Would you like to see Tracked User Blogs as a separate feed (again)

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Would you like to see Tracked User Blogs as a separate feed (again) (67 votes)

Yes, like the one we had previously on the old site. 94%
Meh, I'm not really fussed. 6%
No, I'm satisfied that Gamespot know what's good for me. 0%

I've been seeing a lot of complaints regarding this issue, so I thought I'd make a poll to gauge the feelings of the community... have at it!

#1 Edited by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

I read somewhere that they were working on it, but I don't know for sure.

It would be nice to get some confirmation, though.

#2 Edited by Kats_RK (2077 posts) -

I hope they bring it back.

#3 Edited by BravoOneActual (520 posts) -

Checking in. Voting yes.

#4 Posted by OmitName (709 posts) -

indeed. i suspect it can get rather difficult to keep up, especially if you track a bunch of stuff. for the 'wall' to have any purpose at all, it would be an honorable endeavor methinks. of course once that gets worked out, if it does, peoples will then go about insisting upon categories / circles to separate groups of things followed, then a feed for each of those sections.

there in a tight spot, those guys. id of had at least one rage quit, trying to fix the site, i think. im the sort to take it bit by bit, stubborn as cuss, i tend to focus in on one thing, and not give up. however, quite alot, that means that plenty more unravels while im at it. at times i end up wrecking much in the boldness i issue at my objective. cant be sure, but in my imagination those guys are good and frenzied at the moment.

that being said...whilst among the mention of feeds... posts made to game or topic boards would do good to show themselves there. i know they are managed separately; its probably the way it should be though.

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should us sayers of things make yous guys a list? want a list?

#5 Posted by Katzenbalger (764 posts) -

Yes. It's a pain trying to track down friend's blogs now that the site has changed.

#6 Edited by uglypinkmoose (1330 posts) -

I'm dying without it :(

#7 Edited by TAMKFan (32639 posts) -

Yeah, they really should bring this back, so that tracking new blogs for users you're tracking would be much easier.

#8 Posted by VintAge68 (353 posts) -

Obviously yes--it is a pretty bad trade if you get a big stack of redundant stuff instead of your pals' feeds...

#9 Posted by Ovirew (6121 posts) -

Yes. It's difficult to keep up with the blogs of the people I follow now.

#10 Edited by -INKling- (4237 posts) -

Very much so. I feel like I am missing a lot of user blogs which I always enjoy reading and commenting on.

Perhaps a filter added onto the feed might mean that GS can keep their general format and we can get our content.

#11 Posted by MJoanne (877 posts) -

Yes! I can't figure out how to find the blogs of users I am following. I noticed they aren't showing up in the feed.

#12 Edited by lazyhoboguy (1678 posts) -

This is my biggest problem with the new site design. IT makes it impossible to follow peoples blogs if you track a lot of people since the friends feed is clogged up with every little thing your friends do. If they gave us a filter for the friends feeds, that let us separate blogs that would be ok. Otherwise, bring back the separate tracked user blogs feed.

#13 Posted by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

@MJoanne said:

Yes! I can't figure out how to find the blogs of users I am following. I noticed they aren't showing up in the feed.

They do show up, but since the feed has info from pretty much everything your friends do, chances are you will miss the blog every single time they post it.

#14 Posted by stylyy (118 posts) -

I will look into this and try and get it back in for you guys.

#15 Edited by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -
@stylyy said:

I will look into this and try and get it back in for you guys.

Awesome, thanks!

#16 Edited by s_h_a_d_o (1237 posts) -

@stylyy said:

I will look into this and try and get it back in for you guys.

Awesome, thanks!

Yup... that would be greatly appreciated. :)

#17 Posted by Danyawesomsauce (104 posts) -

Yes. I would also like it if they added an archive for your updates and your friends updates so you can see anything that you might have missed.

#18 Posted by -INKling- (4237 posts) -

@stylyy said:

I will look into this and try and get it back in for you guys.

That would be great. Thanks.

A simple timestamp for each entry would be nice too.

#19 Posted by syler4815162342 (597 posts) -

Definitely I want the old feedback!

#20 Posted by dylan417 (5003 posts) -

Honestly, this site is dead to me without it... I'm patiently waiting for it to return.

