What Do You Want out of the ConsimWorld Social Website?

John Kranz asked a while ago about how to best recruit new people for the website. I'll ask an even more fundamental question. What do you want out of the website that you can't get at: (1) the regular Consimworld website, (2) the Consimworld Facebook area, (3) Boardgame Geek, (4) Yahoo! Groups on your favorite game, and (5) Individual and Club websites? The world wonders...

Bet if we know this, we can shape the website accordingly when and where we can...and that will attract new people to the website and--hold onto your hats--keep them there. As of this writing, there are 369 members...and rising. How about that....

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Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 6, 2008 at 8:30pm
I want a "page mark" function.
Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 6, 2008 at 8:28pm
I want an additional "next" button on the page selectors.

I want a search function.

I want a "listing" function.
Comment by Brian Blad on March 6, 2008 at 2:45pm
I'd like to see this stay as a site for gamers. This has the potential for us to expand the hobby. Have conversations that might not be tolerated on Consimworld. Also gives us a great opportunity to get to know one another in a more casual setting, a chance for us to share more personal information about ourselves and our likes and dislikes. This site enhances the best wargame site on the web (consimworld.com) and is a testament to the devotion of not only it's creator, John Kranz, but of those of us who love this hobby and want to see it grow and prosper!
Comment by John Kranz on March 6, 2008 at 2:26pm
Eric -- wow, you are really helping evangelize the site. If you don't mind, I'd like to offer my support, so feel free to e-mail me a draft and I'll review it and send you my feedback. Thanks for taking the initiative on this!
Comment by Eric Walters on March 6, 2008 at 12:08pm
John, I'm actually thinking of a PDF flyer or webpage someplace that has "ad copy" to attract people--when I e-mail friends I can just attach it (PDF) or provide a link (webpage) that explains all the attractions very VERY succinctly. Right now it's hard to see why the website is different...you have to spend some time to browse around and see what has been done and imagine what COULD be done.

In that vein, here's some "ad copy" based on what I've seen so far:

CREATE YOUR CLUB'S OWN WEBSITE--and anyone in your club can post to it! AARs! Stories! (Groups--clubs)

REGIONAL PLAYER LISTINGS--find other players in your area! Let other players in your area know about you and what you like to play! (Groups--area players)

INDIVIDUAL AND SERIES GAME FANS--find opponents worldwide for PBEM and virtual gameplay! Talk about your favorite games! (Groups--games)

CONNECT WITH FRIENDS/MAKE NEW FRIENDS--find players you've not seen since conventions years ago and make new ones based on common interests! (Individual personal pages and friend invitations). I think Don hit the nail on the head with his post on this score....

BROADCAST/SHARE PHOTOS, VIDEOS, MUSIC, and MORE (Individual personal pages, photo page, video page)
Comment by Don Chappell on March 5, 2008 at 10:46pm
I've made a lot of friends over the years by playing wargames. As I've gotten older (not necessarily matured), I find that the friends are becoming more important than the games. They always were, but it seems more true now than when I was a fire eater and had to win a lot.

Some of these friends, like Eric, were from FTF encounters at local clubs or just outreach. But with the advent of first conventions, and now PBEM, I find that I'm making friends at a much faster rate.

Our hobby is blessed with some pretty... ummm... unforgetable characters (as Reader's Digest would put it). Because I only see these guys (and increasingly gyrls!) infrequently I can easily put up with their foibles once a year. I think this forum will make it harder, in some respects, to be patient with some people. That worries me a bit.

However, I also know from life experience, that the more I know someone, the better the relationship is likely to be. So with the vast majority of contacts, I expect this forum to help me get to know my fellow gamers better, and thus enrich the gaming hours I do share with them.

I suppose this may sound a bit Hokey to some people, but in truth I've never been on the Virginia Tech campus, it wasn't that week, and you can't prove it anyhow!
Comment by John Kranz on March 5, 2008 at 10:04pm
I'm going to throw out the obvious out of the gate here, Eric, but then step back and see what others have to say. I think the "Groups" feature can be quite powerful in attracting invitees (you will even notice an invite feature at every group home page for this purpose). That can take the angle of a club having representation here, or a geography, or an event, or a game title or game system. You name it!

We already have a great start on game groups, etc. -- so the next step is for folks to email blast members/anyone they now who can benefit from networking here.

I also appreciate how this site gives everyone a voice -- whether it be a typical forum topic created -- or what I really like -- that everyone can be a blog author. And for those who are shy, folks can keep blogs, etc. limited to private groups or friends only, so the controls here are very flexible.

Anyway, enuf said! I'll be curious to see how others are going about getting the word out.

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