Off topic loosing its life?

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#1 Posted by LeBump (85 posts) -

I havent been in this forum in a few years and it seems like there are a lot less people posting? what happened did everyone leave because the gamespot website looks like poop now? i remember this place had a new post almost every minute or so.

#2 Edited by fueled-system (6326 posts) -

Two major contributors

1: The new rules update which let people basically roam free a bit like ign

2: The website which eliminated unions and is still to this day slow to load and full of glitches...

It was slowly losing traffic before the rules update but after that it went downhill and with the website redesign it SPIKED to near rock bottom...

Anytime a website has to unban many members will show you how bad it has become(and it had ZERO positives when it happened)

#3 Edited by LeBump (85 posts) -

@fueled-system: Yeah this place used to be glowing with life and now its just dead. I hate how they changed the look of the website too, it looks terrible. Ign has kept it the same since forever, if it isnt broke dont fix it i say.

#4 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1791 posts) -

I wonder if it'll ever get better. They should revamp it back to its original form.

#5 Edited by johnd13 (7966 posts) -

OT makes me sad.

#6 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

Losing, its dead. I have resumed my gamespot ways and still hardly even come to this board anymore. As much as I have always hated the place, system wars actually still moves faster.

#8 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

I think it can get back to better standing, but it's going to take a community effort to get there. As long as new and old members keep contributing to the boards, I don't see why it wouldn't be lively again.

#9 Posted by playmynutz (6271 posts) -

We need more trolls

#10 Posted by Master_Live (15391 posts) -

@chursibilla said:

Sensei tell me more how this website used to be ?? was it more lively than this ?

For over a thousand generations, the GS Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Unions. Before the dark times... before the Changes.

#12 Posted by stevoqwerty (4029 posts) -
@chursibilla said:

Sensei tell me more how this website used to be ?? was it more lively than this ?

It used to be more fun, less religion threads, and less arguments. I don't see many of the old members that used to post here, guess they moved on. And there are not more "Post your pic" or "Rate this ___" threads from what I saw. The site is just not the same.

#13 Posted by PimpHand_Gamer (524 posts) -

Cause there are tons of other forums out there and plus life happens.

#14 Posted by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

Don't ask what your gaming websites can do for you, ask what you can do for your gaming websites.

#15 Posted by Ballroompirate (23582 posts) -

GS pretty much gave us the middle finger when they did the revamp taking away Unions, user content like blogs on the front page, game night ect ect. OT and System Wars are pretty much dead except E3 2014 kinda gave life to SW but it's gonna die down again here shortly.

#16 Posted by thehig1 (3035 posts) -

I seems to me a lot of Internet forums have gone quote inactive or dead, not just game spot.

I only joined here in march and it seems pretty active compared to what I used to on sights like the dead fmbase or no longer existing nexgenwars

#17 Edited by 10854 (116 posts) -

@LeBump: think most people got put off with not after hours

#18 Posted by 10854 (116 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

Don't ask what your gaming websites can do for you, ask what you can do for your gaming websites.

+1s

#19 Posted by pie-junior (2866 posts) -

@LeBump said:

@fueled-system: Yeah this place used to be glowing with life and now its just dead. I hate how they changed the look of the website too, it looks terrible. Ign has kept it the same since forever, if it isnt broke dont fix it i say.

but it was pretty broken before the changes

#20 Posted by LeBump (85 posts) -

@thehig1: ever been to the vestibule on ign? theres like 5 post every second.

#21 Posted by jimy1475 (1169 posts) -

now there is more spams than real posts here

#22 Edited by Kenocratic (107 posts) -

What if a forum started something revolutionary in posting like merging Reddit or Anandtech OT forums with Gamespot OT and other forum categories. And each could be like a union within the expanded OT. Sounds silly when you consider how money is made from ads and the structure the way it is now. And you'd have to come up with a new overall title for the merged sites. Just an idea.

#23 Posted by thegerg (15759 posts) -

Just how loose are we talking here?

#24 Posted by thehig1 (3035 posts) -

@LeBump: No I haven't actually, might take a look

#25 Posted by airshocker (30712 posts) -

People just need to realize that this forum isn't about posting your inanities. The section is called "Off-topic Discussion". If your threads have no substance, you're only contributing to the shittiness. There used to be semi-decent discussions going on. But people are more interested in being trolls nowadays than actually posting something of substance.

