What I’ve been up to…

Normally, I like to post a month to month or bi-weekly content to my blog. Unfortunately, that’s not been happening. With being laid off in late 2019, then COVID-19 making matters worse in terms of job prospects (I think I’m well past 75, if not 100 resume submissions!), I’ve been scrambling to find a suitable job. I’ve had a few companies recently open up to interviews, but will see how they end up – I’m optimistic, but yet pessimistic to anything at this point. 🙁 During my downtime, I’ve taken up ownership of a Rift MMO site known as Prancing […]

Choosing the right forum software? Is a forum needed?

Every community has a core somewhere, and it all depends where it would be most ideal. Many will choose a forum or discussion board, others will Use social media mediums, and some may use Discord or some other sort of real-time services as its core community hub. All comes down to the following… Will your game need a repository of historical information that can be easily indexed by search engines? Will your game need a central place for the viewing of news, patch notes/changelogs, and other important details? Does the community lack a common-place that serves as a central hub? […]

Volunteer/Paid Moderators For Forums/Discussion Boards – What’s better?

Let’s take a look at something that all community managers have to do at least once in their career… finding suitable, stable, and above all else, supportive users for your game company and/or game title(s) – on a volunteer basis to be a moderator of your community. Most of the time, finding the right folks for the task is rather tedious, as their posting habits and history may preempt them from even being considered in the first place. This is even more apparent when you have a mature community.

Updated Guide: Weewx, Nginx, Belchertown, MQTT/WS

This is an updated and streamlined guide for the installation of Weewx 4.x, with the Belchertown 1.1 GUI, Nginx, the MQTT/WebSockets extension, mosquitto, and Let’s Encrypt, because well – WebSockets require SSL… on a new Debian 10 installation. The old guide can be found here – which is a mess and shouldn’t be used. Things to keep in mind… Fresh Debian 10 server installation – only thing installed apart from the default packages: SSH Server. Using Nginx, MySQL (MariaDB) for the general heave-ho’ing of data. No need for PHP or FPM here! Note: MySQL in my instance is on a […]