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gav83collins

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We do have control over condescending people, if you notice any disrespectful posts breaking the forum rules, you can use the report button and the moderation team will handle it.

So you have the control and moderators too. 😊
i think you misunderstood my point, we cant control what people say, we can do something about it once its be said.......but by then they have already said it
 
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i think you misunderstood my point, we cant control what people say, we can do something about it once its be said.......but by then they have already said it
OK but hopefully people won't say it again if we Mods work with them about what they said. So we kinda have the control.
EDIT: Moreover, if the moderator in charge is quick enough, the offending post can be edited or removed before most of the xda members can read it :)
 
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Yes I did notice them.. although on the app it's not exactly the same.

But just why?? We had sections for this? It's a backward step.

Plus not everyone chooses the right category.

I really would offer this up as a choice rather than forcing it on ppl, it's unnecessary.
Honestly, I'm slightly surprised there hasn't been more pushback to this change. I don't really post, but have frequented various XDA development forum sections for a decade or so. From the standpoint of having a unified place to allow the continual growth of specific projects and knowledge specific to them, the lack of granularity possible in the new design is a major drawback. I suspect the majority of XDA users now are primarily seeking a more Q&A sort of place (more StackOverflow than GitHub). That's fine, but it does feel like it kind of neglects a use that this place became the de facto home of from the beginning.
 

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Honestly, I'm slightly surprised there hasn't been more pushback to this change. I don't really post, but have frequented various XDA development forum sections for a decade or so. From the standpoint of having a unified place to allow the continual growth of specific projects and knowledge specific to them, the lack of granularity possible in the new design is a major drawback. I suspect the majority of XDA users now are primarily seeking a more Q&A sort of place (more StackOverflow than GitHub). That's fine, but it does feel like it kind of neglects a use that this place became the de facto home of from the beginning.
+1,000,000

It's like it's been changed for the sake of changing it, it's abysmal.
 
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Honestly, I'm slightly surprised there hasn't been more pushback to this change. I don't really post, but have frequented various XDA development forum sections for a decade or so. From the standpoint of having a unified place to allow the continual growth of specific projects and knowledge specific to them, the lack of granularity possible in the new design is a major drawback. I suspect the majority of XDA users now are primarily seeking a more Q&A sort of place (more StackOverflow than GitHub). That's fine, but it does feel like it kind of neglects a use that this place became the de facto home of from the beginning.
Hi, totally agree with you. IMHO this is the result of younger members who do not want to search anymore but only want cut and clear answers, e.g. Q&A sections. That's my main reason to quit XDA after 14,5 years of service an spending a lot of time on the fora. Regards Kuzibri
 

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Hi, totally agree with you. IMHO this is the result of younger members who do not want to search anymore but only want cut and clear answers, e.g. Q&A sections. That's my main reason to quit XDA after 14,5 years of service an spending a lot of time on the fora. Regards Kuzibri
Strangely it's tied in with a complete lack of custom ROMs..

A lack of a dedicated development section means that even if a ROM were released its super easy to overlook..

I can't fathom the reasoning behind it and the app is just bewilderingly awful now.

A truly crap time for Android in general...
I think with dedicated development sections being laid out and completely empty would be extremely telling.

I doubt either situation will change, but we can hope.

Overall the choice to change XDA's layout it utterly abhorrent and tedious, definitely should be changed back or at least give us a choice or even a vote.
 

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Strangely it's tied in with a complete lack of custom ROMs..

A lack of a dedicated development section means that even if a ROM were released its super easy to overlook..

I can't fathom the reasoning behind it and the app is just bewilderingly awful now.

A truly crap time for Android in general...
I think with dedicated development sections being laid out and completely empty would be extremely telling.

I doubt either situation will change, but we can hope.
Agree also with you, but I'm afraid that XDA is following a wrong path this time, e.g. trying to keep every member satisfied, which is IMPO not possible at all. XDA has grown too big and no one in the top makes clear decisions now. Keeping everybody satisfied is the worst strategy you can think off and follow. Regards kuzibri
 
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Agree also with you, but I'm afraid that XDA is following a wrong path this time, e.g. trying to keep every member satisfied, which is IMPO not possible at all. XDA has grown too big and no one in the top makes clear decisions now. Keeping everybody satisfied is the worst strategy you can think off and follow. Regards kuzibri

Tweaking what it once was is the way forward, they've basically done with XDA what Microsoft did with windows 11.

