* Are we getting rid of trolls with this solution ?
Can you elaborate on what exactly this means? I'm not really sure.
* Are we having closed sections (excluding beginners-section) with password? I think we should
We hadn't considered this, but I don't think there's any reason we would create closed sections of the forum. At the moment there is no change planned to how the forums are operated or organized.
Sounds interesting (though we all heard interesting announcements here before, didn't we?), and I am willing to donate if it's at last bring some meaningful results.
I absolutely agree and understand - this "announcement" is hardly new. The difference this time is that we have contracted a professional developer (not just a friend of mine or a roommate who wants to code for free) and results will actually be delivered.
That said, while I am aware that exact cost might not be known at this point, could You give us all at least some basic idea of what amount of money is approximately needed, at least by order of magnitude?
I would prefer not to discuss the specific amount in public, but the rate is in the thousands of USD - this is to ensure quality of the delivered product and later support after the project is completed.
And one more thing - in general, it would be certainly prudent not to have this new website "designed by a popular vote" (because as they say "camel is a horse designed by a popular vote" - or "by a committee" in other version), but are You planning to allow some expression of opinions by community about specific elements of functionality (what users think will be most needed or how they think it should work etc.)?
Yes, we will certainly be listening to the community while designing the system. I have already posted a few topics about this and refined my specifications based on feedback the community has provided. At the end of the day, though, the ultimate decision for how we will organize and build the system lies with Gollevainen and myself.
P.S. Don't want to criticize, but my combined SB and FD works are already in 48MB range (ok, FD is some 44MB of it, and that includes some yet-unpublished stuff
This is a very nice thing to know and I'm glad you mentioned it! I forgot to clarify that this "50MB" of space we mentioned earlier is reserved for the user's personal designs and AU work
; any real life Shipbucket or FD scale work will be hosted on the site's public storage without any impact to the user's personal storage space.
Also, the "50MB" figure is a ballpark number until we decide what amount most people will need.
Please keep the questions and requests coming, it helps us to get a sense of what the community would require in this sort of system.