Forum and Development Activity at XDA
The goal of XDA is to encourage active and open development on mobile devices. Since our inception over a decade ago, XDA has been “the” place for mobile device modification and development, thanks to the efforts of our many developers, the vast majority of which develop because it’s a true passion. We also couldn’t exist without our 100+ moderators who help to maintain order and act as leaders within our large community.
XDA has been growing rapidly for many years now. This growth has represented the increase of mobile device users around the world. When XDA first launched, there was a forum for just a couple of devices because the market for mobile devices was in its infancy. Today, we have well over 100 forums, and with new phone releases coming at a rapid pace, that number will only increase. We plan to be more selective in adding new forums to XDA as to avoid having “tumbleweed” forums where no real development takes place, even months after the device gets released.
And we must continue to emphasize the development aspect of XDA. Going into the next few months, you’re going to see us put in place measures to focus our efforts on this goal. This includes placing new restrictions on the development forums so that only users with a significant post count can make new threads (that is in addition to limiting the ability of new users to write replies until they’ve reached 10 posts); granting more permissions to developers on XDA (through the Recognized Developer program); and trying to inform new members on the “ways” of XDA and what is expected of them as new members.
While we expect some of these measures might annoy some users, they are efforts to maintain the high-quality, open development that takes place here on XDA, which is to the benefit of millions.
Feel free to PM me directly with thoughts and ideas. 🙂