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Stepping back and going Retro

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Stepping back and going Retro

Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:37 pm

Hi Coders,

I've seen a lot of members, guests and some new members on the site over the last few months but it goes without saying that our beloved site just isn't as active as it once was. I understand this to be for a number of reasons (as I've said many many times before):

People have lost interest in coding, moved on to other things, too busy with school/college/university or like in my case, too busy with work and life in general that we just don't have much free time in which to code anymore.

But deep down I know that it's not just about people moving on as a reason for the sites activity decline, it's also down to me not being around as much. The reason for this is due to life and work but ever since I created this new site template I think the site has lost its charm. I loved it when it first went live but after using it for a while (in my opinion) it just feels complicated, cluttered and not very friendly to those who are new to it.

A lot of members originally wanted the site updating to a more modern design and I eventually gave in, twice in fact, and redesigned the site over the last few years but I've never been truly happy with it.

The new templates took too long to create, take up too much time to maintain and update and it's something I just can't do anymore. I want to spend my time creating not maintaining.

Codenstuff.com is 10 years old this year....... 10 YEARS!! :)

Which is why I've now decided to take the site back to its roots and go back to its original, simple and easy to navigate style. For those of you who joined our family 8-10 years ago will remember the original /default template look the site had and that was when the site really began to take off. I could go to sleep at night having read/answered/posted loads of topics, wake up the next day and do it all again, that is when the site was buzzing.

I'll be taking the site back to its roots over the next few weeks but if you're thinking "Oh no. The site is going to look really old fashioned!" then never fear. I'll be using a template designed by a very talented coder (modified to suit our needs) which will make the site look like it did originally but it will feel modern and responsive. It will also need less maintenance which means, for me at least, I can go back to concentrating on my other projects and start posting some support/tutorials again.

People come here to learn, share and teach coding and don't want to be distracted with loads of fancy graphics and popping in and out menus etc. We need to go back to basics and just make it about coding and having people able to jump on the site and post or read what they want quickly and easily.

We're 10 this year and we're STILL here. Not many new sites have lasted as long as our beloved Codenstuff.

The site is not dead.

I am still here.

WE are still here.

Time to bring our family back together.

See you ALL soon.
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Re: Stepping back and going Retro

Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:20 pm

It will be nice to see the site back to looking how it used to, i have noticed that it seems a little clunky. Hopefully the change back to a more retro appearance might help speed the site up a little.
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Re: Stepping back and going Retro

Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:54 am

Maybe we should set up a community discord as well.

The thing I LOVED about this community was even through my "Bad standards" "Wrong spelling" no one mentioned those apart from cliff notes they just helped.
Like I would post a question "How do I sync 2 list boxes" or something and show code I had tried, that had snake case or some other stupid idiosyncrasy and you guys would
just be like hay this is how you fix it oh also maybe try this standard, communities like stack and other discords I am in now will REEE at me until I fix issues that are just syntax and
have no impact on the code AT ALL!!!!

I would love to see this community as a Discord and back to its roots :) maybe a more active scene for java, web as well :)

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Re: Stepping back and going Retro

Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:19 am

Hey there,

Long time no see!

When is the site going retro?
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Re: Stepping back and going Retro

Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:03 pm


I've had a lot going on in my life this past year which has meant I haven't been able to do much in terms of maintaining the site and coding. Although I have been flapping around with Unity as of late, its fun and relaxing making games to take your mind off things.

I'm doing my best to get the site converted (or some would say reverted) back to a more basic layout. Hopefully within the next month or so I'll get things finished.

I'll keep you updated :wink;
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