When-ever I see a thread about fixing UA which goes nowhere, in the back of my head I just assume it's because anyone who cares has moved to a good Unity site (whatever their definition of good is.) Because, obviously, if another site is handling "this isn't in the manual" Q's well, and that's where our old technical Mods have gone, of course it's silly to try to duplicate that here.
But looking around, I'm seeing just reddit and stackOverflow. Maybe everyone else knows this, but reddit is apparently always just a rambling discussion board, no matter the topic. Unity reddit is primarily "look at what I made" and constant rediscovery of the integer random function.
stackOverflow/Unity3D doesn't seem to have the technical resources or the moderators. It never seems to have caught on. There are lots of fix-my-script Qs, with a really beautiful well-explained Holds on a very few of them (for being duplicates/etc.) It seems like it would have become popular by now if it was going to.
But I stink at research. Is it fine to let UA become whatever it wants to be, since there's some better site (which google wan't show me) aimed more at game designers?
Sadly I know of none.
Alternative: "this isn't in the manual" is indeed a major issue. I'm surprised I have been unable to find a community editable version of the manual, or at least the API. There have been at least a dozen times I've wanted to update the single sentence description of some API thing, with more details or an example. I know about the http://wiki.unity3d.com/index.php/Main_Page that would be a good place for it. (Alas, I'm NOT the guy to get that going.)
Thanks. That's actually an answer. If you think there should be a user-editable manual, you'd spend any effort on that, right? and not worry about UA.
My feeling is that (original) UA and google do a pretty good job of being the community section of the manual. Trying to organize and edit would be a mess. I could barely write homework assignments working with two other people. But then again, trying to moderate UA is also a mess.
"Any effort": Well, I certainly don't have the time to get it setup, (starting with a mirror of the current docs, I'd guess). But I WOULD certainly add details to descriptions, possible pictures, and even examples, as I discover details, to such a document.
Regarding UA: With a GOOD document like that, with various levels of details; I would suspect most of the more basic questions on UA would be answerable with a simple link to a page in that doc (hopefully even reducing such questions).
Wikipedia, and various game-wiki's I've used, certainly have to deal with vandalism, yet somehow the crowd sourcing works with those documents.
Let me rephrase: it seem plausible to me that someone would see a "How to get UA back to it's roots" thread and think "There's no need. We know UA doesn't work -- a user-edited manual is the right way to do it." You certainly seem more excited about that.
Sorry about delayed reply, been away. Yes, that is pretty much exactly my thoughts on the matter. Though I would leave out the " there is no need " part: it would certainly behoove everyone , except the lazy, and those who don't know the right terminology needed to search, to get UA back on a strict track. As you mentioned, that's no small feat, if even possible.
The only community that I know, and that behaves like a true community is the Slack UnityDevs group.
Thanks. Slack is basically a private message board, not on the internet or searchable? I can't see it conflicting with the original mission of UA.
Put it another way, the point of technical forums is to not be a community. Slack, Unity Forums(?) is a place for that.
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