Board Game Matchmaker? Trust Level?
Please hear me out and give some feedback!
What if there was a way to "match" users with one another based on their preferences?
From being part of this community, I've experienced again and again that my interest level on a game can spike up when a user I share preferences with speaks highly about a certain game. It could also be that I've already done plenty of research about a game, and that one user could be the tipping point that makes me buy the game. It's this level of "trust" that I'd love to be able to easily see when I'm looking up or trying to buy a game.
So what do you think about this feature? I'm thinking we could have @trentellingsen compare users' owned/played lists and their ratings, so that we can obtain the level of your "match" with another user. I'm thinking this could serve in various ways:
- Fun metric - I'd be so curious to see how my tastes closely match someone's or how different we are from one another. More than anything, it will be fun!
- Inform your buying decisions - I always check out user reviews before I buy a game. But, unless it's an indisputable work of art, the chances are that opinions will vary dramatically from person to person. Having a match % next to the reviews could help out with this so that you can filter out the opinions of those who match closely with you. At the same time, maybe you'd be interested in the thoughts of those with a super low match %... and be aware that the game may not be what you expect?
- Discovering who to follow - We're redesigning the Discover page to make it more fun to check out content creators, publishers, designers, artists, and others you might have missed out on. Seeing a high match % (or a low one) with a content creator could be an additional push to follow their content. It could also serve as a push for you to follow a user in the forum, so that you can get updates on what they're up to.
Let me know what you think!