GameSkinny Updates April 23rd, 2014
We have some terrible news. Our developers have been working hard making fantastic changes to GameSkinny every couple of weeks (sometimes more often than that) for more than a year now, and we've never even told you about it.
Yeah, we know, that wasn't cool.
So going forward, every time we release changes to GameSkinny, we're going to announce what's new, different, and awesome. Here's our first update:
Changes on April 23rd, 2014
New article sidebar
The old article sidebar featured a scrolling list. We found that users weren't big fans of this since it could scroll independently of the rest of the page and look a little confusing. So one of our devs put together this handy list of some other articles people may want to check out, and it will change length based on the length of the article it's presented next to. Fancy!
Dashboards are fixed in Firefox
For GameSkinny contributors using Firefox, the last several weeks have been marked by a distinct lack of dashboard graphs. Our devs have fixed that, all hail the return of the graph! If you haven't been using your dashboard, you can find it under your user profile; it tells you all about how many people are reading and commenting on your GameSkinny articles.
Links in Lobby articles are automatically no-followed
This was done to discourage posting of pointless spam articles that make the Lobby less awesome and fill our editors with rage. If you've been posting spam, it's now even more useless than it was before, so stop.
Old (but Important) Updates
GameSkinny Link Search
The very best act of karma a writer can commit is linking to another GameSkinny article - their own, or another writers. With the GameSkinny Link Search tool, you don't need oracle-like knowledge of all the thousands of articles and games that are covered on GameSkinny to link to something relevant.
Why it's Important:
By adding relevant links to other authors or to your own work, you encourage readers to check out more stuff while they're here. The more we all do that, the more exposure everyone has. You get more readers, other writers get more readers, and readers find more awesome stuff, easier. Win / win / win.
How to use GameSkinny Link Search:
1. Select the text: Pick a game, common topic, news item or some other relevant bit out of your first two paragraphs, and highlight it.
2. Search for links: With text selected, hit the magnifying glass icon in your tool bar. It will automatically search on the text you've selected and return related articles on GameSkinny, all your articles, related games, tags and platforms as relevant. You can preview any of these to make sure it's what you want to link to, or change the search text to look for something slightly different.
3. Assign the Link: Just pick the thing you want to link to, and GameSkinny will do the rest!
That's all for now, but there will be more SOON (TM)
We've been carefully watching what GameSkinny readers and writers are using (and what they're not) and some big site changes are in the works to give you more of what you love, and less of what you don't
Have suggestions, feedback, or ideas? Comment! We love to hear from you.
Amy WhiteApril 29, 2014, 11:45 amFormer Editor in ChiefThanks for all the feedback everyone! I'm sharing all your enthusiasm and input with the team, and it's much appreciated.
We'll have new updates for you later this week. Expect big things :)
Delta Squad ReaperApril 26, 2014, 11:02 amCorrespondent*Thumbs up* I'm Batman and...well, keep calm and party on Darth!
Capt. Eliza CreststeelApril 24, 2014, 9:05 amContributorSchweetness!
Ashley ShankleApril 23, 2014, 10:53 pmAssociate EditorI really missed the old sidebar. I was pushing really heavily for it to come back a long long time ago. Glad to see it return!
;D Now bring me more fun stuff to play with!
Venisia GonzalezApril 23, 2014, 6:25 pmFeatured ColumnistThat is a very neat feature and will definitely make it easier.
Germ_the_NobodyApril 23, 2014, 4:23 pmCorrespondentVery cool stuff. =)
Proto FoeApril 23, 2014, 3:16 pmSenior InternI am British, and I approve of this message.
Amy WhiteApril 23, 2014, 3:32 pmFormer Editor in ChiefSince everything you approve sounds super-official as a result of said Britishness, we very much appreciate your stamp of approval.
CoatedpolecatApril 23, 2014, 1:51 pmFeatured CorrespondentI like the search button for other GameSkinny articles. Nice!
Amy WhiteApril 23, 2014, 3:31 pmFormer Editor in ChiefThanks for the feedback Greg!