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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 4:51PM (Unverified) said

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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 5:04PM (Unverified) said

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Let me be the first to say:

Thank you for explaining this!

Was wondering how all this worked since I first came to Massively from WoWinsider and now I know...

Some comments I have on commenting:

Since we have such a thing as site preferences, I would like to be able to have the option to see more than 20 comments (40? 50? 100 tops?) at a time on articles. I suppose bandwidth considerations may restrict this, but really it's text comments so I don't know if that really holds water.

Also, maybe it's just me, but I would also like to see the line | 1 | 2 | 3 | Most Recent | Next 20 Comments
...above the first set of comments as well as at the bottom. Sometimes I'm checking up on a topic and don't think it's convenient to scroll through all the ones I've already read to get to the links that connect me to lastest batch.

I will say that just having the | 1 | 2 | 3 | Most Recent | is a great improvement- implement that at WoW Insider too!!! It's a bit difficult checking up on comments in a topic at the end of the topic, and having to click through 5-6 pages of 20 comments per page.

Posted: Nov 5th 2007 5:14PM Mike Schramm said

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Oh you're welcome. Lots of people have been wondering the same thing, and that's why we wrote this up.

I'll pass your suggestions on to our designers-- they're tired after all of this Massively designing, but we'll get them back working soon. Also, the comment moderation system is due to show up on WoW Insider at some point, too, although we don't have a date for that either. The coders are, understandably, busy.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 5:24PM (Unverified) said

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Well hey, don't wear the coders out on my account :) If the ideas sound good it's just something that would be nice for whenever you can get around to it...

You guys did a great job with the Massively site, it's a very nice resource and I like the layout and features you've implemented. I'm learning more about other games out there, where I had been pretty myopic with WoWInsider as my primary source of information :D

Thanks again...

Posted: Nov 5th 2007 5:44PM (Unverified) said

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That's a fantastic suggestion, SirCasey. Those functions would definitely come in handy. Massively isn't getting flooded with comments yet except in the contest threads, but before you know it the floodgates will be unleashed and there will be plenty of moddin' down to go around.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 5:44PM epsilonorion said

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I have to agree with SirCasey. I have been trying to figure out how to control my user name since I started posting on the site. I have been a view of WoWInsider, Joystiq and everything else Joystiq for quite some time, but never commented. Massively is the first of the series that has gotten me interested in posting.

I will say, the website looks great. I am really looking forward to the insights and information you guys pass onto us. Good luck with the site and we will be watching you (duh duh duhhhhhhh). No really, great job. Thanks.

Posted: Nov 5th 2007 8:33PM xxxFRIARxxx said

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I figured this would be the proper time for me to officially register my account. I've been looking at getting a new (hopefully free) MMORPG for some time now and your site has helped me in my quest.

Not only do you update it MULTIPLE times a day (like joystiq, from whence I came) but it's "relevant to my interests"

/end meme

Posted: Nov 5th 2007 8:35PM (Unverified) said

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I got directed here from Engadget. I don't even play these games, but I am a geek and the whole phenomenon fascinates me.

I've been using your site daily and trying learn as much as I can about MMOs.

Only comment I have is that I sometimes have some trouble reading the comments. I feel that your choice of bkgd color versus text color can be hard on my eyes, even with the olive/white alternating backgrounds.

Over all, I dig it here, thanks.

Posted: Nov 6th 2007 12:26AM (Unverified) said

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Thumb update, locked and loaded for my next comment!!

Posted: Nov 6th 2007 9:19AM RogueJedi86 said

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I've had an account since Joystiq, and I enjoy the commenting system. I especially love the improvement over Joystiq with a # in front of each post, so you know which post number/order it is.

2 little issues though:

1. It's a bit of an inconvenience having to track back and find one of your comments just to click and log-in. Especially annoying if you haven't posted in a while, and end up having to make a post and click the confirmation e-mail, then clicking that new post just to log in. Could you ask the coders to set up a login button at the top right or top left of the main page, for ease of use? As is, it is a bit unwieldy and clumsy trying to log in.

2. Not a big issue, but not enough people are commenting! We need more people! Massively covers all MMOs, but the only big commenting topics are WoW-related, and the obligatory contests where people want to win, even when they don't know wtf it is they're trying to win. I've been trying for my part, to post on topics that sound even remotely interesting, including MMOs I've tried, like, or even only heard of, but we need more commenters! A balance between WoWInsider level and Joystiq level would be nice.

Those minor issues aside, I really love Massively, and I've made it my primary webincs blog, with WoWInsider and then Joystiq right behind in my hourly visits. :P

Posted: Nov 6th 2007 10:51AM Mike Schramm said

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Haha we're doing everything we can to get people commenting, but while it's easy to fix spelling errors, it's much harder to make other people do what you want them to do. I agree, the comments aren't at a good level yet, but we're working on bringing more people to the site and hitting on topics that will get people interested in commenting.

In the meantime, you all should leave an interesting comment on every post. That would be a good start. :)

Good idea about the login. I'll pass it on to the designers.
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Posted: Nov 30th 2007 6:32PM (Unverified) said

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Clarification for those wanting to setup a new commenting account.

1. Go to Joystiq and add a comment to a post.
2. You'll receive an email with a comment confirmation link which when clicked will add your comment to the post.
3. Add another comment to a Joystiq post.
4. You'll now receive a second email like the first but this time it will actually include a password at the bottom thus allowing you to bypass this email confirmation process and just comment directly on any Blogsmith site (like Massively).

Therefore, it requires you to comment twice on Joystiq before you'll receive your password (at least that's how it worked for me).

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