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Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:57 pm
by Aloys
Sort of a random question, but I was wondering, where they killed back then? Those where not entirely inactive. I loved using mine.

Sometimes getting motivated to work is hard, and having a log where you can publish stuff periodically is a nice way to motivate oneself. Also it's a nice way to post stuff that may not necessarily fit in the other sub forums..

I know these days there are lots of free blog platforms, as well as Facebook and all kind of fancy services; but I'd rather do it here.. :?

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:15 pm
by Sirius
What's the point ? We got the Cyan discord, which is much better than any forum. (/low effort sarcasm)

Weren't the dev journals removed because people wouldn't use it, or wouldn't be notified of new additions ?
They were a good way to centralize the blogs of all Uru people without having them scattered across FB. I wouldn't mind posting random stuff there, I'm just not sure anyone would notice...

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:50 pm
by Tsar Hoikas
The development journals were never killed off - you log in to the wordpress main site using your forum account and make a post.

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:08 am
by Sirius
And it even has an RSS feed at https://www.guildofwriters.org/journals/feed/, so I can add it to my list and not miss anything coming up ! Awesome. (Can't believe I went on so long without knowing about RSS - it's so convenient... I'm glad it wasn't completely killed by the current trend of UI heavy clients full of advertisement garbage.)

I can't login though. It recognizes neither my username, nor my email address.
Although to be honest, I'm not even sure what I would post there. The forums are calm enough, it might not be worth scattering discussions even more.
On the other hand, on occasions I feel like posting about personal projects but find it too spammy or not interesting enough for the forums. Maybe it would fit there ?

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:31 am
by ametist
Sirius wrote:I can't login though. It recognizes neither my username, nor my email address.

I just tried and I can't login either.

I for one would like to use the Development Journals myself! And read others. :)

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:23 pm
by Aloys
Tsar Hoikas wrote:The development journals were never killed off - you log in to the wordpress main site using your forum account and make a post.

>_> I had totally forgotten about that.
It's not like there's a big link at the top of this very page. Wait. >_>

My question still stands though: why? Why were they moved over to Wordpres, when they were working fine as part of the forum? WP does have technical advantages, but I fear taking them out of the forums give them far less visibility. And the way to use them isn't obvious.

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:59 am
by Tweek
Dev journals have been running on Wordpress for years think they moved over back when I did the design for the site.

I stopped using mine cause I tend to post over on my Age building FB page more.

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:58 am
by Tsar Hoikas
As best I remember, they got moved over about 10 years ago, as Tweek said. The reason being, again, as best I remember, I would field a great many requests for dev journals via PM. These involved creating a new subforum and tedious fiddling with permissions - and usually the journal would sit relatively idle. So it was kind of annoying work for no readily apparent payoff. Hence the move to a move streamlined platform.

I'll have to look into the login issues when I feel like I can tolerate doing any web work (ugh, web work).

Re: Why did we kill off the Development Journals again?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:20 pm
by Sirius
Bah, I don't expect a lot of people to take an interest in dev journals, so I guess it's fine if they are less visible. From what I could see they act more like blogs, so less focused on discussion and more on sharing personal experiences or trivia with other devs.

Tsar Hoikas wrote:I'll have to look into the login issues when I feel like I can tolerate doing any web work (ugh, web work).

Tell me about it. Due to covid I had to switch over to making websites. Ugh, never thought programming could be so un-fun... Anyway, there is no rush, so do it when you feel like it.