Should we have a discussion thread for each game? How about specific subjects such as Collecting, Trading, etc? How about for platforms? What about each developer have their own discussion thread? We are open to ideas.
Would the discussion thread be on the game's page? Like imdb does with movies?
We want to add that eventually. We feel that building up the forum community a bit before we add discussion threads per game. I think you suggested a Collector Forum. Maybe a Trading forum?
A trading forum. The have/want lists haven't worked for me. Private messaging might improve this, too.
Maybe genre specific forums. Places to talk about FPSs, RTSs, etc.
Could also add platform specific. The problem is while there are a lot of visitors to MobyGames forums is something new. It is important to build up the community instead of fragmenting everything.
I have quite few idea for this that I think should probably be heard.
First of all, most forums usually have a General Discussion page for posts not related to the site. These usually include things like "Where are you from", "Happy Birthday", "What is your religion", etc. This is probably important because it allows more people to get to know each other and learn about each other. The internet is a wonderful thing, of course. :-)
Also, since there is going to be a lot of posts regarding "Your favorite game of all time", "Top 10 games of all time", "What's your favorite version of the original Resident Evil", etc stuff, so it might be a good idea to make a Gaming topic.
Lastly, it would be cool to just tell people what games you have recently reviewed. You post a really good review, and when it gets accepted tell people about it if you really want word to get out there. So maybe we should make a Reviews section for just that I know I would definitely like that. :-D.
Anyway, I'm not telling you to make ALL of these, but they would definitely be cool topics. The forums are pretty new, so maybe it would be better if we held off on these things until we build up our community first. Think about it in the meantime ;-)
I'm sorry, I spoke too soon. The forums already has a games section. So maybe consider the General Discussions and Reviews sections. Sorry for the double post, too.
How about making it possible to discuss featured games and polls the same way you can with news postings?
We just added that to the feature queue. Good suggestions. The featured game discussion thread will probably tie into the the actual game discussion thread.
A "Contributor's Corner" would be nice
This is a general forum suggestion. Being able to edit your posts. Also, for some reason the forums are displayed in threaded mode for me, even though I keep switching it to flat mode.
Apogee IV Wrote:
The same thing is happening to me also.
the default is threaded... so when you come to view the boards everytime it's in threaded even after switching to flat mode? have you subscribed to the boards this is happening on?
How strange...today everything went back to normal, as it was in the beggining. (and no, I did not subscribe to any boards)
I changed the default to flat mode.
Maybe we should have a specific forum for database bugs? Or would it be better to keep them all in here?
may be just make a topic on this borad for now
I've added the ability to edit posts. I'll look into why the view mode isn't sticking....
Just my 2 cents here, on the topic of social posts.
If the community is small, social posts can help cement it a bit and keep people coming back even during slow periods. However, if the community is large, and if the social stuff starts developing into completely unrelated areas (food, what movies people like, etc.) you start developing a userbase who only use the social boards and who don't contribute anything to the site, they just leach bandwith with 'seconds' games and the like.
I have seen this happen at both Gamerankings.com and GameFAQS.com, where thousands of users simply go to the social boards to play around. Many of these users are referred users, people referred by friends directly to specific social boards for the purpose of socializing and have no clue what the site's main purpose was/is.
Right now, GameFAQs is practically a new iVillage for men (last polling the userbase was 4% female), with large forums on food, television shows, film, DVD releases, religion, politics, etc. -plus thousands of user-created forums for smaller groups of friends to meet at. They have advertisers willing to pay for the bandwidth, so the site keeps adding more of these features, yet as they do so, they are losing the site's focus, and the number of FAQs being written annually has not risen significantly over the past few years, while site membership has exploded.
So, I'd agree to having a 'lounge' type forum for people to let their hair down and talk about social issues, but, it's a fine line to walk. I have seen forums lose a lot of users when political and religious topics (yes, I saw posts from people supporting al-Quaeda after 9/11) erupt thus fragmenting the group. Face it, we come here because we game, we respect gaming history and want to have a comprehensive legacy for the gamers who come after us. We probably don't agree on many other topics, and we come from diverse cultural backgrounds. I think it's best to focus on what brings us together, rather than allowing too much conflict. So, I would suggest some guidelines for the off-topic area(s), including a general respect for others and extreme caution in posting anything about religion or politics.
Sorry, to sound like the legal department at work, but I think a strong foundation of awareness is important. I have seen casually moderated forums go wild with incredibly offensive content, only to have people get really upset when rules were put into place at a later date. (death threats, harassing phone calls, email attacks, etc.) It's easier to start strict and relax a bit than to start lax and tighten up.