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Out of the Blue

I asked last night for opinions about ditching the bulleted tech lists here in favor of a more timely approach to game news as it arrives. The limited response to this questions was mostly in favor of keeping things as they are, which I probably should have anticipated, since those of you who frequent this site are most likely doing so because you like the way things are. This brings up the question of whether making the change would be beneficial towards growing the audience here, which is desirable, versus the prospect of disappointing the regulars, which is not. This has me contemplating the idea of doing things differently as a trial for a day or two to allow everyone to compare the pros and cons of doing things each way.

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67. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2011, 23:26 ZeroCougar
 
Well Creston spells Kotaku's problems out very nicely and honestly and I fully agree with him.

What I like about here vs other places is how you have the story and link-to source on the main page. VS say other places, but probably other places get cash for having people click on each story. From the writer to site staff. Which is fine you know everybody needs to make money. But as a site visitor it kinda sucks. Here I see if I want to even click on a topic to begin with. And not to mention misleading/poorly written news topic titles on Kotaku.

If you were to make it Kotaku styled, I'd go with putting larger sentences and descriptions to a news bullet point so we can consider how much we want to actually click on them.

As for Shacknews. The cover page. I don't care for it, I'm visiting a news site for news. Not some latest review, not some latest hot topic or game ad or vid that they are ether paid to promote, or the site editor thinks its worth putting on it. I know I can just book mark straight to news. So its kinda a non topic. But if people just skip it anyway why waste the bandwidth?

Also for shack and joystiq, its how there days are not clearly seperated. I come here, I know that I have yesterdays below, and today's on top. I know I have morning news below and afternoon/evening news above. When I visit shack/joystiq its just one giant list. One news topic over another, you end up scrolling a long time to find what you might or might not want to read/know about as well as no clear definition of what was early in the day, or late in the day for news.

Shacks comment system maybe works for them but I think its horrendous. Here I have to click on comments to view them. By clicking that I know that I shouldn't expect all positive comments. You scroll down a shack page and there you see everybody flapping there gums, when sometimes you really don't want to know what people are saying about a given topic.

Opinion wise I enjoy the color scheme here its easy on my eyes anyway.
 
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