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Offline ChrisM

JGO Coder


Medals: 1
Projects: 1


END OF LINE.


« Posted 2010-12-15 23:04:38 »

Dear JGO community,

Almost a decade ago, while sitting on a conference call to discuss how Java technology could be improved for video game development, the consensus was that we needed a community.  So, armed with a mute button for the concall, a domain provider and a $15 charge to my credit card, JavaGaming.org was born. The goal was to create a community that would become a focal point for the growth of Java in game development and provide an open, candid forum for discussion and discovery.  Through the ups and downs what we have built, collectively, is the strongest community for game development in Java technology on the web. Bar none.

Take a look at JGO at various points over the years:







YUCK!

Well, to be fair, I was trying to do everything myself: writing, graphics, HTML, etc. while still doing my primary job.  WAY too much for anyone to do on their own and, eventually, the site settled into what it needed to be.  A forum for kick ass community members to come in and help each other to become better at their craft.

I think we were very successful at achieving this.

And now we are going to enter a new era for the community.

Riven has been working with me to migrate the JGO community to our own server, where we will have control over the improvements we need to make to keep the community growing.  As well, I have been working to get the Javagaming.org URL back under my control so that we are free to do what we need to, to keep the community in tact.  That transfer is in process.

In the meantime, Riven has stepped up and has put forth a tremendous amount of effort to host the new JGO location, stage the new forum, fix all the broken bits, and we are now ready to pull the switch and migrate to our new home!  So, here is what you can expect.

- By Friday of this week, we will put both this site and our new site into staging mode so that we can dump the database and move it. (We are hoping this takes no longer than an hour)

- There will be a re-route in place that will move us to a temporary URL.  We will let the community know what this will be by tomorrow.

- We will be welcoming suggestions for new features and will now have the ability to implement themin a timely fashion!

- All passwords/logins will remain the same.  No need to re-register.

I want to thank the community for your participation for close to a decade!  We have seen several successes come out of the members of our humble group and I look forward to the community helping the next great successes as well.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Riven.  He is truly comitted to the community, cares about its growth, and has done a tremendous amount of work to help ensure we can continue to grow. *CLAP**CLAP**CLAP*

AND!!!  THANKS CHARLIE!  Charlie has been there to help keep JGO running through all of this craziness.  Thanks again for all of your help!

More to come!

Offline DzzD
« Reply #1 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:07:58 »

nice ?

Smiley

very nice

edit : inded clap to all those motivated JGOs (you, Riven, Princec (as the first poster : damn you spent to much time here Wink), etc... so much)

Offline ChrisM

JGO Coder


Medals: 1
Projects: 1


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« Reply #2 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:09:13 »

nice ?

Smiley

Very!  We can now start adding new features and functionality to the site.

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Offline Abuse

JGO Coder


Medals: 11


falling into the abyss of reality


« Reply #3 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:11:52 »

You missed a vital part of the plan.

- Frantic hand waiving & tearing of hair when it all goes horribly wrong.  persecutioncomplex

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Offline Riven
« League of Dukes »

JGO Overlord


Medals: 744
Projects: 4
Exp: 16 years


Hand over your head.


« Reply #4 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:13:46 »

You missed a vital part of the plan.

- Frantic hand waiving & tearing of hair when it all goes horribly wrong.  persecutioncomplex

You'll be pleasantly surprised of how little there is to go wrong at this stage Smiley

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Offline DzzD
« Reply #5 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:17:37 »

Quote
Frantic hand waiving & tearing of hair when it all goes horribly wrong
[size=6pt]do not abuse... mouhahaha [/size]

Offline zammbi

JGO Coder


Medals: 4



« Reply #6 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:24:48 »

Ah good some action. There was a few suggestions from my post here: http://www.java-gaming.org/topics/fulfilled-lack-of-forum-updates/23041/view.html
Basically making this site modern and a greater community.
I was going to look into creating something myself, but now I see action Ill wait and see Smiley

I might be able to lend some help if needed.


Current project - Rename and Sort
Offline woogley
« Reply #7 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:29:44 »

This is just a huge plot for Riven to get even more data for his "special" signatures .. Wink

Thanks everyone who is investing into this community. I know I don't participate as much I used to, but I do lurk daily and enjoy the content here, so thank you.
Offline DzzD
« Reply #8 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:30:02 »

Quote
Ah good some action. There was a few suggestions from my here: http://www.java-gaming.org/topics/fulfilled-lack-of-forum-updates/23041/view.html
Basically making this site modern and a greater community.
I was going to look into creating something myself, but now I see action Ill wait and see

I would like to give my very personal advice : make change slowly, dont change everything at once

[size=8pt]maybe embeded flash video  (esecially for shwocase) would be nice  persecutioncomplex[/size]

Offline Eli Delventhal

JGO Kernel


Medals: 42
Projects: 11
Exp: 10 years


Game Engineer


« Reply #9 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:39:43 »

I'll say another thanks to Riven for doing such an awesome job making so many pushes for this. I think the most I ever did was poke Chris a few times, so I can say for sure that it was Riven's perseverance that got all this to happen.

And also a big thanks to Chris for making this community in the first place, even though it was so ugly when he first made it Wink. It is definitely one of my favorite places on the internets.

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Offline Riven
« League of Dukes »

JGO Overlord


Medals: 744
Projects: 4
Exp: 16 years


Hand over your head.


« Reply #10 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:53:08 »

Expected downtime: 2-3 minutes.

