10 Things to Consider

Community News - Let's start the new year with some profile spicing up!

GabuEx had a wonderful idea to start off the new year! Why not spice up your profile. His blog gave me some ideas about other things everyone can do to update their profiles.

1. Profile Banner: You can add or swap out your banner in your preferences under the Images section. Update the area titled Banner Image URL.

2. User Icon (also known as an avatar): The icons can be found on the top left corner of your profile and in your forum messages. You can upload or select an image by choosing a category in the dropdown menu. Go to your preferences under the Images section.

3. Blog Description & Header Image: Go to your preferences under the Blog section. There you can upload a blog header image, change your blog name, and add a snazzy description of what your blog will be about.

4. Signature Update: Make sure the URLs are working properly and nothing is outdated. You can find the signature field under the Forums section in your preferences.

5. About Me Page: Maybe you no longer remember what you had years ago and forgot about it. Either way, check to see if your About Me page is accurate. Make these changes in the About Me section under your preferences. Also, if you would like to add a picture of yourself, these changes can be made in the Images section under Profile Image.

6. Game Collections and Currently Playing: Did you get some goodies for Christmas? Add those games to your collection list! Are you still playing that game that was released two years ago? Delete it from the current playing list and add the latest games!

7. Newsletters: Make sure your newsletter subscriptions are what you want, and why not add some that you haven't tried before? You can make these changes under Preferences/Email at any time.

8. Contact Info: Has your e-mail or mailing address changed? When you plan to be a part of a trivia, contest, or giveaway, we go to our records to mail out prizes to you. Make sure your e-mail and mailing address are current.

9. User Reviews: If you have been expressing your opinion about a game and it's almost review worthy, why not create a user review about the game? User reviews have their own page, and they'll be separate from your blog. To write a review, go to the gamespace for the game you are playing and click on the button called REVIEW THE GAME.

10. New Friends! Here at GameSpot it's easy to make friends. Many of the users you mingle with in the forums could be your friends, which will allow you to track their activity on the site. If you go to someone's profile and click the TRACK ME button on the left-hand side menu, this will track the user. If the user tracks you in return, then both of you will become friends. So why not go to your friends page in your profile to see who is tracking you. Track them back and become their friend!

This list is the top 10 to get you started. There are many more things you can do with your profile. Feel free to post any other ideas you have in the comments.

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raahsnavj
raahsnavj

things to keep updated and such. I still haven't made a banner for my profile or anything... I'm such a slacker.

doc18
doc18

Chego720 I felt that way for a while, but once i started contributing, you really come to appreciate the rest of the gamespot community and how well run this website is. Also when you start contributing more, you end up searching through more of gamespot than you would, reading more previews, more reviews, and taking into account other peoples opinions in gamespot. It's a great experience and something that i think you have to at least try for a while :)

warcry08
warcry08

chego720 True but what does it give you anyway?Faster download speed or what.That cant be the only thing.One major thing i want from gamespot is info on games,sometimes cheats and look videos.Nothing more nothing less but good job anyway.Keep it up !

soulcold
soulcold

What about videos? Shouldnt they be also included?

chego720
chego720

Been thinking about getting into the GameSpot community thing, been coming here for years. JUst not really sure if it's worth it.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

What Caddy said :P but this post was a great idea... I'm slightly more motivated now to make my first review for my GS account >_>

JodyR
JodyR moderator

Yes, you're a trendsetter, Gabu! Nice, TissueShoe. :)

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

Good stuff, I already to most of them though :lol:.

markop2003
markop2003

@ Ro-J and forbiddenimage People will startc tracking you once you're a personality on the forums, just posting isn't enough. Also remember that tracking gives you updates on people's blogs so the easiest way to get someone to track you back is by having something intresting there.

RO-J
RO-J

Nobody reads my blog or tracks me but I don't really mind, I just like reading and watching reviews, but it would be nice to discuss it with others.

forbiddenimage
forbiddenimage

No question about that GabuEx:) I tried the new friends, but sometimes users don't track back:(

GabuEx
GabuEx

I'm a trendsetter? Awesome! :P

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

Users who contribute quality reviews might get something nifty for their profiles:).

cell_dweller
cell_dweller moderator moderator

Mine isn't changing unless you delete something again Jody :P

Eddie5vs1
Eddie5vs1

Thanks for the info Jody, they're all great ideas. :)

JodyR
JodyR moderator

Well, I like my profile and avatar at the moment too! :D

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Good ideas for new people. 10: It's just too bad I can't stop tracking all the people I have that have either left or have been banned or that a lot of my tracked people's blogs don't show up under my recent blog list.

macacd
macacd

Some nice points Jody!

Paully3433
Paully3433

Good list for beginners and veterans alike. Nice job GabuEx!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I only changed my avatar back to Kiyo and Zatch from Zatch Bell. And the new games I'm playing right now.

Caddy
Caddy moderator

But Jody, I like my profile page at the moment :P

JodyR
JodyR moderator

GabuEx had a wonderful idea to start off the new year! Why not spice up your profile for 2009. His blog gave me some ideas about other things everyone can do to update their profiles. 1. Profile banner: You can add or swap out your banner in your preferences under the Images section. Update the area entitled Banner Image URL. 2. User icon (also known as an avatar): The icons can be found on the top left corner of your profile and in your forum messages. You can upload or select an image by choosing a category in the drop down menu. Go to your preferences under the images section . 3. Blog description & header image: Go to your preferences under the blog section . There you can upload a blod header image, change your blog name and add a snazzy description of what your blog will be about. 4. Signature update: Make sure the urls are working properly and nothing is outdated. You can find the signature field under the forums section in your preferences.5. About Me page: Maybe you no longer what you had years ago and forgot about it. Either way, check to see if your about me page is accurate. Make these changes in the about me section under your preferences. Also, if you would like to add a picture of yourself, these changes can be made in the images section under profile image. 6. Game Collections and Currently Playing: Get some goodies for christmas? Add those games to your collection list! Are you still playing that game that released 2 years ago? Delete it from the current playing list and add the latest games!7. Newsletters: Make sure your newsletter subscriptions are what you want and why not add some that you haven't tried before? You can make these changes under preferences/email at any time. 8. Contact Info: Has your email or mailing address changed? When you plan to be a part of a trivia, contest, or giveaway, we go to our records to mail out prizes to you. Make sure your email and maling address is current. 9. User Reviews: If you have been expressing your opinion about a game and it's almost review worthy, why not create a user review about the game? User reviews have their own page and they'll be separate from your blog. To write a review, go to the gamespace for the game you are playing and click on the button called REVIEW THE GAME.10. New Friends! Here at GameSpot it is easy to make friends. Many of the users you mingle with in the forums could be your friend, which will allow you to track their activity on the site. If you go to their profile and click the TRACK ME button on the left hand side menu, this will track the user. If the user tracks you in return, the both of you will become friends. So, why not go to your friends page in your profile to see who is tracking you. Track them back and become their friend! This list is the top 10 to get you started. There are many more things you can do with your profile. Feel free to post any other ideas you have in the comments.