Without it, why should we even bother blogging?

#21 Posted by WTA2k5 (3997 posts) -

Yes. I'll only exchange it for hashtag functionality on status updates.

Not really, j/k...

maybe

#22 Edited by lazyhoboguy (1678 posts) -

@dylan417 said:

Honestly, this site is dead to me without it... I'm patiently waiting for it to return.

Without it, why should we even bother blogging?

This for me too pretty much. No one sees your blogs without that system. Hell, I commented on a blog, now I want to find it again to see new comments, but it's like impossible to find without the tracked blog updates section.

EDIT* Wow. I tried searching the list of people I follow to get to someone's blog, and you cannot even filter the usernames alphabetically. That is ridiculous.

#23 Edited by KiIIyou (27031 posts) -

Would really love it back again, I feel really disconnected without it.

#24 Edited by Uesugi-dono (1604 posts) -
#25 Posted by c_rakestraw (14457 posts) -

They could certainly be easier to find. I feel like I have to be looking at my friends feed at just the right time to see if any of them are posting blogs now. If we could filter that feed based on content (forum posts, blogs, reviews, etc), that alone would make tracking them down way easier.

#26 Posted by riou7 (10821 posts) -

Yes i'd love to, i missed my friends blogs :(

#27 Posted by dylan417 (5003 posts) -

They could certainly be easier to find. I feel like I have to be looking at my friends feed at just the right time to see if any of them are posting blogs now. If we could filter that feed based on content (forum posts, blogs, reviews, etc), that alone would make tracking them down way easier.

Yes.

#28 Edited by usagi704 (2058 posts) -

We need this back SO much!!

#29 Posted by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

It's certainly the feature I am missing the most.

#30 Posted by s_h_a_d_o (1237 posts) -

@stylyy said:

I will look into this and try and get it back in for you guys.

Any update?

#31 Posted by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

I am not sure about you guys, but I just got a notification that a friend of mine had updated his blog.

I had never seen that before, and I am sure plenty of friends updated their blogs ever since the new site came in.

I don't think it is better than the old feed, but maybe that is already something they updated.

#32 Edited by gba1989 (100 posts) -

They need to have a separate section for this or at least an easy way to track things. GS please do it. The new format tends to alienate users from others.

#33 Posted by zyxe (4617 posts) -

@Pierst179: i haven't received any notifications, and i know my friends have written blogs (and i have as well, woot 2 comments and counting...). i don't need a notification, but what would be REALLY nice is to be able to see any filter for updates on your "wall", like blogs, recent games owned, posts... maybe have a few tabs dedicated to those things.

we'll see if anything like it actually happens, though. the more days that go by without the community connection features, the further away i get from this site. i used to visit multiple times every single day, but now i have to remind myself to check out what's new.

#34 Posted by Garrison_Ford (201 posts) -

Just a simple filter on the feed that allows you to filter out different types of things on GS (i.e. blogs, reviews, images...). Right now my feed is filled with stuff I don't even follow.

#35 Edited by Rheinmetal (1229 posts) -

Come on people, do you seriously think that someone from the GS staff is giving a damn for what we think, or what we want to change? It's a step by step process that has started from 2010 and the goal was to minimize the role of the community. I thought it was obvious. This bad joke that we see for the last two weeks is merely a tactful way to say to us: "get the hell out of here". Page traffic only matters.

#36 Edited by s_h_a_d_o (1237 posts) -

@Rheinmetal said:

Come on people, do you seriously think that someone from the GS staff is giving a damn for what we think, or what we want to change? It's a step by step process that has started from 2010 and the goal was to minimize the role of the community. I thought it was obvious. This bad joke that we see for the last two weeks is merely a tactful way to say to us: "get the hell out of here". Page traffic only matters.

Whilst I can appreciate your candour, surely allowing us to once again track, visit and comment upon others' blogs would actually increase traffic?

But, yeah... the feeling is that the community has pretty much been abandoned by the powers that be.

#37 Posted by DigitalDame (3500 posts) -

I've added this to this weeks Bug and Feedback Report. I promise that we haven't "abandoned" you. You all -SHOULD- be getting notifications in your notifications tab when someone you're following writes a blog or a review. If you're not getting those this is also a bug that will be added to this weeks report.

