ElCondor · Feb 14, 2010 at 02:00 pm

Changes at XDA (part 1)

Most of you have noticed that there have been some changes at xda over the last couple of weeks. This work is done by svetius, the ‘User Experience Admin’.

For those who don’t know anything about this new administrator and his work, we’ll tell you a little bit more about the changes. In this article, we’ll tell you about the new forums that have been added. Other changes will be discussed about in the next article!

Originally posted by svetius:

Finally– and hopefully this doesn’t cause a mass uproar– we are considering the idea of selectively adding non-HTC device forums (focused on Windows Mobile and Android devices). Every day we get requests from users for this, and there’s really no good reason why we cannot oblige them. Already the discussion is happening in the general forums. That said, we will only add new forums if: 1. We are confident added traffic won’t cause site speed to suffer; 2. We can recruit quality moderators; and 3. The content and discussion is of high quality. The only way to know these things for sure is to try it out. So, within the next 14 days we are going to add two or three non-HTC forums. The delay is to ensure the site continues to operate at a reasonable speed and so we can figure out where to put the new forums (the forum homepage is already absurdly long and cluttered). We are open to suggestions as to deserving devices for our first non-HTC forums, so give us your ideas in this thread.

The start of a new era of xda-developers. Not only owners of HTC devices will get support and enjoy this site; now the variety of phones has been expanded so that owners of other smartphones, such as the Omnia 2 and Acer NeoTouch, will get the best out of their phones. So if you’re the lucky owner of one of the following devices, xda-developers will be the place to be!

  • Acer neoTouch F1 S200
  • Acer Liquid A1 S100
  • Samsung Omnia II
  • Toshiba TG01

There are however members who criticize this whole evolvement. They’re afraid that the community will grow too big, and will get too unpersonal. Another reason why we should stay HTC only, is because all those new members will make the servers slow. Fortunately, the xda crew is doing his best to keep a fast and stable connection. They’ve ordered new high-speed servers, so everything will run more smoothly.

Originally Posted by Mekishiko:

I am worried however that the forum may suffer not just in speed, but in focus. Think about those Chinese food restaurants that sell Italian food, hamburgers, and burritos, they make everything, but they don’t make any one thing well. XDA forum is the equivalent of the BEST burger shop in town, so I think it is a very good idea to run a “Trial Period” and I hope for the best!

And that ‘Trial Period’ is exactly what they’re doing right now. They’re trying to see how everything is going, if the servers can carry the new weight. If everything is going well, they will add some more devices, such as the Motorola Droid.

Be sure to check out the next article to see more about svetius work! You can also join the discussion.

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ElCondor is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View ElCondor's posts and articles here.
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