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    State of the Forum 2017

    We just wanted to talk to our members and see what changes you guys think could be made for how the site is run. Obviously anything involving Rob or Phases will be harder/take longer to implement, but feel free to mention those too. Do you guys like the way the moderation team works? Should we be stricter? More lenient? We joke about how we never get any new members, what sort of changes can we make to get more? To the lurkers is there anything specific that keeps you from posting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    I knew that was coming lol
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    More big cash competitions for UK based members.. called Nick... who live at my house.
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    Make everyone a mod! :P

    But seriously, we really hope to hear your guys' feedback of what you'd like to see on the forums. We as the mod team have been discussing the possibility of various changes in the past, but what we do is mainly for the benefit of the forum populace as a whole, therefore it's always best to see what you all think works, and what needs to be changed.

    Feel free to bring up whatever you like in regards to this, you won't be chastised for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Make everyone a mod! :P

    But seriously, we really hope to hear your guys' feedback of what you'd like to see on the forums. We as the mod team have been discussing the possibility of various changes in the past, but what we do is mainly for the benefit of the forum populace as a whole, therefore it's always best to see what you all think works, and what needs to be changed.

    Feel free to bring up whatever you like in regards to this, you won't be chastised for it!
    Unless your name is Tommy, then you'll be chastised for all of 2018
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    I say we let the past burn. DESTROY THE WEBSITE AND MAKE A NEW ONE.


    Actually, I think that just updating the subpages on the main page would be good. They seem a bit overgeneralized. Also, maybe some ideas for more community ideas? Like maybe some game tournaments every so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    Actually, I think that just updating the subpages on the main page would be good. They seem a bit overgeneralized. Also, maybe some ideas for more community ideas? Like maybe some game tournaments every so often.
    123. more things to perpetuate a stronger sense of community is always better. giveaways and contests are always great. i'm always down to do giveaways as long as my wallet agrees.

    but i'm not sure what can bring in more newcomers. the link to the forum is on the nintendo today homepage, so you'd think that combined with how popular the switch is would bring in more people than just friggin' hbeb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    I say we let the past burn. DESTROY THE WEBSITE AND MAKE A NEW ONE.


    Actually, I think that just updating the subpages on the main page would be good. They seem a bit overgeneralized. Also, maybe some ideas for more community ideas? Like maybe some game tournaments every so often.
    What do you mean with the subforums? I remember we used to have a bunch of different subforums and we didn't use most of them lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    I say we let the past burn. DESTROY THE WEBSITE AND MAKE A NEW ONE.


    Actually, I think that just updating the subpages on the main page would be good. They seem a bit overgeneralized. Also, maybe some ideas for more community ideas? Like maybe some game tournaments every so often.
    What do you mean with the subforums? I remember we used to have a bunch of different subforums and we didn't use most of them lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahhhhyle View Post
    What do you mean with the subforums? I remember we used to have a bunch of different subforums and we didn't use most of them lol
    Do we really need a Wii and Wii U subforum? Why not just an older console subforum? And why not just a subforum combining the PS4 and XB1 subforum, since those don't get as much attention. And we can make subgroups that people would use. Like a movie one. Or a salt one.
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    The main thing is that the majority of the mods don't even come around much anymore. I think at this point, ancient isn't coming back. I can't blame people for not coming around, though. People have real lives and circumstances and interests change.

    I do appreciate the handful of mods that hold down the fort. Honestly, I don't think there's anything really wrong with this place. Bigger doesn't always equal better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    The main thing is that the majority of the mods don't even come around much anymore. I think at this point, ancient isn't coming back. I can't blame people for not coming around, though. People have real lives and circumstances and interests change.

    I do appreciate the handful of mods that hold down the fort. Honestly, I don't think there's anything really wrong with this place. Bigger doesn't always equal better.
    I'm here. I haven't been posting much but I check in five or six times a day

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    We need to figure out ways to help get our forum out there - we are losing more members than gaining active ones, it feels like.
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    We need to figure out ways to help get our forum out there - we are losing more members than gaining active ones, it feels like.
    All joking aside, this is very true. Like savinghyrule said, the Switch is selling like hotcakes and is popular. Why this forum isn’t sparking more members as a result is a complete mystery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wu_wei_lion View Post
    I'm here. I haven't been posting much but I check in five or six times a day

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    You and Kahhhhyle are pretty regular, and I appreciate how you've taken care of some issues when nobody else was around. Some of the others, like Death and Switch, pop in when they can. I believe ancient is done with this place, and GNC hasn't posted in over a month. Darth loves the place, but he's a busy dude. Overall, I'm just grateful I don't have to deal with it anymore.
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    When I ran a website it was in all our signatures, etc. on other sites to promote it. Referencing articles from this site to other sites would help too. You only need a few people, per link, to want to stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    Do we really need a Wii and Wii U subforum? Why not just an older console subforum? And why not just a subforum combining the PS4 and XB1 subforum, since those don't get as much attention. And we can make subgroups that people would use. Like a movie one. Or a salt one.
    Well that's true. Ideally we'd get more members to warrant the PS and Xbox sections again... A movie/tv/anime/Netflix/etc subforum is a good idea though
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    Eh I used to have a chunk of ideas and suggestions back when I mattered (lol, good one), but now they're all lost in transit.
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    I do appreciate the handful of mods that hold down the fort. Honestly, I don't think there's anything really wrong with this place. Bigger doesn't always equal better.
    I don't think I'd like it to be anything like Neogaf sized or whatever. But the level of activity we had in the early Wii U days 2012-2014 was nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahhhhyle View Post
    Well that's true. Ideally we'd get more members to warrant the PS and Xbox sections again... A movie/tv/anime/Netflix/etc subforum is a good idea though

    You always mattered

    I don't think I'd like it to be anything like Neogaf sized or whatever. But the level of activity we had in the early Wii U days 2012-2014 was nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Monkey View Post
    Nah, let's not fool ourselves here. My 23 alt accounts says otherwise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Monkey View Post
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    Pfft like we have 23 regular posters
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    Quote Originally Posted by aMarioFan64 View Post
    All joking aside, this is very true. Like savinghyrule said, the Switch is selling like hotcakes and is popular. Why this forum isn’t sparking more members as a result is a complete mystery.
    Web boards are dying. Other means of communication on the web, regardless how inefficient they are, are replacing the web board.

