Hey there Develteamers,
In with the new
For the past couple months, I've been working on a complete overhaul of the site, rebuilding it from the ground up. The new site will be more dynamic, allowing you to see new content, votes, comments, notifications, and whatever else as soon as they happen, in real time.
Out with the old
With the new site architecture, I have been carefully considering the focus of the site as well as the features available.
Based on use statistics, I am considering cutting the following aspects of the site:
Forums: The forums have gone virtually unused except for the Classified section, which has both been spammy and a bit redundant due to the nature of the site. As the site becomes more popular, Forums may make a return, but for now, they only serve as clutter, distracting from the main goals of the site. This includes forums (private and public) for Game Projects, as they are also very underused.
Brainstorms: This feature is pretty under used and really could be replaced with a simple feed post asking the same content.
Industry News and Videos/Podcasts: This feature has always been janky from the beginning and difficult to keep maintained. According to my analytics, these pages are almost never viewed.
Game Jams: For now, this feature will be cut. It's difficult to maintain since the site is a one-man operation. Additionally, previous game jams have not had much participation. In the future, this feature may return, but that depends on a dramatic increase in site traffic.
FAQ: The new site will be more user friendly, and most of the content found in the FAQ will no longer be needed in order to figure out the site.
Devteams: Right now, there are three major types of profiles: Developers, Devteams, and Game Projects. Originally, my intention was to have Devteams be a place on the site for developers who work together frequently to call home, and use to promote their projects. However, according to statistics on posts, Devteams have very little activity, and are rarely browsed. By removing Devteams, it allows the site to focus on the two most important things: The Developers, and the Game Projects.
Game Project Tasks: Again, according to statistics, Tasks are rarely used. Only a couple projects are using them at this current moment. External tools like Trello do everything Develteam Tasks do, plus a lot more. They're maintained by large companies who have many members on staff.
Game Project File Depot: This is another tool that is best replaced with external options like Dropbox, Google Drives, One Drive, Github, and so on. There are lots of tools available for cloud hosting of files. Storing them on Develteam is less efficient for you all.
Profile Activity Archives: No one's using this feature at all.
While this might be a shock, I believe it's for the best. With less clutter, the site can deliver it's two primary goals: A place for developers to show off their work, and a place for developers to mingle and form development teams. All that other stuff is besides the point.