Thanks for the effort on this report. It had interesting aspects, like FTB (which I played a long time ago) being also hosted by Curse. Most of it sadly is beyond me, so I can't really comment a lot. Sorry about that.
I didn't read the whole thread. My position is, that I am glad they have migrated to a new infrastructure, it may not be perfect, but it also means it gets attention. If it gets attention, it is not getting shut down, which is the worst that could happen for me.
I don't use a whole lot of mapster functionality. What I do use is searching old posts and tutorials. My mapster usage is basicly: put on some music, use the fav'd link to the forum or tutorials (skipping the front page) and start searching whatever I am searching for. Sometimes I also take a look if some interesting topic is being discussed, but then I also go to the forum dirrectly.
I also like to ramble sometimes.
So, since this actually a feedback thread, here is something you guys may want to take a look on:
I recently searched, if there was a topic discussing the attachment of beams to a missile. So my search is: "beam attach missile"
I seem to be getting a lot of results which seemed irrelevant, but here comes the funny thing: near the end of the second results page, I get a topic named: "attaching a beam to a missile".
This should have been the first hit I think. As it so happens this result contains a link to an older post, which has an example map attached, with exactly what I was looking for.
So my feedback would be two-fold:
a) can someone take a look on the search-algorithm? The default settings seem to be a little counter-intuitive. I am not saying what is happening is not smart, it probably is in some way, but it should not be the default.
b) Luckily I downloaded the map file, before the migration. Now I am getting a 404. That would actually really be a loss to mapster, if all those old attachments were broken. So are the "assets of evil" for example.
b2) taking a brief look on the post interface, I can't work out how to attach a map like this for the posteriority either.
Happy holidays to everyone.