iPhone Games Forum Split

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  1. arn

    arn Administrator
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    Hi guys,

    The iPhone game forum has massive traffic, making it difficult to keep up. The first page of topics only reflects the last hour or so of posts.

    So in interest of splitting attention more evenly, I think it makes sense to split the forum into sub categories. Based on how this forum is used, I think it's best to have the following split:

    Upcoming Games
    New Games (Out for less than 1 week)
    Older Games (Out for longer than 1 week)

    Unfortunately, this will require some manual movement of threads from New games to Old games over time. But overall should help exposure for all games. Depending on how that breakdown works in practice, we could change the "1 week" period longer.

    thoughts?
    arn
     
  2. snow_mani

    snow_mani Well-Known Member

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    #2 snow_mani, Feb 21, 2009
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    I would add Coming Soon

    I would also add a sub forum called "Coming Soon". For games that are not yet released. EDIT: And another one where devs can post promo codes.

    Of course, it will be a lot more work for you site admins and mods...
     
  3. arn

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    I think "Upcoming Games" would handle the "Coming Soon" :)

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  4. snow_mani

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    Hah! I missed the Upcoming Games!
     
  5. rIcHrAnDoM

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    #5 rIcHrAnDoM, Feb 21, 2009
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    Yes , I agree, alot of traffic. I think, as you mentioned, maybe 2 weeks for "new" releases.

    EDIT: is there any way that the one for promos can be "locked" to non-member lurkers or "code snipers"???? Please. I'll even change my sig.
     
  6. spmwinkel

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    How about topics for apps like Pocket God, which is getting weekly updates at the moment.
    Will it be in the Older Games group, or will it be pushed back to the New Games with every update?

    I assume that the Older Games is meant for topics that are not so active anymore, since the hype is often in new/upcoming games topics. But Pocket God is different.
    I understand that this is an exception and you need to create general rules that work for most of the games. But still in order to create such a system, it's good to think about the exceptions and how to deal with those. :)

    When I wake up and read up on the forums, there's often 4 pages of new topics. I'm in Europe, so it may be different for people in the US. I think that in a week, there are 8-16 pages of new topics that are popular for a little while and than fade to the background.

    Are you thinking about moving topics weekly (all out, and new stuff comes in) or on a daily basis? It would be a LOT of work. Maybe then you'd have to make a rule for "One topic for each game", which would also create a large discussion (if you're allowing for a discussion, that is).

    Not an easy decision.
     
  7. arn

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    I think the Older Games would be exactly for something like Pocket God. I think the interest in existing games is very different than interest in brand new games. A major game update would get a new thread in the Old Games area. Only 1.0 versions of games would appear in the New games section.

    At it's simplest level I think that threads could automatically be moved from New to Old after a certain timeframe, but the time frame depends on how many thread that would be in practice.

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  8. arn

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    so looking at the thread list now

    upcoming

    metal gear solid touch
    zen bound
    IGN covers Bailout Bonanza

    new

    geodefense
    idracula
    the quest
    shooter
    snake XT
    puzzle quest free
    aqua moto racing lite
    rouge touch
    vector tanks
    fusion

    old

    pocket god
    space x update
    mafia
    bobble surfer
    imafia
    arvale: journey of illusion
    vase craze
    edge
     
  9. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    "Old" feels... well... old ;). We aren't talking about abandonia, but about games, who are a few weeks or months old. "Old" does not fit as a description. Many of us didn't even start playing these "old" games, because of so much new stuff... And the chance to take a look at "old" games goes to zero, when we call them "old" games.
     
  10. spmwinkel

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    That looks really good.
     
  11. nattylux

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    #11 nattylux, Feb 21, 2009
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    New - Little Red Sled :)

    Here's the latest thread: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=5423&highlight=sled
     
  12. butters

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    Me likey very much. :)

    One suggestion though. How about a section for all those daily requests like 'best 0.99$ puzzle game?', 'best free app?', 'anything like XY on iTunes?', etc.?
     
  13. Diablohead

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    Having sections for upcoming, new and older games would be great but i'd be against an area just for promo codes, that should just be posted in the same threads as the related games.
     
  14. 1337brian

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    I think that would work pretty well. The only issue I see, is not that big of one, but people posting in the wrong threads. After some time I'm sure everyone will pick it up no problem though. Also I do second the motion on having a thread just for promo's.
     
  15. dannys95

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    Sounds good. I wish there were a promo code forum and a graphics designer forum. :)
     
  16. schooze

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    I don't know about a section for new and old games if you were going to split it I would say it should be upcoming games, games currently out, game suggestions (for those looking for a game to buy) and games on sale.
     
  17. BulletDev

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    I like this idea. The forum is going to need some Macforum-like attention if it will stay clean.

    Maybe even a Wasteland!
     
  18. nizy

    nizy Well-Known Member

    I like the idea. Should help with navigation and finding new topics. Just make sure you update the rules (posting in the correct forum) and clearly state on each sub-forum what type of topics should be posted there to try to minimize users posting in the wrong forum!

    Only other sections i can think of are: "price drops/sales" and "game updates", but these might be covered in the "old games" section.

    Will the links on the homepage be updated accordingly, with each sub-forum shown in the new posts lists?
     
  19. arn

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    yes, the homepage forum links would be partitioned accordingly.

    arn
     
  20. ibelongintheforums

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    #20 ibelongintheforums, Feb 21, 2009
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    thanks arn for being active here.
    maybe there should be a

    released game
    upcoming games
    promo codes
    senior member
    game decsions
    a sticky that has the best of type thing
    when u make a new thread it lists threads already created like it
    annndddd
    level above senior member
     

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