QB Express #22 deadline: August 15th, 2010
(give or take a year).
Ahem. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I really expected for QB Express #22 to be out by now. Perhaps I wouldn't be so impatient if something relevant was happening in the community. PCOPY is still standing at one issue, http://insight.freebasic.net
is lagging, I don't want to talk about FreeBasic.tk (http://fbtk.qbtk.com/phpBB2/news.php
; check the date of the last posted message in their Games section), http://www.freebasic.info
is not becoming anything and VPlanet is good as dead so forget about reviews of FreeBASIC games. Perhaps I'm missing some crowded FB sites, other than www.freebasic.net
, but I doubt.
Yes, there is www.freebasic.net
, but it's only moderately active. Not as active as most of us would want it to be. There are games being developed, but no major releases after Lynn's Legacy. I just feel we are missing a frame, and the only real frame was QB Express, putting all this activity under one hat and giving the developed games and utilities some dignity, other than a mere thread in the www.freebasic.net
Other than the sad fact that there are no people with real motivation or free time to build a proper community, I believe you own us Pete to release QB Express #22 before making an even longer break from it, to which you have a right, but which also should be properly announced. The other thing is Qlympics. It saddens me seeing it not being completed. We own to those 3 years of QB/FB history a closure. I can't believe that after 2002 we can't get a handle of ourselves and construct a proper awards event. None of us. The last thing would be all the articles and letters you got for QB Express #22, including my stuff. All this content needs to be published for the sake of the effort put into it. And I really wanted for people to see my letter because I was very generous in it. I hate being generous and nobody knowing about it. I know that's not Christian, but I'm not a Christian.
All in all, I implore you to sacrifice some of your precious ambition and give QB Express those 8-10 hours. Compile it, count the Qylimpics nomination votes if nothing else and then post at the end of the magazine something in the line of: "People, I'm steping down from editing QB Express for indefinite amount of time. Don't send me any more articles or news because I won't be able to publish them. Try to redirect your effort to some other magazine if one appears. Until and if I come back, good luck!"
A community is not a bunch of coders doing less or more useful stuff and showing that in one or two forums. A community is a place with atmosphere, sense of belonging and recognizable features. We don't have that.
I'm sorry if someone is annoyed by this analysis. I'm just making a personal and subjective diagnose of the poor state of the community. I don't blame anyone. Nobody has to do anything regarding the community as the community. I'm just saying it would be great if someone was.