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#1 Posted by michaelP4 (16680 posts) -
In response to the upcoming changes to GameSpot: I have just learnt that unions and UCBs will not be joining us in the new GameSpot to come. While I don't mind the other changes listed in the article linked, I am concerned about the decommissioning of unions. Sure, I understand why you're taking them away, but I would also have something in place to compensate for their loss. Why not create boards for the unions that are still reasonably active? They can be hidden. They don't have to be listed on the main boards, but they'd at least provide some sort of continuity and would ease the transition. It doesn't seem right to just terminate them completely - these are well established communities we're talking about here. They have been resiliently kept afloat - that must count for something. While I am aware that these changes have probably been planned for months and carefully thought out to be executed, I would appeal to GameSpot, one last time, to make sure they take the union communities into account. After all, as acknowledged by GameSpot Official, Lark Anderson, GameSpot does share some of the blame for the state they're in. I am thankful for the recognition, but actions speak louder than words. Thank you.
#2 Posted by JP_ (12840 posts) -

Please Sign the Thread with your post saying "YOU WANT UNIONS TO STAY" or "NO UNION NO MEMBERS :P" (use the 1st one please, 2nd one is a Joke)

#3 Posted by twnturbo (387 posts) -

I would hate to see the unions go. :( It was one of the major features that made GameSpot so unique and made me feel "right at home" for being a gamer; unlike Fuse for the most part which is mostly filled with memes.

#4 Posted by harry_james_pot (10597 posts) -
Yes, please! Don't look at them as a broken feature that you have to get rid of. They are big communities that have survived and stuck together all this time despite all the bugs and glitches. You can't just make them disappear. :(
#5 Posted by gunslinger024 (334 posts) -
I want them to stay, GS wouldn't be the same without them
#6 Posted by BrunoBRS (73260 posts) -
unions (or rather, user created boards) are the one reason i still visit gamespot. and i know that's the same for a lot of other users. what the admins need to realize is that while those features themselves do not bring much activity, a lot of people choose gamespot as their gaming site of choice and stick to it because of them. the unions leak activity to the rest of the site, is what i'm saying. I WANT UNIONS TO STAY, DON'T KILL THEM OFF.
#7 Posted by -Saigo- (359 posts) -

Removing unions would be a tragic mistake.

#8 Posted by foxhound_fox (87750 posts) -
The reason I gave up on the unions was because you refused to update the code and fix the problems. I'm sure numerous other people would say the same. But instead of admitting a failure to the community, you just up and want to purge all the content and remove the feature entirely. Makes perfect sense.
#9 Posted by super600 (30320 posts) -

I would at least like unions to stay or something that will please union members if unions can't stay.

#10 Posted by josephl64 (4424 posts) -

UCBs and Unions are the main reason I'm here...please don't let them go

#11 Posted by Gohansephiroth (9871 posts) -

Like most of you unions are the main reason i even come here. I have a large group of friends that i remain in contact with and weve been a close knit group for years, and now you guys are just bombing the building while were in it? The hell, and are we losing all the content within them for good too? All the threads updates and all that will be gone? What a waste, dont do this.

#12 Posted by TAMKFan (32730 posts) -

Unions are one of my favorite things about this site. There's also some users who mostly or exclusively post in unions. I feel that it would really hurt GS if unions are removed.

#13 Posted by Noteldnep (20166 posts) -
I'm definitely signing, as I think it is a big mistake for unions to go. I'll copy some of what I said in response to the article announcing this: "The main reason so many people are upset about unions leaving is that over the years on this site, users have been able to create hangouts for a certain sport, TV show or game, or just create a hangout for the purpose of having a union due to many of the users who frequented them being great people to talk with and it no doubt added to the quality of the community on GS. There will definitely be a void for many users if they were to go, as the Off-Topic forum and other main forums won't be the same." To me, the quality of the community in unions is the best part of this site when it comes to forums.
#14 Posted by Celesfaar (11 posts) -
This amazing way of interacting with people with my same interests can not dissapear, please dont destroy the unions!
#15 Posted by charizard1605 (56082 posts) -
Unions need to stay. Some of my greatest friends on this website and I came together through unions, which we continue to use. I request all of you to NOT remove Unions or at least User Created Boards. Keep one or the other.
#16 Posted by SuperSmashBro1 (14236 posts) -
Please...don't let the only reason I visit this site every hour go away.There is literally no other site that has such a feature,and my dreams will be shattered if they die,especially if they get completely erased.
#17 Posted by mitu123 (153911 posts) -

Lets be realistic here: GS is trying their best but they can't do it all it seems and if they're not going to focus on them along with activity being so low in the 1st place they had no choice but to get rid of them. Now I like unions as well, love em even, but sacrifices always have to be made sadly to focus on other things that's important to them and where most of the activity on this site comes from.

They're basically rebooting the site and making it simpler while having to deal with less things in general. This won't be the same Gamespot anymore and they know it.

