AA Membership Drive

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Matt Barton
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I have a few questions for you guys. I was recently over at Kairosnews posting about a class project, and someone asked me how to get more members or participation on their site. So, I started thinking about it and came up with a list, which you can read in the comments there.

However, I wanted to ask you guys a few things to see how you felt about them.

1. Do you activity participate on other forums or game-related sites? If so, do you ever mention AA? If not, why not? If so, what kind of things do you tend to mention?

2. How do you feel about the concept of a "power user" here; some sort of special category of membership. Perhaps this could come with perks such as being able to turn off advertising on the site or free signed bookmarks. If you were a "power user," would you feel compelled to mention that in your signature lines on other sites or perhaps in your emails? What if we made a "badge" for you that you could copy/paste in other places?

3. What made you want to join this site and be active on the forums?

Thanks for your time; my main purpose here is just to think about these questions, not to come up with a definitive solution or anything, so please feel free to brainstorm or ramble as much as you want.

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Mark Vergeer
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My answers

1. Do you activity participate on other forums or game-related sites? If so, do you ever mention AA? If not, why not? If so, what kind of things do you tend to mention?
Well I am active on Youtube and before that I used to be on retrogamingradio a lot - for a long time just lurking. Now and then posting. Mostly just reading. I am not well known there so I keep a low profile.

2. How do you feel about the concept of a "power user" here; some sort of special category of membership. Perhaps this could come with perks such as being able to turn off advertising on the site or free signed bookmarks. If you were a "power user," would you feel compelled to mention that in your signature lines on other sites or perhaps in your emails? What if we made a "badge" for you that you could copy/paste in other places?
A power user? This seems to be nothing more than the old - co-editor thing you guys offered me way back when the site was still but a wee baby. It could work but again it could not.

3. What made you want to join this site and be active on the forums?
I was coming over from retrogamingradio at the time and found this site to be easy accessible and very welcoming, I started posting and felt like I was in the midst of like-minded people. I sure do miss the old site a lot. Yet I've grown accustomed to the new site as well.
Matt and Bill are people who I consider to have become my friends over all these years that we've been working on the site. Matt and Bill as the owners and myself as an active participant. A lot of good things have arisen from the site. These days I find myself distracted with retrogaming related youtube videos but I need to balance that out more. The in-depth communication on forums and this site is very appealing too.

The site as it has been transforming was something of a user platform and we did have a thriving forum for a while. Then that changed and it was just us creating content without much interaction and still people picking up on the stuff we did. We've tried more interaction in the past but that didn't work due to lack of interest but perhaps now is a good time to introduce some of the suggestions right above my head made by Stede. Would be excellent to do more media combined with our articles and forum posts. It would also be good do so something more in depth like a discussion on video if people are interested. All that stuff of course takes way more time and we are just the three of us. So if people are willing to participate and expand our group mentioned in the 'About us' page that would be great!

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1. Do you activity

1. Do you activity participate on other forums or game-related sites? If so, do you ever mention AA? If not, why not? If so, what kind of things do you tend to mention?

1. Mostly Commodore 64 related news groups, nothing else.

2. How do you feel about the concept of a "power user" here; some sort of special category of membership. Perhaps this could come with perks such as being able to turn off advertising on the site or free signed bookmarks. If you were a "power user," would you feel compelled to mention that in your signature lines on other sites or perhaps in your emails? What if we made a "badge" for you that you could copy/paste in other places?

2. Whatever I need to do to support the site.

3. What made you want to join this site and be active on the forums?

3. Collecting vintage games ... I want a collection like Bill :-)

SUGGESTIONS.

1. monthly radio program. Video is cool but a monthly radio program like Retro Gaming Radio would bring in more fans.
2. interactivity. How about a monthly IRC chat? monthly gaming challenge where we try for high scores?
3. how about ways to find deals instead of using ebay? Game swaps, etc.

Just my two cents,

Stede

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reasons

1: Yes i use other forums, far to much (byproduct of an IT job, many hours in front of a PC). Mentioning AA, I would hate to bring in the riff raff that I see out there unto this site :)

2: no opinion, as long as the site is functional and stays as clean and clear as it is, Cnat see a negative.

3: The easy question to answer. I havent been very active, but I do read (and watch) here most every day. I cant rember where I got the link for here (BYOAC maybe?). The reason i stay, like minded people on video games. I have yet to see the unfortnate forum trolls that are on most boards. The active posters here put some effort into replies and seem to care about the topics. Basicly you guys seem to enjoy what your talking about.

As for more members, i think thats about content. I would say put a story up about hateing some system or game (halo hate would get you a ton of hits! angry fanboys for the win) but the traffic that generates isnt the kind anybody but sites looking to make money wants (so bad idea). I found you from a story you did linked elsewhere. Simply your content would/does help bring in people. Maybe look at some info on more current stuff (I know, million sites that do it, but maybe a look at modern games from a "long term game lover" view (I mean you are old , you been playing a long time). Maybe some low key games, the "i didnt know" games. They seem to have a somewhat hard core following and google (I find more interesting stuff with searchs then I do on forums anymore) will bring them your way.

I enjoy the site, quite frankly am suprised all the stories/videos are entertaining (everybody rubs somebody wrong, but so far none of you have come off as anything but genuinely enjoying what oyu are talking about, big + in my book). I wish i could do more to keep you guys strong, bought the book, enjoyed it too. Keep it up. (ok suck ups, even ones that I honestly mean have to end).

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1. I'm not on other forums,

1. I'm not on other forums, but I do use Twitter, & intend to link back here when there are articles of interest to my followers.