You can write that down and hold me accountable Smiley If anything goes wrong, it'd be my fault.

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Offline ChrisM

JGO Coder


Medals: 1
Projects: 1


END OF LINE.


« Reply #11 - Posted 2010-12-15 23:59:27 »

Expected downtime: 2-3 minutes.

You can write that down and hold me accountable Smiley If anything goes wrong, it'd be my fault.

I need to teach you all the subtle art of "padding".  Riven meant 20 - 30 min, not 2-3 Smiley

Offline Matzon

JGO Knight


Medals: 19
Projects: 1


I'm gonna wring your pants!


« Reply #12 - Posted 2010-12-16 00:27:34 »

Someone is setting himself up for an epic fail Wink

This is really great news - and nice work everyone involved.

Offline Riven
« League of Dukes »

JGO Overlord


Medals: 744
Projects: 4
Exp: 16 years


Hand over your head.


« Reply #13 - Posted 2010-12-16 00:53:44 »

Someone is setting himself up for an epic fail Wink

Nah, I just checked the migration script, runs exactly 175 seconds. Surely we can do everything else in the remaining 5.

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Offline charlesj

Junior Newbie





« Reply #14 - Posted 2010-12-16 01:25:59 »

Hurrah Hurrah!
Offline princec

JGO Kernel


Medals: 343
Projects: 3
Exp: 16 years


Eh? Who? What? ... Me?


« Reply #15 - Posted 2010-12-16 01:40:24 »

What could possibly go wrong  Roll Eyes

Cas Smiley

Offline ShannonSmith
« Reply #16 - Posted 2010-12-16 01:54:11 »

Through the ups and downs what we have built, collectively, is the strongest community for game development in Java technology on the web. Bar none.

I would go so far as to say it is the best Game Dev community full stop (very likely biased). Of all the forums I frequent this is easily the one most likely to yield helpful friendly and good advice. And more often than not Riven is the one giving it.

Offline nonnus29

Senior Member




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« Reply #17 - Posted 2010-12-16 02:12:00 »

What could possibly go wrong  Roll Eyes

Cas Smiley

Didn't blahblahblah try something similar back in 2003, only he took donations from people, went off to write is own web server, and no one ever heard from him again?  Oh right, that was a jgo replacement attempt.

Well, good luck with this!  And thanks for the commitment!
Offline Riven
« League of Dukes »

JGO Overlord


Medals: 744
Projects: 4
Exp: 16 years


Hand over your head.


« Reply #18 - Posted 2010-12-16 02:14:30 »

perseverance
Kiss

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Offline appel

JGO Wizard


Medals: 50
Projects: 4


I always win!


« Reply #19 - Posted 2010-12-16 02:23:23 »

Can't wait. Cool

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Offline SwampChicken
« Reply #20 - Posted 2010-12-16 02:50:15 »

I hope you guys are also looking at implementing something to make it harder for spambot scum to get in here.
Offline kaffiene
« Reply #21 - Posted 2010-12-16 03:03:18 »

Chris, Riven: thanks for all the work.  It's hugely appreciated
Online CommanderKeith
« Reply #22 - Posted 2010-12-16 03:09:33 »

Nice job Riven and Chris  Cool

If it's not too early to suggest a change, I think you should let google into the forums so JGO comes up in google searches

Friday 17th December 2010 - JGO Independence Day!  Grin

Offline Riven
« League of Dukes »

JGO Overlord


Medals: 744
Projects: 4
Exp: 16 years


Hand over your head.


« Reply #23 - Posted 2010-12-16 03:45:29 »

Don't forget Charlie guys, don't forget Charlie.

Spambots => updated SMF takes care of that, whether it actually works? We'll see.
Google bot => I already opened JGO up for google a few months ago, hence the influx of newbies!

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Offline SimonH
« Reply #24 - Posted 2010-12-16 03:47:00 »

This seems like a really good time to say a massive 'thank you' to those who have made, and continue to make JGO shine like the star it is. Long may it live and prosper!
On the down side, isn't all this 'oh, it'll only take a few mins to switch' stuff tempting fate a bit?  Tongue

People make games and games make people
Offline Riven
« League of Dukes »

JGO Overlord


Medals: 744
Projects: 4
Exp: 16 years


Hand over your head.


« Reply #25 - Posted 2010-12-16 03:48:10 »

isn't all this 'oh, it'll only take a few mins to switch' stuff tempting fate a bit?  Tongue
It is. You gotta make your own adventure, don't you think?

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Online CommanderKeith
« Reply #26 - Posted 2010-12-16 04:13:51 »

omg you did! I just searched something random about java games and got pointed to JGO, sweet!

Offline bobjob

JGO Knight


Medals: 10
Projects: 4


David Aaron Muhar


« Reply #27 - Posted 2010-12-16 05:14:21 »

looking forward to the change.

Its really motivating knowing that the community isnt growing stale.

keep up the great work Riven.

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Javagaming.org with chat room
Offline c_lilian

Senior Member


Projects: 1


Java games will probably rock someday...


« Reply #28 - Posted 2010-12-16 07:26:00 »

Clap clap clap !!

Keep up the good work !

Lilian
(since day one, although not active anymore...)

Offline Nate

JGO Kernel


Medals: 145
Projects: 4
Exp: 14 years


Esoteric Software


« Reply #29 - Posted 2010-12-16 08:13:33 »

Weeee! I want Java syntax highlighting for the code tag! Cheesy

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