    Also it doesn't help how so many threads are spammed by a couple of users.

    And the web board is only 30 fps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Monkey View Post
    Hey, I didn't say they were regulars


    It must be Woodys. He wanted us to believe that he stepped down being a mod, so he could do his evil bidding in the background without us being aware of it. There's only way one to solve this, if you had to post the very first GIF that came to your mind, what would it be?
    Consider this: GNC stopped posting the exact same time ancient stopped logging onto the forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by yespage View Post
    Web boards are dying. Other means of communication on the web, regardless how inefficient they are, are replacing the web board.

    Also it doesn't help how so many threads are spammed by a couple of users.

    And the web board is only 30 fps.
    At least it's 900p now, though.
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    I second the notion to simplify the sub categories. “Past Nintendo Consoles” makes more sense than a category for each and every previous Ninty Console.
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    I think we should have separate new subforums for NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, new 3DS, new 3DS XL, new 2DS, and Virtual Boy. It would attract tons of new people, and there would be crazy amounts of traffic in each subforum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    I think we should have separate new subforums for NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, new 3DS, new 3DS XL, new 2DS, and Virtual Boy. It would attract tons of new people, and there would be crazy amounts of traffic in each subforum.
    You forgot Dreamcast and Genesis philistine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew79 View Post
    You forgot Dreamcast and Genesis philistine.
    No, I was only listing the Nintendo consoles. We'll have separate sections for the other brands, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    No, I was only listing the Nintendo consoles. We'll have separate sections for the other brands, too.
    And absolutely none of them would get used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jw224 View Post
    And absolutely none of them would get used.
    Get to your humbug bull crap outta here, it’s Christmas time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cThreep View Post
    Get to your humbug bull crap outta here, it’s Christmas time.
    The sections we have now barely get used, why would any new ones lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jw224 View Post
    The sections we have now barely get used, why would any new ones lol.
    We're just funnin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    We're just funnin'.
    It's 1am I cannot tell hahah
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    I think we should have separate new subforums for NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, new 3DS, new 3DS XL, new 2DS, and Virtual Boy. It would attract tons of new people, and there would be crazy amounts of traffic in each subforum.
    You forgot Game and Watch.......
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    You forgot Game and Watch.......
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    As for why I haven't been around, well...there's not one true reason. Even though I now have a Switch with over half a dozen games and am very excited about the system and it's potential I guess I'd rather just play it than talk about it on a web forum. When I owned the Wii U support and information was harder to come by since the majority of folks were out to bash the system and 'general' forums like GameFaqs were overrun with trolls and haters.

    Unfortunately...the masses don't go online to 'talk' about games and the certainly don't join a site primarily dedicated to just one system, no matter how popular it is.

    I guess what I'm saying is that there's no one real reason. Forums overall are less popular as a form of communication as yespage said earlier. A combination of forums getting a bad rap in recent years (online hate, Gamer Gate, SJW nonsense, etc)

    Also, to be honest, when thinking about this place specifically...as much as I love it and things have calmed down a lot, in the earlier days there were a lot of highly opinionated folks around here who did a few things:

    1) Nintendo was a huge focus. Honestly, the majority of the topics now are about anything but Nintendo titles. It's like, now that we don't have to worry about Nintendo going under or struggling, the focus is on what hot new movie is out or what we had to eat. Not very attractive to gamers looks for a place to hang.
    2) The randomness of the site and the fun games we used to play. I know I just said we needed to focus more on the core Nintendo crowd, and I stand by that. But the games gave folks a reason to check in every hour (I know I did!) and it was fun banter back and forth.

    I'm going to bring up something that is uncomfortable for most around here, at least those who remember what really went down:
    The Mods and leadership in general got very heavy handed for a number of months which made the whole site toxic for a time for everyone. It wasn't just the members here but I know for a fact due to seeing screenshots that a few Mods were at minimum at least equally as guilty. Yet no changes were made and the crackdowns kept happening and getting worse. Folks were banned over stupid stuff when it was obvious to everyone there was really no foul but pent up aggression due to previous arguments that got taken too seriously by both sides or targeted bans from certain Mods.

    Hell, even I got threatened with a permanent ban for trying to stick up for a few regulars and asking questions. There is exactly one Mod who I trust to openly talk with around here...and that's pretty sad considering I've known most all of you for years. The sense of community here started eroding a few years ago when there was a small 'rebellion' of sorts which resulted in a lot of hurt feelings and started the exodus of a large number of long-time posters. They haven't been back and even I kind of have to force myself to check this place out from time-to-time. Considering I still feel like a number of my friends were mistreated it's why I rarely directly reply to anyone now and post less and less frequently.

    That's something I've wanted to get off my chest for a long time. I tried, multiple times, for nearly a year to engage the leadership here when I felt things were heading downward. The situation forum-wide has improved and it is a more positive place now, and that's great. However, what we lost...not only in membership but in our hardcore, dedicated and vocal community that actually bothered to recruit and bring in new members? Those folks are long gone. It's no wonder active membership is bleeding out despite the success of the Switch.
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