Just gave it a whirl. Kinda interesting. I personally don't like a lot of these X vs Y minigames, and instead just like to look at eye candy. Anyway, here's my thoughts:
Understood. I think for this to work I'd have to actually make a game out of the X vs Y minigame since it does need a pretty constant feedback loop to work.
I'm wondering if IOTD could be less "formal" kind of like #screenshotsaturday, where users post screenshots of what they're working on with a very minimal explanation. Then GameDev.net cycles through this posting "feed" on the front page. With today's IOTD, all I really want is to look at the screenshots, and if they interest me enough (along with maybe a very small explanation), provide me with a link to a blog post/video/whatever where I can read more about what the images are about.
Do you think it's a bad idea to get behind that twitter feed? It does serve the same purpose and is pretty established. One of the other things I'm doing is that if you link your twitter account here with your profile it will automatically associate each image you post with your Gamedev.net account.
I don't know much about that Twitter feed, as this thread is my only introduction to it. I don't think it's a bad idea, but I don't have a Twitter account (and I really don't want to make one). Would there still be a way for me to add to the GameDev.net feed?
Then bump up the "formal"-ness of Your Announcements, so it's kinda like IOTD is now (but not really based around screenshots). That is, make it so Your Announcements isn't just a forum where you make a normal thread (that typically ends up being dry, a wall of text, or just overlooked), but where things are kind of a bigger deal.
I'm not sure I'm following you on this one.
What I mean is you get lots of posts like this one and this one. It's kinda like "I want to show this off and announce it, but it's kinda awkward to do that in a thread post (unless you're a ninja with formatting and everything) and it isn't layed out or formatted nicely." Look at how most of the people are using Your Announcements. They're using it kinda like the IOTD. Why not give some kind of posting-template to Your Announcements that makes it prettier, a bit more formal, and easier to read/follow. I don't think the current IOTD template can be copied and applied to Your Announcements, but some ideas can be taken from it. But also, people come back and post updates in Your Announcements, and I think there should be some way to differentiate project updates and regular posts/replies in the thread (so the OP can respond to a few replies, and then later post an update that actually looks like an update and not just another reply by the OP).
On a side note I have modified the showdown so that you get +1 participation points for every 5 Showdown matches you complete.
Personal request: make floorcaek something you can "unlock" (and integrate some old GameDev.net memes in the rewards/quests).
floorcaek, mountain climbing and horses, rhino, the "magical black theme" badge that gives you productivity x 2.. what other memes can you think of?
I'm wondering too if I could let people gamble their points away.. if a screenshot gets a minimum number of votes then allow members to have a set "wager" of points and they can see if they choose the one the community thinks is better. If they win they get points, if they lose they lose their points. I dunno, some definite weird possibilities with this.