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 Post subject: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:01 pm 
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I finally stumbled onto the DCC-RPG community thing on Google and find it alive with posts while the official forum board here at Goodman is little used.

What is up with that?

Old curmudgeons want to know. :)


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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:01 pm 
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For many of us Google+ is essential for sharing gaming info. The Goodman Forums are a wonderful exception to the rule, but many forums have grown toxic, and the ability to control who is in your circles on Google+ lets you escape the drama, and just focus on the people that share the kind of information you're interested in. When you throw in the ability to create different circles for different audiences, access all your different communities from one interface, hangouts, image galleries, better linking, etc, I find that the Goodman forum is the only one I even bother with any more.

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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:59 am 
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My computer is old and cruddy and when I try to access Google groups I find that my computer freezes or it takes forever to load a page. The few times I've actually accessed groups like that, they seem to be more linear and I can't find anything.

I guess I like message boards better.

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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:28 am 
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finarvyn wrote:
I guess I like message boards better.


Hear! Hear! :D


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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:44 pm 
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finarvyn wrote:
My computer is old and cruddy and when I try to access Google groups I find that my computer freezes or it takes forever to load a page.


a) Reload your operating system to clear out the cobwebs / spyware & bloatware / gremlins hating on your G+ love?

b) Get a new computer? (Even one 3 years old--and thus less expensive than a 2014 model--is likely going to be dramatically better than outdated hardware.)

c) The more you use G+, the better you get at it. NOT using it guarantees you'll never improve / learn new things / become proficient. Asking questions of people who do use G+ is helpful.

d) Harley and Doug Kovacs and Michael Curtis (and all the other cool kids) use G+. Don't you want to be like the cool kids?


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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:31 pm 
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I hate Google...sorry guys. Google is a government controlled provider and lot more interesting 'stuff.' Google this...google sucks :D

Nothing wrong with GG forum... Just that people think they always need something different to be better...blaaaaa


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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:38 am 
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Get off my lawn Google! :)

In all seriousness, I know the Goodman Boards will remain a valuable resource, but the reason that there is an order of magnitude more DCC goodness per day going on at g+ is because it provides all sorts of features that a forum can't, in a slick format that many folks enjoy using. And the ad presence is almost non-existant. Believe me, I'm no Google fanboy, but for sharing gaming info, g+ is to me basically indispensable.

I understand and respect those who don't want to use it, or balk at learning 'yet another thing', but I imagine the 'traffic gap' will likely only widen as time goes by.

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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:13 pm 
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In addition to what @tovokas/Jon Marr said about features (see what I did there... tried to tag someone and was not able to do so as that feature doesn't exist on the forums...), for me it's about reach and engagement. For whatever reason, the G+ Community just seems to be awash in folks who will comment, reply, give feedback, etc. And to Jon's point, I think the features are a big part of that. And while I have no hard numbers to support my theories as it relates to how many people respond/interact here vs. G+, it feels like I receive more engagement there.

That said, I try to frequent both communities regularly. I actually try to make "important" announcements in all the different places (here on the forums, G+, Facebook, and Twitter... hell, I'll even through a pic or two up on Instagram and Pinterest from time to time, I'm not proud.)

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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:39 pm 
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I just started using G+ and don't really know what I'm doing. However I'm getting better at it each time. I only decided to check it out because everyone I talked to at Gencon asked if I was on G+. They all encouraged me to sign up soon because I was really missing out on a big part of the DCC community. So I would encourage you to give it a try.

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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:05 pm 
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I use G+, but I think it is a LOT easier to find materials here. Maybe I just don't know what I am doing on G+, but relocating an old post from someone else seems to be a PITA (to me).

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 Post subject: Re: What does Google have that these boards doesn't?
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Raven_Crowking wrote:
I use G+, but I think it is a LOT easier to find materials here. Maybe I just don't know what I am doing on G+, but relocating an old post from someone else seems to be a PITA (to me).

This kind of sums up the 'downside', to me. My G+ learning curve has pretty much flat-lined.

On the other hand, you can get VERY rapid responses to questions and opinions to ideas via the G+ group.

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