2. Don't really know the purpose of power users. They can be handy in large forums where you need moderators to weed out the morons.

3. It's been several years and I don't remember how I found this place. Glad I did though.

Been wondering what an iPhone app for Armchair Arcade would look like... Seems fairly straightforward to use your RSS feeds & Twitter updates. Can also tie in Facebook. I actually would build such a thing just for myself.

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Ads aren't an issue for me -

Ads aren't an issue for me - hardly noticable.

I sometimes post on the Edge magazine forum which can be a bit of a bear pit. I occasionally post on Atari Age, SegaSaturn.co.uk and Monroeworld. I have written some Saturn reviews for segasaturn.co.uk

Overall though I don't post that much anywhere any more.

re more members : I'd worry about attracting too much attention as you tend to get idiots trolling everyone.

Bill Loguidice
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Super Users
Matt Barton wrote:

The power users can attach files to posts and upload whatever images they want. That's about it for now. I wanted them to be able tp post to the front page but there doesn't appear to be an easy way to do that.

Now THAT'S a nice feature. I'd really love it for those without their own blogs with something to say to have an outlet here, particularly since we now no longer have any restrictions on uploads. We got over 22,000 unique visitors last month, which I realize are not boffo numbers, but still not too shabby.

I assume the only way to let super users be able to post to the front page would be to make them admins, and no one seems to want that. No big deal, really, as one of us is usually on in a reasonable timeframe to promote posts.

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Matt Barton
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The power users can attach

The power users can attach files to posts and upload whatever images they want. That's about it for now. I wanted them to be able tp post to the front page but there doesn't appear to be an easy way to do that.

Funny that you were able to click the ads anyway--guess I didn't have that configured right anyway.

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Matt Barton wrote:

1. Do you activity participate on other forums or game-related sites? If so, do you ever mention AA? If not, why not? If so, what kind of things do you tend to mention?

Answer: No. AA is all I post on, or even read, unless there's some gaming news to be read elsewhere. The reason? AA is enough for me; posting on other sites is redundant. I spend enough time here participating. The other sites will take up too much of my time.

Matt Barton wrote:

2. How do you feel about the concept of a "power user" here; some sort of special category of membership. Perhaps this could come with perks such as being able to turn off advertising on the site or free signed bookmarks.

I have no opinion about that. Others might like the concept of "power user," but as long as I can read and post messages here, I'm happy. I couldn't really care less about "badges," elite rankings, or special privileges over the newer posters.

Ok, I guess that is an opinion, so I guess I can elaborate on it. I think the "power users" should be the site administrators, and everyone else given general (but generous) privileges within reason. I think "registered" users should get privileges over the "hit and run" non-member posters, but I think that's already the case anyway. Even there, the occasional anonymous or unregistered posters often contribute some interesting messages.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: I like it the way it is.

Matt Barton wrote:

If you were a "power user," would you feel compelled to mention that in your signature lines on other sites or perhaps in your emails? What if we made a "badge" for you that you could copy/paste in other places?

Compelled? No. But if I posted on another gaming site, sure, I would probably do that whether I was a "power user" or not. Emails: not really, since I don't send emails to others who would be considered "gamers." As for a "badge," I don't know what that is, but I suppose I could do that.

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3. What made you want to join this site and be active on the forums?

In my case, I followed you guys over from the Monroeworld forums. I was intrigued by what you were doing. Monroeworld was a great forum, but it was mostly designed to service the "retro radio" show they were producing, which produced conflicting interests and controversy (which you already know about, so I won't rehash). AA has been more broad-based and flexible, and I don't feel like I'm stepping on the toes of the hosts here if I post a review of something here. I think it's to your credit that you guys have managed to keep the forum open and flexible, despite the fact that you guys have (or are working on) several professional gaming-oriented projects between you.

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By the way, I disabled advertising for our "super users," Michael McCourt and Rowdy Rob.

That doesn't make much sense. If I'm not mistaken, the ads pay your bills here at AA. I've never seen an obtrusive ad here, so why disable them? I hate ads that pop up and block the page I'm trying to read, but other than that, why shoot yourselves in the foot. Heck, I just clicked on every ad on this page just to make a point. :-) Yay, Capitalism!

By the way, I wasn't aware I was a "super user." What's a super user? I think I already made my point on this in my "power user" comments above?

As for getting more activity on a site or attracting attention, I have no real ideas there. I've seen other sites (and even BBS's back in the day) try just about everything short of giving away money to generate more activity, but I don't think much seemed to have worked.

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Matt Barton
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I've been trying to think of

I've been trying to think of ways to get more fresh content on AA as well. I think Twitter was a step in the right direction, since any of us can do that in only a few minutes per day. I'm wondering, though, how best to integrate it. The badges and such I tried didn't work out to well, and I'm not sure what other options there are. I could just take those Twitter RSS feeds and plug them in like I did below. There might be a way to mix up the twitter updates with regular blog posts here, though I'm not sure that's a good solution (might lead to clutter).

Maybe the best thing would be to cut out the RSS feed blocks below and just replace them a Twitter feed that receives our Tweets. Maybe we could put it on top or on the side somehow...

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Bill Loguidice
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Fair enough
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That's a thought, Bill. I thought I would be able to make showing those blocks *optional* for super users instead of an all or nothing situation, but guess it's not that way. I can disable it for user roles.

I suppose I can't argue with allowing "super users" to turn off the blocks by going through the maneuvers themselves. That would then be their decision not to see the deals of the day and what-not.

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