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Clicking on the title ideally should take you right to the latest post and NOT the first. I find myself constantly scrolling down.

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What if it’s my first visit to the thread?

Maybe there’s a way to recognize if that’s the case and bring you to the according post (first or last).

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There is. This forum uses more cookies than a cookie factory… which is actually also anther reason as a software it really sucks.

@UnrealEnterprise
You should know by now that epic regards you (and probably me) as a negative nelly who’s “radical” ideas don’t count for :poop: since we openly tell them how badly they :duck: up. EVERY ■■■■ TIME

On their part, it’s not like they ever make an effort not to :duck: up. In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite.
At this point it seems to me like they strive to :duck: up so they have more work to do later.
As a developer who’s often left with “nothing more to do” over having done too good of a job I can relate to that :stuck_out_tongue:

@Everynone
If it was you complaining about formatting? Probably wasn’t.
whoever it was
*the formatting is just not the BCC standard, but it should be is all there.

H1 included

Take the advanced user tutorials to find more info on that.

Re the answer hub.

  1. I’m not too keen on sifting through the mass of cry baby posts that oversaturate it.

  2. the only reason the answer hub still exists is basically you, @ClockworkOcean and @Shadowriver.

  3. if you stopped to pray for an answer you’d have more chance of getting one of the many otherwise fake deities to answer you over having an actual epic employee address your concern.
    Even when filing a bug report …

  4. they aren’t even advertising your games despite them building a billion dollar industry basically on your shoulders…
    When you Google for an answer and end up on answer hub who do you think the right post is from?
    It’s not the staff if the post is less than 4 years old…

However,
all of those issues about the community don’t particularly relate to the topic at hand…

The topic at hand should be
why does epic insist on :duck:ing up instead of hiring professionals to do a professional job?

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Location. Location, location, location… as goes the cliche.

Epic has become a gigantic corporation;
When corps grow like this, basically any and all little problem is very hard to identify who is responsible for whatever it is.

And basically it’s what these forums are, little problems to solve, with even smaller problems within. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s only 1 or 2 person assigned to run these forums and the entire website as well… Because they are so big now that all the big boys are out there solving something else that might be any “real problem”.

I understand that’s how the world is, so I just chew up and accept the status quo.

People are causing problems in the Marketplace?
Too bad, that’s even smaller of a problem.

Patience is a must have in this era of social media, but it’s exactly what everybody ran out of already lol
I for one deleted my facebook long ago because it was driving me to a point of permanent irritation, hopefully these forums don’t go the same route.

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You did some nice take-downs of 4.26 and landscapes in a few places. So if I’m :duck:'ed, I’d say you are too! But does giving free Marketplace credits to devs who help out on the Forums-AH actually count as a ‘radical’ idea? If so, then I guess I’ve been fully radicalized! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

On the flip side, I’m always complimentary about how great Epic tech is and what a legend Sweeney is (examples on request). Where I’m critical maybe, which is different from negative, is that most senior devs no longer post on the Forums / AH. That’s just a fact! So why not TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS @ Epic? … What’s there to lose??? :+1:

Because updating the forums isn’t enough of a magic bullet. I don’t expect to benefit much myself. However change is long overdue. You’re relatively new to this party. Criticism actually started as far back as here from lots of experienced devs, and that’s when users started to desert. And as you pointed out, a couple of devs are keeping AnswerHub alive. :wink:

History shows that when institutions start to become blind to feedback or live in a bubble, decadence often leads to the decline of civilizations. Is Epic immune to that? How many tech firms are now dinosaurs dying a slow death (IBM & HP). Why? Because money / success went to their heads, and stakeholders surrounded themselves with disciples that were blind and couldn’t see it. The falloff in the Forums-AH are just a symptom of this (I’m just holding up a mirror). But the sign doesn’t read ‘its the end of the world’ or the ‘apocalypse is here’. just yet :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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You could always do this. The old forum had a link to take you to the latest post, and if you clicked the title it would just go to the first. Using a gazillion cookies to keep a read history to make it “smart” is just obnoxiously overengineering it. I feel like the new paradigm of reinventing the traditional vBulletin / BB forum format has been a step back every single time it’s been attempted. If I wanted to have discussions that are hard to follow, flowing like a river of bricks I’d go read twitter threads.

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Why was multiple rounds of fundings needed for expansion unless its true that fortnite income has drying up in the last couple of quarters as some articles said. So reality might have already caught up!

May be good time to stop all store freebies and focus all that fund to engine, and also support engine users/ forum.

