I want to set something straight here. Most of you seem to be only referring to the Guides. The v3.0 Guides are basically done and have been for some time. I keep going back to update them from time to time due to the length of time for the website release. STEP 3.0 is more than just those Guides, though. It's the entire website building project and that is what is taking the expended amount of time, not the Guides. The website is being built from the ground up...remember, it took Nexus a long time to get their new site up too and they had someone working on it full-time! Websites take time. Websites being nearly entirely built by a single individual and only in their spare time takes even longer. That is where we're at. If we had the resources to pay for someone to work on the site full-time, it would have been out a year ago. We run on donations and donations only keep the site operating on a server.
- STEP v3.0 Guilds = complete
- Porting content from wiki to new website = ~60% complete (guessing, it could be more than that). Really only one person working on this too as most of our staff seems to be taking a break or are dealing with life, like most of us.
- Website Development = several months out assuming that work can continue on a steady pace (free time is unpredictable)
Finally, I can say that we're not going anywhere. There is no mentality of "we built it for us, use it as it is" or anything of the sort. What we do is for the community. There is, however, only about a crew of 3 working on individual pieces of the process. Mator is pretty much strictly development. Z is over some development and most of the themeing (CSS, forums, HTML, etc.). I am strictly focused on content, testing, and feedback. If we had more crew working, it would go much quicker, but it's up to the staff how they spend their free time. Of these, development is slowest because it takes the most time. It would be great to have another developer on board to help Mator out, but no one has stepped up that has been able to really dive into it. If there is someone with RoR experience, they are welcomed to contact us.
I hear the concerns being brought up and there has been information that we've been holding back to help manage expectations. I will discuss with Z about providing more of this information.
I greatly appreciate the responses by the way. Thank you. I can absolutely understand how long web development can be (I actually took this into account before writing my posts above). I run my own website and I use wordpress, but even starting with a fully complete cms can still be pretty time consuming especially if you need it to do something specific that isn't already available through a plugin or extension. I am in no way good enough to help on such a grand scale project such as this, I would if I could, but I know next to nothing about ruby on rails. Plus I have my own work to do, running my site, social media, art sites, and releasing content regularly on my patreon. I hardly even have time to play games these days, besides on the weekend.
As for Nexus, I don't think this is comparable because at least Nexus still allowed mods to be placed on their site while they worked on the new design in the background. So nothing was really halted. The issue here is, the 3.0 guide isn't released and is halted till the site is done. And the only guide that is available is the older one of which not many people are going to be using because it's outdated and on the older version of Skyrim.
As I said, the part I don't understand is why don't you just release the 3.0 guide as it is? And then when the site is complete re-release it? I am sure plenty of people, myself included would be pretty happy just to have the guide viewable even if it doesn't have all the bells and whistles you are currently working on. On the other hand, maybe there is a good reason why you don't release it? Do you feel the 3.0 guide itself relies heavily on the new site mechanics and wouldn't translate well on the older wiki?
Anyway, again, thanks for the replies, and I am sorry for sort of starting this. It's just become increasingly frustrating and really felt something needed to be said because I figured I couldn't be the only one frustrated with this. I have had the itch to play Skyrim for quite a while and just been waiting and waiting for this guide to finally release. I purposely have been putting Skyrim on hold because I figured this would be coming out soon with how you all have been talking. Course I should have known better. There is a reason for the "Coming Soon™" meme, as it often means ... not anywhere close to coming soon lol.