I wanted to share with you some Sad information about the Site Renovation. if you haven't seen the Info that LarkAnderson Posted then check it out. There is some stuff that is being Cut and the One thing that I am going to put Emphasis on is this
1) Unions and User Created Boards
This may or may not be a surprise to you, but is not without good reason. Over the years we've had many proposed fixes for Unions, including a 100+ page document that was passed around internally, and the unfortunate reality is that we don't have the time or resources to dedicate to making these sorts of changes happen.
This is especially true when you take into consideration Union usage statistics--on a website that gets well north of 100 million pageviews a month, Unions contribute just over one quarter of one percent of that.
Now, obviously mistakes were made on our part, and the current usage stats are a reflection of that, but at the end of the day we need to make sure that we can properly maintain and support all of our features so we dont end up with things that are busted and unloved. To that end, we have decided to focus on our core features--the ones the vast majority of you guys depend on--and not to bring over Unions to the new GameSpot.
As for User Created Boards, there's a lot of crossover in terms of functionality between these and Unions, and without the one we won't have the other. Lark
I am quite sad about the News but, I understand that its in the best interest of the Site that if we don't have one then the other would be useless. . . I though don't want to see Gamespot lose alot of Users due to the loss of the Unions and User Created Boards. MichaelP4 post a Thread in the Site Enhancement Forum called Save our Unions. It is a Thread that I Strongly Support as most of you users that come to the site come to Visit the Unions. Most of the time that is the Same for me cause Unions are really the only Fun part of the Site Next to Rewatching the Streams like Erick's Torture Chamber and Danny's Random Encounter
Guys I don't want to see any of you leave with the Loss of Unions. I haven't heard anything on a Thing to Replace them so I feel that it could Possibly talked about during the Hangout Taking the Show on the Road
Over the coming weeks, we'll be reaching out for your feedback through a variety of channels, including our beta group, more posts like this, and a series of weekly Google Hangout sessions so we can show off bits and pieces of the new site and answer questions, Ask Me Anything-style. Plus, I can promise that they'll be goofy and fun!
The first of these hangouts will be taking place this Thursday, August 22, at 1pm PDT.
GameSpot is changing in a huge way for the better, and we're hoping that you're as excited about it as we are, so stay tuned for more, and prepare your questions for this week's Hangout, which we'll post more details about shortly.Lark
So Tune in to it