Next week I am going to create an "Analysis" section on the site and develop a suite of data tools - some of which will be moderator only, some only logged-in users and some open to all users. This will basically allow for the extraction and comparison of whatever data you want from the databases and will give mods / writers the tools with which to construct even more great articles and stories and allow users to copy and paste data and findings to other sites.
This could potentially be a very powerful addition to the site, so let me know what kind of things you would like to see. I'm sure some of you spend time copying and pasting the data into excel and using it to create your own graphs etc - what kind of stuff do you want? Marketshare is an obvious one, compare hardware for any specified data range, compare games, yearly increases / decreases, year-on-year changes? Give me some ideas and I'll put them into action - we have all the data here already I just want to give you guys the tools you need to be able to make the comparisons you want to make.
Great, now I want desperately be a mod *lol*
You could also put in a rating system where people can give "kudos" to the people that post intelligently and take away kudos from idiots. That rating would show up under their name in every post so both they and others can see it... I would help to eliminate some of the junk posts and the obvious trolling. You could even set it up such that a user could self ban by reaching a certain level of negative feedback. It would hopefully keep people from being blatant trolls...
Also, give the mods the ability to delete or at least "hide" a response. When you get something that is blatant and the user gets banned, it becomes a stain in the thread that needs to go away promptly. You could just have the mods mark them as "hidden" and let you do the actual delete so that someone doesn't go rogue on you, Ioi...
I second all of that. Add community points. Those can be earned by activity, good posts (votes) updates to the game database. I would also love a "metacritic" feature (game rankings). I would love a bigger (user?) news section (N4G). To keep work of the mods it would be nice if people could contribute on the bigger site without being a mod (e.g. enable reviews for the metacritic feature, writing or approving news for a bigger news section).