Where did the community run off to?

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#1 Posted by SystemsGO (1261 posts) -

So after going without Internet for a month or two I log back in and check out Gamespot to notice it's vastly different than it used to be, and the community has dwindled. Where did the community run off to, is there a different forum that everyone went to? If so, which one? :D

#2 Posted by Arthas045 (5519 posts) -

I feel like the community is still here like it used to be. The same people are top posters just like at old gamespot.

#3 Edited by PredatorRules (8874 posts) -

I'm still here; Oh and there's no hardware forum anymore - here it were it belongs.

#4 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4357 posts) -

@Arthas045 said:

I feel like the community is still here like it used to be. The same people are top posters just like at old gamespot.

Yeah most of the top posters are still here, but a lot of people that weren't top posters have left. Just look at the screenshot thread. We used to go through almost a page per day. Now we're lucky to get a post per day.

#5 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4591 posts) -

It's still here just not really being used.

Some people have gone, and it's a shame but they hopefully will be separating the forums again. Otherwise I fear other members might run away too.

#6 Edited by Toxic-Seahorse (4357 posts) -

@acanofcoke said:

It's still here just not really being used.

Some people have gone, and it's a shame but they hopefully will be separating the forums again. Otherwise I fear other members might run away too.

Everyone should add the computer hardware board to favorites. If enough people favorite it, they might consider putting it on the main forum page. :P

#7 Edited by Macutchi (4274 posts) -

i hate how hardware and games are mixed together. scrolling down the topics feels like spot the game thread. forums are a lot quieter and there are a lot of good posters who i haven't seen post since the change

#8 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4591 posts) -

Post in my thread here to show your support for splitting the forums back to how they should be....

Synthia is listening

#9 Posted by IvanElk (3798 posts) -

All the top posters are here still?! Thats hilarious.

IonusX left, which he used to update everyone on the news, and honestly a lot of people have reduced their activity, and for good reason the forums have been mutilated, I liked the old forums way better.

#10 Posted by Macutchi (4274 posts) -

@acanofcoke said:

Post in my thread here to show your support for splitting the forums back to how they should be....

Synthia is listening

done

#11 Edited by superclocked (5863 posts) -

@Toxic-Seahorse said:

@Arthas045 said:

I feel like the community is still here like it used to be. The same people are top posters just like at old gamespot.

Yeah most of the top posters are still here, but a lot of people that weren't top posters have left. Just look at the screenshot thread. We used to go through almost a page per day. Now we're lucky to get a post per day.

Another bad thing is the horrible picture scaling. Pictures are never shown in their native resolution, and the scaling is literally the worst that I have ever seen. This new site definitely has issues...

#12 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2629 posts) -

They need to fix this mess to get me interested again

#13 Posted by klusps (10385 posts) -

After the Gamespot update, it just seems like the forums is less active.

#14 Edited by mastershake575 (8364 posts) -

@IvanElk said:

All the top posters are here still?! Thats hilarious.

IonusX left, which he used to update everyone on the news, and honestly a lot of people have reduced their activity, and for good reason the forums have been mutilated, I liked the old forums way better.

I've been posting consistently (80% of my total post) on the pc hardware boards since 2007 and a lot of old timers left before the change (like within the last two or three years). Users like 9mmSpliff, wklzip, gambler, Louie, Daytona_178, sabbath2gamer, RayvinAzn , GTR2addict, imprezawrx500, nvidiagamer, kodex1717, tequilasunriser, ferret-gamer.....ect all left within the last couple of years (most of those users had 5,000+ post just on pc hardware alone).

04dcarraher, LordEC911 and Jigglywiggly ive seen personally on here for over 6 years and they all still post here.

Elann2008, General X, C_Rule, marcthpro and hartsickdisciple have been here at least 5 years and all 5 of them still post here (tens of thousands of post between those four on pc forum alone).

IonusX isn't really missed at all. He had an obvious bias for AMD (it got so bad that he would sometimes recommend inferior products to users just because he didn't want to recommend the competitor which is an a-hole move on a help forum ) and he would purposely misread quotes in order to start confrontation ALL the time (he's not missed at all).

So to sum things up a lot of old timers are still posting today and all of the posters from the mid 2000s onwards that aren't here today left 1-3 years before the change (that change didn't affect this board that much)

#15 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4591 posts) -

@mastershake575: how the hell do you remember all those names? I can barely remember what I did yesterday

#16 Edited by the_bi99man (11059 posts) -

@SystemsGO said:

So after going without Internet for a month or two I log back in and check out Gamespot to notice it's vastly different than it used to be, and the community has dwindled. Where did the community run off to, is there a different forum that everyone went to? If so, which one? :D

The majority left, because the redesign of the site is objectively shit, and ruined a lot of stuff, such as posting pics for the screenshot thread (you can still do it, but GS doesn't link images anymore. It rehosts them, and compresses the absolute shit out of them).

