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The New Gamedev And Slew Of Journals

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Hello everyone, I woke up this morning to see snow and the brand new GameDev.net site! The entire site is taking me some time to get familiar with and I am still trying to get to grips with the updated user ratings.

It appears as if all GameDev users have blogs... which may be a mixed blessing. I appreciate the fact that giving everyone the opportunity to post a blog will perhaps provide new content and more interesting articles to read, potentially by people who did not have a subscription to GameDev in the past, however I really do wish that people would put more thought into their posts.

Today I actually saw a journal entry containing the word "ok"! I am not singling out a particular user, however such entries will eventually diminish the value of the developer journals... It is not that I think every entry is going to be a sentence, but if every new user decides to experiment with the fact they have a blog then we could quickly see a lot of first blog posts... Before this would not have been an issue due to the relative small subset of users subscribing to GameDev, but now it could completely dominate all of the latest journal posts. I for one have found the journals in the past to be filled with wonderful information... and I think paying monthly for a journal helped to keep the journals in the realm of people interested in actually posting meaningful content (I did not purchase a GameDev subscription until having been around the forums for a number of years for instance).

On the other hand there could be an increase in the number of good journal entries now that there is an increased number of journals and I definitely look forward to reading those!

I guess time will tell... maybe everyone just wanted to post a journal entry to try it out and eventually things will become more "normal". Potential fixes if it does become a problem might be to create a minimum word count for an entry!

One feature I am liking of the new journal system is the ability to attach files to my entries. This will hopefully enable me to share files with you all (such as the source in my last journal entry) without having to worry about bandwidth issues. I am also looking forward to playing around with the formatting options for the journal entries and the themes. I do wish the long title of my journal didn't appear broken under FireFox... For now I am going to leave it alone and maybe it is just a bug that needs to be fixed (the journal title was fine under the old GameDev).

Thank you for reading. My next journal entry is going to cover AI for my side scrolling platform game. In the mean time I hope everyone has fun exploring what the new GameDev.net has to offer!

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I think any worry of decaying quality of journals could be fixed by a simple rating system. Users who post junk in their journal would quickly get pushed into Oblivion, and those who put real effort into their posting should rise to the top.

That, and we could also do with some kind of "Featured Journal" system, so developers of note can get a little spot light from the Staff/Trusted community members.
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That's a good point about meaningless journal posts, and something I'm worried about also (along with the possible lack of GDNet+ revenue for the site).

One possible solution: Make it so a user can't create a journal until after he's been around for 90 days. As for 'featured journal' I think they are doing something like that, if you notice Gaiden's "Featured" journal (or is it the post itself that's featured?) at the top of the Journals page.

Also, you can always just click the heart button, and "Add journal to favorites" with all the good journals.
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You're right, there's potential for a content explosion, and we need to separate the quality stuff from the noise. We're discussing ways to help with this.
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