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What's wrong with PokeCommunity?

Posted November 27th, 2011 at 11:28 PM by 649

Allow me to rant for a bit.

You may have noticed that I have been absent for a while, and back but still very inactive.

I've been on another forum, .

I really liked it there, and I could only see just how bad PC was compared with those forums.

Thing is, I really like PokeCommunity, but there's just so much I'd like to see changed.

1. Other Trivia. This section is just... sigh. I really don't have any idea what's going on here most of the time, and this appears to be the only place for "games", but full of pointless "games" that require you to learn how to count. It's like we're a kids' forum! Oh wait. Is there really a need for this subforum?

2. Spinoff Games. Where the heck is the love for these games? I really want a comprehensive collection of threads detailing every aspect of some of these games, particularly PMD and Pokemon Rumble Blast. But all that's there is, some newb makes a thread asking whether a game is a good idea, and everybody disses that game and newb's like okay then. Come on.

3. Signatures. They're a pain in the neck to look at. My other forum has them limited to 500x80, with spoiler tags. If you have a lot of annoying crap, you can just shove it in the spoiler. The result is a very neat, easy to read, thread format. But here, I get page-stretching CSS that, while pretty, is not very useful and fills up space, detracting from the actual content. Of course, I have them disabled, so maybe I shouldn't complain.

4. What is there to do here? I do challenges and ROM Hacks, but I really can't see anything else to do here. I'd like to talk about pokemon, but it's difficult to, because of the unwieldy forum layout. I wouldn't even know where to start. (this is not necessarily a problem, just a question I'd like answered by many diverse members of PC).

5. Games. In the Pokemon Trivia subforum, especially. The games there are very juvenile, insipid even. I was looking forward to starting a few mafia games, but I can see now that it just wouldn't fit amidst all the babbling. Also, I'd like to see well-constructed games like Tabletop RPGs, Duels, and roleplaying with a bit more focus on mechanics.

Again, this is just me blowing off steam so feel free to hate me forever. I'm not really going to be around much for you to hate, anyways.
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  1. Old Comment
    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    1. You don't have to go there if it offends you so much. Seriously, just steer clear of the Trivia forums. I do, and as such they don't bother me.

    2. You want a 'comprehensive collection of threads', etc? Then make them yourself. They're not going to magically materialise by themselves, and anybody else who's thinking about it probably just can't be bothered. Set an example if you want to change things.

    3. Disable the- oh, wait. You have? Then what are you complaining about?

    4. I honestly can't see what you're on about here. The forum layout is quite simple, really. General Pokemon Gaming is right there, as well as separate forums for each generation/group of games. You want a messy forum layout, go to Serebii. I have to scroll for half an hour to get to the fanfiction section there.

    5. Err . . . see 1? If you don't find a forum interesting, don't go there. For example, I'm not a fan of the Other Chat forum, so I just don't visit it. As a result, I live a blissfully OC-free life and I'm none the worse for it.
    Posted November 28th, 2011 at 3:41 AM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline
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    Oryx's Avatar
    As far as mafia games, I know BinaryPeaches and Netto Azure were considering putting them in OT for a while, I'm not sure where they are on that. You should PM one of them if that's what you're interested in.

    I find your point of view interesting because over the past few days I've been visiting other forums just to see how they are and I've been greatly disappointed with all the forums other than PC. While sometimes I get annoyed by the signatures here, I found that I missed them on BMGf, which is stricter on signatures, because a glance at someone's theme usually told me who they were.
    Posted November 28th, 2011 at 5:31 AM by Oryx Oryx is offline
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    Sydian's Avatar
    2. Spinoff Games. Where the heck is the love for these games? I really want a comprehensive collection of threads detailing every aspect of some of these games, particularly PMD and Pokemon Rumble Blast. But all that's there is, some newb makes a thread asking whether a game is a good idea, and everybody disses that game and newb's like okay then. Come on.
    Make them yourself then? Be the change you wish to see. However, good luck with it. Try all you want, but people will talk about spin offs when they wanna talk about them. And unfortunately, it's not too often. Most spin offs are hit or miss with people. For me, it's mostly miss, unless we're talking about older spin offs and Colo/XD.
    Posted November 28th, 2011 at 11:18 AM by Sydian Sydian is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Semi-jumbled counter-rant for #s 1 and 5:

    For 1 and 5, keep in mind that this is a site about a Pokemon series, so the game forums will typically have a younger userbase than you seem to want (and the counting games are more popular with older members because there's a high social interaction part to them), and that many of the younger users don't have the attention span for such games, while older users often do the types of things you want to do at sites dedicated for those things or do them with people they know and see regularly offline, or have other interests or lives they are trying to pursue.

    You'd also be surprised how many of these games are staples of sections for forum-based games on forums. A counting thread is standard in almost every forum game section on every site I've ever been to, because, quite honestly, counting is quite fun for most people.

    If you want to play tabletop-style RPG games in those sections, try getting a ton of people lined up to play them, and make sure they post often, and make sure they're people willing to stay committed.

    Most people go to the Trivia sections for quick fun and general, random chit-chat, so you'd have to cooperate with BinaryPeaches to get a mafia game well publicized for Pokemon Trivia, and also cooperate with her and Netto Azure if you want a mafia game to get good exposure in Other Trivia, since, as long-time members who are fairly active, they can cover advertising the mafia game for many sections you've never bothered to post in.

    I suggest you give Pokemon Trivia's The PokeName Game a try. It was inspired by a webcomic posting on a website.

    Nothing's stopping you from posting a new game. Just make sure it's appropriate for PC and isn't already a game in existence. Although playing an actual Tabletop RPG might fit better and catch the eyes of more people who would commit to it if it were put into Tabletop Games.

    Comment on #3:
    The signature rules have been tightened over the last year to limit how wide and tall one's signature can be in pixels. If any CSS coding is still stretching your browser, you report the signature so it's called to a staff member's attention and they can check it, and if it's in the rules, you may be using either a terribly small screen or a browser with inadequate CSS support.

    We banned spoilers in signatures to make it easier for us to catch signatures that break the rules and we've put a total height limit on all signature content including text.

    So if you haven't seen any signatures in over a year here, then you should check some out.

    Comment on #2:
    The Spinoff Games just aren't as popular with fans as the main game, and, like Syd said, people will talk about them when they want to talk about them, which is usually when news of a new one comes about.

    #4: despite being unwieldy at times, I like the options for varieties of discussions at this site. Keep in mind that most large boards are quite unwieldy in there layouts, no matter the central focus, because they tend to pick up several topics of discussion over their lifetimes as they get larger. Every large board I've been to can be a bit cumbersome to navigate, and I've been to plenty of large boards over my 7 years of experience online.
    Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:27 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Also, all roleplays go into the Roleplaying Corner.

    Unless you want to go for a less serious roleplay that doesn't quite meet the requirements of the Roleplay Corner, in which case you would want to talk with the moderators of the Trivia sections.
    Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:45 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline

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