At 2 days ago, TomFulp wrote:
1) Do you find yourself ignoring the big content showcase box here on the front page? I've been told it doesn't make enough of a "call to action" and while looking pretty, people aren't being as enticed to click it as they should be.
I notice it, I cannot promise I am more likely to click on it, but it's one of the first things that catches my eye on the FP.
Overall, I like the layout of the FP. It doesn't feel cluttered or disorganized.
2) Have you explored the content genre browsing? I feel like this is a really powerful system that a lot of people are overlooking; some have even complained that we removed genres. Go to the games page and scan the categories in the left column. Click around and start exploring. The categories get really in-depth and you can sort by all sorts of criteria. Right now we default to sort by date, which was an attempt to put the spotlight on new submissions but may have been a mistake. Instead we should probably default to sorting by score but maybe set the range to "Year" instead of "All" so there's more movement in the space.
It's one of my favorite features of the redesign. I love being able to narrow it down. I've been able to find several older games I really enjoy, much easier. (I looked for tower defense games the other day and found all my favorites, super easy)
This also makes me wonder if the games front page should be different. Right now we showcase the latest games, popular games from this week, highest scoring games of the month, highest scoring of the year and highest scoring of all time. Popular games tend to just mirror the front page. Best games of all time feels pretty static (instead maybe it could have a random selection from the top 200). But instead of all of that, I'm wondering if we should return to something like the old site, where we have a per-genre showcase. For example, the first box under "Brand Spankin' New Games" could be "Best New Action Games" and list the latest four action games with scores greater than 3.3 (number is based on some personal observations but not set in stone). The showcase would continue with "Best New Adventure Games", etc. I'm thinking it would better highlight the genre categories and might give people more direct access to stuff they like.
I like the idea of having best of each genre. I think that will attract more first time NGers and keep them around.
As far as the time line, I am a big fan of making any of your displays "best of the month" rather than all time. I feel when we set anything to all time, we see the same games pretty much all the time.
I'm an older NG member,late 20s demographic, so I have a full time job, I get to play games on my weekends usually. Best of the month allows me to make sure I didn't miss anything from any genre.
3) Have you been making use of the feed button (the star next to logout) in the header? It lists new submissions by artists you have favorited, something that was only available via email in the past. We intend to merge all favorites into one list of people you follow, so that you can easily add them from their user page and not have to add them in the context of a piece of content. Our current system (where you favorite artists based on content categories) is really old and has some charm but it feels like overkill nowadays.
I don't check my NG e-mail often, so I feel it's a keeper feature.
4) Have you found yourself doing anything more or less as a result of the new layout?
To be honest, about the same, but to be honest ^2, I think that's a good thing. I'm comfortable with the redesign, it still feels like home, I'm still enjoying the site, I just appreciate all the extras.
Cheers to all the hard workers with alcohol fountains and servers falling on them and whatnot.