Since this is the discussion forum, I felt like it was probably the most appropriate place for this topic, rather than the WIP forum.
I’d like to talk about the number of BGE “projects” that are filling up the WIP page. It seems like these groups are using the WIP forums as their only place of dumping their group project discussions. Currently there are 6 or 7 of these projects that have been floating on the top of the forum since they were originally started.
To me, the WIP forum is a place to showcase work… and not a place to update with every enemy model you add to your project. Most of the projects there don’t have any consistantly updated first post (you have to dig through the entire thread’s 39532 pages to find any content), have 100’s of “that looks good” posts, and I don’t know if any of them have anything BUT “art” (As in… there’s no gameplay, no game demos, no game concepts beyond “platformer” and “like mirror’s edge!”).
What’s the problem with this? It prevents legitimatly new WIP projects from getting exposure. I’ve seen posts with very cool games get sent down to the bottom of the forum very quickly, being buried by the mounds of group projects that clutter everything.
I understand that a lot of our members are young and easily excited by the things that they’re creating… it’s great fun :D! But all the time that you’re spending posting that new wall you’ve added to your game could be spent… on the game.
If other people aren’t bothered by this, by all means ignore this post. However, if enough people agree, something should be done.
In my mind, there are 3 routes we could go with this. 1 is to let it continue as is and let groups use the boards to organize their projects, 2 is to create another forum entirely for group projects, and 3 is to disallow the use of the BlenderArtists boards for group project discussion, and make it so that they have to find space and ways to communicate their progress on their own (there are lots of options for this… webspace is cheap and easy to get, a blog is very easy to set up, skype/any other IM client is easy to use to communicate… and good ol’ e-mail is a perfectly good tool).