We have some major updates to the Developer Forum to present. We’ve broken them down into two parts: New structure and Revamped Collaboration category.
The New structure section details the overall changes we’re making to the structure of the Developer Forum, while the Revamped Collaboration category section explains our goals for breathing new life into a section that we feel has not been utilized to its full potential. We’ve changed the Collaboration subcategory into its own category and are providing developers with improved tools for finding jobs, hiring contractors, creating partnerships, and building teams.
As our Developer Forum community grows, so does the breadth of conversations that take place. To accommodate the need for more distinguished areas of discussion, we have decided to make a few changes to the structure of the Developer Forum’s categories and subcategories. This includes some new additions, as well as some category restructuring to increase clarity and make it easier to find topics.
This is what the structure will look like going forward:
- Public Updates and Announcements
- Release Notes
- Surveys (Moved into Public from Developer Community Surveys)
- Roblox Developers Conference 2018
- RDC 2018 Announcements
- Learning Resources
- Roblox Tutorial Series (Moved into Learning Resources from Public)
- Community Tutorials (Moved into Learning Resources from Tutorials)
- Community Resources (New)
- Development Support
- Scripting Support
- Building Support
- Design Support
- Xbox Developer Support (Moved into Development Support from Platform Support)
- Virtual Reality Support (Moved into Development Support from Platform Support)
- Mobile Support (Moved into Development Support from Platform Support)
- Code Review (New)
- Development Discussion
- Cool Creations
- Collaboration (Now its own category)
- Recruitment (New)
- Portfolios (New)
- Platform Feedback
- Documentation Requests (New)
- Engine Features
- Studio Features
- Web Features
- Engine Bugs
- Studio Bugs
- Web Bugs
- Exploit Reports (Moved into Platform Feedback from Private Bugs and Exploit Reports)
- Inception Forum
- Roblox Discussion
- Off Topic
- Categoria en Español
- Moderation Review Requests
- Bulletin Board
As listed above, there are a few new subcategories on the Developer Forum. Here’s a brief description of each:
Learning Resources -> Community Resources
The Community Resources subcategory is meant for developers to post topics that will assist others with the development process. For example, a developer may want to share a website that provides royalty-free music or textures.
Development Support -> Code Review
The Code Review subcategory is a place to post your already-working code and have it reviewed by peers for tips, efficiency, and feedback for improvement. Non-working code that you’re trying to get help on should be posted in the Scripting Support subcategory of Development Support. The Code Review subcategory requires a template to be followed when starting new topics.
Platform Feedback -> Documentation
The Documentation subcategory is designed as a place to post feedback on existing documentation or to request new documentation.
Revamped Collaboration category
In addition to all of the above changes, we want to further encourage collaboration on the Developer Forum. We envision a category in which developers hire other developers, search for jobs, and post portfolios detailing their skills and experience developing on the Roblox platform.
The Collaboration subcategory has been moved into its own category to emphasize collaborating with other developers, and we also added some new subcategories to make that process easier.
Previously, the Collaboration category was more like an add-on than a real point of interest, and we want to adjust our focus to change this. Our vision for developer collaboration on the DevForum turns the Collaboration section into an area for recruitment, scouting, and hiring. We want to encourage teamwork and game studios, and we believe that the best way to get started is by providing comprehensive tools and discussion areas to make that happen.
Recruitment: This subcategory is designed for team leaders to seek developers for long-term partnerships or short-term contract work. Replies to these topics should be users who are interested in these team positions or contracted development. Again, we suggest that you should always seek legal contracts whenever payment is involved.
Portfolios: This subcategory is designed as a repository for developers to post their own portfolios and show off their development skills and experience for use in the Recruitment subcategory. Replies can be used as a way to show support for a Developer’s work and should be on-topic and minimal.
New DevForum user groups
You may have noticed we’ve also added new user groups to join that will give you an optional title to use on your DevForum account. You can see them here:
These groups and titles are designed to display what area of development users identify with, encouraging more collaboration and hopefully providing more context to development-related posts.
For those wondering what happens if you join multiple groups: you have to choose between which title you want displayed. You can do so here: https://devforum.roblox.com/u/(yourusernamehere)/preferences/account.
These groups are unable to be pinged, so don’t worry about joining and being mass-pinged.
New About Categories
- About the Learning Resources category
- About the Community Resources category
- About the Code Review category
- About the Documentation Requests category
- About the Community Tutorials category
We look forward to seeing how these changes affect the Developer Forum. If you have any more ideas about collaborating on the Developer Forum or the structure thereof, please do make a topic in the Inception Forum category!
Developer Engagement Team