The Unity Community: We’ve got Karma!

March 11, 2014 in Community

All of you, the community, are freaking awesome! We have almost 2.5 million registered Unity users and quite a few of you, correction, a tonne of you help each other out. This weekend one of our long standing members, Eric5h5, has reached the unbelievable milestone of 100,000 Karma points on Unity Answers! So we’re taking the opportunity to look back on the very beginnings of the community and talk to him about his experience.

If you are new to the Unity world, the Forums contain several sub forums for specific development topics, it’s great for discussing larger and more convoluted issues, finding people for your project or just having a chat about the industry. It’s a pretty popular place, last month we had 4 million page views across all topics and for those who have been kickin’ around the site for a few years, you might enjoy this little blast from the past. Welcome to the Unity Web Forums 2005

Forum2005
6577 topics, 441 registered users and the most online at once was 47. Compare this to 2014…

Forums2014

214,465 topics, 473,129 registered users and the most online at once is 17,212, quite a leap from 8 years ago!

We also have Answers, a slightly newer site (compared to the forums) but just as popular as the forums with almost 5 million page views. Answers is run and moderated by the community and is where you can ask more direct and specific questions about any aspect of developing with Unity. Interacting on this site such as asking and answering questions gains you Karma points towards your reputation, when you reach 1000 Karma you receive some moderator privileges which lets the community know you are trusted.

We have moderators on both Forums and Answers, they volunteer their time to make sure our community home is nice and tidy and we cannot thank them enough for their hard work. One moderator in particular, Eric5h5, is the first and only member to hit 100,000 Karma points on Answers, he also has over 23K forum posts and is one of the most active and helpful members of the community. These numbers are huge and we’re preparing to give him some freebies as a massive “Thank You” for all his time spent helping community members both new and old.

I had a little bit of a catch-up with Eric to talk about his experience within the community;

 

-How long have you been a part of the Unity Community?

I started using Unity with 1.6 or maybe even 1.5, and found the Unity forums not too long afterward.

-What drives you to participate in the community?

Initially it was to ask questions about stuff, since I was new to Unity, and Unity itself was relatively new so there were fewer resources available. After I went from having no clue, to having part of a clue, I was able to help people with the things I knew about.

-Being part of the community for so long, how do you think the community has evolved?

The user base is quite a bit bigger, so there’s a wider range of people with expertise in different areas. I think that’s important since Unity has far more features now than it did back in the 1.x days.

-How has the community helped you over the years?

Initially by directly answering my questions, and since then I’ve frequently done internet searches and readily found results from the forums and UnityAnswers. I currently have no questions listed on UnityAnswers, not because I don’t have any, but because those I’ve had were already answered. Also, the community has provided a lot of good feedback about the assets I’ve created.

-What are your tips for a new community member?

By now there’s a huge amount of information about Unity, so knowing how to use a search engine is essential. Be aware of the date, though…Unity changes fairly rapidly, so an answer someone wrote a few years ago may not be valid today.

 

We’re extremely proud of the Unity community and all you’ve accomplished using Unity continues to inspire us, who will be next to reach 100k?

 

 

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  1. Colbert

    April 18, 2014 at 11:52 am / 

    I am very proud of you guys. You deserve it.

  2. Danish Aziz

    March 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm / 

    Thanks for the great answers from last 8 months :).. i m talking about myself which i got from you guys :)

  3. tai photowonder

    March 20, 2014 at 1:13 am / 

    thank you very much

  4. StarManta

    March 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm / 

    Your first answer, Eric: I know you’ve been on the forums since 1.5 at least, because I started with 1.5.1 and I distinctly recall you answering some of my earliest issues. :)

  5. Aurore

    March 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm / 

    @MADMAC
    Sorry to hear you not getting the answers you are looking for, have you sent us bug reports for the issues you are encountering. @ARKANEX is correct that unfortunately many do not ask the right questions, this is also why users with low Karma have their questions moderated before posting. Also, thanks for letting us know about the video, we’ll get that link working again soon!

  6. James Griggs

    March 13, 2014 at 12:50 am / 

    Awesome! The only sad thing is I was never able to get my original name back from when you guys rebooted the forums… ahh the good ole days when you were OTEE :P

  7. SF Bay Studios

    March 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm / 

    Eric has also helped me out as I’ve learned more and more.

    The truth is that googling “Unity3d [Insert Question Here]” almost always comes up with the proper Answers page. It’s amazing.

  8. ArkaneX

    March 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm / 

    @MADMAC I agree that there are many unanswered questions. But this is a result of one big problem – a lot of users don’t know how to write a question. If they just spent a moment to read FAQ and watch the tutorial video, things would be much better.

    Btw – video is unavailable currently (Unity – please do something with this!), but even when it was online, the quality of the questions was the same. People just don’t wan’t to watch/read/learn. They just register, ask and wants their answer NOW.

  9. MadMac

    March 12, 2014 at 7:27 am / 

    Thanks to Eric!!!
    but don’t like the Forums anymore… if you ask a Question… if you are lucky you get a answer…
    don’t like this Unity Answer Forum…
    Will never understand WHY there is also a Answer Forum… for me it is bullshit… takes the focus away from the real Forum & Problems there are…

    not happy @ all with Unity @ moment…
    There are so many Bugs that don’t get fixed @ the moment…
    Forum blows over with unanswered Questions !!!!!!!
    The Search function is a mess since 3 Years when they change the Webfrontend…
    ….

  10. Ashkan

    March 12, 2014 at 7:07 am / 

    Hmm,
    I used to do a lot of this and i’m still in the first page of users “Ashkan”.
    When i was a students, a good amount of my time in university was being spent in answers.
    These days i’m more in MuchDifferent’s forum and sometimes in network multiplayer forum part (in Unity) but always will remember those nice days!
    I come back to answers once in a while still however :)

  11. Aaron Sullivan

    March 12, 2014 at 6:08 am / 

    Thanks for the years of great answers, Eric. :)

  12. Rodolfo

    March 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm / 

    Hehe, he is a monster, most of my doubts end up by being answered by him!

  13. Eric5h5

    March 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm / 

    Thanks, folks! If you want a real question-answering machine, check out robertbu on Answers, who amassed 60K karma in just a year, and will no doubt pass 100K (and my score) this year.

  14. Nikos Patsiouras

    March 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm / 

    you know when I saw “One member reached an unbelievable milestone in Unity Answers” I immediately thought of Eric…..it’s granted I guess

  15. Aurore

    March 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm / 

    @GONARCH lol genius!

    @HAIM Nice one, here’s to many more points for you!!

  16. haim

    March 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm / 

    Answer is awesome! i just passed the 1000 milestone (@haim96).
    and i consider myself a beginner in unity… :)
    and of course, congrats Eric5h5!

  17. Gonarch

    March 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm / 

    –Eric

  18. Dented Pixel

    March 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm / 

    Eric5h5 is a Unity Question Answering machine! I assumed he worked for Unity based on the rate that he works the message boards and Answer section, but it turns out he is just an enthusiastic Unity user. Thanks Eric, your answers have helped me out a bunch over the years.

  19. Martin Schultz

    March 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm / 

    Congrats Eric. He was a god in knowledge already when I started using Unity back in 2007 with Unity 1.6. Long time ago. :-)

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