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@WOW - obviously you dislike the news rotator personally but there is a reason why every major videogame site uses one...



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My ideal (not that practical) would be totally customisable layout. You would have Hot Topics, Recent Threads, Poll of the Week as self-contained widgets and you could arrange the number and layout of them on the page. You obviously wouldn't be able to affect the layout within those things, but it would be more personal and get rid of content I never use.

The default would still be everything of course.

For example: I would remove Most Popular Stories (but keep Recent Headlines), remove the Prediction League as I never use it, remove Poll of the Week, and add back Recent Threads to the main page. But that's my custom layout, and others are free to add in other things like Upcoming Releases.



ioi said:
@WOW - obviously you dislike the news rotator personally but there is a reason why every major videogame site uses one...

If gamespot jumped off a cliff...



... then IGN, Gametrailers, Shacknews and most other major game sites would follow them. Obviously they have done their market research and found that big banner images perform better than lists of news stories, same as our findings



ioi said:
... then IGN, Gametrailers, Shacknews and most other major game sites would follow them. Obviously they have done their market research and found that big banner images perform better than lists of news stories, same as our findings

Well since I can't change your mind, I'll just hope it works well for vgChartz.  Fair enough?



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It's not a case of changing my mind, it's a case of accepting that despite your personal dislike for a news rotator it is in the best interests of the site as it will vastly improve click through for our news articles. I'm not going to remove the prediction league or take Sega games off the database just because a few people don't like them when overall it adds to the site...



ioi said:
It's not a case of changing my mind, it's a case of accepting that despite your personal dislike for a news rotator it is in the best interests of the site as it will vastly improve click through for our news articles.

How do you know that? 

You mentioned "our findings" earlier.  Did you conduct the study yourself or was this information provided by DesignCure perhaps?  I'm inclined to argue against opinions but if there's a case study you have in front of you saying that this widget has a demonstratable positive effect in improving clickthroughs then that is something that can put an argument to rest with ease.



We did a study a few months back, as I stated a few posts up



ioi said:
We did a study a few months back, as I stated a few posts back...

Actually, you mentioned "our findings" in passing.  Those words leave a lot to guesswork.  Was it your study?  Did you conduct it yourself?  Did you pay another firm to conduct it?  What were the conditions?  What were the objects studied?  What were the results?  What conclusions were drawn from them? Were they conclusive?  Were there any conflicting interests on the parts of the those conducting it? 

I'm not asking you to answer those questions but please understand that I can't read your mind and, the fewer details you share, the less likely it is for others to share your opinions.



wow looks great, i like more than 2.0