For example, if you go into "Newbies" currently you have 3 pinned subjects at the top but no mention of there being tutorials to do elsewhere. A link could be put in there, maybe with an eye catching banner, like the ones for the "Special Topics" section.
This is a good suggestion and we'll definitely implement it.
The entirety of the Newbies and TaoA:M forum areas is currently in the (very) initial state of revision.
How about putting a few more links to them from other forum areas?
To which tutorials do you refer here when you say 'them'?
Are you referring only to Holmes' tutorials?
You might be surprised how many links there currently are around here to these resources (too many actually).
For instance, anyone visiting the current TaoA:M forum will see subforum links to Video Exercises and Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Tutorials (where they'll find Holmes tutorials).
Here though is a core problem... many (most?) A:M Users don't think they need to complete TaoA:M so they are less likely to visit the TaoA:M forum.
Similarly, many (most?) don't care to cast themselves as newbies, so they don't immediately think to visit the Newbies forum.
If they cannot find tutorials in a forum marked 'Tutorials' I'm not sure what more can be linked for them.
It's that old lead a horse to water thing: You can lead an aspiring animator to the tutorial but that doesn't mean they'll open it.
For a short time the Newbies and TaoA:M forums were merged (TaoA:M became a subforum of the newbies forum)
But it didn't take long before a few folks thought the TaoA:M forum wasn't in an obvious enough location.
If I had unlimited time I would smash a lot of the current tutorials together while archiving the originals for those that enjoy the process of ferreting out the gold in the hidden corners of the forum. One of the problems with some tutorials is that as webpages expire the creators tend to dissolve the resources (images, etc.) with them. Therefore some of the useful tutorials are not quite as useful as they once were. Those hosted by Hash Inc tend to have more longevity.
I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence nor do I want to scream RTFM!
But.. if all A:M Users would start with TaoA:M this process would be a whole lot easier.
Then we could really get this many wheeled contraption a' movin'.
That is one very good reason to support Robert's new TaoA:M.
As always, thanks for the feedback.
Keep posting your thoughts and we'll keep absorbing and adjusting to them!
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One thought I have is as they are currently residing in "Technical Direction & Development (Advanced Topics)", maybe the term "Advanced Topics" puts people off or they think these are only for the more skilled, I don't know.
Interesting you should mention this. The title/subtitle has a multifold purpose:
1. To scare the begeebees out of newbies who aren't ready for the advanced topics so that as babes in computer animation they'll seek milk before strong meat (that strong stuff is known to kill them!)
2. Credit those who have worked to gain technical mastery while thanking them for the effort they put into answering the tougher questions fielded about computer animation.
The technical area is not for the timid or those who are just playing at this... it is for those who are committed to it. Personal and Professional Development is the future of Animation:Master and mastery requires the ability to search things out... or ask for them. There is no doubt that some of the tutorials on view in the technical area are not all that technical but the number of views on these tutorials suggests those with the interest do find them and IMO it beats having multiple Tutorial forums. Having said this, there is always room for improvement.