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11-02-2012, 04:18 AM
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What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

What type of user-centric gaming related site would you like to see? By user-centric I mean not a gaming news site or blog, but something where the users decide or are the main content and 'focus' of the site (like say N4G or a twitter style site for gamers etc).

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19-02-2012, 10:37 PM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

Not sure what you mean but a social gaming site would be good I guess but isnt that what you tried to do move this more towards a while ago.


     
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19-02-2012, 11:37 PM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

I really don't know. Maybe the better question is what sort of site would attract more people?


     
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19-02-2012, 11:47 PM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

Or what scared them all off in the first place?


     
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20-02-2012, 07:22 PM
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Not sure what you mean but a social gaming site would be good I guess but isnt that what you tried to do move this more towards a while ago.
What do you mean Stuie? Like a site to play games on (or talk about games)?

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I really don't know. Maybe the better question is what sort of site would attract more people?
Haha that is the same question to me people will be attracted to a type of site they want

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Or what scared them all off in the first place?
Me?

Seriously tho, forums are dying - everywhere (partly because the platform/software hasn't evolved enough). The only real exceptions are niches, very large forums, or ones where there isn't much competition (and there are loads of huge gaming forums, part of much larger sites).

I used to regularly use lots of forums, now (apart from the forums I run) I only post on a forum if I need to ask a question or get support. There are much better platforms for discussions these days. Even support forums have become specialised (like Stack Overflow).

That's cool - nothing stays the same, we just have to come up with something new, something entirely custom - fresh and exciting

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Anyway the reason I was asking is was I've started work on my first 'side project' (a dog related site) as I needed something to practise on, and although after that I'll be starting on one of my 'main' projects (either the SN or a site to raise a million for pet charities) I might also do another side project - hence this thread

Long-term wise, I guess all Slurpers will migrate to the SN, so there's still something for us even if I don't do a gaming related side project. (I was curious more than anything else.)


     
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20-02-2012, 09:37 PM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

Perhaps you need to give the users more stats...so you can cleverly work out what types of games/systems, etc they're into? I could say I like action, rpgs, etc and then you can send me emails with relevant threads??

Perhaps more emails need to be sent, full stop? I'm always getting facebook junk, but I do actually go on the site still and see what people are doing because of them.

A bit like a tivo box for gaming forums...'we think you'd like this thread, post a response?'. Maybe a weekly or monthly roundup of the latest posts?? I'm sure it could all be automated?? At least then I don't necessarily have to look at the site to see what's new, etc...but I might come to the site to post something following up what was sent out??

Maybe I'm just waffling now??


     
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20-02-2012, 09:47 PM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

I meant a site to discuss not play.

I agree with Kaz, I'm quite happy with the site, just needs more interest.

Jotches idea on Tivo type recommendations is good. Hve you got Tivo Jotch, I have and quite like it though the recommendatons are a bit spurious (it records the football league show because I have recorded everton matches in the past!?)

I think the main thing that would help is ease of use/ase to post. Thats mainly what I meat about more social. You want to be able to see wha everyone else you follow has posted and commet and create your own posts quickly. Currently there is loads of info needed to start a new thread here so maybe just a #topic o categorise posts would hlp. As I said previously I think you tied to do that to a degree before, twitter stylee and all.

I guess I just think it would encourage more people to contribute if they loaded the app and did what they currently do with facebook, usually on the toilet or in a meeting!


     
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20-02-2012, 10:10 PM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

Yeah, had it about a month now...I like the Tivo box, and the suggestions area is great if there's nowt on...and the more I thumb up or down the better it'll get, I'm sure.

There are a few things I don't like about it tho which will hopefully change with a couple of updates...like you can't set up a reminder to change channel - even tho it'll probably record it for me it's my current bug bear. Also I miss the time or channel on the front of the box.


     
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21-02-2012, 12:41 AM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

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What do you mean Stuie? Like a site to play games on (or talk about games)?



Haha that is the same question to me people will be attracted to a type of site they want



Me?
Naa, probably me.

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Seriously tho, forums are dying - everywhere (partly because the platform/software hasn't evolved enough). The only real exceptions are niches, very large forums, or ones where there isn't much competition (and there are loads of huge gaming forums, part of much larger sites).
Yeah, I occasionally visit larger forums like rpgamer and escapistmagazine. I like smaller ones better though.

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I used to regularly use lots of forums, now (apart from the forums I run) I only post on a forum if I need to ask a question or get support. There are much better platforms for discussions these days. Even support forums have become specialised (like Stack Overflow).
Yeah, support on forums is less interesting now, but I still like them for discussion. The only thing I like better is in major flux. Google Reader had a sharing network system that was far more fun that forums for discussions. I'm kind of doing the same thing with Tumblr now, I share my links over there on kazriko.tumblr.com and have people comment on them. This kind of depends on people using RSS readers though, like Newsblur or Google Reader. You can get quick updates on new posts, and comments made on posts with one of those.

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That's cool - nothing stays the same, we just have to come up with something new, something entirely custom - fresh and exciting

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Anyway the reason I was asking is was I've started work on my first 'side project' (a dog related site) as I needed something to practise on, and although after that I'll be starting on one of my 'main' projects (either the SN or a site to raise a million for pet charities) I might also do another side project - hence this thread

Long-term wise, I guess all Slurpers will migrate to the SN, so there's still something for us even if I don't do a gaming related side project. (I was curious more than anything else.)
Social networks are hard to build from scratch. Almost wonder if it's better to piggy-back on another one somehow. Look at Disqus. You can login to it with openid, twitter, facebook, or google. That way they don't need a unique id for your site...

Another option is to build something using Diasphora, whenever its done enough to use.


     
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21-02-2012, 12:46 AM
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Re: What type of user-centric gaming site would you like to see?

BTW, if you wanted to try running a node on the larger diaspora social network, here's the link on getting everything setup: https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora...nning-Diaspora

You could basically provide a site for gamers to use, but it would link into the larger network as well.


     
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