#38 Edited by s_h_a_d_o (1237 posts) -

@DigitalDame said:

I've added this to this weeks Bug and Feedback Report. I promise that we haven't "abandoned" you. You all -SHOULD- be getting notifications in your notifications tab when someone you're following writes a blog or a review. If you're not getting those this is also a bug that will be added to this weeks report.

Thanks Synthia. I think it's less of a question about the notification itself though, as it is about being able to filter the contents.

Also, although those notifications are available to view in toto, they are by no means a complete, nor up-to-date, listing - many of my Friends, who I know have posted blogs, are not listed, and notifications are often 2-3 weeks late - so I guess yes, another bug report is required.

Additionally, it might be useful to some if the ability to See All Notifications was made more apparent - perhaps a static link on profile pages, rather than at the bottom of the Notifications drop-down?

#39 Posted by dylan417 (5003 posts) -

Any update on this? Starting to feel a 'not happening' vibe...

#40 Edited by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

It would be nice to get an update from someone on the staff. =/

#41 Posted by AvatarMan96 (7321 posts) -
@dylan417 said:

Any update on this? Starting to feel a 'not happening' vibe...

It would be nice to get an update from someone on the staff. =/

I'm hopping on this bandwagon.

#42 Posted by EasyComeEasyGo (210 posts) -

I really hope so, the one with the most blog I usally see was JustPlaneLocus and he did the most blogs.

#43 Edited by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

No news on this yet? =/

#44 Posted by nutcrackr (12143 posts) -

It seems like they just put blogs and reviews in the top right feed and left it at that? Although I'm not entirely sure how comprehensive that is.

This change is most disappointing as my second most used feature after forums is user blogs. The website update feels like FUSE to me: lots of useless things that I will never use and all the things I want are hidden or missing.

#45 Posted by lazyhoboguy (1678 posts) -

Jesus tapdancing Christ this issue needs to be resolved. The blogging community is dying from this.

#46 Posted by BravoOneActual (520 posts) -
#47 Posted by lazyhoboguy (1678 posts) -

@lazyhoboguy: Ever considered that might be the point?

Yes, but I have a shred of hope that it wasn't intentionally setup like this to kill off the bloggers and that it's just due to gamespot's long track record of having a lack of foresight and testing before they change their site for the thousandth time. Even if the lack of this feature in the new site wasn't intentionally done to kill off the bloggers, I am beggining to worry that in typical Gamespot fashion this horrible site change will never be fixed due to them not caring even though it makes the community broken on here.

#48 Posted by Pierst179 (10482 posts) -

Yep, the blogging community is simply dying because of this.

#49 Edited by WTA2k5 (3997 posts) -

I get that there's a Notifications tab now, but it's not all that accessible, nor does it display enough information about new user contributions (new blogs, for example, are just listed as "new blog," rather than their actual post title). Regardless, I don't think I've read a single blog post from the formerly frequent bloggers I used to follow since the new site was implemented (either because they haven't posted, or because I haven't been able to track down their posts), and that's pretty sad. The feed really should be fixed; GameSpot has by far the best user blogosphere of any of the major games media sites, and it's beyond a shame that this new redesign is so detrimental to such a great community of writers. What's the point of making a big push to support the GameSpot community with this updated site if it disregards the outlet for some of the most in-depth and thoughtful community contributions that users have access to?

#50 Edited by lazyhoboguy (1678 posts) -

@WTA2k5 said:

I get that there's a Notifications tab now, but it's not all that accessible, nor does it display enough information about new user contributions (new blogs, for example, are just listed as "new blog," rather than their actual post title). Regardless, I don't think I've read a single blog post from the formerly frequent bloggers I used to follow since the new site was implemented (either because they haven't posted, or because I haven't been able to track down their posts), and that's pretty sad. The feed really should be fixed; GameSpot has by far the best user blogosphere of any of the major games media sites, and it's beyond a shame that this new redesign is so detrimental to such a great community of writers. What's the point of making a big push to support the GameSpot community with this updated site if it disregards the outlet for some of the most in-depth and thoughtful community contributions that users have access to?

This exactly. All they need to do is add a filter to the updates thing to allow us to just filter things down to new blogs only.