the G2 archive is nice, and we could have done the same here, it has two issues for us:
- its pretty limited in the way it can be integrated into an application (or at least would be on our forum software (discourse)),
- its hard to extend past a simple category hierarchy , and these days people want tags and all sorts of searching mechanisms
I guess, our expectations have moved on since the G2 archive was created... and you hear the same about the Reaktor library too.
but I personally think, the most important aspect of these libraries is CONTENT... you can have a fancy website for a library, but if you have no content, its pointless
so the user library we have coming up is a stepping stone, to something that I hope will be pretty well integrated, allowing both easy access and contributing, to build content - it will also allow us to refine the 'workflow' i.e. see how users want to organise things.
initially its limited, providing the most important things we need
- a central storage, where the patches can be accessed
- an easy means to access objects/patches and contribute them
next steps would be to add more searching/navigation possibilities.
importantly, should we decide to change the implementation, then it will allow us to easily move the patches to a new 'home', something which is pretty much impossible to do with patches post on the forum.
(you will also see, the underlying implementation is also useful for the factory library and also private libraries... so its a win win)
forum, yeah discourse is pretty cool isn't it ... and the more you explore the more you will find.
and the community members are fantastic... which after all, is the heart of a forum