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What do you think tech related should be renamed to?

Reverse Engineering
5 (29.4%)
Game Engine Investigations
2 (11.8%)
Inner Workings
0 (0%)
Game Mechanics
8 (47.1%)
Other (Be sure to post in the thread what you think it should be)
2 (11.8%)

Total Members Voted: 17

Voting closed: 2011-04-06 16:53:50

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sl1982

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What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« on: 2011-03-27 16:53:50 »
Alright people, here is your chance to help out the administration staff of Qhimm in cleaning this place up. What do you think Tech related should be changed to to avoid posting confusion.

Questions/comments? Post them here.

obesebear

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #1 on: 2011-03-27 17:04:12 »
Maybe something like Scripting and Engineering? 


Reverse Engineering sounds ok..ish, but also sounds a little too specific and might cause threads that should go there to be put in places like General.

Game Engine Investigations, while correct in describing the board, sounds very uninviting and more suited for QGears.. I honestly like Tech Related more.

Inner Workings isn't descriptive enough I don't think and would rely 100% on the board description for people to know what to post in it.

Game Mechanics isn't bad, but also reminds me of GameFAQs and doesn't really sound like a board for strictly serious inquisitive posting
« Last Edit: 2011-03-27 17:12:40 by obesebear »

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #2 on: 2011-03-27 17:07:18 »
Out of those, I'd say "Game Mechanics" is the best. "Reverse Engineering" sounds too illegal, "Game Engine Investigations" sounds too long-winded and "Inner Workings" sounds too unprofessional.

However, I'm not convinced that the board needs to be renamed, especially if we're not sure which name would be better. It should only be changed if we can absolutely agree that there is a name which is far more appropriate.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #3 on: 2011-03-27 17:08:14 »
Maybe something like Scripting and Engineering?
This is a good one. +1 vote.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #4 on: 2011-03-27 17:21:44 »
What about Scripting and File Formats? And then we can put in the details what types of things are to be put there.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #5 on: 2011-03-27 20:47:00 »
Perhaps it could be split By GAME, would make it a bit ezer to keep it all neatly  organized..

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #6 on: 2011-03-27 20:47:54 »
Keep it the same :P Forum's been around for 11 years no need to change it now. That's my opinion anyway.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #7 on: 2011-03-27 23:17:59 »
Game Mechanics seems the most appropriate IMO.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #8 on: 2011-03-27 23:35:24 »
Perhaps it could be split By GAME, would make it a bit ezer to keep it all neatly  organized..
I also like this idea! Also my idea for the tech forums is "Technical Inquiry and Analysis". Anyone?

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #9 on: 2011-03-27 23:48:13 »
I enjoy "Game Mechanics".  It reads the best, to me.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #10 on: 2011-03-27 23:51:29 »
I also like this idea! Also my idea for the tech forums is "Technical Inquiry and Analysis". Anyone?

Im not so sure about this one, Technical Inquiry is to ambiguous.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #11 on: 2011-03-28 01:41:07 »
The board is where we discuss the algorithms and file formats of a precompiled binary. By definition, it is a reverse engineering board.

It doesn't matter if that sounds a little furtive. We could call tech related 'bunnies and flowers' - that still wouldn't stop Square issuing a CND if we divulge the details of an exclusive technology or the like.

'Mechanics' is poorly defined, and users will find it hard to know what we mean. Does it mean the 'rules' of the game (as it would outside this board)? Does it exclude something like model parsing routines? Does it refer exclusively to the subjects covered in TFerguson's 'mechanics' documents? etc. etc.

'Engine investigations' sounds like we're tackling only the 3D engine; 'inner workings' seems vague to me. I still think 'reverse engineering'.

« Last Edit: 2011-03-28 01:48:19 by Bosola »

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #12 on: 2011-03-28 04:04:00 »
I think "Game Mechanics" will still draw in those people thinking that they can post their modded errors. You need something that bluntly states that the forum they are entering is hosting highly technological conversations about the game data and the compilation/engineering/using/dumping/changing of that data. That's why I voted for the one that may be a little big but it has an intimidation factor with it.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #13 on: 2011-03-28 05:09:57 »
i say keep it as is no point in changing it as it suits what people tend to post in tech related plus none of the names pop out as being the right name for this type of forum plus with it being tech its easy for even most newbies to understand if they've read the rules in any way shape or form.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #14 on: 2011-03-28 05:36:10 »
if they've read the rules in any way shape or form.
that's a pretty big if
if everyone read the rules straight away we all know this discussion would be far less relevant if not entirely pointless

alas...
« Last Edit: 2011-03-28 05:37:42 by yarLson »

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #15 on: 2011-03-28 06:02:01 »
"Inner Workings" just doesn't sound right next to the other board titles.

"Game Mechanics" seems like the most generalized (especially when compared to "Reverse Engineering").  I think that's the best bet, personally.

I don't like "Scripting and Engineering".  Somehow, it just seems… too serious.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #16 on: 2011-03-28 14:33:06 »
I don't like "Scripting and Engineering".  Somehow, it just seems… too serious.
Ah, but that is the beauty behind it.  Any "newbie" who sees it will immediately know his thread doesn't belong there.  Most threads I have to move come from Tech Related because people think the reason their graphic mod won't work is some technical problem.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #17 on: 2011-03-28 14:57:49 »
I think "Game Mechanics" is no more likely to get misplaced threads than "Scripting and Engineering", because both names sound more specific than "Tech-related Discussion".  I think the name only needs to be specific to a point, though.  "Scripting and Engineering" strikes me as being needlessly specific.  I'd imagine there's some threshold level of specificity, past which the name of the board will no longer affect how frequently wrong things get posted there.  (I didn't know how else to phrase that…)

Just my opinion.  I realize that you probably know a lot better than me.  But no matter what it's renamed to, some of the less 'forum-savvy' people who come here will still post the wrong stuff in the wrong places.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #18 on: 2011-03-28 17:52:14 »
I have to agree with Bosola on how "Game Mechanics" could refer only to the rules of the game.

"Game Mechanics" seems to be an actual term. I don't understand it too well, but it doesn't really cover internal workings. It seems to be more about gameplay.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #20 on: 2011-03-31 19:07:08 »
I like Obesebear's reasoning.  If you've been here for awhile, it really doesn't matter what it is named because we all know what goes there.  If it is renamed, the new name of the board means a lot more to new members. 

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #21 on: 2011-04-09 02:35:18 »
I'm assuming no consensus was yet reached since the name stayed the same ?

As for comments about some names sounding uninviting, that's pretty much what I was going for.  Tech Related is like the library of the boards.  No messing around in there (messing with hot chicks between bookshelves is ok though)!

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #22 on: 2011-04-09 02:39:19 »
No concensus yet, not enough support for anything. We might just decide between the staff.

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #23 on: 2011-04-09 11:30:17 »
I would take Tools out of Projects, swap Mods and Projects, rename Projects to Work in Progress.

Code: [Select]
Final Fantasy 7              //Section
*Reverse Engineering    //Board
*Mods                          //Board
  *Work in Progress       //Sub-board
*Tools                          //Board
Something like that anyway.

And I'm with either Reverse Engineering.
« Last Edit: 2011-04-09 11:32:07 by Tekkie.X »

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Re: What should Tech Related be renamed to?
« Reply #24 on: 2011-04-09 16:48:55 »
I think it definitely needs to contain the word Engineering, if only to serve as an obvious sign to new members that they probably have no business being in there.