I really hate the look of the new site. Why articles? Why videos? The entire site should be in the format of a forum since it is called TheHaloForum after all.
Articles offer room for people that would otherwise write amazing OP's to get easier exposure to their efforts. We would almost never front page a thread write up. When looking through Articles you know its not just a youtube video link and a quote, someone put some work into this and in Articles you can make things look much better than in an OP. People will earlier share a clean, seperate article than a thread OP you cant chain loose from the train of potentially weird comments of that thread. with weird avy's and sigs.
We are still working to make videos function up to potential and we will write up a clear workflow when we have the system how we want it so you guys knows whatsup.
this is how I see it:
Videos is a better way to look for a video or videomaker's videos than searching for a thread/threads in the videos sections, it's also a better way to look for a specific Halo Montage on Youtube. We're pushing for no duplicates, accurate contributor names, correct titles and the best video file and YT link associated with it.
When it starts filling out the goal is to be able to fill in a name and have all videos pop up where this person was either a GP contributor or editor. An example that already shows how this would work with the current database is Phurion, as he was an editor and GP contributor on so many videos in the era of vids we put up as a base. You can imagine filling in someone like Dutchy would result in a wide range of videos over many games when the archive is up to date as he has been a GP contributor in so many videos. By using an Alias System we link your account on THF to the videos you have participated in, when people visit your profile they will see these videos pop up. As not everyone uses their THF name as their name in montages, changed their name over time or had an editing name like "productions/studios" you can claim those Aliases as well.
Browsing the video archive even in its current state has been a lot of fun, filling in names and finding new videos by that player or editor or just going through everything. The experience is very smooth on mobile as well.
It will be the closest we can get to the montage finding and watching functionality of Mythica without losing a ton of money by streaming the videos ourselves. We're using the availability of montages on Youtube while still putting physical files behind the titles that we can make available to download, more on that functionality later.
You can link an article or video to a discussion thread, this thread shows up at the bottom of articles and the top of videos. When making a thread for a video that is already in the archive you can ask a staff member to edit it in.
If you think that doesnt add value.. you're not understanding something