Even though I'm still somewhat sick-ey and more in the mood of watching some House M.D. or Lesbian Housewifes episodes and call it a day, lemme get some thoughts into this that noone seemed to have, or at least didn't mention.
First of all, let's put my position in stone... I haven't been around resource forums in a long time. Actually, I think the contest in 2008 (the one with Peri and Grathea as Nazi and Robot, if I'm not mistaken? I attended that one at least :p ) is where I last checked in. I've seen the resource manager, but I wasn't aware until a few that it's the only resource knot left on .org...
So, let's throw a short analysis of that resource manager in here, as I see it - under the aspects of what to improve, or why it doesn't work. Keep in mind that I didn't follow it for the last couple of years, so I might be wrong here and there. I'm also not trying to step on anyone's toes, so try to take what I write with a grain of salt or two ^^
Basically, what I did was clicking on a few categories that interested me, such as characters, battlers, whichever... I also clicked on Music
, which has a fancy rollover header and otherwise a questionable layout XD, or this page
, but yeah, that's obviously not intentional. Note that it doesn'T seem to be frequented at all
though, or otherwise someone would've noted it by now, I'd think?
The main problem I have with it is that whatever I click on returns me 500 Pokémon-resources. Now you may like PKMN, or you may not, so let me give you some more examples: Dragon Quest, old ASCII-stuff, Fire Emblem, ... doesn't matter really. If you're wondering what my problem is: Regardless if I'm looking for those or not, I'm forced to read through literally hundrets of pages, trying to get what I want. If I'm looking for PKMN, I still have the trouble of downloading each and every graphic manually. If I'm not, I'm getting pissed at raiding through pages back and forth, trying to find out when the bunch of pixel monsters ends - just to find out that there's a bunch of swimsuit trainer pictures from the same game following :/
Admittedly, that is a problem of the Character Art category - one I, admittedly because I didn't pay attention to the category title - misread as "Character Sprites" - a term you're looking for with no hope in the resource manager. Correct me if I'm wrong, but charactersets should be the one most or first required resource type of them all... or so it is according to my sense. Hiding those under "Sprites" (which applies to quite a lot in 2D game design...) is not the best move, I think, and could explain why there's only a handful of resources compared to "Pokédex"-Character Art. Yet, it is the first category I manager to find ORIGINAL CONTENT in - that's right, the kind of content I'm looking for when I check out a resource manager. Up to now, the only original content I found was from Wyatt, though... again, I didn't look at every page of every category - far from it. But I did see Wyatt a lot of times, while other names I would've expected to see in there didn't appear at all. Might be because the name's in the filename, and others aren't? Who knows...
Not finding the username on a resource might be more than one problem... not only if you want to contact Wyatt, who changes nicknames and gender more often than other people coffee filters, but also if it's about copyright, or usage terms in general. I'm yet to see a resource in there having an entry at "License, Credits, or Additional Information", and not only doesn't it say anything, it's also quite inconclusive (at least to me), as "Not applicable" can mean anything from "credit doesn't have to be given" to "this cannot be used, not even if you give credit". I understand that 95% of the users of the forum don't care about giving credit at all, but IMO that doesn't quite justify the totally misplaced, rarely-if-at-all used box right in the center of attention: below the resource itself.
So, that's more or less what I see at first sight. I don't question that the resource manager is visited at all, as there's a link in the forums more or less. Apparently, people aren't interested lots in the stuff in there, though, for reasons I can understand: They don't get the best search options, and are basically thrown into a bunch of resources, being told "yay, have fun! >)". What I used to visit the resource forums for was to check out what people did, as cool and non-ripped resources was always something pretty rare to the RM scene. You should be aware that among all the sub-indie to indie game maker communities, the RPG Maker ones are those with the highest quality needs: Everything needs to be visually perfect in order to be released - music is too hard to do, scripts are there either way to just copy-paste, and what the majority can do is making maps and events. Still, the one thing they want to be perfect is their graphics, because for some reason, spicing a shitty game up with graphics from someone else makes people feel better about themselves. At least, that's my explanation for why most every other game design community can live without high-quality graphics, and therefore looks at projects differently as well.
Well, none of that is .org's fault or anything, just seems to be the nature of RM fellas. If you wanna serve those people, though, I think the system needs a revamp. A non-forum structure might be fine if the Web 2.0-aspect isn't neglected (comment function is enough if it's being used - probably people just feel less blocked about posting forum comments, though?), but in general, lots of the problems I addressed wouldnt be there in a regular forum structure - resources would automatically be in sub-categories (as in posts with topic titles), along with a timeless nickname to contact in case you want to. And people like me could loo through those, looking for "XYZ's awesome selfmade sprites of the month" and go in there, ignoring the 500 "yay I ripped sprites from a game I'm cool :D" topics, which wouldn't take up 100 pages anymore, but would be in a single topic for a single game, so people who are
looking for them can find them just as easy. Not to mention everyone's still in their entrusted .org environment, and not in a suddenly different frontend.
Overall, just making it a forum would probably be the easy, yet stressful for the moderatives, yet not perfect solution. I'm thinking a deviantArt-esque resource manager could work out nicely, but you'd probably have difficulties establishing a new system, just like it somehow didn't work with the current installment of it. Maybe it's all just a matter of advertising it... I dunno.
Well, I'm gonna lay down now and dream of more joyful things than expecting the hate messges I get in return of this post from the people who put so much work into that... be aware I'm not trying to critisize ya, but yeah... apparently, something isn't working, eh?
EDIT: And yeah, necroposting rules don't make any sense - topics don't become uninteresting after 30 days per sé.