I’m gonna suggest some features for the RTP Replacement website, from a future contributor point of view.
User Login. This is needed in order to contribute. It would be cool to use the same forum user name and password, but that’s not important to me.
User profile. A short one. Nick, avatar, website, bla bla. Useful for the top list (described in the end of the post).
Graphic assets upload. I really would like to see images of original RPG Maker RTP resources on the left, and the contributed ones on the right. So, all I have to do is download the original RPG Maker picture (right click and download image) and upload a completely new one, respecting size and other stuff. So this page would be a list you can scroll up and down, a fast way of visually identify what’s done and what’s not done. Upload button could be shown to the right, near the contributed stuff.
Sound and music assets upload. The same as in graphic assets, but this time you show a Play button to allow playback of RPG Maker RTP resources and already uploaded Open RTP resources. This way I could find what’s done and what’s not done faster. Also, I could identify what sounds or musics could I make.
Rules. All upload pages should have rules on the top explaining how to contribute, sizes, color restrictions, licenses, etc.
Stats. In each page you could show a percentage of resources covered, for example: 4/8 (50%) chipsets covered. Useful info to encourage people to help complete the Open RTP project.
Voting system. Encourage people to contribute, participate, compete, etc., is a must, in my opinion. Uploaded Open RTP assets could have a “vote this” or “+1” button. Only registered users can vote. They can change the vote, but they can only vote one Open RTP resource per RPG Maker resource, ie, if we have 5 contributed “basis-1” chipsets, an user can vote only one of those 5. He can change his mind if a 6th better resource is uploaded, and change his vote to the new chipset.
Moderators have the last word. Even if a resource is widely voted, moderator will select the resources that fit best with the project. In fact, I’m sure you’ll have to merge several graphic resources in a unique resource. Suppose someone upload only the Alex chara replacement instead of the whole 8 characters set, but it’s the best Alex you have seen in your life. You’ll have to merge that fantastic Alex with the rest of the chosen set.
Top contributors list and credits. This will encourage people to contribute too, I’m sure. For example, Top 10 lists with the most active users, the most voted resources, links to their websites, blogs, etc.
That’s all for now, what do you think?