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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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26. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2011, 12:37 scratz
 
Blue wrote on Sep 28, 2011, 11:02:
To be specific, the sections I picture dispensing with with are: Metaverse, Legal Briefs, Safety Dance, and possibly even Tech Bits. I'd be less certain about the fate of the more game-related Consolidation and Mobilization sections. Sections which are bulleted but which would definitely stay are Screenshots, Previews, Game and Hardware reviews, On Sale, and etc.

Personally, I think you could better accomplish this with a live feed section somewhere on the page. The retro format of your site is kind of comfortingly familiar to those of us that have been reading you for many years, but its probably not doing you much good in growing readership. I know I return to the site habitually throughout the day during random downtime at work hoping for new stories. A steady feed would probably rack up a lot more hits if everyone knew they could expect new stories every time they landed.

Incidentally, if you really want to grow a base, you might want to consider a means of cleaning up your comments section. I've been posting to Blues' off-and-on under various names since, oh, I dunno, '98 maybe, and what used to be a fun community of like minded gamers with a shared passion for the industry has degraded into a bunch of whiny asshats with kneejerk hate for everything (seems like some of your most regular posters are just trolling out of boredom). Its just not terribly inviting.

That's really not intended as a criticism, its just an observation from a long time reader that wants you to succeed.

 
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