I know its not a simple thing but a huge part of why Discord is so capable of moving communities to its platform is that it is convenient. If some form of this forum is put in app form designed for mobile it might get a resurgence. I know it sounds kinda sad but I hate having to go to my browser on my phone to use a site. Even if it is designed for viewing in a browser, on mobile. I also don’t do much socializing on my desktop either. It is hobbies and games on my desktop, that is it and I can see alot of people being the same way.
It’s not why I left for 6 years, I blame that on my stop and go procrastination with trying to make a video game. If there was a way to interact with these forums through a custom built app for android and iphone I honestly think it could kick some life into JGO. People can socialize on the app in a general thread the “main thread” that you see when you open the app, there will need to be blocks and mods to limit ads cause it can get bad. Having a singular thing that everyone sees attracts alot of attention from people only wanting to post ads and controlling the ads will need to be at the very top of the list of priorities when designing the app since that will really drive a huge chunk of possible users away if it is not dealt with. Somewhere there will need to be access to the whole list of forum categories that are collapsible within one click of the first frame you see when you open the app.
Also needs to remember what you collapsed so that eliminates one section that you are not interested in to get you to what you want faster.
Such as collapsing games center to get to discussions or collapsing both to get to game development. The showcase is great and lets people be excited to see their work where others will see it, that will also need to be within one click from the first frame along with latest medals or seeing your own medals and also settings. Keeping the same color pallet as the forums would be risky but could probably be pulled off and possibly would make interchanging from the desktop forums to the app forums less jarring and nostalgic, if you keep alot of the same design elements aswell. Which is necessary for when people need to use the main site on their desktop to do most of there posting of code n what not. Nobody except maybe a small few will have their code on hand, on their phone when they need help with something, or are sharing something.
There is alot of features the
desktop version of the site has that can’t
be done on mobile so a mobile version will need to be the middle man
till you get home to use your main comp hence making the social aspect first, and still having access
to the full forum list to check up on answers, solutions and advice from the convenience of their phone in app form.
Voice chat could be a feature but probably not necessary.
Might not have been easy to read, I have a headache and didn’t re read through all of it but it should make sense. I thought of this after I saw someone on a thread I can’t remember… headache… that said the forums are slowly dying from people just going to the discord server of JGO instead. Really didn’t think too much of it, I haven’t been on here in a while, until I noticed that the topic I posted was the last one in 24 hours. That’s a long time with no posts in general discussions. Even though I haven’t had much activity on the site in general I have used it count
less times for help where answers where already available with my on and off head bashing trying to make video games. I don’t have the time nor the skills required to help in much of anyway towards a JGO app except for putting out the idea and possible design tips for layout and what not. If the app is made with libgdx the only thing I kinda know in coding a cellphone app can also be scaled to a desktop app as well without much extra effort. Making one click access from your desktop on your desktop to the same social focus of the phone app and with the power of having all your files on the main comp as well. The desktop app is optional cause at that point the browser site is dead and is nothing more than a husk to power the other
Edit: It also has to be made in Java for obvious reasons and there might be a whole community of people in one place that knows how to do things in that very same language… somewhere…