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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Thu May 28, 2020 1:29 pm

I appreciate the kind words (and of course, the continued support)! It's something we had to do, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't uneasy about it at first because of the site's long history covering NBA Live, the relationship we'd built with EA to that point, and the fact that it took me a while to really get into NBA 2K because of some of the things the games did differently. It's definitely been for the best though, and allowed us to do a lot more content than we used to. Gotta keep up with the times and all that!

Of course, as far as being a place for discussion, we now indirectly compete with social media and Reddit, which is an uphill battle to say the least. I'd like to think there's still value in the niche/dedicated community, though.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby deihatein on Thu May 28, 2020 3:26 pm

Has the thought of creating a subreddit or a discord come to mind?
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Thu May 28, 2020 4:31 pm

The problem there is that then we don't get traffic to the site, which means we won't get ad revenue to pay for hosting, which means we'll have to shut down and lose all our content and file hosting. We'd also have much less control over things on those platforms. As long as we comply with all of our hosting policies, we've got a lot more freedom as our own entity.

With that being said, I've have considered making a private Discord one of the rewards for Patreon backers. Generally speaking though, I don't want to do anything that drives traffic away from the site.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Sun May 31, 2020 6:37 pm

Id personally like to keep things on the forum, I've been in the Reddit group before and honestly it was full of casuals and like Andrew said it means less traffic through this site.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby formx on Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:06 am

Forums are still a fine medium for the things people use this forum for. (Server space, topic organization, mods and support, etc.)
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby [Q] on Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:17 pm

The problem with discord is that some people expect immediate responses and here we can reply whenever we get to it. Works better since we're all over the world in different time zones
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:29 pm

Absolutely. Reddit's thread structure can also be problematic at times, though whatever the medium, posts can get overlooked on occasion.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:54 am

Iam not a fan of Reddit at all, maybe iam just old and not used to the format but I only joined so I could be more vocal talking about Live 19 as the Devs were doing Q&A's there but most of the time questions were only answered on the online modes and non nba related stuff which wasn't a good sign to where the game is headed.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:02 pm

Indeed, I remember some of the Q&As. They weren't encouraging.

I think the main problem with Reddit is that if a thread becomes popular, you need to piggyback off one of the top or highly upvoted comments to be seen. The upvote/downvote system also has its drawbacks. If you go against the general sentiment of the thread, you can find yourself downvoted and your comment hidden; even if it's on-topic, well thought out, and politely expressed. Downvotes aren't supposed to be an "I Disagree" button, but that's usually how it goes whenever a comment system uses it. Incidentally, it's why I've disabled that option in our front page comments sections.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:29 pm

A little late on commenting, but I agree with Andrew 100% regarding Discord. Another forum I'm apart of, some of the members took it upon themselves to create and unofficial Discord for the site and it cut its population in half (or more than that I'd say) - it would be nice (it's totally the future) but I get it.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby NovU on Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:42 pm

How are life treating you, good old fellas.

Times are tough but hope we all been doing good.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:45 pm

Same thing happens with official Discord servers as well. It obviously offers certain advantages, live chat being chief among them, but they can also be more exclusive if they're invite-only, whereas a message board can be more open to all; for better or worse, I suppose.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:18 am

The country seems to be getting back on its feet but iam going backwards, I managed to pick up work through most of this as temp cover for people that were "high risk" and were fairloughed at two different jobs but now there back so I've had no work in 10 days now but come 4th July more places are reopening so fingers crossed I find something then.

I worked for nearly 18 years in one job then 5 years in my next but I can't even get call backs from companies
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby [Q] on Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:51 am

I had a call from 1 of the many places that I have applied to but it seems that they are not choosing me. We are not in a great position here in the US as places are shutting down once again, effectively wasting everything that's happened in the last 3 months or so
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:36 pm

Yeah they reckon there will be a 2nd wave here too, iam ok right now but if I don't find work in the next 2 weeks then it will be a different story, having the nba coming back is giving me something to focus on.
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