Additionally, when an update is posted, how would anyone know? Perhaps changing the title of the post:
- "NameOfGame - UPDATE 12/2/15"
hm, I'm not sure that would be a functional devlog at that point though. I would also be concerned about bloating search results and making newer info harder to find as time goes on.
Generally, I think tesselode is correct. Posting bumps your thread, which increases visibility and is what you want. Simply editing your original post won't do anything for visibility, though editing the title to outline an update is helpful, as well.
A devlog is just a development log - it's however you log your development of your game or project, I think. It's not like it has to be in a particular format or media to be a devlog as opposed to other formats. Some people make video devlog updates from time to time. I make them from time to time for my projects, actually. Yeah, it's difficult to find information in those videos, but they're very segmented and easy to spread around. Of course, videos being a combination of your game in motion and commentary that explains things can make it more concise and visually appealing than a lengthy text post, so your mileage may vary.
I'd say a "Do" is to answer people's questions; don't just post updates and then just leave until the next update. People like to feel engaged with game projects they're watching. Asking questions and getting them answered is an important part of that. Also, looking at and following other projects will help to establish you as a part of a helpful community, which is nice.
A "Don't" would be to bump a thread for no reason. Wait until you have something to post to update your thread, I'd say.
I think it would be interesting to have a mode where only the OP can post top-level, and have newest posts on top instead of the other way around. From what I know about lapis-community, it wouldn't be too hard to implement either?
I think that would be the best option, it keeps the newest stuff at the top with all the discussion grouped by update.
I agree, Keeps content organized and would be a more effective timeline. I wonder if users would still be able to associate comments with the appropriate updates though. Perhaps comments could be grouped under each "top-level" post? Might get a bit complex that way. idk, just a thought
... also probably put the current version number and major announcements in the thread title (if it's possible to change this after posting).
That's probably the best workaround that I've head thust far tbh.
My only concern is that, given the nature of the media, the OP is gonna get huge. For users w/ less powerful machines or slower internet, the barrage of gifs and images might get really heavy. I don't know if there are safety elements built into the site that stagger content loading, but I haven't heard anything from the devs when I've mentioned it in the past.
Thanks for the input, I'll have to update my OP. I've been adding updates through comment only.