Compare this abomination <https://www.minetest.net/customize/> with:
minetest.net is an EPIC FAIL because:
- No screenshots about the games (except 6 boring ones ironically called a “gallery”)
- Littered with tons of mostly MTG-only mods, many of which are probably outdated as well or have been superseded
- No apparent quality control, looks like everything is just “whatever the core devs like”
- It features Minetest Game, which is crap
- It features Tutorial, which is not a game (Tutorial should rather be bundled, but I have given up to fight this battle years ago)
- It features Pixture, which is broken in MT 5.0.0 and is very buggy and has horrible UX even in MT 0.4.17
- Games link to the forum (which is awful) or the wiki (which is not as awful, but still seems unprofessional)
- Overall, it looks very boring and I probably won't feel compelled to try any of the games
- The descriptions are also boring
- Proper overview of all games with nice images
- Every game has their own, highly informative page with all important links and other game data (release data, download link, etc.)
- Beautiful imagery
- On solarus-games.org, only high-quality PLAYABLE (!) games featured. There was obviously some quality control before any game “made” it to the homepage. Sadly, FLARE also features incomplete things, but at least it's clear from the text. FLARE also doesn't have many games yet (this has to change!), so I can at least understand it here.
- Overall, it looks much more inviting. I feel much more compelled to at least look at the games
Players are not going to be excited about a game engine if there are no games. Or you have to dig deep in the forums or Content DB, which are littered with tons of tech demos.
How to improve minetest.net? Well, obviously, inspiration from both FLARE and Solarus should be taken.
Then, some quality guidelines should be established. This needs to be discussed, but as a bare minimum I suggest for games:
- Compatible with MT 5
- No crashes, bugs, show-stoppers, etc.
- Game is playable and considered complete (or almost complete)
- Players enjoy the game
- Check every game for eligibility again after every Minetest release. Delist games that have “gone bad”
- Game is fun out of the box
- 100% free software (what's the point of Minetest if it's yet another proprietary Minecraft clone in the end?)
My suggestions are not exhaustive. But bascially it's “take inspiration from Solarus and FLARE”. :-)