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WHAT THE HELL?
Hello again! You've no doubt clicked on this Blog entry to find out why VCDQ looks different... Again!
Since our relaunch several months ago we've tried to address many of the criticisms directed at the redesign, mainly the things we struggled to get working such as a full search, release highlighting and a submission and commenting system that is easy to use. It was the result of a rushed development because the old site was fundamentally broken, we had no choice and hoped the compromises we made wouldn't come and bite us on the ass, we were wrong. It quickly became apparent that running the system we were and trying to build on top of that was going to progressively make the site less stable, slower and ultimately drive the staff and users crazy. So instead, the decision was made some time ago to move VCDQ back to a nice, bespoke system that we can build on... Which is what we've been doing for the last couple of months. Why change now? The new site being ready has coincided nicely with us changing host in an effort to reduce costs - so this time it's planned, sorta :-)
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE NEXT DAY-OR-TWO THE NEW SITE WONT BE RUNNING AT FULL SPEED AS IT'S RE-PARSING THE DATABASE TO PICKUP NEW TAGS/FEATURES. AS SUCH, THE SITE MY CHUG A LITTLE AT TIMES AND NOT *ALL* RELEASES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT FIRST. THE IMPORT PROCESS SHOULD COMPLETE IN A DAY OR TWO.
Nothing too dramatic, we're still VCDQ, it's mostly a re-design. Be we have a few new tricks up our collective sleeves... Including, streaming samples! That's right, not only can you get a delicious trailer for many releases on here but from now on we hope to bring you samples of the release where possible as well... Now you have no excuse for rating a release based on screen-shots alone (a crime tantamount to murder on these here forums!)
Also, gone are the category selectors across the top, now you can select your own filters from the drop-down boxes. Genre and year filters are now included. Search filters should now fully work, there's also a group filter. Commenting can be done anonymously (if you want) there's no need to create threads - just type your comment, give a rating and off you go.
That's not all though!
WHAT'S TO COME?
DONATIONS - THANK YOU ALL!
We'd also like to thank each and every one of you who have donated over the last couple of months. You have, quite literally, kept us afloat while we scrabbled around in the background to ensure the survival of VCDQ - and so far it's worked! You may have noticed a few ads on the site, hopefully they're not too intrusive but please feel free to feed back any comments you have on the redesign, but it's either have a few adverts on the site or try and survive solely on donations for the future - which we don't believe is possible.
Having said that, donations to the site are still much appreciated, if you like VCDQ and like what we represent, vote with your wallet (even if it's just enough to buy the staff a beer - we're all volunteers)
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ FOLKS. HOPEFULLY YOU'LL ENJOY THE NEW RE-RE-DESIGN... AND IF NOT, WE'RE SURE YOU'LL LET US KNOW :-)