I know I'm a bit behind (I've had work to do), don't hate me!
AS2? Not because I'm bad at it but because last time I had to code in AS2 I cried a little.
Games Developer (likely in a small independent)
How did you get into Flash?
My school computers had Flash MX on them, and I started there. Seeing tutorials on Newgrounds pushed me to learning programming.
Your opinion of Flash
Meh. Its browser dominance makes it a great tool for getting stuff out there, but it's far from the best in its category.
is Flash a career or a hobby
For me at the moment, hobby. But I believe it can be a full career and I certainly wouldn't mind making it such for me.
Do you want this forum to become for cereal AS3 problems or for anyone?
Having it accessible for anyone would be nice, but I would certainly like to see more serious problems running around (not that I look much these days anyway). Ideally, you'd have ranks of ActionScript programmers helping here so the 'lower ranks' would sort out everyday problems and the 'higher ranks' would be around to help with the big problems
How do you feel about the games factory?
I haven't looked at it much, but I like the idea. People making games and learning how to make games is always a plus in my book, even if they are limited by the toolset. I reckon that, like people who move from AS2 to AS3 to haXe to Unity to whatever, people's desire to make better games will push them to move to better tools, so getting them interested at the low entry level of Games Factory is something I consider a good thing.
Should this forum be renamed ActionScript?
It would help remove some confusion I suppose. Not that passionate either way.
What other forums do you visit?
On Newgrounds, I often pop into Clubs & Crews, but I rarely post. On other websites, I just lurk.
What's your opinion of the forum right now?
At the moment, I only really care for the conversations going on in the Reg Lounge. The questions seem to pile up endlessly, and I've stopped reading the titles of new threads and have no care for what's being asked inside them. It just seems that a question answered is more trying to shift a pile of rocks than fixing a problem - just boring labour. And one doesn't feel like they're doing much because plenty of other people could have answered those questions - just one person in the workforce.
How could we improve?
I'm not sure. Like many chemical reactions, the negative trends I think are around probably can't be reversed, and working out how to move forward is tough. I'm not even sure if the question askers perceive a problem because I never visit the threads - I don't know how many questions are being answered correctly or anything like that. If they don't perceive a problem, then the forum is doing its job and I can rest easy knowing that I'm not needed, as disheartening as that may be.
P.S. I love puzzles and challenges - even if I don't get involved in many, I would like to see more!