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For a while we suffered from a lack of GDNet-submitted images, and had to switch to sourcing the IOTD (Image Of The Day) from the #screenshotsaturday twitter images. I'd say this has to all appearances been very successful, but somewhere along the way we seem to have lost in this transition is the ability to comment on the IOTDs. And I'm sad about this, because my experience was that some of the liveliest discussion threads on the old GDNet were around the IOTD galleries.

 

Now, I'd love to reboot that lively discussion, but having the images sourced from twitter presents some complications - primarily, the fact that the creator of any given IOTD image may or may not have an account here on GDNet. I'm worried that the image's creator may not know that the image is being commented on and discussed on our forums, and may not be able to respond and/or defend himself if the discussion turns unpleasant.

 

This doesn't have to be an insurmountable problem:

  • We have fairly aggressive moderation of abusive comments across the site (would you agree?).
  • We have twitter login integration, so any twitter user should be able to login here (does it work? I've never tried).
  • We could potentially tweet back a reply with a link to the discussion here (might be construed as spam?).

So I guess my question is: what do you all think about this?

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To be honest, I rarely check the IOTD anymore. If I'm looking for screenshots I just head over to screenshotsaturday. I remember the time where all IOTD images were from GDNet members, they had people commenting and showing interest. I also remember that giving some background info or a description was important in getting others involved, which is why I think adding the ability to comment isn't going to add much to the liveliness.

 

I guess Developer Journals come closest to the old IOTD, but I haven't gotten into the habbit of checking those out, nor am I very interested in doing so. Not sure if that is because I've changed, the concept is slighly different or that the way they're presented is different.

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If a member who has their screenshots on the site logs in through twitter it will automatically re-assign those images to that user account.   We are looking to make some additions to this that should be pretty good..  in particular this area:

 

http://www.gamedev.net/page/indie/index.html

 

Let's say you post a project:

http://www.gamedev.net/page/indie/project.html/_/strategy/the-mims-beginning-r20

 

All your screenshots will also be posted to the Screenshot Showdown simultaneously and linked back to the original project.   See this example, which includes a special project box that details the specific project that screenshot is related to.   If the image is picked up by Twitter only you won't see that.

 

http://www.gamedev.net/page/showdown/view.html/_/the-mims-beginning-r21009

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I keep forgetting the "Projects" / "Indie Corner" area even exists. Apart from knowing the URL in the first place, how are you really supposed to navigate to it? Its discoverability seems really low.
 
At the very least, shouldn't it be in the "Community" tab on the header menu? Instead, all I see is a gallery (that I also didn't know existed), that apparently is hit by spam bots. 

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I keep forgetting the "Projects" / "Indie Corner" area even exists. Apart from knowing the URL in the first place, how are you really supposed to navigate to it?

It's not finished yet, so we haven't added it to the site navigation yet. smile.png

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