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Hi, basically my problem with the site is the number of garbage off topic posts in the gaming forums.  For example I just clicked on a thread called "Microsoft raises an army" expecting some kind of new game announcement only to find it's another garbage off topic post about Microsoft vs Google. 

I realize that the mods already have a lot on their plates but it would be nice not feel like I have to wade through off topic garbage everytime I come here since it's already hard enough to find meaningful videogame discussion.



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Off topic is why I come here....

EDIT:

I am sorry, I only read the title. And yeah I get your point now , you want MS forums to be GAMING RELATED ONLY. 



Cub said:
Off topic is why I come here....


So wouldn't it be better for you if they have such discussions posted in the proper forums? 

I don't really see any downside in them making it easier for people to find what they come to the website for.



yes people should post something like that in the off-topic section, i'm happy we have here many discussion which aren't about gaming. i don't really want to be a member of 500 forums, i'm a regular member of two and don't want to be on more but people should only post in the gaming section if it's about gaming.



Legend11 said:
Cub said:
Off topic is why I come here....


So wouldn't it be better for you if they have such discussions posted in the proper forums? 

I don't really see any downside in them making it easier for people to find what they come to the website for.


I am sorry, I only read the title. And yeah I get your point now , you want MS forums to be GAMING RELATED ONLY, fair enough I guess :)



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Cub said:
Legend11 said:
Cub said:
Off topic is why I come here....


So wouldn't it be better for you if they have such discussions posted in the proper forums? 

I don't really see any downside in them making it easier for people to find what they come to the website for.


I am sorry, I only read the title. And yeah I get your point now , you want MS forums to be GAMING RELATED ONLY, fair enough I guess :)

the microsoft discussion is only gaming related, it's a subsection of the "gaming forum"

and it's even mentioned

"Xbox / 360, Halo, XBL, Live Arcade - keep it all in here!"

not "windows, msn and skype"



This has always been this way. Sony news, whether gaming related or not, are posted in Sony forums and same for MS and Nintendo. I don't see anything wrong with it tbh.

Pretty sure you can change which boards appear on the Hot Topics list

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radishhead said:
Pretty sure you can change which boards appear on the Hot Topics list

That's not what he's talking about radish. You mods really need to learn to read...

Just to clarify, he means that the separate company sub-forums (Sony Discussion, Microsoft, Nintendo) should be restricted essentially to gaming related topics within the domain of those companies rather than everything and anything related to that company. For example, Sony's sub forum discussion should be strictly based on the PlayStation business (PS3, PSVita, etc.), and not things like their TV business or non PSMobile handsets. Or another example being no discussion of W8 or WP8 in the Microsoft section.

The problem I see with this restriction personally is that the current structure of the forum allows the discussion of pretty much any topic someone wishes to speak of (within reason). If we were to place this restriction, things like W8 and WP8 have no focused sub forum to be discussed in (it would get lost in General Discussion). The mitigate that, people would ask for new sub-forums to be created and that's a counter to our current focus to make things more streamlined and general. The community just seems to be more alive when you make things more general in nature as it keeps a greater group of people (speaking strictly numbers here) together.

Having said that, I also get your point that, given this is a video game based site, the discussion should revolve primarily around that. Now whether discussion should be this restricted this way or not is to be decided by the community as a whole. I don't think the mods alone should just pick one side without opening it up with what the majority of the entire community would like to see. I suppose I'll discuss a means to do this with the rest of the team and we'll see where it goes from there.



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I have been saying this forever. We have got to clamp down non gaming related shit in the 4 gaming forums. Thats includes sales AS A FORUM ALREADY EXIST FOR THAT. This site is a mess from top to bottom. Alot of things can be done to make sure there is a place for everything not just some cluster fuck.