#18 Posted by jediknight52501 (69715 posts) -

UCBs and Unions are the main reason I'm here...please don't let them go

josephl64
i agree.
#19 Posted by FuryX-4 (409 posts) -

Wow, I am impressed with you guys taking a stand in longing for the Unions to be saved. Even though I rarely go to the Unions I joined, it is such a disgrace to remove it that people cherished along with the UCBs.

 

So I wish you all a good luck and may we hope to not let the Union disappear by Gamespot.

#20 Posted by CcJj09 (15268 posts) -

Unions are the only reason I've been active on this site for so long. I refuse to be active in the regular forums due to all the trolls and hate that spew from others if you have a slightly different view on something. Unions have always been a safe and fun place for freinds to gather and hang out. Please don't take that away from us.

#21 Posted by Flamecommando (11624 posts) -

Signed.

I WANT UNIONS TO STAY!

#22 Posted by ionusX (25715 posts) -

signed i enjoy my unions and i am a member of WOTU

#23 Posted by SolidTy (42470 posts) -

Signed for what good it will do...

#24 Posted by StaticKornSlipX (8260 posts) -

I'm moving on from Gamespot and I'll gladly get my video game news from somewhere else. Just have to get a new forum set up for me and my pals from the wrestling unions. What a great way to celebrate my 10th anniversary on this site. :lol:

#25 Posted by BurningAegis (1830 posts) -
Over 90% of my posts here are in unions. Needless to say, without unions, I will no longer be posting on this site.
#26 Posted by nintendoboy16 (26278 posts) -
I'm nintendoboy16 and I want unions and UCB's to stay. Seriously, some people only visit unions because they don't even like forums like System Wars.
#27 Posted by dapman418 (14899 posts) -

What GameSpot risks in destroying unions is also destroying lots of tight-knit communities. Unions are such great places to make friends who are easy to talk to, unlike the general forums. I've kept up with friends consistently FOR YEARS because of unions. The blogging community and the unions communities are the only two that matter at GameSpot as far as creating a friendly and intelligent atmosphere. With the proposal of deleting unions, GameSpot shows that they don't quite care WHO visits their site as long as they get numbers. 

SAVE OUR UNIONS!

#28 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70774 posts) -
What the hell are they thinking? I have been a proud leader for my union for almost 8 years and it is still active. That is rude, ignorant and pure arrogance just taking away something i have built and cared for so long. I have been an active member for a very long time, but i am considering to change to another site if this is true. Because they have been ignoring unions for almost 10 years and they have the audacity to delete them because they haven't cared for it? People still use them and try to escape the trolls or the regular discussions on the main board. KEEP THE UNIONS!
#29 Posted by GamerofMario1 (12972 posts) -

I'm posting in this thread to say that I completely support unions. Unions were one of the reasons why I joined this site, and why I stayed. I have been an active union member for over three years, and I have been a leader of a union for over 2 years. I feel like this time is now wasted. I will leave this site when unions go unless there is an equivalent for people to join and post in.

#30 Posted by yoocon (49 posts) -

save the unions... and the whales

#31 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70774 posts) -

I'm posting in this thread to say that I completely support unions. Unions were one of the reasons why I joined this site, and why I stayed. I have been an active union member for over three years, and I have been a leader of a union for over 2 years. I feel like this time is now wasted. I will leave this site when unions go unless there is an equivalent for people to join and post in.

GamerofMario1
i fully understand you for doing that
#32 Posted by Crulex1369 (2769 posts) -

The Unions are the reason why I'm even on this site. I have friends here, real friends, that I can talk to in those unions have a good time discussing various topics with them. I've spent far too much time trying to stay connected with those friends on various sites that have all died and became wastelands because of poor site management or site breaking issues and this is one of the last places we have were we can connect and talk and have fun without worrying about losing it. I don't want to lose this. I'm a proud member of the WOTU, and if the Unions go from Gamespot, I too, unfortunately, will go from Gamespot. Don't take away the Unions from the passionate leaders of those Unions, who have spent time and energy to making others feel welcome and making the union a home for those members. Don't take away a place for people like me to be able to speak to one other, where they don't have to worry about trolls or inconsiderate people who will barge in for no reason and cause trouble. Spare our unions. I am Crulex, and I WANT UNIONS TO STAY. Either keep unions alive or as others suggested, make a damn good equivalent so that it serves the same purpose.

#33 Posted by egokiller666 (16 posts) -

throwing away a plant that's withered only because you failed to water it? now unless you wonna choke on that extra carbon dioxide you're gonna create by doing that, you will listen to the people here and you won't get rid of the unions or ucbs

signed

#34 Posted by JP_ (12840 posts) -
THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING THIS!!!!!
#35 Posted by Kman5507 (7893 posts) -

Dear Gamepot,

Maybe more people would use unions if you didn't make them inaccessible from the main page! :roll:

YOU WANT UNIONS TO STAY!

#36 Posted by CaseyWegner (70104 posts) -

while i was never very active in unions, i know that a lot of people liked them and for that reason i'd like them to stay as well.

