Sure, no problem. And yeah, that there was a result of a "15-minute thinking" and is definitely not the possible way the thing could go. What I thought related to it and didn't say before would have been taking out clear under-/overratings. The ones defining the avarage rating could be calculated easily; if > 15 people would have voted for a hack being between 4.0 and 7.9, and the avarage would be, let's say 6.4, ratings of 1.0-2.0 and 9.5-10.0 could be simply not approved at all. There probably wouldn't be many overatings but underratings could then again easily be removed this way.
And scale range of 1.0 and 10.0 would be probably too large; even in range of 1.0 - 5.0 there would be straight differences between the avarage ratings of certain hacks.
But yeah, I'm not annoyed of your choice not to use this kind of system at all so no need to worry about it. Thanks for taking it in consideration though!
Sorry about not replying - I forwarded it to gira and discussed it with him but never replied so please forgive me. While we're not obviously not able to do something like it in this HotY, it will definitely be considered for future competitions.
Personally, I think it could be good to have a different take on what has become our regular voting pattern and while your idea may not make it through in its current form I would like to try it out some time. I can't make a call on it by myself, but when we feel happy about using it and a suitable opportunity arises, I would definitely like to contact you and some other Emulation veterans to see if they would be happy with a new system. Nothing of what I've said is rock solid, but I would hope that this okay by you :)
I had almost forgotten I sent that suggestion to you since you never replied back. What did you think about it? Personally, I think that something should be done about the voting rules because it's so obvious the most popular one always wins.
You don't have to go with my suggestion and even if you and gira did, some things about it could be improved such as the rating scale.
But do like you want, I'm not a mod like you but just giving a personal opinion about how it should work. I mean, do we want newbies to think most popular hacks with fancy graphics always overcome the rest? Rom hacking section here has already gone downhill long enough, changes could be made though.
I don't know, I guess it would be a good thing to separate the tutorials from each other one way or another but adding new subforums would be a bit much. I mean, if any other person who has experience about rom hacking in overall would like to learn about hacking Fr/RSE or RBY/GSC or any other pokemon game, I don't think they'd want to see the tutorials on how tools work. Personally, I'd want to find tutorials about event structures and such so that I'd know what I'm dealing with when editing the rom with A-Map for instance, same would go for any other person I think.
Not sure what I'm really trying to say here, it's hard to think right now as I've slept 3 hours the last night and stuff...
But well, I think "useful" tutorials should be more easily found either way. Most Gen II tutorials out there are good. Same doesn't go with Gen III; there are useful tutorials out there but they're pretty much hidden in the mass of "simplyness". Of course newbies also need some guidance to start with but I think there are too many of newbie-friendly tutorials out there. When you learn to do 1), you can apply that knowledge of yours to figure out 2).
Yet even after pointing this out, I don't have any solutions on how to make things work out better...
I'm really not sure about what you're getting at here. If most people are trying to find 3rd gen tutorials why would they start looking through RBY and GSC threads? Its just natural for the less used/ commented threads to slowly slide to the bottom of the list of threads.
To be honest, I've never been the biggest fan of having a revival limit in Tutorials. I would classify myself as being on the side for allowing other people can step in and answer thread-related questions regardless of when they were asked (as opposed to Toolbox threads where everything hinges on one person and their downloadable links which can fall into disrepair). Despite this, I don't feel like we're cutting off the ability of members to ask questions at this point in time - The Simple Questions thread should be capable of helping those who can't post in a closed thread.
Nope, we haven't considered that at all. Emulation already has the largest number of sub-forums on PC by far and we probably wouldn't see any more activity than what we already have. In my mind right now it would just be an enormous categorising system.
You're right about having the same rules for threads related to every generation but for example RBY and GSC threads are being unnoticed simply for not having anything to do with Gen III which most people are looking tutorials for. Every once in a while, someone could have something worthy of asking, yet not explained properly already, and I don't think thread-revival limit should apply in that case (I think this should apply to all tutorials). But setting the rules to work in a way intended is a bit complicated; either have no thread revival limit at all or monthly limit or so.
Have you (and gira) considered adding additional sections to Tutorials, Research and Development and Tools sections? Having a couple of subforums related to game-specific things and hardware specific would be nice I think.
Its more of a thing of keeping things consistent: I don't think there should be a separate set of rules for 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th/ 5th generation tutorials. While I acknowledge that third generation related stuff is vastly more populous than all of the other generations combined, that shouldn't mean that those generations get an easier set of rules in terms of bumps and postings.
I know it's against the rules set to those subforums but I think it's a bad thing to close the threads related to GSC hacking once someone postes to them once. Because that way, they'll end up being closed forever and no one will be able to find them. Of course we've Skeetendo Inc. which is related to Gen I and II hacking unlike Pokecommunity of which most tutorials are for FR and Ruby anyhow but still, I don't think it's a good idea to close them once being revived every once in a while. But I'm not a mod and not the one who made the rules so just keep on doing what you guys feel most appropriate.