#26 Posted by vfibsux (4226 posts) -

@LeBump said:

I havent been in this forum in a few years and it seems like there are a lot less people posting? what happened did everyone leave because the gamespot website looks like poop now? i remember this place had a new post almost every minute or so.

It is a cesspool of American hating leftist, why would anyone want to hang out in here every day?

#27 Posted by BranKetra (49366 posts) -

Ready the defibrillator.

3-2-1

Clear!

#28 Posted by foxhound_fox (90253 posts) -

It lost most of it's life after the update.

#29 Edited by GeekInkINC (206 posts) -

Yea, this place is boring. The userbase needs a huge surge of newb meat... but how?

#30 Edited by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

Recently in my eyes, the place has been glowing with a tad bit of light.

#31 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152128 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

Recently in my eyes, the place has been glowing with a tad bit of light.

Get your eyes checked....

#32 Posted by Darthkaiser (12447 posts) -
@Ballroompirate said:

GS pretty much gave us the middle finger when they did the revamp taking away Unions, user content like blogs on the front page, game night ect ect. OT and System Wars are pretty much dead except E3 2014 kinda gave life to SW but it's gonna die down again here shortly.

I do miss the Game Nights now I'm all sad :(

#33 Posted by RonMaverick804 (2184 posts) -

I haven't posted since Rich left On The Spot lol. I remember back then mods were banning for E.V.E.R.Y.THING. capital letters got you banned, bad grammar got you banned, even if they SUSPECTED you were a troll just for asking a question you got banned. I suspect banning 70% of the community and new members finally caught up with this site. I too have been posting on IGN (Vesti) and Reddit now these days.

#34 Posted by Ballroompirate (23582 posts) -

@Darthkaiser said:
@Ballroompirate said:

GS pretty much gave us the middle finger when they did the revamp taking away Unions, user content like blogs on the front page, game night ect ect. OT and System Wars are pretty much dead except E3 2014 kinda gave life to SW but it's gonna die down again here shortly.

I do miss the Game Nights now I'm all sad :(

I never took part of the game nights but they were fun to see the banter between people lol :P

Also miss the Union awards they use to do, it made Unions compete against each other for the Union of the year award.

#35 Posted by Darthkaiser (12447 posts) -

@Ballroompirate said:

@Darthkaiser said:
@Ballroompirate said:

GS pretty much gave us the middle finger when they did the revamp taking away Unions, user content like blogs on the front page, game night ect ect. OT and System Wars are pretty much dead except E3 2014 kinda gave life to SW but it's gonna die down again here shortly.

I do miss the Game Nights now I'm all sad :(

I never took part of the game nights but they were fun to see the banter between people lol :P

Also miss the Union awards they use to do, it made Unions compete against each other for the Union of the year award.

I don't know if you were around in those times but you know what I also miss

Scavengers Hunt!

I remember people were going crazy around the site looking for the pieces of the puzzle looking at every article

Good times!

#36 Edited by sukraj (23648 posts) -

i'm still here

#37 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8571 posts) -

It seems every other post is a spambot watch this free online post. Getting pretty tired of them.

#38 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152128 posts) -

@RonMaverick804 said:

I haven't posted since Rich left On The Spot lol. I remember back then mods were banning for E.V.E.R.Y.THING. capital letters got you banned, bad grammar got you banned, even if they SUSPECTED you were a troll just for asking a question you got banned. I suspect banning 70% of the community and new members finally caught up with this site. I too have been posting on IGN (Vesti) and Reddit now these days.

And yet the decline started when the removed those bans and let people return.

#39 Posted by br0kenrabbit (13339 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic said:

And yet the decline started when the removed those bans and let people return.

It was in decline well before that, thus TDH and Systemwars.com. A lot of good members left for those sites.

And of course GabuEx left for teh ponies.

#40 Edited by LJS9502_basic (152128 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

@LJS9502_basic said:

And yet the decline started when the removed those bans and let people return.

It was in decline well before that, thus TDH and Systemwars.com. A lot of good members left for those sites.

And of course GabuEx left for teh ponies.

Not in decline. Yes people that were here regularly left at various times but they were always replaced with new blood. The forum was still very very active. The start was really the unbanning and rule change. The redesign was the last gasp. You never used to see hour old threads let alone day old or week old threads on the first page. Now it's the norm. Kind of a sad thing to see happen. On the other hand I spend less time here which is a good thing.

