To be clear... I'm talking about posting in community, or a GM section - you can post what you like in "Off Topic".
That's....true. I'll post a devlog so beautiful it makes you cry, then.
I really think the rules on devlogs are making Game Maker look worse rather than better, though.
Think of it like this:
If we had a devlog subforum, you're almost certainly right in saying that the vast majority of threads there would be crap. But that's true of the Alpha and Beta sections, too. (No offense, everyone.)
When a visitor passing through goes through the Alpha sections, there's a huge chance they're going to find a bunch of really ****ty looking games. That's just a testament to how awesome and user friendly GameMaker is. Sadly, most visitors aren't going to think this way, and are more likely to chalk up the ****ty games to some fault of GameMaker's, unfair as that is.
Now, in a devlog forum, you'll have two kinds of threads. Most of them like you said will be useless, and abandoned in a week by the bored twelve year olds that make them. The good news about these threads is that they're less likely to be actively offensive to people trying to judge how good GameMaker is, because the people making crappy devlogs will mostly just be rambling on about the awesome game they've dreamed up, instead of actually posting their horrible creations for the world to see.
The second kind of devlog you'll find is the kind tigsource is completely full of: hopeful professionals who want to share their game, but aren't comfortable posting a demo yet. Not many people realistically looking to make money with their game are going to post a demo before they send out their press releases, get greenlit, and try their hand at Kickstarter.
Basically, I think the current rules are encouraging unskilled or hobbyist developers to post, and are activingly discouraging people who are looking to make a career with their games from posting here. There are a lot of amazing games made with GameMaker, but you don't see them around here. There's a reason for that.
Sorry for derailing your thread a little, Nocturne. This is my last post here, I promise!
Edit: Also Mike, we don't want to link to dev blogs. We want to start threads for our dev logs. If you've been over to tigsource, you know the general idea.
And Nocturne, this was a pretty fun read, so thanks for posting. It's a shame that only 3 out of 200,000 members are allowed to post these kinds of threads, though. :'D
Edited by HopelessComposer, 22 March 2015 - 03:38 PM.