Cleaned up this post and added the new suggestions + checked the old ones - Nemome
Because the thread "CA lose its touch?" is getting kinda messy, even though there are some great ideas in there, I though that it might be a good idea to open a new thread JUST for the suggestions to improve this forum in the future.
I'll try to edit this post from time to time that we have all the good suggestion in this one post. : )
- getting the job site back ( Team is working to update the code - If anyone knows web coding and wants to help -> Hit up one of the persons of our team! )
- study group/partner section - finding groups, buddies, .. to study together with
- a new "official" chat function integrated as a link in the top bar under the banner ( "What's new" "Forum" "Chat" ) - Better chat feature. Current one looks messy and unclear. Going to ask in the team what they think.
- new forum skin - is getting worked at. You can select it at the bottom of the site. It's still WIP, but you can get a sneak preview there!
- new badge-system - is getting worked on!
- Adding a WIKI to look up informations in a clean way
- bundled PDF system to get to people's portofolio, ...
- Art feed - Whenever an artist you've subscribed to posts a new image you see it in a little box. Like twitter with images only. When you click on the image it goes to wherever it was posted.
- Ian's design mock-up: CLICK
Suggestions that are added by now:
- showing the "... of the week" winners in a banner on the top --- Challanges themselves are added
- cleaning the forum from old stuff and spam ( BlackSpot is already doing this, thanks! ) --- Being worked on 24/7
- more participation from the founders and other professionals --- Is happening right now but this needs some time. It will come over time.
- less flaky forum engine --- More or less done. With have a new person that helps us with everything regarding our forum software. If you notice any bugs -> report them please.
- social sharing buttons everywhere (for linking threads, tutorials, ...)
- streaming video library - http://www.conceptart.org/forumdisplay.php?f=249 - Populate that guys! Gogo! : )
- Thunderdome baby! It's coming back!
- merging not used forum sections with popular ones to give the forum a cleaner look
- clearing the hundred of stickies
Suggestions that got rejected:
- manually approved registrations --- Too much work and it's hard to decide between spam and no-spam.
- new users for the "exclusive sketchbook" section, most of the current users aren't even active anymore --- Exclusive sketchbooks aren't "advertising" the artists good enough anymore. They section will get deleted perhaps. Good and hard working artists will get featured in the banner.
If you have any more suggestions, feel free to post them.
Even though the team is quite busy with current work, it would still be awesome to see some of this stuff changed in the future.