Soon we're planning on upgrading the outdated software and underlying structure of the GMC servers for a number of beneficial reasons not the least of which is increased security. After this is done the forum software will be reinstated and this has presented us with a few interesting options & opportunities concerning the future of the GMC.
Over time the GMC has grown and grown and has reached a point where despite all the awesome content here, we feel it is carrying around a lot of dead weight in terms of inactive user accounts, outdated content and underused boards, sub-boards, sub-sub-boards and so on. There is misinformation everywhere in the forms of old threads an even very old content directly from YYG employees that contradicts our current ideas and methodologies. This information is damaging in many ways and unfortunately is blended in with lots of very valuable and important information that makes it difficult to deal with.
Ultimately the GMC as it stands now has become rather unwieldy in many ways and is in need of a clear out and restructure of some capacity. That's why we're considering using this as an opportunity to start the GMC anew, empty and fresh. We are exploring options for new forum software and a new and improved forum board structure. We're hoping this would give us an opportunity to archive off old and outdated content that we can make very distinct from content that is relevant to our latest versions and software
Now obviously there's a lot of important and useful content here, especially in terms of tutorials, scripts and general GM info. If we were to start fresh we would be looking to preserve this content. We could either carry over specific content into the 'new' forum or we could simply archive all of our old content into a legacy version of the forum that could still be accessed.
Here are the main options we're currently considering:
1) We copy over all the existing content and carry on as normal. Possibly restructuring the forums in some capacity.
2) We start the GMC fresh but we carry over select forums of content that are important. It's become clear to us that this option isn't particularly viable, or long term beneficial.
3) We start completely fresh, and archive off our old forum content so that it remains accessible in a legacy read-only form.
I understand this might be a pretty contentious move and we wouldn't want to just uproot everything you guys use here without speaking to you all about it properly first. On that note however, please, please do your best to keep this discussion constructive and on topic <3.
Edited by ShaunS, 07 January 2016 - 03:28 PM.
More clarity on our intentions and reasoning, and an update to what we're currently considering.