I was looking at IFDB’s front page, and it occurred to me that the rate of review posts is so high that new games are usually on the front page for less than a day.
Reviews are great, and IFDB is certainly set up to encourage them, but spreading awareness of new games is at least as important as spreading awareness of the reactions to them. It might be nice to have a separate feed of the five or so most recently-submitted games on the front page as a feed separate from the reviews; that way they might linger a week or more on the front page.
Game news announcements could be on the same feed as the games themselves. Competition pages could be, as well, though it might be useful to have the most recent competition be on the front page at all times, as a way of bringing attention to them (and the games in them), as well.
If IFDB did split reviews and games, would people prefer side-by-side (on desktop, at least), or ‘stacked’? And if they were vertically stacked, would you prefer to have games first or reviews first?
If there was a change to add a game-only feed, it would be nice to have an option that displayed cover art for the game feed.
For my personal opinion, I feel like I’d need to see it first to see how it feels; it could end up being really cluttered to have both games and reviews or make it hard to find one or the other. I wonder if someone could do a mockup? I might try messing around with some html to see what it would look like.
Ìch send weekyy digest by email. (Thx again @Warrigal for poining out seedcomp making te highlights recentl). They curate what’s ther, due to how bigitch is, but ifdbd wouldn’t have that problemm.
Tl;dr: I could see people wanting ti subscribe to aroughly weekly amd/or monthly ifdb newsletter, that icludes all new games and top reviewsp; a digest in their inbox. (Auto-generated, not necesarilky hand written, tbc.)
I’d send weekly digests by email. (Thanks again [Garry] for pointing out SeedComp! making the highlights recently [on the itch.io jam digest]). [Itch.io] curate what’s there, due to how big it is, but the IFDB wouldn’t have that problem.
TLDR: I could see people wanting to subscribe to a roughly weekly and/or monthly IFDB newsletter, that includes all new games and top reviews: a diges in their inbox. (Auto-generated, not necessarily hand-written, tbc)
That’s a neat idea! Might be a bit complicated during Comp season (esp the IFComp) to list all new works (thought they could send the comp page instead of the separate listing). It does seem like a nice way to hightlight what’s happening in the community
Might even be more accessible to peeps who can’t use RSS feeds (for a reason or another)
Also it helps games released outside of the competition periods, giving them a little fanfare.
Ferkung just released a SeedComp! game they started for last year’s comp (since it’s based on seeds from last year, they don’t want it in the 2024 edition of the SeedComp!)/
A separate feed on the home page, as well as the digest email, would both help [giving the game attention]
(Congrats on finishing. We’re very proud of you!!)
Please give @ferkung well a deserved pat on the back!