New Destructoid: What’s Goin’ On!?

New Destructoid launched this month, and like the Four Non Blondes, you’ve all been asking us what’s going on. We have learned what game developers go through when they push something out early in order to make a release date. In short, things went mental. 

Fortunately, we’ve gotten our patches up quicker and more efficiently than Bethesda, and have a team of engineers working round the clock to make things awesome. Seriously, these guys never sleep. 

We know that’s not enough for you though, so please read on for the latest updates and an assurance that the things you want fixed most will get fixed. 

New Destructoid launched this month, and like the Four Non Blondes, you’ve all been asking us what’s going on. We have learned what game developers go through when they push something out early in order to make a release date. In short, things went mental. 

Fortunately, we’ve gotten our patches up quicker and more efficiently than Bethesda, and have a team of engineers working round the clock to make things awesome. Seriously, these guys never sleep. 

We know that’s not enough for you though, so please read on for the latest updates and an assurance that the things you want fixed most will get fixed. {{page_break}}

Frontpage: We more or less have things rocking here. Posts are going up, you should all be able to sign in and comment. Please do! We have threaded comments now, which we’re going to keep improving, and we’d like you to keep trying them out. You’ll also notice that your own Destructoid community profile has a “Wall” that people can leave notes on. People leave offensive messages on mine, it’s awesome! Make use of it. 

At the time of writing, there are known issues with the database. Finding older posts is harder than it should be. This is still being slowly worked on. Groups are also being tinkered with so stay patient with those. We’ve got a problem with pages occasionally losing their backgrounds and making stuff look ugly. That’s a temporary issue that will be solved soon. 

We discover a new problem every day, but once discovered, we work our arses off until it goes away.

CBlogs: Pretty much everything pertinent to the frontpage is pertinent here. Ya’ll should be good to go for posting CBlogs. We’ve gotten issues with a few people being unable to post blogs at all, and we are definitely looking into that. There have been some strange bugs limited to a few users and we’re fixing them as and when they crop up. 

Dtoid Mobile: I’ve personally received a lot of questions about this. Right now, there is no “Dtoid: Toilet Edition” which was used to make the site look nice on mobiles. Currently it looks like an absolute mess. It IS coming back, we just need to get the frontpage in tip-top condition first. I want it back as much as you do. 

Some cool news is coming concerning Dtoid and mobility though. Stay tuned!

Forum: Hoo boy, let’s don the riot gear for this one. Our forum users are passionate, and it’s clear right now that they feel shafted and want the forum fixed immediately. Totally understandable — that’s your slice of Dtoid and it’s not up and running properly. Please be patient though.

We know it sucks and we haven’t forgotten about it. But bear in mind that getting the frontpage fixed first has been a priority because without the frontpage, we can’t pay our bills, hence you wouldn’t get a forum at all. You weren’t fixed first, and I know you feel you’re always getting the shaft, but if we’d worked on forums first, it probably would have been worse for them in the long term. 

We’ve gotten a lot of requests about forums and they WILL be fixed. But there are things that do need fixing first. All of your issues with it are well known and are on the list.

Post/Reply/Thread Counts, Photo Uploading and Video Embedding: These are all getting fixed soon. 

Anything Else?: If you have questions about New Destructoid, have spotted a bug that needs fixing, or are concerned in any way, then use this page to sound off. Fire off in the comments below and they will be read. 

Also, we have a tech support email address so you don’t need to ask people like me who, to be honest, can’t fix anything because we’re just dumb writers. Please email [email protected] if you have problems. Our engineers are busy but they read everything and will work as swiftly as possible for you. 

On a personal note, I’d like to absolutely thank everybody for keeping patient and sticking it out. Speaking as somebody who found it incredibly difficult to do his job for two weeks, I absolutely know how frustrating it’s been. Many and varied are the swears that have come out of my mouth. 

Much love. Please continue helping Destructoid to become the ultimate gaming community of gaming with gaming!

Jim Sterling