Our goal is to have N4G out of Beta this fall, and we want to hear your ideas and suggestion on how we can make the site better.
We also have a few ideas for new site features that we would like some feedback on. There seem to be many different opinions about what N4G should be (or not be). So we will try to add more personalization options to the site, so that each member can create an experience which suits their own needs.
Some members complain about that there are too many rumours and useless Vs articles posted on the site. We also have a group of people who can’t get enough of them. So what do we do? The solution we have come up with is to have a BS Filter on the site, that each member can adjust to their own liking. Set the filter to High and you will never have to read another forum rumour or see another Halo 3 Vs Resistance: Fall of Man screenshot comparison ever again. Set the filter to low and you will only get rumours and Vs type articles from respected sites such as IGN, Gamespot, CVG and so on. Or you can turn it off, which should give a similar experience to what you have today.
We are working on a system where developers can be interviewed by the N4G community. The basic idea is that developers sign up for a special dev account. Then you guys can submit questions to interviews which the devs themselves have set up. Then they answer the best questions and a complete interview is generated and automatically published on the site.
Not that we have any intention of becoming Facebook for gamers, but we will study popular social networking sites to see which tools and features we can borrow to make the member section more interesting.
We might have finally found a solution to a perfect comment system. Some of you want a strictly moderated comment section, while others thinks its more fun when people are allowed to say whatever they want. The solution? Create a comment section with your own rules.
All members will be able to create Groups/Clubs (or whatever we decide to call it). Some groups will be small, other will grow big with hundreds or thousands of members.
For example. If you are a big fan of Halo you can create a group called “Halo Gamers”. Now you can decide the rules for the group, and one rule could be that you must love the Halo series to join the group. So if you want to comment on a news post about Halo 3, you can either do so in the open group, which is open for everybody, or you can start a thread for “Halo Gamers” where you can discuss the news in peace with other Halo fans.
So a news post might have several different Groups discussing it. Each group providing its own collective perspective. All visitors and members can view all the different discussions, and you can make guest posts in groups that you are not a member of yet. However, if you break their rules, they will probably have you banned from their group for good. You can also be a member of as many groups as you like.
This might sound complicated, but we have ideas for an interface which will make it easy to follow all the different discussions.
If you have any ideas for new site features, or suggestions on the features mention above, we want to hear them now. Please post your feedback in the comment section below.