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Just found a bug while typing this message. When I clicked on the reply button at very bottom, a random user quote with an incomplete sentence appeared in the text box. I had to delete that text and write this message. It was not restored draft message or something, but bug.

The discourse forum has many irrelevant elements. For example, why user icons on a list of forums or topics? Wasting space for nothing.
The forum focuses on numbers and statistics (topic/post stats, frequent posters and other user irelevant stats) instead of quality and content. This is the main and biggest flaw of the discourse forum. In terms of performance, I’m sure the old traditional forums could be better better and can support a much larger number of simultaneous users.
Furthermore, the space (textarea) for typing messages is fixed and limited, which can be irritating (no flexibility and no nice preview of the message before posting).
This means that the forum is designed for irrelevant instant messages, and not for displaying codes, blueprints, detailed descriptions and quality of content. Forum like twitter…something like that.
Navigation is simply poor. Everything looks fancy, hipster, there is no clarity because the focus is not on quality and content, but on instant messages, analysis, numbers and statistics.

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can you increase the default font size to 16pt with 24 line-height? You know… for accessibility standards

Had a couple of letters stuck at some point, beyond where the caret could traverse. Delete / Backspace / Select All wouldn’t reach them. And copy wouldn’t copy it. Just a bunch of random chars hanging at the bottom of the box…

Would changing it to something abnormal help? Or are you specifically asking to increase the default size? So far the eagle-eyed folk has been asking to reduce the font size…

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What accessibility man?
This layout doesn’t consider a single best practice, and you want them to consider font accessibility?
If someone from w3c looked at the code they would die of a stroke.
That’s discourse in a nutshell.

@Mr.Wood
That just seems normal. If you select text and hit reply, the text you had selected is automatically put in the quote.
Not a horrible feature - just not a complete one either since you cannot do it several times successfully in the same post.

Re the rest.
obviously marketplace credits to correct answers in Ah is a great idea.

Fortnite is dying because the kids haven’t gone to school for a year.
Their parents lost their jobs.
You won’t be selling a cosmetic for $10 anymore.
Also the marvel season ending was so pathetically bad that everyone just started playing as a casual if even. The season after that had an even worse ending if possible - basically its like a fighting game’s initial character stories from 20+ years ago.
Save The World has no players in it because it’s stale af after the first 20 or so days of 3 hour games (60 hours of game play before you get bored of the grind).

Plus, they also lost fps in one of the updates back during the marvel season. It’s not just the engine. If kids need to roll the latest gfx just to be competitive, you also loose those kids that compete…

The funding is probably for other reasons though. Fortnite is just the excuse to make the engine worse… :stuck_out_tongue:

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Fortnite is dying ?! :sweat_smile:

I haven’t played since 2018, but I don’t believe that’s the case (so Epic have plenty of monies to milk yet)

Player wise, comparing from season to season… yes. They disenfeanchise new players after a season ends by bad unskippable storytelling.
They may gain momentum when they do stuff like add marvel characters. But they end up loosing the momentum right after by not capitalizing correctly on it…

I’ve run into a new issue with the forum update. This wasn’t present in the initial rollout, but now I have old posts resurfacing as the latest posts in my thread.

So an issue raised by a marketplace customer that was resolved a year ago now appears as the latest post in my thread, and I have no notification that it happened. So if a customer were to look at the thread, they’re just going to think that the project doesn’t work.

Here is the link and a screenshot for reference: https://forums.unrealengine.com/t/top-down-stealth-toolkit/52343/154?u=stormrage256

Edit: Ok just noticed that it has happened to another one of my threads as well. This time it’s an assortment of random posts from over the years.

It does that already. Once you post in it, it sets the thread to “tracking” which takes you directly to the first post you haven’t seen yet (it should do that for you now since you’ve posted here). If you haven’t posted, just set the thread to “tracking” manually, or to “watching” if you want a notification for every new post. It also puts a gap before the first new post.
Also, use the forum scrollbar (the small one right beside the posts), not the page scrollbar or mouse wheel. This let’s you *jump* through the entire forum instead of scroll through it.

You had text in somebody's post highlighted, like MostHost_LA pointed out.
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It seems that in my topic all the posts from the years 2019 - 2021 are missing now. Please restore these posts:

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Oh ■■■■■■! Are thread subscriptions gone? I used that to keep track of a bunch of useful info and keep up to date with stuff :frowning:

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This issue has been fixed and all posts from both of the listed threads have now been restored back to their original timeline.