#41 Posted by br0kenrabbit (13339 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic said:

Not in decline. Yes people that were here regularly left at various times but they were always replaced with new blood. The forum was still very very active. The start was really the unbanning and rule change. The redesign was the last gasp. You never used to see hour old threads let alone day old or week old threads on the first page. Now it's the norm. Kind of a sad thing to see happen. On the other hand I spend less time here which is a good thing.

The unbanning and rule change was a result of people leaving. That's why we had the whole conversation about the rules to begin with. Now I'm not saying that the above didn't exacerbate the issue, but it was indeed a reaction to the declining number of users.

#42 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152128 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

@LJS9502_basic said:

Not in decline. Yes people that were here regularly left at various times but they were always replaced with new blood. The forum was still very very active. The start was really the unbanning and rule change. The redesign was the last gasp. You never used to see hour old threads let alone day old or week old threads on the first page. Now it's the norm. Kind of a sad thing to see happen. On the other hand I spend less time here which is a good thing.

The unbanning and rule change was a result of people leaving. That's why we had the whole conversation about the rules to begin with. Now I'm not saying that the above didn't exacerbate the issue, but it was indeed a reaction to the declining number of users.

Well actually it was a reaction to a select group of individuals and the community manager at the time giving them what they wanted. Or didn't you know they petitioned for the unbanning and rule relaxing?

#43 Posted by br0kenrabbit (13339 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic said:

Well actually it was a reaction to a select group of individuals and the community manager at the time giving them what they wanted. Or didn't you know they petitioned for the unbanning and rule relaxing?

And they petitioned because all the best posters were either being banned or leaving due to disputes with mods. Hell I left for a year after getting suspended for calling someone a hypocrite who was factually and demonstrably being hypocritical.

There were indeed issues with some of the mods and their uneven implementation of the rules back then, and while things did need to change I do think it went too far.

#44 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152128 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

@LJS9502_basic said:

Well actually it was a reaction to a select group of individuals and the community manager at the time giving them what they wanted. Or didn't you know they petitioned for the unbanning and rule relaxing?

And they petitioned because all the best posters were either being banned or leaving due to disputes with mods. Hell I left for a year after getting suspended for calling someone a hypocrite who was factually and demonstrably being hypocritical.

There were indeed issues with some of the mods and their uneven implementation of the rules back then, and while things did need to change I do think it went too far.

Best? Best is subjective. Their buddies were being banned....and some deserved the bans. They were disruptive.

Yes there was issues with the mods. I always said minor comments like yours above shouldn't be worth a moderation etc. But the site was still active until the rule change etc.

Anyway nice chatting....have to head to work. Last day before vacation. YAY! Have a good one.

#45 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@thegerg said:

Just how loose are we talking here?

Like throwing a hotdog down a hallway.

#47 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28235 posts) -

The change in design was the final nail in the coffin.

#48 Posted by magicalclick (23469 posts) -

Forum rule specific.

1) 500 post rule.

2) cannot post outside sticky.

Those are stupid handicapped rules.

Forum Technology:

1) annoying forced image upload.

2) web version only shows 1 character per line when too many quotes.

3) web version couldn't reply for a long time, still cannot quote.

4) lack of apps.

Content related:

1) uninspiring reviews. Very uninspiring.

2) praising games that makes gamer depressed.

3) rise of YouTube channels.

4) decline of console gaming (yes, new kids plays Minecraft and don't give a crap about console). And they can see user reviews from app store.

5) completely f up content layout. Seriously I can't browse the site anymore, it is a big mess.

It needs to have apps before considering fixing other issues because the new Gen is not going to care about a web site period. Second to fix is the reviews. Seriously the reviews are awful.

#49 Posted by GazaAli (23524 posts) -
All I know is that I now find it increasingly hard to get myself to come here and post.
#50 Edited by Ballroompirate (23582 posts) -

@Darthkaiser said:

@Ballroompirate said:

@Darthkaiser said:
@Ballroompirate said:

GS pretty much gave us the middle finger when they did the revamp taking away Unions, user content like blogs on the front page, game night ect ect. OT and System Wars are pretty much dead except E3 2014 kinda gave life to SW but it's gonna die down again here shortly.

I do miss the Game Nights now I'm all sad :(

I never took part of the game nights but they were fun to see the banter between people lol :P

Also miss the Union awards they use to do, it made Unions compete against each other for the Union of the year award.

I don't know if you were around in those times but you know what I also miss

Scavengers Hunt!

I remember people were going crazy around the site looking for the pieces of the puzzle looking at every article

Good times!

Think I remember something like it, I remember some sort of scavenger hunt but I don't know if GS did it or my Union was doing it.