Today in this month’s General Chat post, Jim, he of Critical Jim fame, said “Does anyone else feel that the one map per day initiative is cluttering this site with awful maps?” and it’s certainly a valid question.
I understand that some regular users, Jason Gimba included, don’t like it and I will stop if that’s the general consensus.
I would like to explain why I’m doing and then I’ll open it up to debate. I won’t make a poll though because the numbers involved are less important that your opinions.
When I devised and ran the 100 Summer Days of Nostalgia event back in 2011, I needed a way to motivate myself and readers to update and review the older Half-Life maps. It was a huge success. I still can’t believe that I updated the site 100 consecutive days. A quick look at the page shows over 15,500 extra downloads and nearly a 1000 Recommendations.
Many of the older map and mod posts are out of date; they don’t have working download links, no review from me, no or small screenshots. I need a way to consistently update those posts. I did consider a new event but wasn’t sure if if I would have time or not.
My idea with starting the “one-per-day” post was to just see how long I could do it for before something got in the way. By not committing myself to an event, I could vary the game that each post was about and if I actually missed a day it wouldn’t be a big problem. I pretty pleased with myself that I have reached about 70 days non-stop.
Yes, posting a new map or mod on the frontpage does push stuff down. But are we saying that only good maps should be on the frontpage? I hope not. As you probably have seen, I have started posting Black Mesa releases and some of those are not great. If I update a map or mod and it doesn’t get put on the frontpage nobody will know and therefore play it. I’m not purposefully choosing terrible maps.
If I continue to post one-per-day, I will ensure that the good releases get a banner and maybe something in the footer, like I have for Jim’s Aftermath.
The PLAY archives are a fantastic way to order and reorder ALL the releases. You can even order on multiple columns making it easy to see the good maps in chronological order. These archives are why I haven’t been too worried about the new content/updates pushing down the other content.
Let’s also not forget the Complete Timeline which is a great way to see every post in chronological order. Admittedly it doesn’t contain sortable information as that’s catered for in the PLAY archives but it is the best way to see what you have missed if you haven’t visited for a few weeks.
Well, you tell me what you think and I’ll make a decision. So far, only two people have expressed a dislike for the one-per-day posting but I know that doesn’t mean only two people don’t like it.
I don’t promise I will stop doing it, but I promise to carefully listen to what you have to say.
Also, if you have any ideas on how I can update the posts without putting them on the frontpage AND still get users to play them, please let me know.