What we can do to make OS4Coding even better?

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What we can do to make OS4Coding even better?

Hello to all,
8 years passed since we launch OS4Coding.net for all the AmigaOS 4 developers out there. The reason we build this website is to create a place where the developers could find information gathered and people to help them with their experience.

We would like to ask you what would you like to change/remove/add at the website. Please, give us you ideas and proposals on how to make this website even better.

There are a few ideas that we are working on:

  • There is going to be a new section called "Tutorials" where hand picked blog posts are going to be listed, for anyone to find in an easier way.
  • We are thinking to give you a way to sync your blog website, for anyone that might have one, with the blog posts here. This way as soon as you put an article at your own blog, this will be added here as well. Of' course, there will be something like check of the articles, before going online, to be sure that they are programming related. What do you think about that?
  • Change the way the blog post rating is working, and clean a few anonymous/self made ratings.

So, what you think? What else should we change?

Thank you all for your help and for using OS4Coding.net.

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Hi, the Tutorials and blogs idea sounds great. I vote +1 for those one.

AOS4.1/SAM460ex/PPC460EX-1155MHZ/2048MB/RadeonHD6570/SSD120GB/DVDRW :-P
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Hi,
As Jabirulo wrote, I agree with the idea of tutorials.

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Yes this is a great idea!

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Some more ideas :

-- Blogs button move after Forum button, as Forum there is more important than any blogs, so, to have logical way of things. Something like: Home, Forum. Tutorials, Blogs, Links, About us, Contatct Us, My Account.

-- Delete unused areas in the forum, such as:

1. AmiDARK Engine: that one wasn't ever finished, there was some almost ready version with lots of bugs, which authors wasn't in interest to fix, and so, its abandoned, and no one use it. So make no sense to hold it there.

2. AmyCygnix: that one cool and good piece of software, just programming over AmyCygnix all the same as programming over any other unix, so make not differences in terms of OS4. There is only moments about how link them , but its not fits to special subarea in forum.

3. QT Ports : that probabaly can be remove also, as there is also nothing aos4 specific. Also only moment about how install qt, and how link against qt librararies when do qt ports, also didn't fits in the subforum area and not much about QT programming itself.

While one can argue about amycygnix and qt areas, amidark one for sure can be deleted for good.

--- Delete at begining of every post link with words "Flag as offensive", its not needit imho, and only blur eyes when one want to read first post.

--- Add ability to post News (those ones at bottom, called "Latest News"), not only as it now (by admin), but by any registered user, but of course admin will moderate them still, and only allow those ones which fits and reject those ones which bad/ not fits / lame / wrong / etc.

Maybe also worth to check current worldwide coding forums, to see what else interesting they have and what we can made there too.

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Thank you all for your comments.

  • Added the "Tutotrials" section of the site, which you can find at the top menu, which is also reordered?
  • Updated the rating system, so now the content creator and the anonymous users cannot vote
  • Removed the "Dark Engine" section from the forums. AmiCygnix and QT I prefer to keep them, in case people want to use them.
  • Moved "Flag offensive" link at the bottom of the post, instead of the beggining.

@kas1e
You requested a way to add News posts. There is a button at the end of the news list and a menu item under "My Account" at the top menu. I checked the permissions and seem everyone has access to post news. This doesn't work for you?

@all
Do you know about the feature for adding your code and share it to other websites, as it has it's own unique code? Read more here.

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@admin

One of my pet peeves with regard to this site, is the section of blogs (and "news" likewise).

On the frontpage there is a rather small (5 items only!) list of entries visible as an excerpt, with a button below, labeled "more". So far so good. But now when one clicks that button the full detailed list of entries is presented, complete with part of the contents of every entry.

I feel there's something missing: a complete, scrollable list of entries in the same vain as the small list on the frontpage, but now utilising full screenheight. It makes navigating the entries in the list much easier.

B.t.w. same goes for news items.

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@admin

Something quite different: "where have all the flowers gone?" is a song written by Pete Seeger, but my question is little different "where have all the avatars gone?".

On a second note; how do I start a new thread in the list of forum topics? I was at a los, probably due to not having posted anything ther for more then 2 years...

Sorry,
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Tutorials button at bottom (that one where Blogs, MostRated and Tutorias), when press on "Read more", bring not only tutotrials, but all the other stuff.

Also in the main tutorials section which at top now, some good ones missed:

http://os4coding.net/blog/trixie/screen-programming-amigaos-4
http://os4coding.net/blog/rigo/boopsi-gadget-help-strings-user-interfaces
http://os4coding.net/blog/rigo/boopsi-windowclass-and-new-popup-menu-functionality-part-one
http://os4coding.net/blog/rigo/boopsi-windowclass-and-new-popup-menu-functionality-part-two
http://os4coding.net/blog/trixie/reaction-appwindows-and-appmessages
http://os4coding.net/blog/kas1e/hacking-way-part-1-first-steps
http://os4coding.net/blog/trixie/recommended-practice-os4-reaction-programming

Maybe they are there , but missing button "more" ?

But probabaly, it shouldn't be there just copy of how it looks like in the blog areas , it should be just some clean names of articles only, and links on them.

I mean when one press on tutorials, there no needs for avatars, and no needs for few phrases of begining, as it make all looks messy a bit. Instead there should be just list of articles, on which users can press and read. Without anything else: no avatars, no images, no first phrases of articles. Just names of them in a list , which can be later grouped/regrouped by sections (like GUI programming, Debugging, and co).

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Also self-anonymouse rating still not cleaned. I mean we can go to any old article / post, and can see that those up/down in % still old ones. Probabaly everything should be 0% everywhere since now (when cleaning of it happens), so all will be good from that moment.

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@oldfart

"where have all the avatars gone?".

If I remember right, some avatars missed when we had I huge update of the website sometime ago. It would be great if you could upload it again.

On a second note; how do I start a new thread in the list of forum topics?

You have to visit "Forum" from the top menu, select the channel you want and there you will find a button "New topic". That way you can start a new topic for the forum.

@kas1e

Also in the main tutorials section which at top now, some good ones missed:

Fixed that.

@all
Thank you again for your ideas and proposals. Everything is noted and we are going to develop as much of them as possible.

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@admin

For some reason I'm no longer able to edit my signature. It tells me I don't have sufficient permissions to do it. Can you please have a look at that? Thanks!

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