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After enjoying the little [+] expand button to read posts on the feed page I've taken the same idea and added it to the forum page! It's in a slightly different position (next to the comment count) since that better fits the visual hirearchy of the page.
At @philryuh's request I've created a most dangerous page. An overarching "Deals" page which for now combines all our deal related pages (historic low, clearance, <$20, price changes) into 1 page where you get a cool view of the games and on desktop a nice little side panel on the left showing all the price changes.
Venture in if you want a lighter wallet: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/deals
I was looking through the feed yesterday and felt slightly annoyed that I have to click on and wait for the posts to read the post that someone wrote. I didn't want to have to wait so I added in a little [+] button thing that functions in a similar way to the thread hidding feature. If you find a post in the feed and click that button it will show the post! You can hide it again if you want though.
This has been a feature I've been wanting a long time. @indigopotter continues to do a good job to make the front page of www.boardgameprices.com interesting by rotating the highlighted game lists and I wanted an equivalent page for this site!
I've just finished it off and it's under the discover tab but here's the quick link: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/discover
One of the cool additions to the basic structure of creating a highlighted list and linking to its game is the quick links section on the left side (Desktop Only) which shows off the rolling list of games as they're mentioned in comments using the # system. You can hover to see game info, click to go to the game page, or click the little message icon to go to the comment and read where it was mentioned!
Let me know what you think! Is there a cool discover idea you have that I should consider adding to the page?
Like I mentioned in the last post we now have new ranked pages for Publishers and Designers. I've moved those into a new drop down on the top bar called "Discover" and added in ranked pages for Mechanics and Categories as well.
There's one more page that I'm in the process of making that will go in that dropdown which will have a rotating set of game lists to help discover new games. I'm hoping to have that done on Monday so I can finally move onto some good server work that I orginally had planned for 2 months ago.
One other change I'm considering making is allowing users with a certain level on the site to help input more critical data like publisher descriptions, images, etc rather than just the admins. Would anyone be interested in helping with that?
I've just spent the last 3 days creating a new set of pages to look at all the best publishers and designers. The rankings are determined by looking at the game ranks of the games in each publisher's or designers catelog of games to determine their placement.
The minimum requirement to become ranked was at minimum 10 ranked games for a publisher and 5 ranked games for a designer.
I'm still adjusting the metrics and wanting to be able to represent more information but the pages are live under the games drop down! Let me know what you think.
Popular Publishers Page: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/publishers
Popular Designers Page: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/designers
Since @philryuh is starting to really crush it, in terms of getting partners and publishers to notice our site, we're beginning to lose track of all the giveaways and wanted to make sure everyone has a chance to win some great games. So! I've built a giveaways page and updated the right side bar giveaway section to show the top 5 newest giveaways that get added.
The page is linked in the "Deals" dropdown since I felt like that was the most appropriate section out of anything we have.
One BIG thing is that anyone can add a giveaway to this page. So if you see one you'd like to share with the community just go to the giveaways page and add it in so we can all see it (I want to win some giveaways too, haha)!
I've been working on a revamp of the page that shows off the results for a specific type of results. If you use the search bar and look up "Worker Placement" or "Children's Game" or "Stonemaier Games" or "Jamey Stegmaier" and select the suggested search, then you'll be presented with a new page showing off the games in a new style as well as other related information (similar to our new search).
This is a new way I'm trying out announcing a feature that I've been working on. Let me know if you like or not. If it gets enough views/shares I'll continue to show off the major features in this way.
@philryuh has been asking for this feature for nearly a year now and it's finally here! If you hover your mouse over a user's profile avatar or username it'll show some quick details for them! You can follow them, start a direct message chat, and see their level!
What is a user's level you may be thinking. It's a bit underused but the data for the feature has been in the website for a long time (since the coin system was introduced) to have a way to indicate how much a user posts, comments, contributes to the wiki, and other things. Coins can be spent but levels can't so it'll always represent your contributions! You can see a little more info about it on your profile page.
Edit: I'm also now working on a preview hover for games!
I'm more excited about this than I probably should be because no functionality is different and I didn't add anything. It's more of a feeling that's changes where we swapped out the upvote arrow for a like button. Without a downvote it really was functionally a like button and it also looks nicer.
The way cool thing though is the thread collapsing button that has been there for 6 months but just in a weird spot. Now it's better! Take a look if I click this little [-] button.
The thread has 4 nested comments. If I click that button then it collapses and says how many nested comments there are!
I've also move the like button and count next to the reply button which makes more sense to have all the ways to interact with the comment in the same spot.
In case you didn't know. When you make a post on the forum, there's a small link that says "write a full article" which changes how your post will display which makes your content look like a full fledged blog post and comes with some additional functionality (like embeding a video).
This feature has been used primarily by @philryuh and @indigopotter as their primary article writing tool but frankly it was broken in a lot of ways and I was embarresed that others were trying to use it.
But those days are over and the new editor has been completed! It's built using the same tech behind the new comment/post box that I published a couple days ago so you get the power of autocomplete in the article as well!
If you're participating in this week's weekly challenge, then feel free to try out the feature if you want a fancy looking post!