It's pleasing nobody
 
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Rather than only having the Sony cross-device development (Themes and Apps) subforum as well as the Sony cross-device development (General) subforum inside the OEM cross-device development subforum (and then some),
I would suggest adding a new [ cross-device development ] subforum for every major smartphone manufacturer. And then placing a link to it as a sticky inside each phone model subforum so that everyone can easily find it.
For example:

Sony cross-device development section - already exists :D(y)
Xiaomi cross-device development section - haven't found it yet but there is a MIUI central? :unsure:
Samsung cross-device development section - not exists yet


That would definitely make development of cross-device programs much easier and would give a better overview of recent developments in other phone model subforums of the same manufacturer.

Thank you! (y)
 
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🖐:D Hello.
Rather than only having the Sony cross-device development (Themes and Apps) subforum as well as the Sony cross-device development (General) subforum inside the OEM cross-device development subforum (and then some),
I would suggest adding a new [ cross-device development ] subforum for every major smartphone manufacturer. And then placing a link to it as a sticky inside each phone model subforum so that everyone can easily find it.
For example:

Sony cross-device development section - already exists :D(y)
Xiaomi cross-device development section - haven't found it yet but there is a MIUI central? :unsure:
Samsung cross-device development section - not exists yet


That would definitely make development of cross-device programs much easier and would give a better overview of recent developments in other phone model subforums of the same manufacturer.

Thank you! (y)
I would even go farther than that and move all those cross-device forums directly under the OEM forums.
So if you click on Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony... OEM forums
You would see a General, Q & A, Development for that OEM.
All cross-device and devices that don't have device forum discussions would go there.
 

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The search is horrible. It has an extreme bias towards identifying models.
If I search for "fel mode" the top two hits are "Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Themes, Apps, and Mods" and "Samsung Galaxy Note FE Themes, Apps, and Mods".
I can't think of another example right now, but some are worse giving you a dozen models that don't even match any part of your query.
Oh, I can: Searching for "edl mode" gives you a dozen Moto Edge models.

The taxonomy of the whole forums is definitely unclear, with no site map or tree showing you what's what.
I realize that there are tons of manufacturers/models but the forest makes everything opaque.

The "What's new" gives you a smorgasbord of topics and even identifying the specific form is eye-straining.
A user-customized "What's new & interesting" would allow dilletantes like me to add their $0.02 across models if it hit an area of our interest/expertise (despite maybe not even having that specific model).
In a random list of new posts, I have zero interest in 95+%. This make it hard to notice the ones that I am interested in.
 

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    Nevermind, clearly you're either not as interested in suggestions as you claimed or not interested in implementing them.
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    I figured since we turned this forum into a Questions forum with up and down voting for each answer, I'd ask:

    How can we make the XDA forums better?


    No answer is too outlandish...be creative. We're listening!

    Maybe you think we have too many ads, or maybe you think search totally sucks. Perhaps you want more theme options, or you want more ways to learn development. Whatever your idea is, we want to hear it! :)
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    Yes, it's a "Trans" forum. It can compete in the forum olympics as a device because it identifies as a "device" despite not packing any internal or external device characteristics from birth.

    This is in accordance with our more tolerant ways of thinking these days.
    We have moved beyond HTC exclusivity and we are now LGHTC+

    We've also sucked the chocolate off the chocolate coated nuts making us just plain nuts, but crazy as we are, we're not so deluded as to keep XDA Assist as a device
    .... so I've cancelled its device membership.

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    A 2-7 day waiting period to post for new members would discourage one thread wonders looking for a quick fix here rather than simple doing a Google search(s).
    Help dissuade spammers as well.
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    Its up to us active respected members to keep up this vibe.
    I got you completely mate.
    And if any member does not comply wirh our rules, you can help XDA by reporting.
    Cheers.
    How about a trophy for who dimes out the most?

    A sterile site is a dead site. People post because they enjoy it. Friendly and not so friendly banter are part of a thriving forum.
    There's the ignore button which works quite well...
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    "How we can make XDA better??"
    IMHO by starting to ged rid of all users/posters that only "post for the posting" and also all the "off topic posts" within threads. There is a lot of rivalry going around on XDA, which was a friendly and familiar site years ago. At this very moment, just as in real life unfortunately, there is a small bunch of "users/members" who with their behaviour spoils it for all the other "rule abiding" members. How can we solve that? I would be very willing in helping to solve this problem, kindest regards kuzibri
    Its up to us active respected members to keep up this vibe.
    I got you completely mate.
    And if any member does not comply wirh our rules, you can help XDA by reporting.
    Cheers.