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How can we best improve VGChartz?

Better sales numbers 618 68.97%
 
More articles/news/reviews 57 6.36%
 
Better social features 11 1.23%
 
More GameDB features 10 1.12%
 
More customizations (aka VG$ Store) 3 0.33%
 
Better mobile experience 117 13.06%
 
General bug/design fixing 40 4.46%
 
More admin tranparency 15 1.67%
 
Other 25 2.79%
 
Total:896
CGI-Quality said:
John2290 said:
Main site, sales obviously and more reviews outted earlier.
Forums, Don't crack down on political speech that leans too heavily one way, keep a relaxed moderation trigger finger on newbies and keep the mods from banning (and ban suspensions) at the slightest little things for all users when the 9th gen wave comes and things should be fine on the forums.
The site will be great again.

Though this is mainly something for the mod team, I'm curious. Were there mods that did the latter around 2013-14 time? Also, how is it not great, in that regard, versus how it once was?

Mods uswd to be banning people like crazy for silly little things, often seeming to not defy the rules or just out of personal principle. The last few months it has been bery different from just a glance, the bans and moderations I see are always justified and seem to have at least a semblence of reason in line with the rules when not obviously a rule break. 

As for the site, it is better than ever and esspecially on mobile. It has been fixed and perfected, even just this year on android there has been a massive difference in forum side, usability and QoL.

What I mean is the traffic, ya know, numbers and by great I mean big, boisterous, booming, buldging at the seams... you get the idea, lots of people with lots of acrivity. It has slowed but I suspect there is a console war coming and a big one at that. The trenches are already being dug and both sides in the war to come are forming coalitions across the web. This war will be like nothing we have seen before, it will be purely information based with no social contect from the outside or at least very littl, there will be subverion, semantics and memes engineered for physiological warfare (nastt things). If this site can get the sales numbers going on a regular basis then there will be plenty of angsty teen soldiers, FOMO warriors and purchase anxiety refugees flocking on over here. 

I suspect there will be many veterns returning too. Make hay while the sun shines as they say. 



 

Everything in the above reply is my opinion, from my own perspective and not representative of reality outside of my own head!

-Android user, please be gentle with critique on my spelling.

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Sometimes I think people wish for the golden age of VGC and don't realize that that time has come and gone, and it doesn't have to do with numbers, users, image, or console wars.

VGC came into existence when we were still using MySpace, flip phones, and landlines. I spent hours and hours refreshing the front page. At that time I spent hours and hours in front of my PC. When I got home from work that's where I went. And on my days off the PC was never far away. The cameraderie of the site was amazing and it was great to have people to communicate with about a hobby we all enjoyed, as opposed to wading through Yahoo forums or the dreaded IGN/Gamespot forums.

Around 2010 (and for some before) both Facebook and smartphones really took off. Facebook is a time sink and especially was for the first half of this decade. And no one can stop looking at their smartphone screen these days. Sadly, and there's not much to be done about this, VGC was never optimized very well for the small screen. Between obtrusive ads, unclickable links, and the general difficulty of posting anything lengthy or meaningful, it just became easier and easier to quit VGChartz. Not permanently, but certainly more successfully than it ever had been between '07-'10. I mean for a few years there I may have had a clinical addiction.

I don't know if this anecdote is true for everyone, but I know it is true for me. I usually only hit VGC while at work, and usually I delete my comments before posting them to avoid arguments or thoughts that I don't have time to follow or finish.

I still appreciate the site, especially in these last few years as changes are being made for the better design wise. The numbers will never stop being fun and entertaining and informative.

I do think the front page could use some softening, with more rounded edges, cleaner lines, and maybe just fewer sections. The top bar looks nice and clean, but the moment you drop down into the main page, clutter seems to reigns supreme. I think that's because there are several aspects of the site all vying to be the most important part of the front page, which I understand. It takes a team to make something like this work and you don't want anyone's work to seem overshadowed. No matter what you'll never be able to please all of us, or even a majority of us, but it's great to see the site looking for input on a regular basis.



John2290 said:
Oh and fix the ussue where polls reset on the main page after a few days. Forum polls have long sense fixed this issue and polls I made years ago still have my vote, would like to see that fixed on the main page as when I return after a few days, three maybe, the poll has reset.

It's not an issue with the poll on the main page - it's an issue with you and your ISP constantly changing your IP address... 

Forum polls are static because they are tied to your userid - polls on the main page on the other hand (because they're intended to be used by both users AND lurkers), are tied to IP Address...



Honestly... I miss the sales numbers. Sure, they were estimates for the most part, and didn't include digital numbers, but it was always nice looking at how well games were still selling weeks, months, and even years (GTAV) after release on a weekly basis. Maybe we'll never get them back, maybe we will, but I really do miss them :(



Ka-pi96 said:
A disagree button!

I am in opposition to this. There is a reason FB doesn't have a thumbs down option. This would be used as a trolling tool faster than you can say "*insert console name* is shit."



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The best Vgchartz was Version 1.0 hands down. i loved the white template in 2008 everything was colourful and everything loaded very fast



...not much time to post on here anymore, used to be some good ol times on VGchartz...

Playstation Fan for life... PSN: Skeeuk - XBL: SkeeUK - Steam/Uplay/Origin: Skeeuk

Miss the VGCHARTZ of 2008 - 2013...

starcraft said:
Ka-pi96 said:
A disagree button!

I am in opposition to this. There is a reason FB doesn't have a thumbs down option. This would be used as a trolling tool faster than you can say "*insert console name* is shit."

Yeah, I don't see much good that would come from it. At the same time, I get the idea for it (in the simplest terms, just a quick way to disagree with a viewpoint). 



