Unless there's something intentional about it that I'm not aware of, none of the new articles added in the 3/2 update are on the master list. That definitely needs to be fixed before they fall off the recent articles list.
Post by Discoalucard on Oct 10, 2009 18:02:25 GMT -5
As much as I want to have ALL of the content linked on the main page, it's just grown way too large for that. I whipped up this as a substitute, and made a new index that has the old alphabetical listing as a link:
As long as we're on this, can we please still have the original index somewhere, where each entry has its own little one-line blurb? I miss it so. It doesn't have to be the main, regular index - just link to it somewhere.
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There's something wonderful about the old index - honestly the new layout doesn't really suggest how much content there is. Maybe find a way to make the articles more obvious. Once someone clicks on all it's alright - but at least keep the lines as Jopho says on the ALL index page. You'll probably want "More Articles" or something at the bottom of the text also for anyone who misses it at the top.
Post by Shellshock on Oct 11, 2009 17:35:09 GMT -5
I happen to be working on an additional index for my site too, using table rows and columns, if it gives you any ideas. This is the way it looks like so far: blamethecontrolpad.com/gameindex2.htm It is loosely based on Shmups' list.
My page design format restricts me from adding even more columns for the game's year of production, genre, and name of the article in which the game resides. But maybe that's too much info...
How about using tables to better structure your list of games?
Post by Sketcz-1000 on Oct 12, 2009 16:55:03 GMT -5
HG101 has grown so phenomenally, that it's high time for an overhaul of the index. Despite having visited the site for years, I still on occasion discover an article buried somewhere. It's quite the empire that's grown. How many articles in total on HG101?
I've got some suggestions, or at least things I'd personally like to see:
1) A link at the end of each article linking to the forum's discussion topic. The forum's search isn't very efficient, and so for example I don't know if there was ever a discussion topic for Breakdown on the Xbox. I liked the article, played the game, but didn't know if it was worth starting a new topic. It's probably a bit much to retroactively do this for past articles, but it'd be nice for new ones.
2) A randomised script so that each time you load the front page, along with the new streamlined index of recent entries, there'd be a "random article" box, which randomly grabs a screen and one line of text for 2 or 3 random articles. Like... Psychic War and Graffiti Kingdom. Actually, come to think of it, I didn't realise there was a GK article on here.
3) If we have an "all" section could it be purely alphabetical and not sectionalised? Or otherwise have a proper A-Z section? As before, I don't always think to scroll right down to the bottom, so I'll miss articles listed under the "individual" or doujin sections. Something will grab my interest higher up the list, and I'll spend my 15 minutes of internet reading, or however long, on whatever it was higher up the list.
Obviously there was a time when most of the big features were about a whole series, with comparison shots, but there's so many single-game features now, and unless I'm looking for something specific, I tend to overlook a lot of them.
Aside from our articles, I was wondering if we could contribute videos of all sorts: Series, let's plays, walkthroughs, and anything else we can come up with. Who would approve if a video section was added to the site?
I think it would be a good way to append video material to articles under a common format, even if it's just the Hardcore Gaming 101 Youtube channel. But when it comes to embeds, I'd vote three times against them. Links-only would be the way to go.
As for material independent from articles, I'd say it would be a good idea to come up with something that has a distinct format that isn't seen everywhere else, since youtube is flooded with let's plays and reviews and whatnot.