, 2002, 05:36:39 PM »
Well, now that I've finally finished Melonpool, what does everyone recommend I review next for our beloved webcomics section?

Movies and TV / Firefly
« on: September 20, 2002, 12:53:24 PM »
For all the local Utah folks, does anyone know when Firefly premiers tonight? With Sci-Fi channel ripped from my hands, I figure I might as well give it a try.

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