Shortly after Halo: Reach came out, HighImpactHalo member "Fortune" started a thread in which every day he would post the daily and weekly challenges, along with his own tips and tricks on the best way to complete them. After a while, Fortune was no longer able to keep the thread updated, so member "Man Demon" took over, and has done a fantastic job since.
Now, I loved this idea, but had a nagging suspicion that after 20 or 30 pages, it would start to get a little difficult to find what you were looking for. Furthermore, as challenges were reused, tips might start to look something like "refer to my previous tip for this challenge", where the previous tip was 10 pages back. While the idea was totally sound, using a forum as the delivery medium was only going to work for so long. In addition to that, Ducain, the owner of HighImpactHalo, has announced that the site will be frozen on April 6th, the 7-year anniversary of the day he started it. This means that there will be no more tips thread.
My goal was to build a simple system where challenges were tracked and saved, every day and every week. Each individual challenge can be viewed on it's own, and the current challenges will be visible on the main page. Users can leave their own tips on the best way to complete the challenges, and other users can comment and vote on the tips. These tips will be tied to that challenge, so if the same challenge is ever used again, the old tips will still be there, ready to view. Higher rated tips will be pushed toward the top of the list, meaning that the first thing you'll see is the most helpful hints.
In the interest of my sanity, and your, the user's, safety, I've decided to use the Twitter API as my login system. To use the service, you'll simply click the "Sign in with Twitter" link, allow the service to use your Twitter, and you'll be ready to go right there, nothing else needed. If you want, you can add a little bit more information to your profile. For example, you can choose to be emailed if someone votes and/or comments on your tip, you can also choose a different display name if you don't want to use your Twitter name. Finally, you can choose to allow the service to make a Tweet for you when you tip, comment, or vote. These will all be optional choices, but setting them can improve your experience and the experience of the other users.
My hope is that this service becomes part of your daily routine, just like checking the thread at HIH became a daily things for all the members there. I hope that I can at least partially fill the shoes that Fortune and Man Demon wore at HIH and provide you guys, the Halo community, with something really awesome.
I've still got a few days to go, and a lot more work to do, but bear with me, my ultimate goal is to get this thing operational before April 6th.
And finally, Ducain and HighImpactHalo, thank you SO much for the 7 years of Halo community awesomeness you provided. You truly helped bring the community together and I think I speak for everyone there when I say that HIH will be missed.