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ioi

the prediction thing would be REALLY COOL

n you could add getting more points on your prediction rep for being close, or less for being off

That would reduce fanboyism too.

You do a great job

KEEP IT UP!



Supporter of

 SONY & Nintendo

 Consoles owned - SNES, N64, PS, GC, PS2, PSP, PS3

 I DO NOT support Xbox

My prediction for YEARS END:

WII - 18.3 Million

Xbox 360 - 15 Million

Playstation 3 - 8.5 Million

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In the game database, I wish I could sort titles by most sold (top being most sold and bottom being worst)

Also, as an odd note, I think it would be kind of cool to see what games break 500k in their own list (but not duplicates of ones that have over 1 million, just ones in a certain range) and so forth.

I suppose.. maybe some kind of feature to predict slow burner million sellers (if one were to be so bold to assume something like viva pinata, blue dragon or two worlds could hit 1 million sold)

Just random ideas, heh.



Note: Some games in my collection are no longer owned, but have owned.

I have to agree with goldenepp. I'd like to see a little more robust tools in the game database. Instead of only displaying million sellers in the worldwide software area, for example, I would like to be able to pull down a list of every title on a single platform and have it be sorted from best selling to worst. I recognize that I can get that info from the charts themselves, but it's not convenient to do so.



Yes, I didn't design the whole game database / world sales thing very well - essentially the data is stored in two different tables and cross-referenced rather than all being stored in the "game" table as it should be - enabling better sorting and so on.

This is definitely something I'll be updating.

Also, on the game search page, I don't really like the games being listed how they are, I'd rather do half-sized boxart and list it as a list like on the rankings page with sales and other info in a summary table. Anyone object?



ioi said:
Yes, I didn't design the whole game database / world sales thing very well - essentially the data is stored in two different tables and cross-referenced rather than all being stored in the "game" table as it should be - enabling better sorting and so on.

This is definitely something I'll be updating.

Also, on the game search page, I don't really like the games being listed how they are, I'd rather do half-sized boxart and list it as a list like on the rankings page with sales and other info in a summary table. Anyone object?

 Nope, i would love it that way.



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Neos said:
ioi said:
Yes, I didn't design the whole game database / world sales thing very well - essentially the data is stored in two different tables and cross-referenced rather than all being stored in the "game" table as it should be - enabling better sorting and so on.

This is definitely something I'll be updating.

Also, on the game search page, I don't really like the games being listed how they are, I'd rather do half-sized boxart and list it as a list like on the rankings page with sales and other info in a summary table. Anyone object?

 Nope, i would love it that way.


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Advertise your myspace through the home page damn it, then I can build a community off of that and in the long it will reflect on this sites traffic :)



ioi I have a number of design ideas for you, just going to share them here and I hope folks will have a chance to comment on which ones they like and which ones they don't like.

1) "NEW!" - Some way of marking a thread so that it is readily apparent that it has a new post since the last time you have checked the thread.
2) "Goto Post" - A link on the forum level listing next to each thread that you have posted in that opens the page and takes you to your most recent post in that thread.
3) Charts "View"-Window - The ability to set a time frame for hardware charts would be simply amazing...really no other way to say it. Just to be clear this would be specified as a date range for non-aligned graphs and a week range for aligned graphs.
4) Ignore List - I think this could help cut down on a lot of problems on these forums. I know there are some folks I would put on ignore and it would be nice =)
5) Predictions - New feature entitled "Predict THIS!".
Step 1) Mod adds new prediction (ie "What will be the final LTD of Wii sales on Jan 1 2008?", along with this he sets a cut-off date for making the prediction and a "Lock-In" period for the prediction.
Step 2) People go into their profile and can choose to enter into as many of these predictions as they want. Any prediction made is publicly viewable in the profile, and once the result of a prediction comes in the prediction and the result will be posted at the bottom of the signature of that user until the "Lock-In" period is over.

Note) You can add in automatic features for "Ban Bets" here if you want also...

6) 5 second post delay to cut down on double posts
7) Favorite threads List for users in their profile, this one could probably be done with bookmarks but I figured since you really only have to store a single number for each thread this wouldn't be a bad one to implement to help some of the users who aren't great at navigating the site.
8) Thread Ban - I really think the idea of a thread ban could be very successful. Basically by allowing mods to stop people before they get going without forcing them to stop posting altogether would be a useful addition to the mod arsenal. Particularly for allowing the mods to stop an ongoing problem while they consult another mod for possible further action instead of allowing it to continue while talking to stof, ben, you, etc...
9) Reviews Section - I already mentioned this one to you and I still like the idea of a review section, especially if you set up the forum in an alphabetized setup making it easy to find games and allow a special search feature just for reviews. If you threw in a specialized topic starter interface to allow for setting sub-scores and final scores you could do some interesting things at the forum level, and it would provide a sortable field for review scores. Possibly require a certain number of posts for users to utilize this also. And have some strict rules for abusing it.
10) Topic Starter Title Edits - PLEASE!!!!!
11) User specified posts per page - Allowing the user to set how many posts per page in their profile would be nice for some of the folks who maybe have more or less bandwidth/memory than normal. PS - I would still love a scaling width layout for the site...but I realize I am in the minority with my monitor of Doom =)
12) OH, and "Thread Start Ban" - A certain someone is notorious for pointless threads. Perhaps one of these bans would help give them incentive to lay off of the frivolous topics a bit. I don't think just one or two random threads warrants action but constant pointless threads is ...well annoying.
13) E-mail updates - Allow users to get email updates, you can use this to let folks know when all the results are in for a given week and when you have big anouncements to make. This would not be as big of a feature for regulars as it would be for folks who visit occasionally and it might get people to sign up for an account and/or visit the site a bit more.
14) Donating Member - For folks who donate cash to the site you should give them either a special title denoting their contribution or perhaps an avatar? Something to point out and highlight the folks who are helping out.
15) Image Extraction - This one might be a bit harder but the basic idea is that you would allow people who are looking at a graph to download an image of that graph (or have it saved to the site itself) so they can link that graph in a thread rather than having 100 people come and look at the same graph over and over again.

