This is a recent post by ioi in another thread:
|gamrConnect won't exist anymore as a separate entity. The forum community will split into two - VGChartz will retain a simpler forum and profile pages and will focus on sales related discussions with one big forum and a couple of very strict mods. Much like VGChartz was 2-3 years ago. The new site will have a much more extensive forum (with sub forums, game-specific forums etc) and will carry over the game collection / social networking / feeds / points stuff. The new site is a general gaming site and will be in direct competition with the big boys like IGN, GameFAQs and hopes to pull some of the current VGChartz audience over as well as a whole new audience who want to focus on the nitty-gritty of game details.
This implies that the new VGChartz site will only have a SINGLE board, dedicated to sales, while all other boards will be on the new site. This has been corroborated by Kantor via Steam. People will also have two accounts, one for each site.
I don't understand the intent here.
The initial idea expressed ioi in this thread was great: there'd be two sites with two different communities. You could talk about anything on either site, but each would have a different focus. There'd be a general gaming site that focuses more on games, with boards per game and things like that, and there'd be an old school VGChartz site with an emphasis on sales that'd still have gaming and OT boards if its community wanted to discuss other things.
What was great about VGChartz is that it brought people together who liked to talk about and analyze sales figures, while also allowing these like-minded individuals to discuss other, non-sales related topics. The problem with later revisions of the forum is that the boards became too numerous and redundant, complicating discussion and placing an emphasis on non-sales discussion. The new site, however, seems to remove non-sales discussion entirely?
Under this new plan, we'd have the same number of boards we have now, only now you'd have to straddle two different websites depending on what you're in the mood to talk about. I don't see how this fixes any problems.
Am I interpreting this wrong? And if not, what is the rationale behind this?