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#1
Team Zone / Re: Teams for 2023
Last post by Frieshansen - Yesterday at 01:14:55 PM
 8) too  :)
#2
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by Duplode - Yesterday at 01:19:47 AM
Quote from: KyLiE on January 31, 2023, 03:34:28 PMHonestly, I think that the custom cars available from each competition website fulfil the needs of most community members, both new and existing.

Yeah, that's a factor too. The competitions are doing a good job of making the cars they use easily available. The main use case for a centralised collection is probably for people new to the community, who aren't necessarily racing in (our) competitions.

At the moment, I'm inclined towards removing most of the collection and focusing on the tools, as you suggest. I'd perhaps only keep a few large, thematic car packs (say, the custom cars used at UnskilledStunts competiitons, or the Ryoma cars featured on that testing thread from the 2022 pre-season). I'll wait a few more days before acting on it, to let the plans settle and keep listening to opinions.

Quote from: dreadnaut on January 31, 2023, 08:17:59 PMb) We hack something into the Wiki, so cars pages include the car files

I had a quick look at the MediaWiki docs, it seems that to get something basic working we'd only need to enable zip uploads. That would give us a page for the download in the File namespace (arbitrary example from Wikimedia Commons), a direct download link and version control. Restricted registration means we'd be in control of the uploads, and even if we open it up at some point file upload permissions can be defined separately. Still, I'm not too enthusiastic about suggesting we actually do that, at least not without a lot of thought beforehand, as once we get something like that into the Wiki, it will be tough to remove if it turns out to be a bad ides.   
#3
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by Daniel3D - January 31, 2023, 10:57:51 PM
It's something I want in a car manager like simple garage as well...
So..

And it's not a question about how much time I want to spend on it... If I do it, we can wait until the sun dies....
#4
Team Zone / Re: Teams for 2023
Last post by dreadnaut - January 31, 2023, 10:38:09 PM
 8)
#5
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by dreadnaut - January 31, 2023, 10:37:39 PM
Of course it would! It all depends on how much time you want to spend on it ;D
#6
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by Daniel3D - January 31, 2023, 10:22:08 PM
I favour the custom system as well..

Would it be possible to render a picture out of the car file? Like a view that you can see the front, side and top of the car. And then cycle through the paint jobs?

 8) #daretoask ..
#7
Team Zone / Re: Teams for 2023
Last post by alanrotoi - January 31, 2023, 10:15:45 PM
Quote from: Erik Barros on January 30, 2023, 12:54:36 AMI don't know if it's possible to join a team now that the season has started, but I'm available and would love to join a team. I'm not a good driver but I intend to participate in every race and try to learn along the way.

You have a PM Erik 8)
#8
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by dreadnaut - January 31, 2023, 08:17:59 PM
Cars, so many these days! I might diverge from the initial topic here, but I see three alternatives for keeping track of all of them:

a) Individuals set up a page with a collection

pros: cheap, fast, diverse
cons: separate efforts, individual responsibility

b) We hack something into the Wiki, so cars pages include the car files

pros: easy to edit, shared responsibility
cons: "hack something", likely inflexible, might break with an upgrade

c) We build a custom system

pros: shared responsibility, customisable, over time solid
cons: doesn't exist yet, will not make everyone happy

I like (a), it's the web, but the maintenance costs are real. I expect (b) to be a pain to set up, and in the long run. And of course I'm attracted to (c), but it's something that could take time to build. Then again, it could start by hacking together something like this. Imagine Simple Garage downloading cars or pack for you...
#9
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by KyLiE - January 31, 2023, 03:34:28 PM
The section of your website in question also includes mods and utilities, so perhaps it might be worthwhile focusing on those.  It depends on what you want to achieve and what the community calls for.  Honestly, I think that the custom cars available from each competition website fulfil the needs of most community members, both new and existing.

Since you mentioned my website, I thought I would let you know that I plan to continue working through Ryoma's cars, as well as any others that are released in the future.  I've been doing this since I joined the community, but it was only recently that I was asked to share my work, so naturally I thought my website was the best place to do that.
#10
Southern Cross Stunts Trophy / Re: Future of the car collecti...
Last post by Duplode - January 31, 2023, 12:04:09 PM
@Daniel3D But I would like to hear biased opinions too!  :) If there is still going to be a Southern Cross collection, I feel it should be made helpful for everyone, including competition managers, and not pointlessly duplicate work already being done by e.g. you or Mark.