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  • OMG! It's been a year...


    Looks like 12 months have flown past since the big forum move, so I guess I should make a thread about it. At some point I was planning on some song and dance to mark the occasion, if we got this far, but honestly it just kinda slipped my mind until now. :grimace:

    So uh... Yay! 12 months. I guess it's a good time to ask 'What do you want from us?' again...

    Is there anything you particularly like? How about dislike? What would you like to see more of? What features would you like to see? Is there something that would totally make you visit more often? Is there something keeping you from visiting more often? Did you know we have a Discord and that it's actually pretty good? Do you want challenges? Video content? Live streaming? Podcasts? Reviews? Tutorials? Articles? More models? More Star Trek? Less Star Trek? Better Star Wars? Should we just move to TikTok?

    Basically, once again, let us know how we're doing, and what we should be doing instead. :)

    Or, you know, just post GIFs... :tongue:
  • New bridge

    If this is another commissioned piece you should credit the author, or preferably have them post the project themselves. We've been through this and I don't particularly enjoy repeating myself.
  • New Feature: Compact Themes


    Someone (I think it was @McC originally) suggested a more compact main index, so you wouldn't have to scroll down to see the whole forum. We're not changing the main theme, but there's a compact theme available now, for those that prefer a more compressed view. It probably won't be any faster, since it's mainly just hiding things in the CSS, but the main index should pretty much fit on a single 1080p screen.

    You can change your theme in Edit Profile. The new theme is available in the same swanky colors (Blue, Gold and Red) as the main one.

    Let me know, what you think. :) As usual, you can report any bugs you find here.
  • New Feature: Filter by Prefix

    Another feature request from Discord, this time from @Comco

    I just added the option to filter WIP and Gallery forums by prefixes, so if only feel like looking at Practical models in progress right now, you can. :smile:
    You can find the filters in the Forum descriptions:

    The plugin is pretty powerful and can filter all sorts of parameters, so if you have any suggestions for cool ones you would like to see on the forums, let me know.

    Another example:
    Get posts from the last:
  • [Completed] Scheduled Maintenance: Minor forum update Sunday 22 September

    Vanilla 3.2 is out, and seems to be working for most people, so I'll try to get us updated next weekend. As usual, forum will be unavailable during the update, but it should take less than an hour.

    No new features, a couple of security patches.
  • Welcome back to Scifi-Meshes! Come say hi!

    So, this is the new site. What do you think?
  • [Completed] Scheduled Maintenance: Minor forum update Sunday 22 September

    Update done. Everything seems to be in order.

    As usual, you can report bugs here.
  • New feature: [vid] tag

    @McC over on our Discord asked if it would be possible to embed video files inline on the forums. So, after fiddling with the code a little, I'm proud to present to you the vid tag. (video was taken).

    Works the same way as an img tag. Basically just add
    in your posts to embed videos. If it's a HTML5 supported format, it should play fine. I would like to ask you to host the video files yourself, since I'm not made out of disk space, but other than that, go nuts. ;)
  • Whatcha playin'?

    I've been on an indie shooter streak lately, mostly playing My Friend Pedro and HARDCORE MECHA

    My Friend Pedro is pretty popular apparently. Also, good fun so far, although I'm worried it'll get a little repetitive before the end, and I'm not sure I'll actually go back and play levels just to get a better grade.

    HARDCORE MECHA was a kickstarter thingy from a while back, that apparently just showed up on PC. I really like Front Mission: Gun Hazard, so I was hoping for something similar, even though I hadn't really heard anything about it. Right now I'm liking the old Front Mission (and Metal Warriors) more, this one seems to be pretty linear compared to those, but maybe it'll open up later. Very nicely animated.
  • Forum Updates: Commissions Open (+ other minor updates)


    TLDR: You can now add a Commissions Open field in your profile to let people know you're taking commissions and it's cool to contact you about them on the forums.

    So lately, I've been watching people look for artists for their commissions and get in touch with a bunch of people while doing it. No one ever contacts me for commissions, so I don't have any firsthand knowledge in the matter, but I reckon getting contacted constantly can get kinda annoying, and finding people who do commissions can probably be pretty frustrating as well. Personally I'm more concerned about artists not being to post their work in peace on the site, so instead of asking anyone how they actually feel, I went and tried to find a solution. :p

    Commissions are something I'd actually like to encourage since I think there's a nice opportunity to make some money for doing something you really enjoy that I think everyone can appreciate, and I think they're really good for the scene (posting spaceships on the Internet) at large. Plus people get cool stuff for their projects, so that's cool too. So commissioning work is not the problem, and there seems to be an audience for it, but finding the right person to contact seems to cause some collateral damage when potential buyers contact pretty much everyone whose work they've enjoyed out of the blue, and not nearly everyone is doing commissions.

    So, how to encourage a positive phenomenon, but avoid the negatives? I created the Self Promotion and Releases to encourage this sort of thing, but they haven't taken off like I hoped they would. Guess people use Twitter and ArtStation for that sort of thing these days. :confused: Did you know, you can post Paid Models, Paid Materials, Paid Tutorials, Paid Game Assets, Paid Tools, Free Models, Free Materials, Free Game Assets and Free Tools in releases? Did you even realize we would like to see people promote their Youtube channels and streaming and stuff? I think the whole promotional part of the forum will need a rethink at some point, but as a more immediate solution to letting everyone know you're taking commissions and making finding available artists easier, I've added a Commissions field to everyone's profiles. Basically, if you're up for some work for hire, just switch it to Open and a neat little green icon will appear on your profile letting people know. Don't need any work right now? Just switch it off and the icon goes away.


    This will hopefully make it easier to contact people who are interested and on the other hand, discourage cold calling uninterested parties.

    The usual caveats apply. Scifi-Meshes will not accept any liability in your transactions but reserves the right to ban known bad actors. All negotiations should be conducted off the forums. Get everything in writing, and use common sense.

    If you're looking for free stuff, or want to pitch your project to multiple artists at the same time, try the Looking for... forum.

    Think this will improve things? Did they need improving? Let me know.

    Oh, right... Other minor forum updates:
    • I updated Fontawesome (the little icons you see everywhere) to a newer version. Let me know here, if there are any busted icons.
    • Private messages now include a Subject field, so you can add subject to all the commissions you'll be talking about I guess.