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Postby plusminus » Tue May 20, 2008 7:27 pm

Hello Community,

I just thought about refractoring the forums, as the "Your Coding Problems" already contains ~20 pages with almost 1000 topics :?

Maybe we should split it up in, i.e.: "Map-Problems", "UI-Problems", "XYZ-Problems" ???

How do you think about this and what are your ideas for categories :?:

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Postby benny! » Tue May 20, 2008 9:40 pm

I think this is a natural step and a good idea.

Looking at your category structure the only real coding
board(forum) is the Your coding problems board.

Maybe it is time to create a new category next to Announcements,
Android Tutorials with Source Code, Android General Talk
and
Android Misc Talk
called something like Android coding problems.
This category can be splitted up into several coding related stuff.

Maybe:

- General programming
- Network programming
- 2D-/3D-Graphics programming
...


However the final structure looks like - I wouldn't make it too
complicated. I saw several forums which have lots of dead
boards with no threads at all - because they splitted their forum
structure up in too many pieces.

Most vivid forums I know are popular because of their simple
forum structure. So, lets keep this in mind while finding a good
solution.
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Postby tum0rc0re » Wed May 21, 2008 4:10 am

benny! wrote:Maybe it is time to create a new category next to Announcements,
Android Tutorials with Source Code, Android General Talk
and
Android Misc Talk
called something like Android coding problems.
This category can be splitted up into several coding related stuff.

Maybe:

- General programming
- Network programming
- 2D-/3D-Graphics programming
...


However the final structure looks like - I wouldn't make it too
complicated. I saw several forums which have lots of dead
boards with no threads at all - because they splitted their forum
structure up in too many pieces.

Most vivid forums I know are popular because of their simple
forum structure. So, lets keep this in mind while finding a good
solution.


I like this idea. I fully agree with benny! And I consider that we need moderators for every subforum.
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Postby benny! » Wed May 21, 2008 6:24 am

tum0rc0re wrote:...

I like this idea. I fully agree with benny! And I consider
that we need moderators for every subforum.


Yeah. Announcing certain moderators for subforums can be very
productive and is a very good idea IMHO.
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Postby res » Wed May 21, 2008 3:58 pm

Sounds like a good idea.
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Postby benny! » Thu May 22, 2008 8:12 am

Well, to start off I browsed some coding forums
and tried to compile a possible structure for
this board.

This is just a draft and can be considered as a
start for a discussion. Some points I am personally
not happy about be myself - but didn't know any
better :



Android Coding Problems

- General Coding Problems
(e.g. GUI elements, database, xml ... )

- Network Coding Problems
(e.g. GPS, bluetooth, WebServices ... )

- 2D-/3D- Graphic Problems
(e.g. OpenGL ES, Game related graphic issues ...)

- Audio Problems
(everything about audio related coding ... )



Well, do not know if the chosen names and categori-
zations makes sense. Please feel free to add changes,
comment and discuss about it.
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Postby Jesmiatka » Thu May 22, 2008 8:46 am

Hi guys,

good idea's!
I would also like to suggest to put a "Android Coding Problem" after the "Announcements" category.
A lot of people seem to be posting their problems in the first possible category..

In my opinion the following sections would sound interesting:

"Announcements"
"Android Coding Problems Section"
"Android Tutorial Section"
"Android Discussions"
"Android Misc"

For coding problems, benny's idea sound good.
And for tutorials, I would only put 2 sub-categories in it, like beginner and advanced.
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Postby buster » Thu May 22, 2008 1:13 pm

First i thought this would be a nice idea, too.
But i think this is mainly a moderation thing. Most of the threads in "other problems" fit into one of the other categories.
After looking at the topics there, it would probably be good to add "Networking Problems (GTalk, etc.)" and "Multimedia (Video, Audio, Images)" as those categories dont seem to be covered by maps, layout or emulator-topics.

My suggestion: Get one or two moderators that help you moving those threads to the right category.
Perhaps put a sticky in the "Other" category that points out the obvious: "Please check if your problem belongs into one of the other categories before posting here, thx!" ;)

Whatever you do, keep up the good work on anddev.org, my main source of information :)
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Postby plusminus » Thu May 22, 2008 6:11 pm

Thanks for all your sugestions :D

So this is what I came up with:
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Layout & Resource Problems
Put problem concerning Views, Layouts and other XML-Resources (like AndroidManifest) here.

Multimedia Problems
All your problems with Audio, Video and Images.

Map-Problems
Put problem concerning MapActivities, MapViews, Overlays and GPS in this forum.

Networking Problems
Problems with WLAN, Bluetooth, InfraRed, WiMax, Proxies, XMPP, GTalk, etc..

SDK/ADT/Emulator Problems
Common bugs/problems with the Android SDK the Emulator and the ADT-Plugin.

Other Coding-Problems

Put your problem here if it does not fit any of the other categories.
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I think we should serve all needs with these subforums...

What do you think ?
Some Moderators have already been selected :) The ones know, who is meant ;)

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Postby cadlg » Thu May 22, 2008 6:33 pm

That's perfect :!:
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Postby benny! » Thu May 22, 2008 7:31 pm

@plusminus:

Yup - that structure looks promising. I'll try to help you as
best as I can (time is limited you know).
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Postby Jesmiatka » Fri May 23, 2008 8:53 am

Hi Nicolas,

I noticed, while moving topics, some subjects that are uncovered:

Java Problems
Touch (?) <-- might be sub-forum of something.

Might be an idea?

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Postby plusminus » Fri May 23, 2008 9:10 am

Hi Jesmiatka,
Jesmiatka wrote:Java Problems
Touch (?) <-- might be sub-forum of something.


Touch might be a part of "Layout & Resources-Problems", I just adjusted the name to "View, Layout & Resources-Problems".

Imo common Java Problems do not need a separate subforum, so I'd just put them into "Other Coding-Problems". :? :?:

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Postby Jesmiatka » Fri May 23, 2008 9:13 am

Aight ;-)
I'll keep on going when I get some spare time again!

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