I have been a little more silent than usual over the past few months - hopefully for a good reason.
I am sure many of you are aware of just how much we want to take this site to a place that better represents our vision. A vision we have alluded to since the early days of the site. Clean design, innovative tools, no-nonsense performance discussion.
While we have excelled in some areas - we have simply had to ignore others for the time being for numerous reasons - the largest being access to top-tier dedicated resources to make it happen.
I am very excited today to offer up a means to accomplishing much of what we originally set out to do. Your structured
, productive questions
are most definitely welcomed. Our goal here is to gauge your overall impressions of this change before taking the next steps. Please don't simply comment something to the sort of "I don't like it". Explain why!
What is being proposed?
A developmental partnership that will take Overclock.net from where we are now to something, that in time, will offer more robust functionality and more professionally designed experience.
What types of new additions will we have as a result?
Integrated Wiki / Articles, New Design, Centralized Product Database, Better Member Reviews, Integrated Rig Builder etc.
Have some mockups?
Sure do! Please see the attached images for some very highly conceptualized mockups. These are meant to illustrate a general direction. Don't take anything too literally at this point. A core team of staff and members will be part of a private sandbox to refine it fully.
What are the tradeoffs?
Change is never easy. We all know that. Think of this as changing your operating system. Things may work differently than you are used to, may be placed in different places etc. What we are proposing here is a roadmap that will eventually take us well beyond the offerings of most other "forums" and a development team to get us there. Our goal is not to replicate the current experience - but rather improve it where possible. It will be an iterative process.
Here are three examples of changes that could fall under the category of "tradeoff" for you.
- No standard bb-code editor. It will be WYSIWYG only
- No sort threads ability in thread view to help reduce clutter and # of links
- No post icons to help reduce clutter
Once again, see "What types of new additions will we have as a result?"
For examples of things that will be added to the site.
How long will this take?
It will take months before you see the new Overclock.net but work by a dedicated team would start immediately upon the decision to move forward with this roadmap. We will only launch the forum once the testers (selected staff and members) are happy with where we are at in the sandbox stage. This could be 2-4 months as a rough
estimate. Other features like the completion of the RigBuilder integration (which allows members to correlate benchmarking and folding performance with components!) could take up to two years to be fully realized. I am sure you will see parts of it much earlier than that though.
This proposed roadmap will, in time, provide us a with a refreshed look, cool new tools and a dedicated development team that will continue to evolve the platform as a whole.
Please provide your questions/feedback in this thread.
Thanks so much!
EDIT: It looks like the homepage mockup was corrupt so I added an older mockup of it. It's been refined a little more since then. We will replace it asap.