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Yeah, I Like Indie Games!
2007-03-14 03:43:28

I think this is a really awesome site and wanted to make a suggestion to improve the experience.

Everytime I go to the site I end up zooming in on the Bay Area where I live and clicking on the same tabs to see who is there. I think it would be very helpful to have a note of who is new around the site and in particular in my area. Something like:

12 new users in your area (area being predefined in some way) and 5 have tagged games similar to yours!

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The gamer that runs this site
2007-03-14 16:25:04

Definitely, this is a great idea.

I'm sorta trying to design a homepage feature for NearbyGamers, to show you lots of personalized stuff. Right now the list of potential features looks like:

  • New gamers near you
  • Invite people (this is in now)
  • uh...

For now I stuck the invitation on your profile in place of the "contact this gamer" form. And I'm a bit torn, I'd sort of like to sprinkle personalization throughout the site -- so you visit the forums and you see some kind of highlighting to show which discussions you've taken part in that have new posts rather than you having a whole separate page with just the discussions you've taken part in.

I guess what I'm saying is I like this feature but have no idea where to put it. And if I put it alone... it would look really lonely. Suggestions?

Yeah, I Like Indie Games!
2007-03-23 23:35:55

So currently all of the pins in the map are orange. What if you simply color-coded them based on how recently they joined? Or kept the existing ones orange and used a second color to show "new" users since the last time you visited or perhaps new in the last week?

That would certainly solve the problem I'm seeing.


2007-04-02 14:52:29

Another suggestion to append to this:
Along with new users in my area, perhaps an ability to search for members within a given radius from my location, and present it in a easy-to-scan tabular view.

Right now, I see that there are lots of people in the Chicago-land Area. However, it gets difficult to zoom into a level where I can see the individual tags and click on each one, and then have to scroll around to see everyone. If I could just a get a list of names and what tags they have for everyone within 10 (15, 30, 50) miles (or 16, 24, 48, 80 kilometers), I can easily browse it and see if there is a good collection of people with a certain interests.


indie RPGs, victorian or 1920, one shots
2007-04-03 19:34:12

Try to get rid of obvious false tags, i.e. tags using a ";"

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