1. That chat isn't very alive... If I do add a chat room, I would try and be there a lot of the time to answer any questions I can...
Than why not stay in this current chat room instead of creating a "new" one ?
What more a "new" chat room may add ?
Tutorials don't seem to be updated often... For example, the most popular is from 2011, and is from old versions of C2...
It seems you only checked for the first page of the tutorials. The most popular is from 2011 indeed. It's the beginner's guide, which has been updated on a regular basis as required and is still the perfect entry point to use the software as it stands now. It is actually up to date with C2's current version.
Will you, in 2 or 4 years, still be around to update tutorials you would write now though ?
- Tutorials don't seem to be updated often... For example, the most popular is from 2011, and is from old versions of C2...
- There is 18.5 hours of content in the ScirraVideos link you gave me... Meanwhile Udemy (for C2) has 116.5 HOURS... The amount of open tutorials we have here for C2 isn't enough. The more videos, the faster C2 (and C3 once released) can grow.
Anyone can propose a course on Udemy and has been since Construct2's birth.
#C2Academy is "officially" sanctioned by the creators of the software, up to date and only started in early 2015. So in less than a year there was 16+ hours of up to date and valid content created.
In the long run, some of these videos will become obsolete as are already a lot of the hours/Udemy course you so gladly mention anyway.
Also, the playlist is provided for free for all users. Not all Udemy courses are, so I think you should update your numbers here and start comparing what is comparable.
I don't disagree with the fact that more tutorials/material help in the long run, but I don't see how making a third-part website will help when the official website encourages posting up this material.
3. I don't plan on trying to replace this forum (I don't plan on having a forum) or the tutorials listed here. Also I try to make a habit of stopping by the "How do I" forums often to answer questions that have no replies.
That would be where to start. Actually answer questions where they are asked the most, in the official forums for the software.
Allowing then people who do use search function to be able to find those informations, which is actually what most people do and manage to use the software with.
4. There are lots of great Plugin devs here... and the fact that you can make your own plugins, is AMAZING. But there are more plugins to be made, and new frontiers to add into C2.
I don't see how this relate to my former answer that a dedicated forums for those exists.
You can hire devs if you want and have new addons made, there's no need for an external website to do so.
Moreover, publishing addons on the official website (whether forums or store) does allow to not dilute the informations and make users be able to find them easier (compared to what you may think).
5. The "How do I?" forum section... well, there is lots of Great info there. but it's in a form that's hard to get to... (Forum posts)
If need be, I would potentially try and make a video tutorial on each of those topics.
Well, videos are cool for people in a hurry or who want to monetize over youtube. But video isn't actually always the best format to treat questions or teach things either.
Anyway, I'm wondering how you expect to make 33000 videos (which is the current number of topics in the How do I section). It's going to take a bit of time I'd say.
And generally comments of videos which are where users do ask questions about stuff they didn't understand or issues they are having isn't the most appropriate form in my opinion.
Moreover, it is harder to edit a video to update it than an actual written text.
I kinda understand what you mean, and might drop some items in the store, and make some tutorials for that "how do I" page... But I would like to understand a bit more on your perspective...
Wouldn't a solid training website help C2?
It's not the first time an external website is proposed by a "random user" (understand someone who isn't really known in the forums/community).
I still don't see how the proposition you've made in your two posts beat the current official website where official informations/resources/community can be found.
If your goal is to help out, then please by all mean, go ahead, by helping out with what structure already exists.
The tutorials/manual/forums on scirra.com have all been put in place since the software's birth to help out and train people.
How an external website would actually help other than diluting informations instead of keeping them in a single place ?
It seems to me you just want to "create your own thing" for the sake of creating your own thing.
Or perhaps monetization is your main goal, in which case this isn't about a "solid training website", this is a commercial endeavour which is very different from everything that was discussed so far and how you presented things in the first place.
I don't want to discourage you, I'm just not convinced how an external website can help.