allejo wrote: ↑Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:32 am
Please, no. Don't use file hosting services.
The two-hour edit policy was enacted due to some silly player redacting all
of their historical posts which left so many threads without context.
My suggestion is, post your maps to the forums or use a service like GitHub, GitLab, or BitBucket that will let you keep track of revisions if that's what you want. Why not use file hosting services? Old files and accounts are deleted constantly or services just shut down; so many maps and uploads have been lost like this. The forums are run officially by the project, so as long as the project still lives we'll likely have a copy of the data if it's uploaded here. Players have asked for "map archives" or building yet another hosting service dedicated to maps, please don't. Just let the project handle the uploads.
File hosting services can be good for large map collections.
The two hour edit policy seems to have lead to an increase in posting, which seems to be good.
As now the forums are somewhat active, but no where near where the level of activity they once were.
For me and perhaps a few other map makers, I kind of would like to be able to have my public map releases available as a single searchable collection or download. (It would be less time consuming for players to search through maps as well if that were possible.)
The option for players and the ability to search through collections with maybe titles like "[map author's] Map Collection" or "[map author's] Archive" would be nice and offer an easy way to find maps one wishes to locate.
One of the main issues is the forums are not ideal for posting/searching for maps.
For those not that familiar with using the search functions within forums, it can be difficult to locate what they want.
This is one reason why some map makers have decided to release their maps within a file hosting service.
(Depending on the service, the ease of use varies and capabilities varies quite a bit, but does exceed what the forums provide.)
I didn't mention services such as GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket, as they are targeted towards software, rather then general file hosting services.
It also is why I offered file services as one thing to consider, as there is multiple options out there.
Some may be better solutions than others and depending on the person, what works well for one, may not work well for another.
If the forums could be improved for map releases, this would be great.
tainn wrote: ↑Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:00 am
Or just make another post on the map's thread here on the forums.
Not editing the OP also notifies about a new post, and these map threads are really not long, so anyone interested in the map would probably read all the posts it has on it, most of which are one-liners anyway.
I wouldn't know about you, but I for one don't mind reading two more posts here as much as going from forums to an external website to check for the map and its updates. I also wouldn't be notified about any updates externally or if I would be, I wouldn't want to frequent another website.
All of this seems really unnecessary if it is just to have a workaround to not being able to edit the OP. A new post is better and has its own benefits as well, such as a new post icon, meaning a potential update. If anything, having something like a flagged post
or best answer
highlight might pinpoint the newest version of a map on a thread, but it is again unnecessary complication, imho.
Bumping old threads has been discouraged and generally, a map thread is over a month old before another update is posted to the map.
There is also people who would rather to edit posts than to make a new one.