#37 Posted by naju890_963 (8954 posts) -

I know this is futile but you never know, save the unions!

#38 Posted by The-Apostle (12173 posts) -
I want unions to stay myself... :D
#39 Posted by Redders1989 (13410 posts) -

Like many that posted here, the integral reason of being here on GameSpot was purely for the fact of Unions (although this wasn't why I signed up - to be honest, it was so long ago I can't even remember what it was I signed up for!).

Nonetheless, I got an invite to a Union, which I became a part of. Since then, I became an officer in under a year, the leader after less than a year and a half and ran the place for four and a half years before stepping down in November. Ever since I was 17 I've stayed because of unions, and this news is a shame.

I suppose what shocks me most is apparently only 0.25% of GameSpot's page visits are to do with unions. Granted I don't use much of the rest of the website, such an incredibly low number was a surprise.

Where this leads us, sadly, is one of two positions: Either unions will die here, or move to other websites. As much as I'd love to see something like this succeed, we have to remember - when Unions V2 was being discussed, a poll was put up. I can't remember whether it was 3 or 6,000+ votes were made in favour of bringing in UV2, and a moderator said even that number was not enough to be significant enough to warrant a change. I doubt even a poll for this could pull those figures nowadays anyway.

I wish this thread a whole load of luck - I too wish for Unions to stay - but I doubt GameSpot will change their mind, if there wasn't even the consideration in the past to even update this section of the website.

#40 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70774 posts) -
They better listen or at least keep UCB, because not helping communities even being here with their own discussions is stupid gamespot!
#41 Posted by Danyawesomsauce (105 posts) -

I've never been in a union that I've actually been able to be active in. All the unions I've found have been inactive or completely abandoned. I can understand them wanting to get rid of them for that reason but I don't think it's fair to the ones that are still active and post regularly.

#42 Posted by bugbag (33258 posts) -

Unions are the only reason I come to this website. While most are dead, quite a few still offer a busy and fun community. If they were to be removed I think I would lose reason to come to this site anymore. I think the best course of action would be to remove the dead unions should they stay inactive for a certain amount of time. I understand these pages costs money, but I would say over 3,000 of the 4,000 unions on this site are completely lifeless. Removing those would save costs, and keeping the active unions would please veterans of gamespots and give them a reason to keep visiting the site.

Also, advertising unions more would help a lot too. I don't feel as if gamespot has tried hard enough to keep unions in the community. I'd say 80% of users on the forums these days don't know what unions are. Maybe if they did, unions would actually be active.

#43 Posted by megamannt123 (74190 posts) -
i definitely want unions to STAY, they're definitely the main reason i come here
#44 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70774 posts) -

Unions are the only reason I come to this website. While most are dead, quite a few still offer a busy and fun community. If they were to be removed I think I would lose reason to come to this site anymore. I think the best course of action would be to remove the dead unions should they stay inactive for a certain amount of time. I understand these pages costs money, but I would say over 3,000 of the 4,000 unions on this site are completely lifeless. Removing those would save costs, and keeping the active unions would please veterans of gamespots and give them a reason to keep visiting the site.

Also, advertising unions more would help a lot too. I don't feel as if gamespot has tried hard enough to keep unions in the community. I'd say 80% of users on the forums these days don't know what unions are. Maybe if they did, unions would actually be active.

bugbag
It's users that have kept them alive, not gamespot. We have tried with a bunch of suggestions through the years and they have completely ignored them. They haven't even managed to implement the "new" level design that is 5 years old on them. This just shows how little gamespot gives a crap about loyal users. Not even being able to make user created boards is just stupid
#45 Posted by TopStarRacer (5732 posts) -

I say save the unions or at least have an equalivilant system on the new GS. 

#46 Posted by Willy105 (24513 posts) -

I've already written why, but yes, unions should not only stay but also be fixed.

Unions and UCBs were the birthplace of various strong communities, and albeit they were held back by the poor system in place, removing unions altogether will do a lot to keep new communities from being born.

#47 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70774 posts) -

I've already written why, but yes, unions should not only stay but also be fixed.

Unions and UCBs were the birthplace of various strong communities, and albeit they were held back by the poor system in place, removing unions altogether will do a lot to keep new communities from being born.

Willy105
i totally agree, they have completely ignored it and now they are making excuses because they aren't active. Delete the unactive unions and keep the active ones
#48 Posted by WoodyBerlin (43 posts) -

It takes time to make a union active and with loyal members. I am a fairly new member to TPG and really like the community and don't want to see such an active union tear apart. It's difficult to re-build a union. Please Gamespot, listen to us.

#49 Posted by Rayrota (1456 posts) -

Crap like this is why I gave up on Gametrailers. Don't make me do the same with you, Gamespot.

 

Signed.

#50 Posted by phhoward (3 posts) -

Yep. Wipe the dead ones, keep the active ones. Listen to your users, GS. Thanks for your cooperation. iE9HDu9UFDxWt.gif