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What does the future have in store?
I have neglected source modding over the last few years as a result of pursuing other projects and honestly losing interest in the project (those who juggle full time jobs and multiple other passions may understand that predicament)
I will try to complete the tutorial & tool collections as well as continue the "Where is Poppy" tutorial series I started all those years back.
You will notice that the Source 2 tutorials section is very bare. I will start populating it shortly.
I will also put together some tools to make tutorial & tool submissions easier for those who are interested in helping fill out the collection.
I have put together a short high level roadmap of the direction I want to take this project over the next few years and will do my best to stick to it where possible.
I noticed that sourcemodding was in dire need of an update. The system the site was built on became dated and was superceded by another technology that makes building and maintaining the site considerably easier and more accessible on other platforms such as tablets and mobile.
I converted all of the Sites Tutorials and Tools from the difficult to maintain CSV to JSON which is easier on the eye and a treat to work with.
Since my image hoster on the original site broke many of the smaller images somehow, I had to consider new options.
I decided on Googles Webp and I will host them locally. I know that this means those who use safari cannot view images on the site, but really Apple? Its 2020 (at time of writing) why force us to go headphone jackless or opengless when you cant even adopt new industry standards and trends yourself, Update your garbage browser to support it. I assume from some basic research that most people use Chrome or FF anyway so to those affected I am sorry but you’ll survive 😀
The site should be more responsive, load faster and look better all around.
If you do happen to come across something amiss do let me know via mail
Nov 2020 -
Build User Submission Tools
In order to make my job easier and to bring help in from the community I will be preparing a Webform for submitting Tools and Tutorials too.
These tools or tutorials will then be stored locally awaiting moderation before being added to the collection. I have a set of these tools already that i used on the older sourcemodding site that worked with CSV.
I will write the new tools from scratch and post about it once complete.
Dec 2020 -
Populate Source 2 Collection
In order to generate some fresh traffic and bring those interested in source 2 into the fold I will endeavor to add as many Source 2 related Tutorials & Tools before returning to GoldSrc and Source Collections.
Apr 2021 -
Complete GoldSrc Collection
Goldsrc at this stage due to its age and the dawn of Source, Source 2 does not see much new content so I will push to store and collect all the tutorials I can get my hands on and mark the index as complete, with reduced velocity in checking for new additions, perhaps once annually.
Jun 2021 -
Return to Tutorial Authoring
I have been absent from Tutorial creation for quite some time now due to a full time job and other lame excuses but I do plan to continue where I left off.
I think I will continue the Where is Poppy Series under a new name and new direction to make it easier for me to push more tutorials in a short space of time because I suffer from losing interest in things all too quickly ^^
Aug 2021 -
Investigate tutorial scraping
I have played with the idea of using a toolkit like PhantomJS or CasperJS to run through sites like Moddb, FpsBanana, steamcommunity etc once a week in search of new tutorials upon which I will be notified of potential candidates and add worthwhile tools & tutorials to the Collection
Dec 2021 -
Complete Source Collection
The Source tutorial collection is rather scant and this is due to my focus on hunting for GoldSrc tutorials and SFM tutorials.
During this milestone I aim to complete the collection as thorough as possible.
Feb 2022 -
Complete SFM Collection
The SFM Tutorial Collection was one of the first lists I created but can also be updated with tutorials from the last 4 years or so.
Finally i want to thank you all for being interested in source modding and that you all find the service useful for your own projects.
I hope you all like the new and improved site and should you come across anything out of place be sure to let me know via E-Mail.