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Wesden Girl
ramblings and pontification.....
Hot Topics - out! My Gaia - changes coming!
I've been working on getting a Hot Topics forums section for awhile now. It all started out of my <3 for Twilight. I thought there was so much discussion about Twilight on the site, spread everywhere, why don't we have a dedicated forum? However, Twlight will fade away at some point, so why not create a forum section that highlights what's happening in the news, what people are talking about, and let Gaians talk themselves silly!

With the help of UI, dev and our community team, we finally made this happen. I know it looks like all entertainment stuff right now, but its because we can't predict what's going to be IRL (for example, if this came out during the whle Tiger Woods scandal, it would prolly be a topic!).

We'll be changing the forums often, so keep checking back. Hope you guys find a topic you are passionate about in the hot topics - if not now, then soon smile

And for My Gaia.....we have some very cool changes coming that will improve the way Gaia communicates with users, as well as how users digest relevant, activity-based information. We just sent out code to QA so they can test, and hopefully will be live in a couple weeks (but no guarantees on timing).

Exciting times at Gaia! Tell me what you think!

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  • User Comments: [8]
    I'm delighted. This is one step closer to showing that Gaia is a Community based in its Forums; tossing up relevant topics entices lurkers to join, because everyone wants to give their two cents.

    I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for guilds to be featured on the bottom of the forum landing page. Guilds with enough members and activity could be featured in a block (much like Hot Topics) at the bottom of the page, rotating every 20 seconds. Linking perhaps four of the 40x200 banners. Just an idea. XD

    I think guilds will be a good draw for GC-spending, hence my great support for them.

    Either way, I'm very excited!

    comment Parashta · Community Member · Thu Mar 18, 2010 @ 04:04am
    I don't know, seems a great way for troll and instead of welcoming new users, to segregate them. I guess time will tell.

    Anyway, I NEED a way to BLOCK Justin Bieber forum. I just can't stand him and if someone asks me where I am I now say "A silly forum I check" instead of what I used to JUST because of him.
    I know it sounds silly, but if you put some kind of optional filter would be awesome. Like "Hot Topics" with filters as: Real Life News, Manga, Celebrities, Trends, Events, Literature, Music and something like that to separate what's shown.
    I know I would be more interested in this way.

    comment Ungoliath · Community Member · Thu Mar 18, 2010 @ 04:40am
    I don't like Hot Topics being at the top. Every time something in forums gets changed other things are hard to find. I think that many of us would say to finish current projects before moving on. The new search and the Help section don't really feel finished.
    Both personally and as a Gaian; I don't want things like Lost ruined for me and I don't want to get confused by the forum layout every few months. If it's no good for old users then it certainly isn't good for new ones.

    As for My Gaia: That's probably my favorite page to relax at. Aside from the To Do list at the right the only thing I want changed about it is options regarding feeds.

    I love your (and the general) effort and enthusiasm, but in general I'd hope for a new Easter event over anything on the site being changed right now. It seems like the biggest site change people want are forum rules to be updated.

    Anyway, I'm rambling because I'm tired so please don't take this as overly negative or cynical.

    Night wesden,

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    comment Galvatron · Community Member · Thu Mar 18, 2010 @ 06:18am
    The Hot Topics concept looks interesting. I like the idea of collating popular subjects, and switching them out as their popularity drops/rises.

    Gotta question, though - what happened to the forums re-categorization plan? Backburnered or just a decision to do it very differently if at all?

    comment Mindset · Community Member · Thu Mar 18, 2010 @ 09:12am
    Mindset - forums project may be back soon. Kepp your fingers crossed smile

    Galvatron - I think we'd all like to have projects 100% complete, but he truth is we need to get to best effort with the minimal set of features/functionality that will allow us to be successful. The idea is to release, gather data, make enhancements, and release. If we waited until we had 100% full feature set we'd be releasing 1-2 times a year smile I know search will be looked at again soon for enhancements.

    comment wesden · Community Member · Fri Mar 19, 2010 @ 01:27am
    Aha! So you're the culprit responsible! User Image I really like the Hot Topics idea! I think it's a great way for Gaia to highlight current news.

    Plus, it got me to finally start joining in on conversations about Lost on Gaia! Thanks Wesden! User Image

    comment Rattie Virginia · Community Member · Mon Mar 22, 2010 @ 03:00am
    I don't really like the new My Gaia menu, just a bit. I tell why i don't really like: 1. almost everything coming in notices and in requests, especially the forum and Marketplace things, i changed, i did set in the Account/Feeds menu every feedbacks to 0, but i get them yet, 2. we can't see anymore in a little list few of our friends who is online and where is he/she at the moment, 3. the friend requests prefer to stay in the Friends menu, i mean the Request to you and the Request from you menus, 4. since the My Gaia menu upgrade we don't see the Trades arrive and modify in the bubble then before the upgrade, i hope it's only a glitch, what will be fixed! I agree we could set that upgrade and/or the notices in PuriGaia/Labs, or in the Account menu! I believe the Gaia's editors don't want trouble and they want to upgrade the best, but it isn't really good all time. So these what i said are annoying! The Trade glitch is the most annoying!

    comment Xanvie · Community Member · Tue Apr 13, 2010 @ 03:23pm
    And i think it could have been with everybody voting about and before the bigger upgrades before programming, for example in a new announcement and/or in a Vote menu! There could be be a deadline. It could be better and the most of users being more happy!

    comment Xanvie · Community Member · Wed Apr 14, 2010 @ 11:10am
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