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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2015, 04:27:19 PM »
No,no. This was at least in January last time I edited it. I think Dice was just wondering if this was a response in regards to this thread - trying to increase traffic for regular forum users. Which the answer would be no, I don't think so since I think that link was there before this thread was created.

Maybe it's just the way I see things but maybe these instances of forum users checking the front page often is just a symptom of our community already being on the forefront of news as it is - often times I've seen a user create a thread the second news comes out - a response too fast for any editor here to publish a well written and more importantly a properly fact checked news post.

Irregardless I know for a fact we are many people's source of the latest rpg news - but perhaps not fast enough compared some of the more solely news focused sites that our rpg enthusiast forum users might be checking.
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2015, 04:56:57 PM »
Having seen people like Andrew and Derek compose news stories, it's hard for me buy that we don't offer more accurate news earlier all the time. When Liz posted that ff interview on July 4th or 6th, iirc, we broke news before anyone else, hitting the front page of Reddit and single-handed leg beating out aggregate site traffic for all of the previous month of May.

I don't mean to sound intense, it's just I would not even be here if I didn't think we were a legitimate contender in that space. Our staff never ceases to impress me, and on a personal note, _I_ am actually very much looking forward to supplanting ign and gamespot, to name a couple. I'm of the "go big or go home" school of thought.

Let me just shut up and stop rambling, eh?  xD
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2015, 05:12:19 PM »
Well we had an interview then so we were the source but for Japanese translations for example we are often waiting for other sources for that. I'm not saying anyone here isn't fantastic and jumping to people's defense makes it seem like I am. if people here aren't looking at the front page despite our front page being great (I check it every day) then I was just proposing a theory that maybe these people are getting the news via just simply being forum users and us all discussing it anyway.


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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2015, 05:15:20 PM »
Sorry. I'm too entrenched in this precise type of material non-stop. It's often hard to come up for air, so to speak; my apologies for not properly understanding the scope of your statement. I eg for a free pass on that reply; interesting day, ya know?  ;D
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2015, 05:21:13 PM »
Interesting is definitely a word. I'm a good guy I swear (of course that's  exactly what a bad guy would say)


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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2015, 05:28:47 PM »
No,no. This was at least in January last time I edited it. I think Dice was just wondering if this was a response in regards to this thread - trying to increase traffic for regular forum users. Which the answer would be no, I don't think so since I think that link was there before this thread was created.

Maybe it's just the way I see things but maybe these instances of forum users checking the front page often is just a symptom of our community already being on the forefront of news as it is - often times I've seen a user create a thread the second news comes out - a response too fast for any editor here to publish a well written and more importantly a properly fact checked news post.

Irregardless I know for a fact we are many people's source of the latest rpg news - but perhaps not fast enough compared some of the more solely news focused sites that our rpg enthusiast forum users might be checking.

It's a little faster for me on the forum to "OMFG LOOK AT THIS EARTHBOUND 6 WAS ANOUNCED!!!!!!! WWW.YOUTUBE/LINK *HAPPY GIF*" than the write a nicely written news article ...so yeah....  Regardles I love reading the news stories since they tend to have better details...and are written significantly better to the point I feel ashamed.
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2015, 11:59:31 PM »
I appreciate that the key stats panel is back.  I'm generally the one who approves new forum members, and I often like to check on them after a day or so to make sure they're not spamming it up. (Which would mean I done goofed.)

Like I see that this latest person included Paper Mario: TTYD on their top 10 list, so they're obviously cool. ;)
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2015, 09:29:38 AM »
I appreciate that the key stats panel is back.  I'm generally the one who approves new forum members, and I often like to check on them after a day or so to make sure they're not spamming it up. (Which would mean I done goofed.)

Like I see that this latest person included Paper Mario: TTYD on their top 10 list, so they're obviously cool. ;)

I'm glad you appreciate it! Although, knowing how prone to errors I can be, I have much of the current site under version control, so luckily I could just grab "the old copy" =D

I try not to make substantive changes to the site without moving "ahead a revision", because the first time don't, I know I will accidentally break the hell out of everything lol xD
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #38 on: July 27, 2015, 12:48:20 PM »
I still typically glance at the main site. But since I don't play games nearly as much as I used to, and few of them RPGs, I don't typically spend a whole lot of time there and go to the boards.

If you wouldn't mind helping us out further, would you mind telling us, additionally (your feedback would be extremely appreciated here, and I won't be forgetting your answers ^,^ ):

1. When you "glance" at the main site, what kind / type / etc. of things would interest you enough to click into them from the main site? This can be anything. It does NOT even have to "exist" currently on RPGFan.com.

2. What type of games / titles do you currently play that are RPGS?

3. What are a few genres / titles do you currently play that are not RPGs?



Usually, I'm mostly interested in news of established series I played frequently when I used to play more. Zelda, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, etc. When a new series or standalone game piques my interest, I will usually check the reviews here before purchasing.

