People may have noticed recently that there hasn’t been much activity on the site in terms of comments, and further attention to issues. This is because we’re all pretty busy outside of OSx86 right now, however in light of the upcoming Mavericks release, we’re going to bring out some improvements to make the site more of a “hub” for those of you fully interested in OSx86 and hackintosh development – but first we’d like some opinions on some prospective plans.
Now I personally have to apologise for all the unanswered comments existing on the site currently (there are literally thousands) and getting through them all is being quite a pain. It also doesn’t help that people don’t reread through the comments in order to see if their question has been answered in the past. For those of you who have had comments removed, this was the reason (and yes, I read up the post to check there was an answer before doing so). Now, in order to solve this issue we’re thinking about adding a forum to the site, nothing special but a place you can register and post/answer questions, or research your topic. This would be alongside the FAQ post we put up recently, containing answers to most of the major questions, but allowing for further clarification if needed. As I’m sure you’re aware, it’s much easier to keep up with a forum as opposed to answering thousands of comments individually (although the backstack of comments we have right now will be answered). The proposed forum won’t be as in-depth as something like InsanelyMac in terms of open development (unless you guys make it that way, obviously), but it’d focus on making things as easy to understand as possible.
Another idea we’re toying with is a mobile app – again nothing special, just something to check up on the latest posts from the site and with a majority of your FAQs inline so you can check them quickly (and offline). The app probably won’t be anything too fancy since we’re all pretty new to Android, but it would be an easy and quick way to access the site. Obviously, put forward your ideas for this if you have any and we’ll implement them if we have the time. One major thing we’re thinking of is making the app a paid app (just a cheap $0.99 type deal, as a donation to the team) and adding the ability to email us directly (to a new email address) via the app, meaning that people who paid get faster responses, which are quicker to keep track of. This solves two problems stemming from the same root, being that when people re-share our images as their own work (which they do), less people come to the site which means less revenue via ads to keep the site (and development) going. The other problem from this is obviously because certain contact information is inside the images, that email address is now being spammed by people asking things which have been specifically stated on our site.
Obviously, this isn’t done for the money but I’m sure you’re all aware that time pretty much is money and putting together the images on the site does take a few days per image, and this of course racks up (especially as I myself am a student) due to servers hosting the images, and just the server hosting the side. As usual donations are appreciated via the panel to the right of the page. If anybody has any other ideas as to what could be done to make the site easier to understand and find the information you need, let us know in the comments to this post.
Oh, and just to quickly confirm something I’ve seen a lot recently; yes there will be both a Mavericks VMware image and a Virtual Box image (assuming we get it working, of course).