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#1 Posted by Mike (17288 posts) -

Maybe it's due to the fact that PM notifications about topics being moved aren't working since the new site launched, but users posting every single topic into General Discussion has reached pandemic proportions...again. Please, for the sake of the mods' sanity and to help your fellow users better utilize the site, start posting your topics in the correct forums.

This is especially important if you want to discuss a certain game, or one of the new consoles. If you put it into General, it will be on the third or fourth page within hours and never seen again. Then, someone else will look in the PS4 forum to see if any has posted that new piece of news that just came out, won't see your topic because you put it in General, and now we have a duplicate topic (or more likely, duplicates) on our hands. Now, a moderator not only has to close at least one duplicate topic, but spend time drafting a response as to why it's being closed, provide links to the existing topics, and often field complaints from users whose topics have been closed down or deleted. All of this can be avoided by simply not putting every single topic into General Discussion. Another way that posting your topics and blogs in the appropriate forum can help the site is that your topics will be easily found forever. A couple of years down the line if someone is looking for topics on Hotline Miami, they aren't going to be looking on page 1739 of General...they're going to be looking in the Hotline Miami forum.

Remember that almost everyone views the forums through the Newest feed. A common misconception about the forums is that your topic won't get many views or responses unless you lump it into General with everything else. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Topics in General get lost in the fold quickly and are usually never seen again, but if you get them into the appropriate forum, users from that point on will always be able to see your thread when they go looking for topics on that subject...and since most people view the newest topics first, when your topic is new, the forum it's in is not a factor when it comes to initial exposure.

I know it sounds like common sense and I want to thank those of you that try to use the most appropriate forum for your threads and blogs whenever you can, but lately the moderators have been spending a huge portion of our time on moving topics out of General. For example, I just moved almost a third of the topics on the first page of General Discussion to other boards. This can all be avoided and you can help save us a ton of work by taking those few extra moments when you're creating a new topic. It's a different system than most of you are used to, but it does work if you would just put a little effort in. Thanks everyone.

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#2 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (7008 posts) -
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#3 Posted by Winternet (8397 posts) -

How do I Internet?

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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

How do I Internet?

Says the person whose username is 89% Internet.

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#5 Edited by gkhan (858 posts) -

How do I Internet?

You internet any way you want, kid, just as long as you sort your topics into the correct forum.

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#6 Edited by sparky_buzzsaw (7965 posts) -

GENERAL - for video games

OFF-TOPIC - For topics not related to video games.

Thanks!

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#7 Edited by StarFoxA (5261 posts) -

@winternet said:

How do I Internet?

Says the person whose username is 89% Internet.

I'm impressed, it actually is 89%.

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#8 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4385 posts) -

Q: Does a CoD: Ghost or AC: IV thread belong in the PS4 forum?

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#9 Edited by Mike (17288 posts) -

Q: Does a CoD: Ghost or AC: IV thread belong in the PS4 forum?

It really depends on what the topic is about...sometimes it could go either way.

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#10 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1849 posts) -

@mb: gotta say I'm glad you mentioned this. Although I should be more diligent, I usually end up searching a particular game's forum for a topic, and when not seeing it there I post it there. Usually that topic is somewhere buried in the general discussion. I could have searched there myself but, I guess that's the importance of placement eh?

How do I Internet?

By winning.

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#11 Posted by Lord_Xp (648 posts) -

I'm glad I'm not the only person who noticed this. It was starting to annoy me a bit seeing these random ass topics that didn't belong here. But that's never going to change no matter which internet forum you go to.

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#12 Posted by TechDemoTREX (28 posts) -

Okay, dumb question. How do blogs work? Do people just put (Blog) at the end of their topic title?

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#13 Posted by defe (326 posts) -

Okay, dumb question. How do blogs work? Do people just put (Blog) at the end of their topic title?

Nah. Hover over your username at the top right of the page. The menu that drops down should have a "Blog" option. Click on that and you should see an option to create a new blog.

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#14 Posted by TechDemoTREX (28 posts) -

@defe said:

@techdemotrex said:

Okay, dumb question. How do blogs work? Do people just put (Blog) at the end of their topic title?

Nah. Hover over your username at the top right of the page. The menu that drops down should have a "Blog" option. Click on that and you should see an option to create a new blog.

Thanks. I feel like I need a quick look video for the site.

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#16 Posted by Mike (17288 posts) -

Moving topics is currently not working, so this is more important than ever. Please, for the sake of our sanity, try to use the appropriate forums when possible and not just lump everything into General.

Thanks

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#17 Posted by Chaser324 (8080 posts) -

Re-pinning this to the forum feed as a friendly reminder.

A lot of games are already getting announced and even more are going to get announced at E3 next week - please try to put game-specific discussion in that game's forum.

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#18 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14688 posts) -

Can you post blogs to game specific forums yet? Because that would probably help.

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#19 Posted by Chaser324 (8080 posts) -

Can you post blogs to game specific forums yet? Because that would probably help.

I know that stuff has been mostly broken for the past few months, but I think it actually is fixed at this point.

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#20 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14688 posts) -

@arbitrarywater said:

Can you post blogs to game specific forums yet? Because that would probably help.

I know that stuff has been mostly broken for the past few months, but I think it actually is fixed at this point.

Fantastic! That has been a constant annoyance for the past while.

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#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -
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#23 Edited by GrantHeaslip (1869 posts) -

@mb said:

I just tried to post my MGS 3 blog to the game's forum and ran into the same empty search field problem I've been hitting for months. For a while it was possible to get it to work if you searched for the exact title of the game, but even that doesn't work anymore:

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This is on Chrome 35. The same search works elsewhere on the site.

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#24 Edited by Chaser324 (8080 posts) -

@video_game_king: @grantheaslip: It totally worked for me. Even searching for the alias of "mgs3" worked.

Have you guys tried the standard sign out/in, clear cookies/cache, etc. sort of stuff?

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#26 Posted by Chaser324 (8080 posts) -
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#27 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1869 posts) -

@chaser324 said:

@video_game_king: @grantheaslip: It totally worked for me. Even searching for the alias of "mgs3" worked.

Have you guys tried the standard sign out/in, clear cookies/cache, etc. sort of stuff?

Just tried clearing every giantbomb and cbs cookie, clearing my cache, and restarting -- no luck. I've heard this problem referenced often enough (especially by Chrome users) that I just assumed it was a known issue, especially since the new site has been janky in so many other ways. @jslack said he was working on a fix in @video_game_king's thread.

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#28 Posted by mrpibb (480 posts) -

We just reindexed again, things should be working.