I wanted to ask for feedback on a couple of ideas I've been brainstorming related to reviews on our game pages.
First, here's my thought process:
There are tons of different reviewers out there. Some are "professionals," some are regular folks. And just as I have content creators whose opinions resonate with me more, my ears perk up the most when I listen to the opinions of everyone in our forum, especially when it's from someone I share similar preferences with. I value opinions by people I trust and people I know well, and I often find that talking with everyone here is more dangerous for my wallet than any notable reviewer out there :D
With that said, here are some of my ideas:
First, I'd like the user reviews section of our game pages to be revamped and become more prominent. And I'd like it be one of the most compelling sections that will bring people back to search for games on Board Game Atlas.
Second, we have a feature for "following" users. I think it could be cool if the reviews/ratings left by the people we follow could be more highlighted among all other reviews. I'm not sure if this is really needed though. What I'd really like to see is the following.
Finding your match. When I look through user reviews on BGG or BGA, it's typically a mixed bag. Some call it terrible, some call it average, some call it best game ever. Which makes sense, after all--we're all different. And although you can find a common thread among those comments, it's not as accessible as I'd like it to be. So what if we were to determine everyone's "match" based on their lists (owned, wishlist, etc), the type of games the user mentions often, etc? I don't know how difficult this would be, but I'd love to see a user reviews page that displays each user's match with me, where I'd see something along the lines of "nealkfrank 92% match" "trentellingsen 68% match" and so on. This would guide my decision-making process and help me focus on the "right" reviews to look out for.
What do you think? Would you find this to be a helpful feature?