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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 2:11AM Zensun said

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Question - why does my RSS reader keep getting dup postings since the site revamp?

Question - what benefit does changing the domain used to browse this site bring to its customers?

I don't care that Banana Republic is owned by Gap Inc. I don't want to see ba.gapinc.com or even gap.gapinc.com in the address bar (nor would Gap ever consider doing such a messy thing), so why do you think I want to see massively.joystiq.com?

Posted: Nov 26th 2010 2:54AM Colin said

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@Zensun

Question - How does the domain that the site is hosted at affect you at all?

http://www.massively.com still functions, it just redirects to the new domain.

There are definitely things I'm not a huge fan of in the redesign, but I don't get why the domain is such a point of contention for people.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 3:09AM Not THAT Matt said

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@Colin

Because it's a pain in the ass.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 3:18AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@Zensun

Maybe your RSS reader is pulling stuff from massively.com and massively.joystiq.com?

Dunno, the subdomain is the least of my problems with the site.
Broken comments and userprofiles annoy me most.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 3:44AM Colin said

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@Not THAT Matt

Again, how so? It literally doesn't affect anything except for what address appears in your address bar. You can continue to use the site in the exact same way.

Hell, even bookmarks were unaffected because it redirects to the proper page from massively.com to massively.joystiq.com no matter what page you try to access.

The only legitimate complaint about the subdomain change so far is yeah, maybe the RSS is messed up cause of it.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 12:23PM Brianna Royce said

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@Zensun SFAIK the RSS bug is still being worked on. It's still on the bug list we submitted, anyway, and I'm still having the same problem you are.

I'm not really sure why people are so upset over the domain forwarding either, honestly. My unofficial guess? I assume our parent company would like us to be more tightly and overtly bound, sharing resources, sharing prestige, that sort of thing. We might look big, but anyone can see Joystiq dwarfs us. This is a very good thing for us at the cost of 8 extra characters very few people will type more than once!
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 1:52PM Zensun said

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@Colin

Well, one immediate thing that comes to mind is that it allows cookies to be shared with the main joystiq website and its other subdomains.

When I go to Massively, I want to know that any cookies it creates will only be used for Massively. By making Massively a subdomain, that's no longer the case.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 1:54PM Zensun said

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@SgtBaker1234556

Nah. I dropped the old feed early yesterday and added the lovely one from joystiq. I still had a couple dups this morning. That said, I don't seem to have any dups since.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 2:04PM Zensun said

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@Colin

You've yet to answer my original question - what benefit does it bring to readers?

It's obviously an annoyance to many. It's contrary to any other website I visit. How many major websites do you browse where they're a subdomain of their parent org? Does cnn.com redirect to cnn.timewarner.com?

Please. The only benefit this brings is to Joystiq in giving them recog they wouldn't otherwise have had. I don't care how 'big' they are, they certainly never made it to my radar before.

Instead it should be obvious this change will diminish the Massively brand and makes readers wonder about what's next. Whoever made the decision wasn't thinking things through.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 6:26AM Grendel said

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Why the light-grey-colored reply-postings? They are so hard to read, esp. on mobile-devices.

Posted: Nov 26th 2010 7:27AM Hurbster said

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@Grendel

They must have shares in many, many opticians.

Seriously though, it's obvious we are stuck with this, even though the vast majority of posts on the update thread are negative.

One up for the faceless corporation I guess.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 11:11PM nathael said

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I really think it has more to do with the attempt alot of big companies are making atm to merge the mmo genre with social networking and the associated games. Look at the Blizzard battle.net fiasco a while back.
I'm willing to bet this is only the first step. With massively a stand-alone site dedicated to MMOs, it would be difficult to justify covering farmville type games on the site, but if they slowly roll massively into joystick as a whole, they might think they can roll the massively readership into that "community" at the same time.
It's tinfoil hat stuff, I know, but it makes alot of sense.

BTW, I cant get the site to work on my blackberry anymore at all? anyone have the new mobile url?

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