Ok well thats a good start for now, and sorry if I repeated anything that has already been mentioned. I am just trying to toss out some ideas and while I think they would all be good features I don't expect them to pop up over night ....but I'll give you week ;) Seriously though, I understand that you have a lot of stuff going on right now and you still have to keep up with your real life so I don't want to come across like I expect you to spend your life updating the site. These are just some ideas for you to pick over and implement the ones you think would help the site the most.



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Sqrl said:
ioi I have a number of design ideas for you, just going to share them here and I hope folks will have a chance to comment on which ones they like and which ones they don't like.

1) "NEW!" - Some way of marking a thread so that it is readily apparent that it has a new post since the last time you have checked the thread.

Is here, Icon befor the thread

2) "Goto Post" - A link on the forum level listing next to each thread that you have posted in that opens the page and takes you to your most recent post in that thread.

Agreed also a  "Goto first unread post".


5) Predictions - New feature entitled "Predict THIS!".
Step 1) Mod adds new prediction (ie "What will be the final LTD of Wii sales on Jan 1 2008?", along with this he sets a cut-off date for making the prediction and a "Lock-In" period for the prediction.
Step 2) People go into their profile and can choose to enter into as many of these predictions as they want. Any prediction made is publicly viewable in the profile, and once the result of a prediction comes in the prediction and the result will be posted at the bottom of the signature of that user until the "Lock-In" period is over.

So basicly include the Prediction league in the profile?

6) 5 second post delay to cut down on double posts

What would help me is that i can't post empty. Somethimes I hit the middle mouse button to scroll on the reply button and make an empty post.

8) Thread Ban - I really think the idea of a thread ban could be very successful. Basically by allowing mods to stop people before they get going without forcing them to stop posting altogether would be a useful addition to the mod arsenal. Particularly for allowing the mods to stop an ongoing problem while they consult another mod for possible further action instead of allowing it to continue while talking to stof, ben, you, etc...

Could work


9) Reviews Section - I already mentioned this one to you and I still like the idea of a review section, especially if you set up the forum in an alphabetized setup making it easy to find games and allow a special search feature just for reviews. If you threw in a specialized topic starter interface to allow for setting sub-scores and final scores you could do some interesting things at the forum level, and it would provide a sortable field for review scores. Possibly require a certain number of posts for users to utilize this also. And have some strict rules for abusing it.

Everybody can add reviews to the game directly. The problem is that it so hidden.


10) Topic Starter Title Edits - PLEASE!!!!!

AGREEED!!!!!


11) User specified posts per page - Allowing the user to set how many posts per page in their profile would be nice for some of the folks who maybe have more or less bandwidth/memory than normal. PS - I would still love a scaling width layout for the site...but I realize I am in the minority with my monitor of Doom =)

Yup.


12) OH, and "Thread Start Ban" - A certain someone is notorious for pointless threads. Perhaps one of these bans would help give them incentive to lay off of the frivolous topics a bit. I don't think just one or two random threads warrants action but constant pointless threads is ...well annoying.

Nope


13) E-mail updates - Allow users to get email updates, you can use this to let folks know when all the results are in for a given week and when you have big anouncements to make. This would not be as big of a feature for regulars as it would be for folks who visit occasionally and it might get people to sign up for an account and/or visit the site a bit more.

You will be suprised :o)


14) Donating Member - For folks who donate cash to the site you should give them either a special title denoting their contribution or perhaps an avatar? Something to point out and highlight the folks who are helping out.

Well a other donating system would be cool somehow. It should cost me personal nothing to give ioi the money by a bank transfer, (living in E.U.) but I don't have a paypal account.

15) Image Extraction - This one might be a bit harder but the basic idea is that you would allow people who are looking at a graph to download an image of that graph (or have it saved to the site itself) so they can link that graph in a thread rather than having 100 people come and look at the same graph over and over again.

That could be easy if the graph is done in PHP as JPG anyway. That shouldn't be to hard to implent. I implementet charts at work, it realy isn't hard.


My comments are bold :o)

Thanks for the feedback Just_Ben, glad to hear that my early morning ramblings sound good even after the fact, I just hope ioi gets a chance to look at those.

Oh btw, are you sure we have #1? Currently orange topics have had posts added in the last 24 hours and blue topics haven't, but is there a way to quickly tell if there has been a new post in a thread since you last checked that thread?



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