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Acehuge
It's cool that it's open source now, and it's cool to think about Witendofi 16 or whatever revision it would be. I'd be happy to code a little somethin'-somethin', too, if I thought it would look good on my portfolio.

The barrier to entry is the goal of the website. The only reason WTF was originally successful was because it had a goal to solve a problem: connecting DS players. Because it solved this problem pretty effectively, and got in at such an early stage with some decent SEO, the people came and a community formed.

If we were to all scrape our free time together now, we'd have fun, we'd learn stuff, and we would make something. But for what goal? As much as I love forums, and all the other features each revision of this site has had, we can't get lots of people to enjoy what we've made unless we solve a problem that lots of people have. Having made that, it would need to be better/better marketed than anyone else trying to solve that problem.

I mean, we'd be competing with Miiverse if we tried to recreate what made WitendoFi/OCW so special. It's just not going to be successful. Why does that matter? Because forums and stuff are fun when there's people using them. This is a beautiful enough website; it's very usable, too - and it gets about 4 posts a week. Woo.

If we want to do something, I think it's a worthwhile investment of our time to consider our goals, reinvent them and do something different. If we make something worthwhile, we can make it big. Alain and andrio are internet famous now. JonEx has good connections, too. We just have to make something different to what's been made in the past.
Unxhdqb
I agree with Ace. I mean really a subreddit has the same functionality as this site. It doesn't look nearly as good, but there's nothing else special about it. Forums isn't enough nowadays and finding people to play games with isn't as much of an issue in my opinion. We need something new if we want to expand beyond "the group".
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I agree with Ace and Ninco. However, it was something we all knew coming into this. We all have our reasons for this revision, but in my case it was mostly a matter of pride - now that I have experience could I work on a much better revision of OCW/WTF than I've ever done before. And the answer was yes.

That said, even if this website does not go anywhere as Witendofi, it doesn't make what we've done here useless. One idea I have is to extract the forum functionality and make a modern standalone bbcode-based forum offering. I'd have to look at the competing current forum offerings first to see what niche could possibly be fulfilled first of course.
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Yes, forum systems right now are pretty abysmal. The concern is whether people still want forums with the advent of Reddit-like systems.
Dancing-monkey-1
Do we have an active sub-reddit?
Unxhdqb
Considering we don't even have an active website, no.
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Well said
Dancing-monkey-1
I know I check Reddit more frequently than I check here. I would certainly be more active.
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This was actually a pleasant surprise when I decided to check in on the status of witendofi/OCW. It really looks like a gorgeous forum system and I hope you guys can make something of it in the future.

It's strange to say this, but it's a shame websites like these are so obsolete now. I mean, there are faster ways of accomplishing something similar to foruming, and online systems in our games are significantly better than they used to be (even if still lacking in some ways, Nintendo). But I loved growing up in forum culture - I feel like there was a greater sense of individuality and knowing the people in your community than, for example, on reddit (in all but the smallest subreddits). It's even down to the idea of having an avatar, signature and maybe a title. Those days are gone, though, I guess, but forums led me to have a huge number of close online friends that I've kept up with for years now! So having much less of an opportunity to do so now is kind of sad. Something, something, nostalgia, something blah blah blah.

Also, um, hi.
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I like that his website runs smooth as silk on both mobile and desktop web browsers. I actually prefer coming here on my phone more than I do my laptop.
Acehuge
Damian said:
It's strange to say this, but it's a shame websites like these are so obsolete now. I mean, there are faster ways of accomplishing something similar to foruming, and online systems in our games are significantly better than they used to be (even if still lacking in some ways, Nintendo). But I loved growing up in forum culture - I feel like there was a greater sense of individuality and knowing the people in your community than, for example, on reddit (in all but the smallest subreddits). It's even down to the idea of having an avatar, signature and maybe a title. Those days are gone, though, I guess, but forums led me to have a huge number of close online friends that I've kept up with for years now! So having much less of an opportunity to do so now is kind of sad.


Yeah, I think about this a lot. I don't know how kids make online friends today, or if they do at all. I guess IRC still exists, but that's never been huge since web 2.0. I guess on tumblr there's communities, but they're still really limited in the way they communicate.

Also, um, hi!
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Facebook groups have made me a lot of online friends since OneClick Wifi died out. IGN, reddit, steam, tumblr and twitter still exist I guess.