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Stella Glow


The current result of the poll is 9 in favor of a weekly review roundup, 1 opposed. I'm not sure who is opposed or why, but that person seems to be in the minority.

As far as having enough reviews goes, WQ, there are 11 reviews that would be eligible if I were to write up a roundup right now. It's a slightly busier week than normal, but we've actually had a number of decent weeks as of late, thanks to EmP's efforts at finding additional writers to join the community, and thanks to a lot of freelance efforts, and thanks to continued participation from some of our long-time users.

I haven't voted on the poll, but I would be happy to see Review of the Week return if things continue in that general vein. I just can't promise that I would pitch in regularly, since I am taking college classes and have a lot of administrative duties on the site... and would also like to write a review more frequently than I have been lately.

I am Sashanan and I approve of this feature.

Cool. This seems quite useful.

Not sure what the poll results are yet, but I'm just going to explain some of the circumstances around this previously.

The reasons RotW discontinued are as follows:
1) We were only getting maybe 2-4 reviews a week the last several months it was active.
2) Those designated to judge it (we would rotate maybe three or four people every week) would often drop out the last minute and leave others to pick up the slack.
3) It became more difficult to organize than it felt like. I think I had taken it over the last two years or so and eventually gave up on it due to the lack of interest after a certain point.

However, this being said, if what you're suggesting is a little different and you feel you can handle it by yourself every week, then by all means go for it. Maybe it'll rouse some interest for a while, once we see how your approach to it changes or flows. It might make things a little more lively around here.


Hello there!

Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself!

I'm a guy, but you really don't need to call me sir xD. You can just refer to me as "PoeticPaladin" or Taylor. :)

Nah. Hayden Panettiere wasn't there in a wet towel either.

Hello, sir. I've become a bit lurky in recent times but hopefully we'll have the chance to interact a bit!

Edit: Or hello ma'am! I actually have no idea! Taylor could be either.

Where you given multiple life choices to affect outcomes that all ended up with the exact same consequence anyway?

Sorry for being a lazy no-show. I almost had a review of Until Dawn done, but then I went away for Halloween to a house with no internet. It rained all weekend too. In fact, it was a bit like Until Dawn. Sort of.

As someone who drops in maybe once a week, a review roundup would be quite useful. I'm not so fussed about the competition element, but a round up of reviews for brand new games, reviews for interesting old games and reviews that are particularly well written would be helpful.

I like this. I remember thinking at one point that it'd be nice to know when someone commented on one of my reviews, but I guess when the "view last 20 posts" feature came along, I kind of forgot to mention it because I check the site often enough that it'd be hard for me to miss too much.

But this is a nice touch. Don't even need to scroll down to know if someone's said something.

Hello there everybody, and thanks for taking the time to read this thread.

I'll get right down to business. Earlier today I spoke with Jason (the awesome HonestGamers E-i-C) about the possibility of starting up a "weekly review roundup" where I'd highlight what I thought were some of the best community-contributed reviews for the week.

Much to my surprise, he told me that this had already been implemented in the past, a few years ago, but had been discontinued. Here's an example post from the original "ROTW".

Essentially, I'd like to write a 'weekly review roundup' where I would showcase some of the best community-contributed reviews for the week. Before I get ahead of myself, though, I'd like to ask all you wonderful folks if this is something you'd like to see on the site. Would you enjoy having your reviews shared and showcased in this manner, and would you enjoy reading about the reviews of others?

I've started a poll where you can let me know what you think. I'd also love to have some discussion about it here (especially if you folks have any ideas), but the poll just makes it a little easier for me to keep track of numbers.

I look forward to hearing what you all think of the idea. :)


This is great.

Funnily enough, I was actually looking around for something like this yesterday.

I'm really happy to have this in place, hopefully it'll make keeping track of ongoing discussions I'm involved in a little bit easier.

Wow, that sounds like quite a kerfuffle.

I'd like to take this opportunity to set some of your concerns at ease, Jerec.

Jason and I have discussed the expectations and responsibilities that come with the position through email and I feel that we're very much on the same page.

My position as HonestGamers' Community Manager is essentially to promote the content posted here by HonestGamers' staff and the community through social media platforms and here in the forums, as Jason already mentioned.

At this point in time, I don't even have moderator privileges. Policing the community isn't what I'm here for, nor would I feel comfortable coming into your lovely community and starting to tell people what to do. I'd rather leave that to the excellent moderation team that's already in place :).

I'm not discounting the possibility of taking on more responsibilities here in the future, just letting you know that my primary goal will always be to promote the awesome community here and the content you all create.

As a side note, I'd like to open things up for feedback. If you see something I'm doing that you don't like, or have some kind of idea for me (possible community activities or events, etc) I'd love to hear them. Just send an email to Taylor(AT)honestgamers(DOT)com and I'll be happy to chat.

Thanks to everybody for the warm welcomes, I can't wait to see you all around the site :).

You might have noticed a bunch of junk messages on the forums and blogs and at the end of one of my old reviews. There's a reason for that: I've been working on a new feature!

That feature is "Notifications," and you'll see it reflected in the top bar on the site now, right next to your "Mail" link.

The notifications feature is something I've wanted to do for some time now, and I hope you'll find it useful. Now if someone leaves feedback on your review, you'll get a message in your Notifications area, even if it's feedback for an old review you haven't thought about in ages. If someone replies to a blog post, the same thing will happen, and you'll also get a note if you post a thread on the forums and people reply.

This should prove handy if the site sees more activity in the future, so you don't head away for a few days and miss an interaction. The "Notifications" are will keep a record of any activity, but you don't have to use it unless you want to. As you browse the site and view responses the old-fashioned way, that will delete the notice from your Notifications area, so that it only lets you know about stuff you haven't already seen.

I've tested the feature as much as I can on my own, and it seems to work as intended. Please do note that there's one "glitch" I couldn't fix: it won't work on old threads, because those didn't have an author_id associated with them. New threads will, and you should still be able to see any new feedback threads for older reviews you might have on the site.

Thanks for continuing to use HonestGamers, and I hope you'll enjoy making use of the new feature!

Thanks for sharing the interesting links, Jerec. I hadn't heard about any of that drama, but that's no surprise given that GameFAQs is a separate site run by other people. ;-)

For the record, I don't anticipate any similar issues occurring here at HonestGamers. I believe in Taylor's capabilities and I anticipate that soon others will have ample reason to feel the same way.

Growing our community while encouraging and rewarding regular activity in the months ahead is important to me, and so is letting people know that their contributions are appreciated. Taylor has come on board to ensure that we can do those things while also producing a steady supply of high-quality content that reaches people beyond our current sphere of influence.

I think it's a mistake to try and perfectly clone what one might call our "glory days" of 2004 and 2005 or thereabouts (too many of the people who made that era special have long since disappeared, unfortunately), but I also believe there's a lot more we can do in 2015 while remaining true to the values that helped the site to establish itself in the first place. I appreciate all of you who have stuck with the site through thick and thin, and I hope that the months and years to follow will be some of the most exciting in its long history, with help from Taylor and any others who might join us in the weeks ahead.

I don't know how much of the latter is true or not.

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