(Below are my opinions and are just that, opinions. Please take with a grain of salt)
Hey guys captsis here
@spacewolfplays already had an excellent write up with many points addressed that ill try not to repeat.
First off, the platform itself:
Discourse seems to be very much a “modern” platform with a slick UI. You know what I mean. Here’s my issue with it. To be quite honest UI design for a new community like this will make it or break it. and I don’t believe this is the right direction to go in.
As someone who just joined but has lerked since day one I can tell you my first thoughts are it is very clunky and difficult to navigate. Geekhack has a very traditional BB style interface and this is decidedly NOT that obviously. First thing to change IMO would be the forum software to something more traditional. People don’t like change and it will definitely hurt adoption rates. User friendly? maybe? But i have a feeling that the people this forum will serve will not particularly enjoy the interface (I am in no place to make concrete assumptions however)
as norbauer said the interface is indeed jarring and I probably will get used to it. But in my experience most will see this and wont be bothered to learn a completely new UI.
This site I can confidently say was a knee jerk reaction to the - granted -, pretty big news. I predict a similar situation ala Reddit Vs. Voat for those familiar. I cant predict the future but I cant say I see KT ever outdoing GH which is already essentially a niche within a niche.
Massdrop is a… controversial subject for some. Many arguments on both sides but when it comes down to it ultimately breeds division in the already small community which is NOT helpful. I don’t claim to know a solution but i think something like this needed to happen. There no going back really and if this site is going to succeed this isnt something that can be half assed. This site needs to be FULLY embraced.
I understand KT was created just in case but think about it. This sends a message that there is a lack of faith in Massdrop and the admins to not screw something up. which to be fair is not unwarranted. BUT, this will definitely rock the boat.
Thirdly The Future:
We are in completely uncharted territory here. Has/is a long term plan for the site being made? Let’s say Massdrop does fuck it up and a Hurricane Rita level evacuation to the site happens. Then what? what if everything goes smoothy with GH? How is that going to look? I feel like there was an extreme lack of foresight in this area. Will the site even last? or will it become the new Geekhack? Honestly I believe that if everything DOES go smoothly, KT will honestly look pretty bad here. I am not saying KT was stupid and shouldn’t be a thing as I addressed above, but we must consider ALL possible scenarios here.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE hear me out. I have complete faith in KT’s ability to succeed but there needs to be a plan if it doesn’t. I am not trying to start a beef with anyone. Just a reasonable and friendly discourse. Any critiques or comments are absolutely welcome and feel free to hit me up on Discord.
Long live the keeb community!