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General Category => News Submissions => Topic started by: RHDNBot on December 23, 2009, 08:49:56 am

Title: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: RHDNBot on December 23, 2009, 08:49:56 am
Update By: Nightcrawler

RHDN turns four! What a fourth year its been! RHDN and its members have definitely proven we're tough and have some serious staying power this year. After being embroiled by a dramatic Internet hacking caper in June from a HyperVM exploit, our VPS server fell to complete data loss along with thousands of others. We were down, but far from out! We suffered a few weeks of downtime, rebuilt from backup, and restored remaining information with the help of our strong user base. Fast forward a few months later and we're back to near record traffic and visits once again! If that can hardly leave a dent on RHDN and its members, I don't know what can! It was a proud moment to see everybody work together, rebuild, and move forward to become better than ever!

This year saw several big improvements to the site. With RHDN 2.2 we saw: full site UTF-8 support to better serve our global community, a new font section was introduced, and navigation and functional improvements were made. We also revitalized and reworked our IRC channel #romhacking.net to better tie in with the site and be the extension to RHDN it was meant to be. Joining together our two staffs, we kicked off the improved channel with a two day meet and greet IRC event. It was great to expose new people to IRC and have them come out to the channel for a fun online event. We will also definitely be considering the possibilities of what can be done for future events. Some ideas considered would be a Q&A session, mentoring session, or even a small ROM hacking class.

The largest global force of ROM hackers ever assembled is still in full force and propelling RHDN one year closer to being the longest lasting ROM hacking focused site of its kind! What challenges does RHDN face for year five? We've got to continue to encourage, promote, and facilitate user contribution. Our contribution base is strong, but there's still room for more of us to join the band and bring RHDN to the next level! Our user contribution is what makes RHDN what it is. We will continue to look for more ways to give additional site editing power to the users, display your contributions, and hopefully encourage new people to jump on the contribution bandwagon! We will certainly continue to evaluate site navigation and functionality to improve the user experience and make it easier than ever for you to contribute!

The overwhelming majority of our new users today come from Google searches on a variety of topics from gaming to emulation. Sometimes, the search terms may be unrelated (such as game titles) to what we do here. We have to continue to improve our accessibility to outsiders and gracefully deal with people who do not know what our community is all about, and other 'growing pains' so to speak. RHDN has grown beyond its niche roots and we have to look at ways to continue to adapt to our large site status.

So, what's in store for 2010? I've already mentioned a few things throughout that we will be trying to achieve. Surely, we'll see an RHDN 2.3 release covering several of those items. Though no official development plan has been made yet, I'd expect you may see: an improved site and forum layout, improved submission form interface and options, fun additions to your profiles and community database pages, enhanced database relationships, and possibly a new section or two!

If you've got some good ideas or ways to improve the site, we'd love to hear them in the Site Talk section of our forums! Its only with a combined effort that we can continue to be the unwavering global force that we are today and keep RHDN a valuable resource for years to come! We can make year five the best year yet!

Relevant Link: (http://www.romhacking.net (http://www.romhacking.net))
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Garoth Moulinoski on December 23, 2009, 09:15:02 am
Wow... RHDN is four years old... Since I remember the Whirlpool, I always feel it's older! XD
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Andrius on December 23, 2009, 09:56:31 am
I've been lurking here for awhile but I've always known that translations of old video games=awesome, even before RHDN existed. And some of those romhacks are pretty sweet! I'm just a fan, but I respect RHDN!

What i like most about this community is how industrious is is, new hacks or translations seem to appear at a startling pace.
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: golden on December 23, 2009, 10:53:42 am
I've been mostly a lurker as well since the Whirlpool days but I'm glad to have also witnessed the amazing evolution and growth RHDN has been through. It has definitely become an important engine to the community.

I got into game translations thanks to it and learned much about the technical side of a translation from its members and database.

Long live RHDN! :beer:
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: DaMarsMan on December 23, 2009, 12:55:23 pm
This site gets better and better!
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Azkadellia on December 23, 2009, 01:25:18 pm
Happy Birthday RHDN! Here's to 4 more years! :beer:
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Ryusui on December 23, 2009, 02:25:20 pm
Four years...yikes. It's hard to believe I've been romhacking longer than that. O_O;
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: DarknessSavior on December 23, 2009, 03:41:51 pm
Congrats, RHDN!  :beer:

What're we gonna do for the 5th anniversary?  >:D

~DS
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Killa B on December 23, 2009, 05:53:51 pm
Awesome, an anniversary post that isn't pissed off at humanity. :D
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: DankPanties on December 23, 2009, 06:14:45 pm
Loved this place so much since '06 that I don't miss the Whirlpool at all!
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Eternal248 on December 24, 2009, 02:00:03 am
I may be a newbie, but Romhacking is still a great site! Here's to four more years of hacking!
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: Kronus_Arm on December 24, 2009, 06:35:56 am
I lurked since '07 and registered at '09...

Congratulations RHDN. 
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: fireball on December 24, 2009, 06:41:11 am
Also been lurking since the old whirlpool days ^^ HOORAY for RHDN  :crazy:  :beer:
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: tc on December 24, 2009, 06:59:46 am
I don't think I was at the whirlpool. I'd found romhacking in '01 or so, around when I joined acmlm's board.
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: StreetTrash on December 25, 2009, 01:19:33 am
Happy birthday RHDN. You've aged just like a fine wine. :)

I have to say, while the Whirlpool was great, I think this place has surpassed it by far.  :beer:
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: BRPXQZME on December 25, 2009, 02:06:11 am
(・∀・) Grandpa, what was the Whirlpool like?
( ´ω`) Kid, you’d ’ve had to ’ve been there to know what it was like.
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: knighTeen87 on December 25, 2009, 07:31:16 am
I'm here for happy 2 years and it gets even better time by time  :thumbsup:
Long live RHDN!!!! :beer:
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: DarkSol on December 27, 2009, 01:37:44 pm
(・∀・) Grandpa, what was the Whirlpool like?
( ´ω`) Kid, you’d ’ve had to ’ve been there to know what it was like.
(´Д`) The Attitude Barn was no place for kids!
Title: Re: Site: RHDN 4th Anniversary!
Post by: ded302 on December 28, 2009, 07:14:54 pm
This site's been useful when I started hacking games. :thumbsup: