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Title: Where do your ratings fit in the big picture? Posted: December 09, 2007 (03:38 PM)
For awhile now (I say when referencing a feature that as a whole has been available on the site less than 48 hours total), your ratings have been compiled and organized in a way that allows the site to display the top-rated games in the database. You just might not have known it.
Now, I've finally finished tweaking code so that the results display in an attractive, interesting fashion. You can see general results here:
It's worth noting that these results are real-time. The page will display ratings that reflect whatever is in the database at the moment you load it.
Also, you can scroll to the bottom of the page to see the five most recent rating submissions, or you can click on a system from the list to see the chart for that specific system. Cool, huh?
Finally, I've put links to this information both in the "Users" area (where it has been for some time) and on every other page of the main site. This means that more users should come across the ratings and hopefully contribute some of their own, ensuring that the feature continues to receive the attention it needs to really serve as an interesting record of what gamers really like to play.
We're one of the only sites around that lets people easily leave ratings on such a wide variety of games, old and new. I plan to personally promote that fact as I visit forums and such, and I hope that you'll do the same. If handled properly, this feature could catch on in a big way and really give the site (and its other content types) proper exposure. Similarly, this feature can die out if people aren't excited about it and interested in telling friends.
I hope that if you have a friend who might be interested in this feature, you'll feel good telling him or her and encouraging that individual to rate a few games (and maybe even post on the forums and in blogs along the way). The site now has pretty much every feature it's likely to have, enough that I can't handily think of another game site that tops it, so now it's time to start really putting those features to good use and spreading the word.
Thanks for your support so far everyone, and let's make 2007 go out with a bang that resounds through all of 2008 and beyond!
User: Genj Title: Posted: December 09, 2007 (04:06 PM)
The ratings have confirmed what we all knew: HG loves Contra: Hard Corps.
User: joseph_valencia Title: Posted: December 09, 2007 (04:14 PM)
This new rating system is awesome.
User: Halon Title: Posted: December 09, 2007 (10:12 PM)
Maybe it's just me but the site has been crawling for the past few days. There's no way I reach Genj and Nash when I can only pump out maybe one rating per two minutes or so.
User: wolfqueen001 Title: Posted: December 09, 2007 (10:22 PM)
It's not just you, sportsman... I started noticing it, too. I wasn't sure if it was just this site or my connection speed, though... but my connection speed's pretty good, and sometimes other sties run faster than this one, so maybe it is this site.
It's probably just all the new updating - the servver might not be able to handle it as well or something. I don't know.
User: honestgamer Title: Posted: December 09, 2007 (10:31 PM)
No, you guys are definitely right. I'm trying some stuff to optimize it tonight, so we'll see if I can cut any corners or anything... though it seems to be a server issue and not a coding one. I'll just trim down any queries I still can--though I've got things down to bare basics in most cases at this point--and see how things go. The site seems to hang quite frequently after the first include, so I'm not sure what would cause that. I'm changing the forums back to the old format and maybe that'll help, plus I'll look for other stuff to streamline.
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