                                                                                                                                            

super_etecoon said:
Sometimes I think people wish for the golden age of VGC and don't realize that that time has come and gone, and it doesn't have to do with numbers, users, image, or console wars.

VGC came into existence when we were still using MySpace, flip phones, and landlines. I spent hours and hours refreshing the front page. At that time I spent hours and hours in front of my PC. When I got home from work that's where I went. And on my days off the PC was never far away. The cameraderie of the site was amazing and it was great to have people to communicate with about a hobby we all enjoyed, as opposed to wading through Yahoo forums or the dreaded IGN/Gamespot forums.

Around 2010 (and for some before) both Facebook and smartphones really took off. Facebook is a time sink and especially was for the first half of this decade. And no one can stop looking at their smartphone screen these days. Sadly, and there's not much to be done about this, VGC was never optimized very well for the small screen. Between obtrusive ads, unclickable links, and the general difficulty of posting anything lengthy or meaningful, it just became easier and easier to quit VGChartz. Not permanently, but certainly more successfully than it ever had been between '07-'10. I mean for a few years there I may have had a clinical addiction.

I don't know if this anecdote is true for everyone, but I know it is true for me. I usually only hit VGC while at work, and usually I delete my comments before posting them to avoid arguments or thoughts that I don't have time to follow or finish.

I still appreciate the site, especially in these last few years as changes are being made for the better design wise. The numbers will never stop being fun and entertaining and informative.

I do think the front page could use some softening, with more rounded edges, cleaner lines, and maybe just fewer sections. The top bar looks nice and clean, but the moment you drop down into the main page, clutter seems to reigns supreme. I think that's because there are several aspects of the site all vying to be the most important part of the front page, which I understand. It takes a team to make something like this work and you don't want anyone's work to seem overshadowed. No matter what you'll never be able to please all of us, or even a majority of us, but it's great to see the site looking for input on a regular basis.

Gaming aside, this has impacted many forums. They are dead for most part as the main social media outlets is where people go now.

TBH I can see why as its convenient, however nothing ever beats a clean looking forum to easier find information, but I grew up that way. Most kids now jsut want to skim through something and move on, they don't even care to respond.

Look at TIKTOK app, I still don't get that lol. 80% the videos on there are so pointless. I downloaded it because i didn't know what it was and it was recommend app lol. 



 

 

super_etecoon said:
Sometimes I think people wish for the golden age of VGC and don't realize that that time has come and gone, and it doesn't have to do with numbers, users, image, or console wars.

VGC came into existence when we were still using MySpace, flip phones, and landlines. I spent hours and hours refreshing the front page. At that time I spent hours and hours in front of my PC. When I got home from work that's where I went. And on my days off the PC was never far away. The cameraderie of the site was amazing and it was great to have people to communicate with about a hobby we all enjoyed, as opposed to wading through Yahoo forums or the dreaded IGN/Gamespot forums.

Around 2010 (and for some before) both Facebook and smartphones really took off. Facebook is a time sink and especially was for the first half of this decade. And no one can stop looking at their smartphone screen these days. Sadly, and there's not much to be done about this, VGC was never optimized very well for the small screen. Between obtrusive ads, unclickable links, and the general difficulty of posting anything lengthy or meaningful, it just became easier and easier to quit VGChartz. Not permanently, but certainly more successfully than it ever had been between '07-'10. I mean for a few years there I may have had a clinical addiction.

I don't know if this anecdote is true for everyone, but I know it is true for me. I usually only hit VGC while at work, and usually I delete my comments before posting them to avoid arguments or thoughts that I don't have time to follow or finish.

I still appreciate the site, especially in these last few years as changes are being made for the better design wise. The numbers will never stop being fun and entertaining and informative.

I do think the front page could use some softening, with more rounded edges, cleaner lines, and maybe just fewer sections. The top bar looks nice and clean, but the moment you drop down into the main page, clutter seems to reigns supreme. I think that's because there are several aspects of the site all vying to be the most important part of the front page, which I understand. It takes a team to make something like this work and you don't want anyone's work to seem overshadowed. No matter what you'll never be able to please all of us, or even a majority of us, but it's great to see the site looking for input on a regular basis.

I thought this was just me.  I usually type out 3 to 5 messages a day and then don't submit, because I'm likely to offend someone, not on purpose, sometimes I think it's just language barrier issues or me not being specific enough in my original thoughts.  But then someone will usually say what I was going to an hour or so later and I figure oh well.  But this has nothing to do with improving the site.  I've enjoyed all the recent changes and some of my favorite threads are the prediction ones.  

Perhaps an official weekly, monthly, or quarterly prediction thread on something that allows the winner's avatar to be displayed on the front page until the next winner.  Change it up though so it's not always the same thing that's being predicted each time.

^This is one of my posts I now feel like deleting because it sounded better in my head than it looks in print.



...to avoid getting banned for inactivity, I may have to resort to comments that are of a lower overall quality and or beneath my moral standards.

Mobile functionality was my biggest issue, but that has largely been resolved in the last couple months. Beyond that, as I've stated many times, I'd prefer to see a bit looser moderation in the forums. I suppose better sales charts would be great. But, I understand those have become difficult to deliver.

Someone else mentioned limiting the number of related articles..... I see value in that as well. We don't need to see a separate article for every country where a game hits number one, for example. But, I'm also not really bothered by this. It's just something I can see as possibly bothersome to others. And, with that said, considering how much Trunks does with articles, if it's something he likes doing, I certainly wouldn't push back with any force

Last edited by VAMatt - on 23 April 2019