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Romhacking => Newcomer's Board => Topic started by: KaioShin on June 18, 2017, 02:23:42 am

Title: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
Post by: KaioShin on June 18, 2017, 02:23:42 am
Dear RHDN community,

a topic I pick up on from time to time on is that many people feel it's hard to get attention for their hacks on RHDN. You work on something for many months and then you release it and somehow the only thing that happens is that 3 weeks after release it appears in a "New hacks added to the database" posts as a single bullet point alongside 15 Sonic hacks that each change Dr. Robotnik's dialogue to a different dialect of Hebrew (situation slightly overexaggerated for comedic effect). I can totally understand how that can feel frustrating.

On the recent poll with feature requests there were also several features that aimed in the direction of getting better hacks noticed easier - up and downvotes, sharing hacks on social media directly from RHDN, favouriting hacks,etc. It's obvious we have work to do in this department. If you have more suggestions on how to improve hack visibility, don't hesitate to bring them up for discussion any time.

For this post however, I want to tell you how to improve the visibility of your hack right now, with what the site currently already offers. It is really simple actually, but for some reason so few people make use of it.

Submit a news post for your release.

A lot of people don't seem to know this, but RHDN news are crowdsourced just like anything else in the database. There is no one on staff going through all the romhacking forums, blogs, personal websites or even the local submissions here to pick out specific hacks to write news for. No, all news except the automatically generated ones by the submission bot are coming from users. Don't assume that some superfan will be so excited about your release he'll write a news post for you - just do it yourself. If you already spent months on your hack - why not spend 10 more minutes picking two screenshots and writing a short description to improve the visibility of your hack a hundred fold? You have no one but yourself to blame if you don't!

F.A.Q.


Does that help? Is there anything we can do to make the process easier? Better suggestions? Let us know.
Title: Re: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
Post by: Zynk on June 18, 2017, 08:30:33 pm
...But what if the robotnik hebrew dialects sonic translation hacker submits 10 news, one for each dialect? Will the staff disapprove the 10 news, contact him and ask him to make a single post?

If its under the iso639-1 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes). It also needs a request to add that language first if its not on the dropdown language list.
Title: Re: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
Post by: BlackDog61 on June 21, 2017, 06:13:14 pm
Submit a news post for your release.
I take it this is done through the easy-dandy "Submit News" button on the left menu on the site?
Is there a magic "submit news by copying screenshots" button on the page for your hack (or patch)?  8) It would really be magic...
Title: Re: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
Post by: Chronosplit on June 21, 2017, 06:19:15 pm
I take it this is done through the easy-dandy "Submit News" button on the left menu on the site?
Is there a magic "submit news by copying screenshots" button on the page for your hack (or patch)?  8) It would really be magic...
Now that would be great!

I get the feeling that a lot of people legitimately don't know that anyone can submit news though, as absurd as that sounds given the submit news buttons.  Some posters really do seem surprised that just about anyone can post something.
Title: Re: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
Post by: snarfblam on June 21, 2017, 07:36:02 pm
Is there a magic "submit news by copying screenshots" button on the page for your hack (or patch)?  8) It would really be magic...

That's not a bad idea at all
Title: Re: Tutorial: How to get your hack noticed
Post by: Teeporage777 on July 26, 2017, 08:18:59 pm
Wow this is awesome i cant believe i never did this.