Consolidation of Current FAQS and general cleanup

The only admins here are Clockwork Staff, people like me are mods we are here to keep the forum from inappropriate content but in the end we are everyday consumers.

Maybe discourse isn’t as clear as other forums because it says Moderator even for yong but Staff tends to have Leader badge, or next to their name like Veronica.

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This is what I mean exactly! I meant that actually in the best way possible re: the reality of having the mods being just normal people; equals in the world, who just happen to have a forum broom stick to clean things up. I am sincerely sorry if it came across any other way!

There are some people who aren’t mods but who are recognised as being a part of core development (from what I have inferred) who after getting to know them, can tell when their addendums carry strong factual accuracy. A new user however wouldn’t know how to distinguish such users, and could follow a tutorial that is flawed and outdated.

But, just for example, if a leader such as Hal or Veronica endorse a post, you know it’s facts to be tried and true. Even a new user would be able to make this connection. It was especially good having Veronica introducing herself as a leader who was here to help with things internally on a deeper level.

Returning to the point of an FAQ, no matter who it is written by, if it is pinned by a mod, and clearly has cited approval as being correct for a specified version and date, it could become the defacto go to first point of reference for new users. As for keeping it accurate and updated, that would be a community effort.

Thanks again for your advice. Our wonderful community moderators like @Petrakis, @Godzil, @Micro007 helped a lot in making our forum more organized, if you feel like contributing your time and efforts like them, I could invite you as moderator, too. We want this community to be open and self-organized as much as possible.

I have created a new FAQ category under GameShell to consolidate all the FAQs. I realized there are different types of FAQ, those created by our users and official ones for sales related or hardware/software related, etc. Let’s put everything in one place. Maybe at some point, wiki is a better format. Let’s see.

If I can help out in any way, I would be happy to help moderate, if only for the sake of consolidating and merging things that are frequently asked, and if possible locking threads that have repeat content. I really respect and look up to those who do moderate and contribute to the community. I’m happy to continue to do the same, and offer help whenever and wherever possible.

I’m loving your FAQ! It’s clear cut and concise. Just the kind of information people need and want. I’ll have a closer look after work and if anything else is needed, offer suggestions.

Wiki would be good, for the sake of history, change logs and maintaining current information. I’m all for that! But one step at a time. It’s a small team!

I am a new user here. It is indeed quite difficult to dig up the old posts to figure out how to do certain things. The information is too dilute in the forum. I think a wiki or Read the docs would be helpful. I don’t mind helping to set it up. @javelinface We can work together to get it working.

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I think for now, it’s a matter of users needing to use tags correctly, but that comes down to everyone contributing.
Whenever possible, I’ve been trying to provide links for people, as they need them. Realistically, this isn’t a feasible means of doing anything.
Just because of the way discourse is formatted, you can’t edit posts after they’re older than a month. This can make revisions extremely difficult if say, you wanted to have a master post referencing a lot of related threads. It’s what I’ve tried to do in some of my posts.
The best thing to do now is probably to set up a wiki page. That’s the only way we can keep on top of the ever changing information. As for what should be included in it, well! That’s another exciting topic!

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It seems to be possible to change the time limit to allow editing forever: https://meta.discourse.org/t/free-to-edit-post-at-any-time/35516/2 @yong can we try to do that?

If that doesn’t work out, we can make a wiki. I found a wiki on clockwork’s github: https://github.com/clockworkpi/GameShellDocs/wiki Maybe we can build on that one.

As for the topic, we can start a new thread for discussion. As a new user, I found the top tutorials to be the most useful:

  1. How to transfer files with TinyCloud through SSH
  2. How to add new emulators (Gameboy, SNES, etc.)
  3. How to install PICO-8 on GameShell
  4. NWJS + Phaser.io game engine Tutorial

Most of these are already covered in the github wiki. We just need to make sure it works on the latest image (v0.4 and v0.5 for now).

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I’m 100% happy to help with organisation, information gathering, and initial writing of tutorials. As you’ve probably gathered, I have some real problems communicating, and write FAR too much! Either that, or too little, assuming too much.
Possibly even small cheat sheets on how to do some basic commands in linux. Eg. the number of times I’ve written instructions on changing modes/chmod would warrant having its own wiki article!

I don’t think you have problem communicating. I appreciate all your inputs on the forum. Your replies are usually the most helpful!

A cheat sheet on linux commands is great. I have no idea about linux. Maybe we can start with that. Let’s try to use the github wiki. I love the git workflow though I never use wiki on github. I can update the existing articles as I am still new to GameShell. What do you think?

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Aww, thanks! I really try to help as much as possible, and fear I may just be frustrating some people haha!

This is actually a really really good idea! No pre-assumptions on any coding knowledge!

Actually, one thing that is hard for newcomers to come by the existence of - the Discord channel! That and the twitter account.

It may be a good idea to one day put aside a time when both of us are free to chat on discord to get something put together.

I am really excited to get things written down from the point of view of someone who hasn’t got much experience. This is precisely who the wiki would be targeted to the most!

if it helps, my time zone is GMT +8. I’m in Western Australia. I also don’t sleep and am on work break till the end of the month, so have some free time up my sleeves. :slight_smile:

I just tried the github wiki. No PR is needed just like Wikipedia. I kinda like it.

I am aware of the Discord channel but it seems not very active. But it is certainly a better way to communicate. I am free now. We can chat over there.

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https://discord.gg/XKGGkPM - just for anyone else who happens to be stumbling across this and may want to know!

I seem to have spotted you on twitter too! I’m probably going to be busy tonight, and tomorrow with some social engagements, but will be free wednesday until about 6pm my time, so if you wanted to do then, hit me up!

I’m Lettuce Leaf#1226 on discord. (It’s my FFXIV name, and what I usually use discord for.)

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Took me a while to figure out how to DM on Discord :sweat_smile: Just sent you a friend request

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Well easy, it’s up to users to make it active you know :slight_smile:

So not going there because “it don’t seems active” will not make it active, so you are more than welcome to come here and add your stone on the path of “being an active server” :slight_smile:

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I will become more active on Discord. For now, I need to “consume” existing information on the forum first :grin:

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Call me a boomer, but I actually don’t know how to use instant messenger for something like this; discussion about a game console. Twitter or something makes sense.
That said, tech support and troubleshooting would be way easier; which is what I’m hoping to do soon!
Good news! We’re in a similar time zone! We’ll work something out on Wednesday! :slight_smile:

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Yes, I live in Singapore so we have the same time zone, though I am in Europe until 9th Jan. You can just ping me on Discord or Twitter whenever you want to chat. I should be available most of the time since I am on holidays :grin:

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I think I just removed the time limit for editing. Can you guys help to check if it works? Thanks for your helps!

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Awesome thanks! I can’t test it since i don’t have posts that are older than one month. @javelinface can you test if you can modify your old posts?

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Can confirm! It works! Thanks @yong and @Kirais for instigating this change! :slight_smile:

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