We've made some changes...

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  1. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    A few days ago we put up a short and simple survey to give us some feedback about the site. As we move into a new year, we're going to start working on some improvements to TF2Maps.net based on the results we've obtained from the survey. You might have noticed some things have changed as we've rolled out our first wave of improvements, and I'd like to run you through exactly what has changed:

    Tutorials is now its own forum

    Before, the tutorials forum was a subforum of "Mapping & Tutorials". This made it be hidden from a lot of people, so we've moved it out, made it the Tutorials & Resources forum, and "Mapping & Tutorials" is now just Mapping Discussion. This should make finding the tutorials forum easier for new users, and hopefully will encourage more tutorials to be posted.

    We've reduced the forum clutter

    We'd like to think our site is pretty important, but does it really need two forums to handle its business? If we have any major announcements, they'll be posted to Featured News. Everything else site-related is now handled through the Front Desk.

    Also, the Portal 2 and Minecraft forums weren't getting much traffic, so they've been archived. A new Games Talk forum has replaced them, and includes threads from the previous two forums as well as some discussions that have been moved out of Off Topic. This forum should be used for the discussion of any game that isn't Team Fortress 2, which has its own Team Fortress 2 Talk.

    Team Fortress 2 Talk, Off Topic, and VIP Lounge have been moved to a new category alongside Games Talk, for better forum organization, with all mapping and content creation discussion in one place, and more general discussion in another. Also, Introduce Yourself is now a subforum of Off Topic.

    And there's even more!

    Here's some other, smaller changes we've introduced:
     
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  2. LeSwordfish

    aa LeSwordfish semi-trained quasi-professional

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  3. Terwonick

    Terwonick L6: Sharp Member

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    Don't stop cleaning now!!!

    As far as I know these names still need to be changed.
    http://forums.tf2maps.net/showthread.php?t=8889

    Update the server list, better yet, lock this thread and make a new one, plus update the server list on the side.
    http://forums.tf2maps.net/showthread.php?t=11829

    This needs more shortcuts/the list is incomplete.
    http://forums.tf2maps.net/showthread.php?t=6005

    Almost every link on this page is broken, it's one of the first things people will check out when they come here. http://forums.tf2maps.net/announcement.php?f=44
     
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  4. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    1) we don't know if changing names constantly is good for the structure of the forums, but we're looking into it.

    2) That is an old thread. We will be updating the server/mumble/IRC info when needed.

    3) Ask YM, but that look pretty good to me.

    4) I'll fix that up in the next day or 2.

    Thanks Terwonick!


    ALSO! We've added a "Map Showcase" forum, here is how to get your map there:
     
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  5. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I would like to point out the MC forum area wasn't getting much activity because the server was down for months until a week ago.
     
  6. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    For now we've rounded everything up into one forum... relevant and important things are stickied.
     
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  7. tyler

    aa tyler snail prince, master of a ruined tower

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    Never really needed separate forums for it or P2 anyway, honestly

    Also, you may want to disable thread creation in the RC showcase
     
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  8. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    It should be disabled.
     
  9. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    Well the MC server was only supposed to be for VIP's/Vets/trusted members anyway, i had recommended a sub forum in VIP for MC threads, but a full section was made in the public area in the end. Not complaining, it actually saw more use than i thought. With each update the area was relatively active with discussion that included peoples SP maps. The screenshot and server thread's have 11 pages of discussion and the last post was only 5 days ago.
     
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  10. Pocket

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    The link to Member Blogs still needs to be removed from the navbar.
     
  11. tyler

    aa tyler snail prince, master of a ruined tower

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    Oh, it is. The button is there still so I assumed I could make a new thread, but I don't have permissions
     
  12. Jeremy

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    Am loving the changes.
     
  13. Godslayer57

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    Liking the kinda map gallery :3
     
  14. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    Update 2/5/12

    We've adjusted the forum template to a more compact header layout, and put a featured gallery at the top of the home page. There's probably a few bugs to iron out, but we'd like to know what you think, and any suggestions you might have for further improving the forum layout.

    You can also revert to the older theme by going to Edit Options in your User Control Panel and setting the theme to TF2Maps 1.0. The current, default theme is 1.1.
     
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  15. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    Is the area marked fail ad-space?
     
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  16. Nineaxis

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    Yes.
     
  17. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    Replace it with some featured sections if you can.
     
  18. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    Do you have an image saved of the layout from before? I never thought it was in need of any modification.
     
  19. honeymustard

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    Neat.
     
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  20. AngryAngus

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    I'm really liking the changes, the top menu looks far more sleek and sexy.
    Good work.
     
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