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Kolor
03-01-2010, 11:20 PM
Seems to me that these forums would benefit from a Dev post section, or a Current Issues area. This would also means better communication from a community representative that seeks out information on current topics of interests. :eek:

Arctic Ice
03-02-2010, 02:14 AM
It's slightly ironic that a Valve Dev responded to your other topic within 3 minutes (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13765391#post13765391) :) . A good kind of irony though!

Now, there are a few place in the forum where Valve employee(s) relay information including the Steam Downtime thread (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13662206#post13662206) (only the most recent post(s) are relevant).

There is no current thread of the same nature but usually there will be one in the General Steam forum named "Steam Client Beta Available (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1089626)" (example from Dec-Jan) in which Valve folk, usually jasonr (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/member.php?u=276150) and jmccaskey (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/member.php?u=334214) write up the current Steam client beta change log and try to troubleshoot its main bugs.

There is currently a locked UI Beta changelist thread (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1158048) in which jasonr is logging the changes (obviously). It might get updated every day or once every few days so check it out to see the latest tinkering.

MikeBlaszczak (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/member.php?find=lastposter&t=1107112) is a rather swell resource in the Steam Community (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=316) forum. You'll see him post in 'random' thread should an issue or question come up; a rather frequent but intermittent poster in that forum.

Now, I'm sure most of us want Valve to tell us everything that they are doing when they do it but, understandably, they'll only tell/show us when they have something to tell/show us. Even if that means they will be a bit more silent to iron some things out then so be it.

I hope you can find what tickles your fancy. See you around and welcome to the Steam forums! :)

leveller
03-02-2010, 02:34 AM
I've often thought that there needs to be more of a staff presence on the forums, even just to make the users feel like someone is listening. But more recently due to some subtle forum posts and Steam updates I am now of the opinion that Valve hears more than we think. Or maybe I'm just hitting the religious runway after the massive Steam update ... my faith is renewed.

Community Manager would still be great ... but I do wonder with some of the juveniles on the forums, if said position would become a target of hate when L4D3 gets released 1 year after L4D2 and HL2EP3 gets delayed ... and CS2 is never made ... etc ...

BurtonJ
03-02-2010, 09:28 AM
I've often thought that there needs to be more of a staff presence on the forums

We are actually very active on the forums, it's just that we get drowned out by the forum noise.

I want to add a dev post tracker in the near future to make this more obvious.

Slyke
03-02-2010, 10:37 PM
We are actually very active on the forums, it's just that we get drowned out by the forum noise.

I want to add a dev post tracker in the near future to make this more obvious.

Having worked for an internet company before I can agree with this.

We made it a point that for half an hour each day (Plus any spare time we had) we should go into the forum and just talk, answer questions etc. People got used to it and ended up complaining if we got overloaded with work.

Though overall it worked well and they still continue to post frequently in the forum today. Since the forum has grown a lot the staff to user ratio is like 1:1000 peraps more. I wont even speculate on how big this forum is.

On a personal note though, I (and I believe others) would like to see more posts in Left 4 Dead and other games threads :D.