My idea for the current (old) Armchair Arcade

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If it hasn't been made clear before, I'd like to reiterate and open for discussion my thinking around the current (old) Armchair Arcade Website. I don't think it makes sense to convert any of the old stuff over to the new, save for some of the advertising/partnership stuff. Otherwise, we should leave the old stuff there with a link-back, somewhat similar to what is on Neo now up top. There are simply waaay too many links from countless external sources to specific pages on the old site that we'd immediately lose if it were shut down. When the new site is activated, the old site will be "frozen" from anything new on it, but will still have a persistent banner on top that will point to this new site. Maybe after x number of years we can do a full cut-over, but I'd HATE for us to waste any energy on converting old stuff over that is perfectly fine and stable as-is. We really need to work on kicking ass on the now, new and here.

As always, I'm open to discussions on this, as perhaps there's something I'm not seeing...

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Bill Loguidice
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That's the thing. Since

That's the thing. Since Armchair Arcade uses a gateway page, the current Armchair Arcade is already on a sub-node of sorts. It's not www.armchairarcade.com, it's www.armchairarcade.com/aamain . It's trivial to have www.armchairarcade.com point to www.armchairarcade.com/neo . With the old Website frozen, all the old links that are heavily linked to to specific pages will remain the same, it's just that there won't be any new content there. Visitors will come to the NEW site by default and have to purposely go back to the old one for old content. On the old site there will be a persistent banner that links to the new Armchair Arcade. I think that solves a LOT of problems without us having to worry about losing any links or bringing anything over. We should genuinely start 100% from scratch. That's my thinking.
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Cecil Casey
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I have to say that the way

I have to say that the way that comments, and replys in general here is not intutive. I am beginning to think that this is not the type of froum we want. Now if you can show that the translation will be easy for our users, then I would be willing to change my mind. But, I for one, have a problem with this interface just for administration, so I look forward to comments on how this will work for users. This seems like a great interface for blog managment, but it may not be so good for forums.

I know that we all think that the content we create is the best in show, but I submit that without easy forum access, and even more importantly, a forum interface that the supposed forum poster knows and understands. What we do is on the order of useless, without meaningful comment.

So how do we set up a forum that the users will like and feel used to using?

So far this interface is feeling totaly wierd to me.

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-Cecil

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Bill Loguidice
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Blogs versus Forums

I think it's intuitive while writing and once you get to where you want to go. I think the issue is seeing what's new and actually getting there. Otherwise these blogs seem to act exactly like a forum. We'll need a top-notch "New Comments/New Stuff" directory for this to work. We need to keep an open mind with this new paradigm until we're 100% sure it can't do what we want. The idea with starting from scratch is that we can mold the base in profound ways to make it all work as we believe it should work.

Again, adding forums is very easy, so that can be done at the last minute. In the mean-time we need to give this blogging thing a chance and think about front-end access and intuitiveness, which is lacking right now.

Perhaps it's as simple as having the editor blogs on one level of a menu and user blogs on another level, still all accessible and commentable like a typical forum. We'll see...
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www.billandchristina.com (includes Videogame and Computer Collection)
www.mythcore.com (creative development company)

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