I still play the established RPG series mentioned above when new games are released.

Most recently it has been Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros. I love Hyrule Warriors, and will most likely play Dragon Quest Heroes when it's released.

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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2015, 12:17:22 PM »
Maybe I'd read them if it weren't for the off-putting snark that the site thinks is a good click-bait.

In the News Article creation process, not only do we avidly oppose "click bait", but Andrew and his staff are meticulous about avoiding such SEO trickery.

On a totally separate note, I think you meant "snarky", the adjective, not "snark" the verb... correlations here? I dare not speculate:-D
That's one of the best practices of RPGFan that I truly respect. I read various gaming media sites like many other forum users here. I like the speediness of headlines, tidbits and screenshots that come from them, but can't stand it when I feel duped to click an article as "click bate" as you guys mentioned... only to feel like I haven't read anything with substance or if the article was misleading from the home page's headline. I appreciate that RPGFan will give a news item on the main site proper digest, proper grammar, URL sources and pull quotes that back up the facts. When I see an item on the main site featured with a graphic at the top half, I can take it as a "big picture" story of a game's development or a review/preview of a rpg that I'll want to make sure I don't miss out on. Anyway, keep up the good work RPGfan, you guys have a solid staff with great core values.

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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #40 on: August 03, 2015, 12:35:56 PM »
Hey, thanks so much for saying that! We have so many people here who work hard to try and deliver exactly what you described. It's nice to hear it comes through. :)
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #41 on: August 03, 2015, 01:29:44 PM »
And we do it for free, just because we love it, so we really appreciate hearing nice things. :)
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2015, 01:49:09 PM »
I like the independent feel RPGFan reviews have. When reading something on IGN or Gamespot I never really know weather I'm reading a review or a sponsored advertisement. Big points for reviewing obscure titles (Especially when Neal was around). I personally hated the Laxius power games, but I appreciate someone taking the time to play and review what was obviously a labor of love. The latter is  actually one of the main reasons I applied for a reviewer spot when the draft was on.
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2015, 11:18:02 PM »
Hey, thanks so much for saying that! We have so many people here who work hard to try and deliver exactly what you described. It's nice to hear it comes through. :)

Dang Mike.  Happy 7,000th, and going by your avatar, you're lookin' prettier each day!

I like the independent feel RPGFan reviews have. When reading something on IGN or Gamespot I never really know weather I'm reading a review or a sponsored advertisement. Big points for reviewing obscure titles (Especially when Neal was around). I personally hated the Laxius power games, but I appreciate someone taking the time to play and review what was obviously a labor of love. The latter is  actually one of the main reasons I applied for a reviewer spot when the draft was on.

I've ALWAYS thought this as well, I think it really helps that the Fanner staff is usually lingering around the boards so it feels a lot more personal.  I'm not really into thinking about "sponsored reviews" (not that I don't believe it doesn't exist, I'd just rather not really think too hard about it), but the sort-of loose scale on RPGFan is really good too.  I remember it was a big topic not too long ago, but I do like that the 'overall grade' isn't a a product of adding individual marks but just general overall enjoyment.

Also, I love the reviews, or reviews in general, for the same reason I do my silly "Let's Play" journals: I love those 'things' that writers can find and talk about, the details and the fine wording and finding the words that writers are generally good with.  I dunno, it's stupid but I guess i just like reading something from someone that's well read. :P
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Re: I almost never read the main site
« Reply #44 on: August 04, 2015, 12:44:33 AM »
Hey, thanks so much for saying that! We have so many people here who work hard to try and deliver exactly what you described. It's nice to hear it comes through. :)

Dang Mike.  Happy 7,000th, and going by your avatar, you're lookin' prettier each day!

I like the independent feel RPGFan reviews have. When reading something on IGN or Gamespot I never really know weather I'm reading a review or a sponsored advertisement. Big points for reviewing obscure titles (Especially when Neal was around). I personally hated the Laxius power games, but I appreciate someone taking the time to play and review what was obviously a labor of love. The latter is  actually one of the main reasons I applied for a reviewer spot when the draft was on.

I've ALWAYS thought this as well, I think it really helps that the Fanner staff is usually lingering around the boards so it feels a lot more personal.  I'm not really into thinking about "sponsored reviews" (not that I don't believe it doesn't exist, I'd just rather not really think too hard about it), but the sort-of loose scale on RPGFan is really good too.  I remember it was a big topic not too long ago, but I do like that the 'overall grade' isn't a a product of adding individual marks but just general overall enjoyment.

Also, I love the reviews, or reviews in general, for the same reason I do my silly "Let's Play" journals: I love those 'things' that writers can find and talk about, the details and the fine wording and finding the words that writers are generally good with.  I dunno, it's stupid but I guess i just like reading something from someone that's well read. :P