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Blogging in a Wasteland

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So I dislike the new site much more than I anticipated. With these aged computers at work much of it simply doesn't work. Blog comments have yet to be restored and the whole site has lost its character. Finding my friends blogs is a muddled affair that, quite honestly, I haven't been successful at. At this point it feels like CBS's attempt to quash users may have been successful. I haven't adapted.

I'm not sure if I can.

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raven28256
raven28256

The new profile pages/feed is a disaster area. I've pretty much lost the last bit of interest I had in this site with the new redesign. The blogs were the only thing really keeping me here, and those have gone to hell. I don't care about forums anymore, the unions I contributed to died out years ago, and I don't use GS for reviews or news. Writing, reading, and commenting on blogs are the sole reason why I'm still here, and I can't do that because the feeds bury them in shit I don't care about. I almost left when GS switched to Livefyre and all our comments disappeared into the void, erasing years and years of happy memories I had with this site before so, so many of my friends left or just stopped contributing. The latest redesign has largely killed my desire to keep coming to this site after it erased our comments AGAIN and made blogging pointless because no one can find new posts.

So yeah, if the intent of the redesign was to drive away the last remnants left on this site that seems to get worse and worse with each "upgrade," then good job GS.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

The site's been fine on the forum's level (they've never been better), but the blog situation is unfortunate. If I don't happen to check the friends feed on my profile at the right time now, I completely miss whatever blog posts they make. Maybe it won't be such an issue now that they've got notifications working (I think), but still. Could be better.

Went ahead and added my support for s_h_a_d_o's thread. Maybe having mod's presence there will help get their attention.

dark_orb
dark_orb

If it makes you feel better I've been through several "versions" of Gamespot and always adapted . . . but there is something about this time that really rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it's just me being older, or maybe it's that I haven't bothered to post anything in half a year, but this is the most seriously I've pondered simply deleting my account (which was opened close to a decade ago). The big kicker for me is the new "stacks" instead of games lists. As it sits now I'd have to do a lot of editing to bring my "owned game stack" back to the orderly state it was in pre-update; and I just can't think of a reason to do so. I've used this site to track my collection for ages now but my Backloggery account does a better job of it. I'll keep coming back to Gamespot for news, reviews, and shows like "escape from mount stupid" but I'm pretty much done here.

AK_the_Twilight
AK_the_Twilight

I'm feeling much less inclined to blog since it's become so much of an ordeal for everyone to see other users' blogs. It's neutered the intellectual dialogue that I valued so much before the update. The inability to find friends' blogs or featured blogs is what's bothering me the most, since I absolutely loved hearing what you and my other tracked bloggers had to say about the gaming world. There are just so many steps to take to actually find a good, quality blog to read.

I still feel it's too early to just bolt from Gamespot, but I've noticed that I'm visiting the site less and less since the community is so muddled and difficult to access. I've been doing my absolute best to give it a chance; it's just that reality is starting to sink in and it's really starting to get to me.

All I can say is that you're certainly not alone in this mindset, my friend.

VintAge68
VintAge68

Can't really say that I dislike the site but I expect it being fused with GiantBomb anytime soon. So in the moment we are just the survivors of the first wave in CBS's big site renewal game. What I regret most is the blogs being so neglected now, which adds to not counting any of the (former) blog comments in the "comments stats". In general I feel more deceived than disappointed by all this, though.

SoNin360
SoNin360

Agreed. I'm spending much less time on here and hoping to find things changed when I come back, even though I know that won't happen, at least anytime soon. I hate looking through the feed, I really don't care to see every Forum post my friends make and every picture they post. I also feel users have been pushed aside. I miss seeing featured user blogs, and I'm trying to give this place a chance, but I'm not going to waste too much time with it as it is now.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@s_h_a_d_o I did more than vote.  The architect of all this chaos is Lark.  I'm also pasting that poll on my 'wall'.  (God I hate this facebook this.)

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@dark_orb I've been through several versions as well, and I was in the beta for this but I never expected it to end up like this.  It's getting harder and harder to care.  I want to; I feel like I'm really a part of this site.  I'm definatly one of the mose active users, but it's just so... hollow... now.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@AK_the_Twilight Your first paragraph exactly.  And then your second paragraph.

This place is like a house I used to live in but now it's empty and cold.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@SoNin360 I feel like we're being punished.  Like CBS is saying "On shut up and watch these videos."  I hate it.  They've gutted the soul right out of the site.