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Old 07-24-2010, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Thoughts on reviving the forums a bit

Hey guys. Since Zopharīs Domain stuck a bit lately, I would like to hear your thoughts on how to revive the forum. Active mebers are rare nowadays and only replying to one post wonders isnīt the real thing, I guess.
My suggestion is to create a recurring Highscorecontest, similar to a contest we have on a german forum. Itīs called "ScoreMaster" and gains much fun. The rules in short: The ScoreMaster chooses a game from any System and genre. Of course, it should be a game, where you can play on Highscore. He defines the difficulty (if chooseable), Continue or not etc. Then he shows his score (image attachment) which is set as the "Masterscore". The Masterscore stays untill the current round is over. The "ScoreRunners" have two weeks to beat the Masterscore. You gain points, if you do so but also if you only join the current contest. Points are gained as followed:
ScoreMaster gains 5 points if heīs not beaten in two weeks.
ScoreRunners gain 1 point for joining the round, but the three ScoreRunners whose Scores are near to the MasterScore gain 3 points.
The badest ScoreRunner gains 0 points.
If a ScoreRunner beats the Masterscore, he gains 5 points and the ScoreMaster falls down to 3 points. In that case, all followers only get 1 point and the last one still 0 points.
After the round, the new ScoreMaster chooses a game. If the Masterscore hasnīt been beaten, the next follower is the new ScoreMaster.
An "All Time Highscorelist" shows the ScoreMaster of the year later.
What do you think about it? Is that a way to gain more activity here!?

Excuse me for my English. I tried to make it simple
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Old 07-24-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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Well, maybe, but I'm not sure that it would draw new people or not (just because people would need to find out about the place first). I tend to drop the name at times when I'm out on the Internet at large, but I'm only one person. :P
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:12 PM   #3
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Well, I agree that such a contest wouldnīt gain more members but perhaps more activity of the already registered ones or more community flavor. Itīs still one idea. Thread is also mentioned to collect some ideas on how to revive Zopharīs Domain. I know this site since the late 90s and itīd be sad seeing it dying.
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:56 PM   #4
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It's been dead for years. The only way you're going to revive it is to come up with the $75,000 it will probably take to transfer ownership to someone who's willing to put in the necessary effort to rebuild the entire thing from scratch.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for your constructive input.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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I'm just being realistic. The forums do not generate income, so it's in the owners' best interest that they remain as dead as possible.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:27 PM   #7
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schmocke: your idea reminds me of those old trading cards that came with Nintendo Power(I think) so long ago that gave like 3 different challenges for the game that was on it.

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I'm just being realistic. The forums do not generate income, so it's in the owners' best interest that they remain as dead as possible.
This is so true it's sad.

Plus this place will never make a profit, as it's a site based on hobbies. It will stay in limbo for as long as it tries to make a profit.

for my 2 cents in design:
Blog like sites make me sick. Especially instant site programs, like Druple.
I feel real fond of the pouet.net site. Yes, I know that their content is nothing like this place, but some of the options that it gives for prods is just fantastic! The rating system, comments, new uploads on the front page, top ratings, the custom search that makes it easy to find what you are looking for (and it doesn't use google), and the sort.
Fully custom made for what it is. That is exactly what this place needs for its huge database.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:38 PM   #8
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This site has turned a profit in the past and very easily could again. As for the huge database, it's not really that big and 90% of the content is useless. What it needs is a complete deletion and rebuild from scratch, data and design.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:28 PM   #9
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I have the dim feeling that youīre a confirmed pessimist instead of a realist. Sure, this site is almost dead. But we have fresh updates nearly every two days and I doubt that 90% of the content is useless. Instead of making exorbitant conclusions give us some good ideas, Mr. Realism.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:49 AM   #10
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I offered my ideas to the owner of the site. I offered to rebuild the entire site free of charge. He wasn't interested in putting any work whatsoever into the site. Nothing is going to change other than maybe the entire thing being shut down once all of the ROMs are removed from the ROM section. (If you look, you'll see that all Square & Enix games were removed several weeks ago.)
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