Several of the top posters are still here, yeah, but most of the general population is gone. Just look at the screenshot thread. Before the redesign, there was like a dozen posts per day in there, pretty regularly. When the new site launched, that traffic dropped right off a cliff, almost instantly. Thread goes days on end with no posts now.

I've been here for like 9 years, off and on, but I'm definitely going into an "off" phase, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't almost entirely because of the redesign.

#17 Posted by Gaming-Planet (14443 posts) -

Gamespot basically told us to fuck off.

#18 Posted by superclocked (5863 posts) -
@Gaming-Planet said:

Gamespot basically told us to fuck off.


They haven't been communicating very well, but there is a response in this thread...

"In due time, all of this will be fixed. maybe people wont get everything they wanted, but at least it will be a smoother, more professional looking site."

#19 Posted by BattleSpectre (7240 posts) -

Community hasn't gone anywhere, you did.

On a serious note the change makes it seem like less people are coming on lately but reality is the old users are still here. If anyone ran off to anywhere, my finger would be pointed at IGN.

#20 Posted by Horgen (111223 posts) -

@acanofcoke said:

It's still here just not really being used.

Some people have gone, and it's a shame but they hopefully will be separating the forums again. Otherwise I fear other members might run away too.

Thanks for the link. I will give it a bit more activity :)

#21 Posted by vfibsux (4281 posts) -

The new site and forums are both terrible and they chalk the response up to resisting change rather than the fact it just sucks now. I am all for improvement, but improvement this is not.

The only reason I'm still here is because everything else equally sucks.

#22 Edited by The_Capitalist (10838 posts) -

I'm still here, making a post every week or so. I used to post more before the redesign, but I hate how the forum pages are not centered anymore and there is this ugly navbar at the top blocking a lot of content.

Activity did fall off a cliff, unfortunately. But it is what it is.

#23 Edited by kraken2109 (13237 posts) -

@mastershake575: That is an impressive list, I recognise a good half of it but I'm impressed you can remember that many names.

I'm also slightly upset mine isn't there :(

#24 Edited by Horgen (111223 posts) -

So... I wanted to make a new topic there, but when I am in the topic create page it says it will post it to games discussions and not hardware discussions. Colour me confused.

#25 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4591 posts) -

@horgen123: Look

#26 Posted by mastershake575 (8364 posts) -

@acanofcoke said:

how the hell do you remember all those names? I can barely remember what I did yesterday

@kraken2109 said:

: That is an impressive list, I recognise a good half of it but I'm impressed you can remember that many names.

I just opened a few threads from my posting history and I was quickly able to recognize which users posted a lot back in the day

I was mainly trying to tell that user that the change didn't change a whole a lot (a lot of the old timers left in2010/2011 and all most of the guys that took over the posting in 2010/2011 are still here today so nothing really changed).

#27 Posted by Horgen (111223 posts) -

@acanofcoke said:

@horgen123: Look

Excellent!

How did you create that topic though? When I go in there to create a topic it wants to post it in games discussions.

#28 Edited by nutcrackr (12847 posts) -

They broke some functionality compared to the old site and thus people have found it hard to do what they've been doing for years. I don't really have the conviction to post much anymore.

I spend more time on other forums / Steam these days. Plus playing games (BF4, AC4 and others). I'm still waiting for my game collection to actually work.

#29 Posted by Horgen (111223 posts) -

@nutcrackr said:

They broke some functionality compared to the old site and thus people have found it hard to do what they've been doing for years. I don't really have the conviction to post much anymore.

I spend more time on other forums / Steam these days. Plus playing games (BF4, AC4 and others). I'm still waiting for my game collection to actually work.

I believe most of the missing functionality will return, however I dunno how fast that will happen.

#30 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4591 posts) -

@horgen123 said:

@acanofcoke said:

@horgen123: Look

Excellent!

How did you create that topic though? When I go in there to create a topic it wants to post it in games discussions.

When I create a topic I get this when I click on " search for a specific " forum.

But if I search for it I can't find it

#31 Posted by Horgen (111223 posts) -

That makes sense... :P

#32 Edited by djdarkforces (810 posts) -

i still lurk in the shadows

#33 Posted by flipin_jackass (9729 posts) -

I haven't been around much (not even lurking) since the update.

Since GS changed, I figured it'd be good opportunity to waste my time elsewhere for change.