Mekon wrote:What will encourage new users to come and visit the rest of the community?
A fair point. We can certainly do something about that. But look at it this way:
Under the old system, if you weren't already a part of games.on.net's community, you wouldn't know it was there at all. The 'Forums' link was even tinier and buried in a cluttered top menu. You had no incentive to join it at all unless you specifically wanted to.
Now when you read the site, you can see the community in action and there's more of a chance you'll be motivated to join to be a part of it. So like I said - is it perfect? No. But it's better, we think.
diamondd wrote:How about displaying the three most recent comments underneath the article as they are at the moment, with a "Continue the discussion in the forums!..." link underneath.
This would be impossible as the comments come from the Wordpress database, so we'd have to cap Wordpress's comments at three, then generate a forum topic automatically, then link it to that Wordpress article? Unless I'm misunderstanding. But this illustrates the logistical nightmare of forum topic generation.
Otto-matic wrote:For the forum keep it simple. No stickies (let the discussion popularity sort it out), just each news post gets a thread with same title and a link in the first post to the actual article. Shouldn't be too hard to automate. If you want you can also link back to the forums from the article. This way people can leave basic comments, but they are tempted to delve further.
Again, we run into the same problem. Sure, we can create a forum thread. But then what if we remove or edit that news post? We have to go into the forum manually and change the content of the post, or delete it entirely.
Additionally, we would then be splitting the community into two with essentially two separate comment threads in two different databases. This seems counter-productive!
Snootle wrote:I just hope you refine it further because when navigating to previous comments etc it just feels a bit confusing, perhaps implement a sorting option too (newest or oldest first) and show how many comments out of the total are being shown at one time etc. If you want to take it further you can add a rating system and allow people to sort comments by highest rating as well.
Just some ideas.
We're certainly going to refine it further - whatever it takes to get people on board with it, are things we will look at doing.
tacitus42 wrote:That's not bad reasoning there, Tim. I believe what you say as you're one of the ones who has been thinking about this the most. And kudos for being a very active part of the talk around the new site!
I think the bad thing right now is that people can only make throw-away comments on the articles because we're not notified when someone else makes a post after our own one.
The 'view my posts' thing was what I looked at most, I'm always commenting on articles I'm really interested in, and so when someone else chimes in, and it notifies me there are new posts I jump right on it and the discussion keeps going.
Thanks, and no worries - it's our job to think about this 40 (more like 50) hours a week!
As above, if we need to make changes to get it to work for our users, we'll do that. And we do appreciate all suggestions! You will not be ignored, and I appreciate anybody who has taken the time to read my posts.