Hello fellow MMORPG.com bloggers. It's time to spruce up the blogs area a bit and make a few changes. Thanks to all of the dedicated users on the site the blogs system has been a great success. Now that it's been in existence for more than a year we're standing back and taking a good look at the functionality of the system to determine what needs changing, fixing and updating.
The first revision made was to allow logged in users to rate blog entries. This *should* allow the more useful and informative blog posts to bubble up to the top of the heap helping our more dedicated bloggers that spend much time on the creation of unique and original blog entries. In the coming weeks once a good solid amount of ratings data has been collected we'll start using some of this data to spin some new entry lists and update the home page with a new tab to show popular blog entries in the style of the gamelist traffic tab where a user can list the top blog entries for different timespans.
Next up is a global report tool that will be integrated into not only the blogs but other areas of the site as well so we can take care of issues more quickly and reliably. Once this is live we'll outline our vision for each area and define a set of rules for what is reportable and what is not. For example in the blogs system we have no issue with users creating blogs to link to articles on their own blog elsewhere or sites elsewhere in cyberc space. This is a common practice in the blogosphere and will be maintained here. One example of what we do not allow is gold selling and power levelling service advertisements, we're against these practices on MMORPG.com in general and the reporting tool will allow us to address these offenders in a quicker manner than was in the past.
One other little modification I snuck into the system a few weeks back is that only one blog entry per blog is listed on the home page. So if a user creates multiple entries in succession or within the span of the newest blog entries on the homepage only the latest entry for that blog is displayed. This in a little way has helped your entries stay on the home page a little longer.
I am also looking into having MMORPG.com staff recommended blogs, some of the blogs here on MMORPG.com are outstanding and deserve to be in the spotlight more than they are and this is one thing I'm looking at to help out the dedicated bloggers. Maybe a blogger of the month spotlight or something else like that.
Anyway as always I'm open to new ideas and suggestions and look forward to all comments on this post.