Phil and I took a deep look at all the things of the website and came up with an IMMENSE list of things to clean up and fix. There've been a lot of them that I've done that cleaned up the look and feel of various pages and elements like the top search bar (especially on mobile) but the biggest noticable change is the text box for posts and comments! What do you think of it?
We've just created a partnership with a great store called Meeple Source who create a lot of really nice upgrade components for games and so we're now showing the upgrades and related products to each of the games they support! You can see the new section below the forum portion of a game's page. Here's a couple examples.
We'll be adding more in the future but wanted to see what you think!
Earlier this week I finished the code to develop a ranking system to show off the "best games of all time" and every game search features the game's ranking. I've now completed the work to create a list of "Trending games" which are also ranked. The focus of this list is essentially to find the games that people are excited about right now and will change at a higher frequency from the "best games of all time" list.
The set of data we collect to generate this list is similar to the info that generates our ranking but there are 2 key differences. The trending data set is a rolling 7 days set of data and focuses more on page visits (now including boardgameprice.com page visits) and game mentions in comments.
I'm also tracking changes over time and will come up with a way to use that information in the future. What do you think of this list? Are the games you expect there? Are there ones missing that you thought should be trending?
I've done a small change here but there's apparently been a bug where trying to select a "minimum" number of players wasn't correctly working and is now fixed. Along with that bug fix I've swapped the design of the selection of that and gameplay time to drop downs to not take up unnecessary visual space. What other filters or search criteria would you want to see added to the game search area?
As a bit of context, when you used to go to the game search results and order it by 'popularity' this list order has historically been created by scraping reddit comments looking for games labeled in bold and then tracking it all and showing games in order of how many times they were mentioned over all time (since I started tracking in Dec 2018).
This was meant to be a stop gap until we had enough data to generate our own list and today is that day! We've developed our own proprietary system that uses data including game page visits, the game lists, play logs, mentions of games in comments, linking to games in forum posts, game ratings/reviews, and a few other criteria that comes into consideration for a game to get it's rank.
We spent about 3 days fine tuning the algorithm and will continue to do so over time but it feels like a great start. You'll now notice that in the search results you'll be able to see a game's rank as well as on the game's page too.
I'm currently working on creating an improved "trending" system as well as a "discover" system that we'll hopefully be launching soon!
The title really explains it all. If you take a look at the front page, I've now added a section where it shows the top 30 posts from the feed and reduced the amount of top forum posts to 6. I'm hoping that this can give a good look into the various parts of the site. What do you think?
If you've logged plays you've likely noticed that it saves the date as 24 - 41 hours before the date you input. Now it's correct and you can specify the time if as well if that matters to you :D
I've attempted to make this change a few times and it turns out 3rd time is the charm! You can now type out multiple words to match the game or user you're trying to tag with the @ or # symbol!
You may or may not have noticed a new link in the top bar called "Feed". This is a new page for the website where we aggregate a list of all the comments, posts, and plays of the users of the site! It defaults to showing everyone's contributions BUT the exciting part of the feature is that if you follow other users, you can filter it to only show the activity of those users!
This feature will have some additional things getting added to it this week like
- Convenient way to follow more users
- A comment/like system for play logs
- A view for individual user feeds that will be a part of the profile
Potential other areas to grow it are to show user reviews and when games get added to lists so that you can further engage with the people you follow on the site.
Try it out and let me know what you think! https://www.boardgameatlas.com/feed
I can't remember where or by who this was mentioned, but someone was looking at the search and sorted the games by score and noticed that most results were expansions for games and wanted to filter them out. That is now an option! If you look at the filters section you can see a new checkbox under the playtime.
You may notice that there are games that are expansions still showing in the results. That means that they haven't been connected to their base game yet and needs to be connected. You can do that yourself if you'd like since this database is a wiki style community supported one. Just go to the base game page and then scroll to the "expansions" section and click the + sign to add in the expansion game page's link and it'll connect it up!
We've gotten the permissions of many cool publishers and IPs to have amazing avatars on the site. However, the list of available avatars hasn't changed for several months and it's not because we haven't got new ones to put in, it's simply because I've been working on other stuff so there's been a backlog of new ones to add. So I've built in a tool for @philryuh to input them all in himself since he's the primary contact for getting those permissions anyways so look forward to new avatars getting added in the near future!
Also, if you own the rights to great Board Game IPs that you'd like to give permission to BGA to display as avatars to help promote your game feel free to send @philryuh a message about it.
Some of you may have noticed when searching for things like a publisher's name or just in browsing the data of the website that sometimes a publisher is entered into the system with different spellings and then it makes the search a worse experience because they are listed in different spots.
I've just created some tools for our admins to ensure that the data is higher quality and able to be searched better!
So I've upgraded the search system for board game names specifically to handle international characters and not caring if words are pluralized or not so hopefully you'll get better and more accurate search results!
So you may or may not be like me where after you play a game for the first time you want to log a play and leave a review of the game before you get the information and what you thought about it. Now when you go to log a play for a game it will check if you've ever left a review before. If you have left a review, then everything functions as usual, but if you've never reviewed the game it'll ask if you would like to!
It's a nice convenience so you're not jumping around and plus it helps out grow the database of user information that people care about.
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