The official social platform for ConsimWorld
If we want to find a new home, away from our old home, we need to start some discussion and traffic don't we? The main difference betwween BGG and here seems to be less numbers, less discussion and less verbiage. I'm proposing to generate some with this: What makes CSW better than BGG? - discuss.
Part of it is that while things sort of appear that they are based upon the group level, I think the focus is actually at the individual level (I guess it is by desgin, but haven't looked at the quirks of Ning's software... so it is really just an educated guess).
I get the impression that the content is sort od directed towards each members' friends list as well as the content that they add individually- and the idea may be that friends, colleagues and associates/acquaintances are sort of encouraged to follow along and then the content gets built from there.
I don't want to come off as someone on a soapbox- as what I am saying is intended as anything but that; I have next to no experience with social networks myself (BGG and here are about as close as it gets for me)... I have no inclination to do anything on Twitter or Facebook -and really haven't much of an idea what they are for apart from people wanting to maybe play Farmville (or maybe full contact Bejewelled -who knows? )
It's been a big learning curve for me -and sort of like learning while doing... still doing it ... still not proficient at it here.
I fit in content as I can manage ... and judging by my lack of contributions lately ... it says it all atm :D
The forum here is difficult to use. It's hidden away, with most conversation (as at CSW proper)
tucked into groups.
Unfortunately, we don't have a good way to try and integrate the two web sites (forum and social network). This is really a blank canvas which members can shape as they wish, as Peter mentions below. We do see updates to the social software made fairly regularly, so we will check if any new functionality comes that will help organize things a bit more to your liking (I like the thumbs up/down idea).
At present, we are gearing up for a forum upgrade (so the forum will be down for a few days starting Wednesday morning), and if the upgrade goes well, we will then be looking to roll out some new features over time. This social site is separate and will remain available during the upcoming forum outage.
Let me also add that I never look at BGG as an us vs. them situation. BGG has been marvelous in supporting the gaming industry. Hopefully most will agree there is room for both CSW and BGG.
"Let me also add that I never look at BGG as an us vs. them situation. BGG has been marvelous in supporting the gaming industry. Hopefully most will agree there is room for both CSW and BGG."
Right now my focus is on CSW Forum enhancements that are long overdue, beginning with the software upgrade starting this week and then enhancing services/updating the look, etc. afterwards. I'm sure I'll cross the bridge you mention at some point, however...
I like BGG better in many ways. Thumbs up, geek gold, personal game collection, replay postings, threads zooming to the latest posts, personal alerts for subscriptions on the page rather than via e mail (too clunky) etc. All these things are pretty cool on BGG. However, I got left with a bad taste in my mouth over there. While I'll use it for the game database, not sure I'll be supporting it for a while. So...we are left with this new CSW blank slate. That's a nice thing to have anyway. I think we should use it as much as possible and get it how we want it. It might just be that another couple of hundred users will turn up here this year...
"Let me also add that I never look at BGG as an us vs. them situation."
In terms of sites, sure. Many of us have wandered over here though, precisely because
we felt that no longer is a site willing to support what we need/desire. CSW social has
been very very quiet, and maybe the influx will help it reach the mass it needs to really
I like having all the washed masses of non-wargamers (ok - I guess I'm just
assuming here - but to be fair, the RPGers seemed none too clean - maybe
all boardgamers are this way) within spitting distance. Makes a llama feel
I need to take the time to get used to it over here. Currently I am just sort of popping in briefly and then popping back out. On the surface I am finding the interface a bit clunky or rather not intuitive. Then again, I probably thought the same when first on BGG. I am having trouble finding threads.
Hey Enrico...there is a post over on BGG wondering where you are. The are pining for you....pining I say!
Feel free to tell 'em.
first things first is there an easy way to add friends? The stream is fine for now.
I love blank canvas lets paint.