> I know you love this feature, but my impression continues to be that few others are
> interested in it or would use it. I agreed to make it just for you and for anyone
> else that wants it. But, I don't want to add yet-another-link-that-doesn't-get-used
> to the user interface because that has a subtle bad effect of complicating it (making
> it harder for people to find stuff they do want to use).
Id be interested to look at it.
> Generally, I think the old layout suffers from that problem badly. I think most
> users these days are happy with the way the site is and prefer that I not change
> it (that upsets them and/or they reject it).
I know you worked really hard on the new, I find myself using the old a lot, its like comfort food at grandma's I guess. it "feels" like gtz to me
I need to spend more time in new to see all the things it can do.
> As the site has matured, there are less significant new things being added to talk
> about. I guess I could mention the app, but I think that is a good example of something
> that was a lot of work, but is only used by a few people and is limited thus not
> that useful to many. That is the situation I find things in. The New Layout was
> the first sign of this lack of interest in new features, and me needing to scale
> back how much effort I'm putting into new features because they aren't appreciated.
> Or, maybe I suck and just haven't managed to make stuff people really like. Part
> of the site maturing is that you get to a point where all the "low hanging fruit"
> features have been added and other potential ideas aren't as great.
we def appreciate all the work you do! I think you're also right that with an established site like this there aren't a lot of new things to add? it works great and so many long term people still being here seems a testament to how it is loved.
> People aren't looking for new features so much these days. Just that this topic
> has had only 3 different people posting in it (1 other besides you and I) is a sign
> of that too. I don't get the impression many people even read Site_Feedback. Years
> ago, it was very different with long discussions happening here about all kinds of
> new features and such. On some level, the site is slowly winding down too. Revenue
> is steadily declining. It's hard to know the future, but most new games are going
> digital distribution (I prefer it myself), interest in trading is likely fading.
> I don't think the end is near, but I also don't think it's growing or will grow
> in the future. Keeping things going with more of a maintenance attitude makes the
> most sense to me.
a lot of people may not, but I like site feedback, and occasionly as im going through I use it to report things I see like names and merges etc.
I agree with the future assessment, I think in the next decade we may see a console that is digital only, physical media is fading, physical pc games are almost a non thing now with steam and gog, and I like digital too.
im sure there will always be a market for retro stuff, and one day the kids of today may want to recompile some of their 360 memories the way our generation does the early years of our gaming memories. that stuff may be on digital though, lol.
one day If they ever shut down the network stores for these consoles interest in the physicals could go up (which I hope they don't, I have a small fortune in the psn/xbl)
> Which is not to say that I'm not happy to add new features. The auto-complete @username
> and emoticon stuff was a good suggestion that I think many people appreciated. It
> was fairly easy to add as well. And, it wasn't the kind of thing that has a negative
> impact (e.g. complicating the UI). I just need to be more cautious about what I
> add as I've clearly made missteps in the past and have to live with them.
I love that feature, those really were great ideas.