How to ensure people interested in Monkey find Cerberus

Gerry Quinn

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Say somebody is interested in Monkey or used to use it and wants to try again. The old forum is down, so they google it.

In an ideal world, the Cerberus page will be near the top of the search results, and hopefully after a while that will come about organically. But at the moment, it doesn't appear.

The Blitz research page and the Monkey 2 pages don't link to Cerberus. And they probably don't really want to link to the competition! The GitHub link may have something, I don't know, but most potential Cerberus users won't going there.

Top link is Wikipedia, and it hasn't been updated. That's something that CAN be fixed! So are there any Wikipedians here who could edit it? Or I guess I could apply to be one, I don't know what the formalities are or how long it takes.

The edit would - I imagine - just be an addition to the Monkey X history section, mentioning Cerberus by name, and I guess a link to this site in the references. Not any sort of 'advertisement' obviously, but it's legitimately an important part of the history.
 

MikeHart

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Editing Wikipedia is dead simple and quick. One thing is that you can't do it yourself. It isn't allowed. So me and Martin are out of the question.
 

Holzchopf

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The German forum ( https://www.blitzforum.de/forum/viewforum.php?f=51 ) links here. Once in the top right corner with that icon and once with Xaron's sticky thread in the Monkey section. So at least the germanophone community might eventually find out about Cerberus X...

As for the Google stuff: I think there's no way to see through how it works or influence the results in a reliable way, since they're highly personalised. E.g. when I googled for "Monkey programming language", "MonkeyX" or a combination of that, the first site of results was filled with Monkey Island, Monkey C and lots of stuff about the primates... Just before writing this, I googled "MonkeyX wiki" (being too lazy to go to Wikipedia and search for MonkeyX there) and voilà - ever since then, the big mighty search engine's first two results always are the German and English wiki article to Monkey X followed only by other really Monkey X related stuff when doing a search for "MonkeyX".

So there might be more success in promoting Cerberus X as a simple programming language for beginners (is it?) by putting statements like "this was written in Cerberus X" in or next to games actually written in Cerberus X instead of hoping for links appearing in official Monkey X places.

Edit
I totally forgot about the point that made me reply at all:

How to ensure people interested in Monkey find Cerberus
When I read this, my first thought was:
"Counterquestion: How to ensure people interested in a programming language called Monkey actually find a programming language called Monkey?" ;-)
 

MikeHart

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I hope some more nice games show up in the showcase section ao i have food for twitter. With the hashtag #gamedev and some others you reach a good size of people.
 

Ferret3D

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I was trying to get BMax-NG to work for android but that didn't work out.

I think i clicked a link on the SoCoder forum to get here.
 
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