DiM wrote:it can take up to 2-3 months for a CA to come and look at your map and see if it's worthy of a badge. and if it's not it will probably be 1-2 more months before he comes again even if you made all the corrections he asked for the very next day.
I hope you are deliberately exaggerating, if not, in my opinion is bullshit.
sadly i'm not exaggerating
jan 12th, clash of kings gets a draft stamp and is moved to the main foundry.
i work on the map receive feedback do several updates and 6 weeks later isaiah tells me he's satisfied with the map and he'll get the gameplay CA to take a look at the map.
2 more moths pass and that CA still hasn't arrived to look at the map, nor has any other CA for that matter. the graphics are also pretty much set with nothing but minor nitpickings for the last few months.
so how exactly am i exaggerating?
and don't give me that whole "i'm a volunteer doing unpaid work" crap.
i'm also a volunteer and when i'm asked to work on something i work on it in a matter of hours or days not weeks or months.
when gilligan comes to me asking for banners logos or dice i provide them as fast as possible otherwise the events would not take place. when i'm asked to run a tourney i make sure new games start as soon as the old ones are over. whenever i was asked to provide something i did it in no more than a few days. sometimes it was even a few hours.
and i have a wife, a kid, a night job and my little business i supervise during the day so it's not like i'm on constant vacation with 24/7 free time.
i'm not demanding CAs to respond in a matter of minutes, i never said that, but 2 months is a really long time. analyzing a map takes what? 30 minutes? one hour? 2 hours? don't tell me in 2 months no CA found enough time to look at my map and review it. especially when another CA came and said the map will be reviewed so that kinda makes you think the map is put on some sort of list and it's near the top of the priorities.
i'm not trying to spread negativity, i'm simply trying to draw attention to one of the problems in the foundry. and that is the CAs aren't really posting that much or paying attention to maps as much as needed.
you keep saying you're trying to speed up the process of map making. that spending 6-9 months on a map is unacceptable and yet there are maps who are standing idly where nobody has anything left to comment cause they're pretty much ready and yet no CA is coming to move that map forward.
i'm not a CA and yet i used to post more than ALL the CAs COMBINED. before i decided the foundry ain't worth it anymore i gave more feedback to ongoing map projects than all the CAs put together and that's when there were 6 or 7 of you guys. so don't tell me i wouldn't resist for 3 months. you've had CAs with less than 10 posts per month, and even now they average at less than 1 foundry post per day. and it's not like they're posting 10 page long essays, it's 2-3 lines of text in each post, or even less.
seriously, if you don't have the time to contribute more then don't volunteer for this. sure, you're intentions are appreciated but good intentions aren't enough.
also, i've never said anything wrong about you. in fact last i recall i had nothing but praises for you and isaiah because of the whole cartographers group you 2 work the most. i also know your crusade in the backstage and i've supported it whenever i could. but this has nothing to do with that. just because i see you working for the general interest of the foundry doesn't mean that i can't say anything bad if it's true. and the fact is that i was told a gameplay review is coming and 2 months later nothing happened. this is a fact. it's not a subjective opinion it's not something open to interpretation. it's just a simple fact. the clash of kings map is not stalled by lack of updates, or lack of feedback it is stalled by lack of involvement from the CAs. this should NEVER happen. the CAs job is to help all maps move on the right track and progress as fast and as smoothly as possible not to stall them and make everybody lose interest.
you say you found a solution or at least the means to finding a solution. 10 days ago you talked about a group for mapmakers to debate and come up with methods to improve the foundry process. while i'd oppose to the secrecy of such a group i am willing to join and try to help. but...where's that group? what happened to it? did the project die before it even started?
PS: this whole post contains more words than all the combined posts of some CAs in the past few weeks.