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Posted: Oct 6th 2011 10:12PM (Unverified) said

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TL;DR

Hello. We are closing One Shots because a:} we were using metrics that were not relevant to measuring it's popularity; and b:} we received minimal submissions from readers and decided not to share this information until the decision to end the article was made.

Posted: Oct 6th 2011 11:48PM Chiren said

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"The reason it didnt receive "views" is because you put the picture, text and player quote on the opening page. You don't have to open it in a new tab, you don't see anything different."

QFT

and I submitted lots of pictures. .___.;

Posted: Oct 6th 2011 11:50PM JoeH42 said

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Funny, I never submitted any pictures because I figured lots of people did and my submission wouldn't have much of a chance.
One suggestion I would recommend for this sort of thing: Stop giving us a topic and let fans have a little more control over it. For example, I love taking screenshots of glitches, it would have been great to have had a "glitches" week. But even if you had had a glitches week I might not have noticed. So my screenshots sit in my folder and are only enjoyed by myself and a few friends. So maybe instead of announcing a glitches week maybe it would be more effective to just encourage people to submit screenshots of whatever they found interesting, amusing, or amazing. And if you get a lot of screenshots with a similar theme then go ahead and have a "Running naked through the enemy faction's camp" week or whatever.
I guess I'm trying to say, a little more free-form and open to submissions of any screenshot would definately encourage me to submit some rather than feeling like I had to find or make a screenshot that was "on topic."

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:19AM RedWolf said

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I liked One Shots but I didn't really click on it since you could already see it from the front page.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:29AM hereafter said

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How many people regularly take screenshots? Typically, I only do it when I have something specific I want to show someone. I don't take hundreds of shots of varying categories and keep backlogs of them in case I might have need of one someday. So if there's a week of glitches, my only hope of contributing is to find one, which isn't necessarily a good gameplay goal, especially in a game that's had most of its kinks ironed out. Maybe others take more shots than me, as a matter of habit, but even then there's the natural desire to avoid scrutiny that tends to turn a lot of folks into lurkers instead of contributors.

I liked seeing them, but I don't mourn its loss based on its troubles.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 2:15AM Interitus said

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" It is scientifically impossible for all of the people who complained about its closure (on that post and several others since then) to be regular readers of the feature."

THIS IS SUCH BULL

You showed the whole picture on the frontpage, WHY would I click the story.. what else did i need to see? Some witty remark?

But honestly, if submissions were low reduce it to one every 2 weeks or something.. You make it sound like it was so complicated..

And honestly what "news" is going to take it's place? Since last year I've seen days where we have 5 TOR articles in one day (half of them opinion pieces). Not that I don't want TOR news, but come on, overkill. I would love to see what replaces one shots. I'm sure it will be something universal that people from any MMO can appreciate like one shots was.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 5:28AM psycros said

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I never saw ANY warning about One Shots being discontinued, but then, I expect to get news about this site ON THIS SITE, not on some idiot social network I avoid like the plague. And as others have stated there was NO NEED to actually click through to the article as there was no additional content there! The readers aren't blameless, however..I suspect that, like myself, most assumed that you were probably getting tons of submissions weekly. And considering we NEVER HEARD OTHERWISE that's a pretty safe assumption, isn't it? If the staff truly was filling the void, then its nobody's fault but the editors. Its your site, guys! You couldn't have posted a, "hey we really need submissions" plea?? In any case I'll miss the screenies, but clearly it was never a priority here. Oh, and for the record I tried to submit one and the page did nothing but spit errors back at me.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 6:21AM (Unverified) said

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I have to agree here. I only clicked through if I was catching up on my android while at work. I have screen shots dating back a long, long time from many games. I also assumed mine would never see the light of day because you had too many. The guilt is your own because no one knew there were any issues with the feature. Also, your gallery script is bloody awful.

~DamnLag
Oh yeah, still Unverified. (but we just like to complain?)

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 7:41AM Seffrid said

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Time for an official response to some of the points raised here, methinks. This issue has not been Massively's finest hour.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 8:50AM Cyclone Jack said

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I never submitted, because I only take screenshots when I have a technical issue that I need to send to the developers, and once I send it I delete the pic. I also never clicked on One Shots because, as everyone else has stated, the pic and comment were posted on the main page, so there was no reason to do so.

Sounds like they just didn't want to deal with the hassle any more, coupled with the time of creating the page vs the reward of the clicks. It also sounds like they may not have had a good, reliable way for people to submit pictures, assuming their comment on the number of submissions is correct.

Am I upset to see it gone? A little, as I enjoyed the variety of pics that were displayed. I'm more annoyed that it was replaced by a column designed to entice arguments.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:23PM Nepentheia said

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@Cyclone Jack

"I'm more annoyed that it was replaced by a column designed to entice arguments. "

Absolutely agree with you on this! I stopped going to MMORPG. com ages ago and never looked back, when I discovered Massively, and just how pleasant and un-hostile this community was.

Nowadays, Massively is focusing more and more on articles and features that are presented in such a way as to specifically incite argumentative, hostile reactions instead of thoughtful discussion.

Thoughtful discussions used to be the way it was on this site but it seems as of late, Massively has been steering the community towards more trollish, reactionary and argumentative discourse.

This is a good site, and this is a good community--and both deserve better than this!
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:30PM Seffrid said

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@Cyclone Jack

"I'm more annoyed that it was replaced by a column designed to entice arguments."

I also agree with you.

Like Nepentheia I too have abandoned MMORPG.com. I'm also close to abandoning this site because of the dismissive approach of the management towards its customers, their switch from informative articles to deliberately provocative ones, and the ever-increasing bias towards bottom-end-of-the-market f2p titles.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 3:41PM Plastic said

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Not getting enough submissions? I wish somebody would have said something. I've got tons sitting around that I never submitted because I figured Massively was swimming in 'em.

How about we spam Shawn's inbox with all of these pics until he reinstates one-shots? =p

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 4:00PM Seffrid said

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@Plastic

"How about we spam Shawn's inbox with all of these pics until he reinstates one-shots? =p "

He wouldn't receive them now any more than he did before, seemingly. Their system seems to have been totally borked.

Closing a feature down because it didn't have enough hits when they structured it so it could be fully seen without a hit being made, and only complaining after the event about a lack of submissions when posters are saying they sent in masses of submissions is absurd and deserving of an official response.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 4:08PM Interitus said

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Two TOR articles about the same Friday update. These could have been combined and bam, you would have had space for a one shot. I'm excited for TOR, but do we really need a seperate article on -everything-

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