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#1 Aug 03 2011 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
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No freaking idea.

Back in the day, 10 years ago or more, when this was just Allakhazam's site and whatnot it was a great place for information on these games. Now most information is aged and not updated. While some still viable, it's clear this site in particular is for a forum community, and with my post count over 10 plus years I just don't post enough to care to join a online forum community.

I have nothing to add to feedback that would back my stay here any more enjoyable. I just don't feel like posting here, or anywhere anymore. Forums are, in my opinion, just a place for people to come and complain about what they are discussing.

Anyways, it was enjoyable to be here years ago, and I use to love pointing fellow MMO gamers to this site when they needed information.

Signing off, never coming back. Sub default me, insult me, ban me. Don't care, not coming back.
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#2 Aug 03 2011 at 9:33 AM Rating: Good
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Dibs on adding his post count to mine.
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#3 Aug 03 2011 at 9:35 AM Rating: Good
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#4 Aug 03 2011 at 4:03 PM Rating: Good
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Magilicotti has been drinking again. Smiley: rolleyes

I'm more interested in someone telling me what my premium membership gives me. Used to give me avatars, forum searches, images, emoticons and all kinds of crap, but someone changed that.

Not to sound greedy, I know it's just $3 a month or so, but if we're down to a custom avatar, I don't really feel like spending money on it.
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#5 Aug 03 2011 at 4:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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I come here for the free PC Gamer magazine.

Your premium gives you access to all the actual gaming site search functions this place is theoretically built around. You know, the weird stuff that isn't forums.
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#6 Aug 03 2011 at 4:19 PM Rating: Good
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And journals. Those are kinda cool.
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#7 Aug 03 2011 at 8:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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Premium also makes all the ads go away.

If there is a specific section of the site you feel is out of date, please bring it to our attention in the feedback forum. a "hey, X game has Y now, but your database doesn't" is typically enough to get the ball rolling. Newer games with more staff assigned to them typically recieve more content manager time. We also recently cut staffing hours in several areas due to several reasons, so some older games and forum query response times may be longer than they have been historically.

The decision was made from a management perspective to shift many of the traditional forum premium features to non premium in an effort to increase forum readership and induce ad revenues.

Premium membership also funds the salaries of the content managers, forum administrators, server hardware, bandwidth, etc. Admittedly that is somewhat of an intenagible benifit at times, however I like to think it is a significant one.

We're open to ideas if anyone has specifics they would like to see for premium membership. We've kicked around ideas such as turning the image upload function into a generic file hosting solution, a "pay per karma reset to 3.00" button, etc.

We should have some sort of contest. Best new idea for a premium thingy gets at least 2 days worth of free premium (since thats all I can apply at a time personally) or somethign like that.

To the OP who left forever. On the off chance you read this, PM me what needs looked at and I'll find out a status on it for you.
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#8 Aug 03 2011 at 9:12 PM Rating: Default
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Premium also makes all the ads go away.

If there is a specific section of the site you feel is out of date, please bring it to our attention in the feedback forum. a "hey, X game has Y now, but your database doesn't" is typically enough to get the ball rolling. Newer games with more staff assigned to them typically recieve more content manager time. We also recently cut staffing hours in several areas due to several reasons, so some older games and forum query response times may be longer than they have been historically.

The decision was made from a management perspective to shift many of the traditional forum premium features to non premium in an effort to increase forum readership and induce ad revenues.

Premium membership also funds the salaries of the content managers, forum administrators, server hardware, bandwidth, etc. Admittedly that is somewhat of an intenagible benifit at times, however I like to think it is a significant one.

We're open to ideas if anyone has specifics they would like to see for premium membership. We've kicked around ideas such as turning the image upload function into a generic file hosting solution, a "pay per karma reset to 3.00" button, etc.

We should have some sort of contest. Best new idea for a premium thingy gets at least 2 days worth of free premium (since thats all I can apply at a time personally) or somethign like that.

To the OP who left forever. On the off chance you read this, PM me what needs looked at and I'll find out a status on it for you.


What the **** are you going to do with two days worth of premium? Oh boy, I can have a temporary avatar, a journal which the content of will be lost, and disable adblock (Hypothetically. The ads aren't obnoxious enough to bother with blocking) for two days.


At any rate, as I'm such a great guy, I'll do some research/do your jobs for you and bring back some suggestions.
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#9 Aug 03 2011 at 9:35 PM Rating: Default
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Right, here's some things off the top of my head. I'm basically just throwing **** at the wall and seeing what sticks, and I'm high as ****. Don't be surprised if they're not quite brilliant.

New, restricted forums: In the vein of what somethingawful has. Special content only available to those who pay.

New thread aesthetic features: Give the premium users the ability to modify their threads in a way which makes them stand out. Flashing or moving text, different colored backgrounds, etc.

Spoilt ballot: The ability for premium users to post in a thread without bumping it. It would appeal to those who want to express their hate for the OP without bringing more attention to the thread.

Insider access to certain news, gaming and site related. Also hooking them up with beta invites to games, somehow. Maybe work with an affiliate to prioritize them.

E-mail accounts: You may already have this, IDK. Obv @zam.com type.

The ability to have all their posts and account deleted, if they request it

Actually send them their ******* magazines that you promise

Give the karma ratings a bit more weight than others, or give them the ability to disable karma and lock their accounts at default.

And, you know, gaming is something of a small niche. Tits never decrease traffic. The point is that you should consider expanding somehow.
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#10 Aug 03 2011 at 9:38 PM Rating: Good
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zukunftsangst wrote:
Tits never decrease traffic.


I agree with the troll.
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#11 Aug 04 2011 at 4:12 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
I come here for the free PC Gamer magazine.

Your premium gives you access to all the actual gaming site search functions this place is theoretically built around. You know, the weird stuff that isn't forums.


I only use the WoW part of the site and the database there was moved off-site.

Guess I don't have any suggestions for premium content. Having to invent stuff to make premium worth it just seems pointless.

As it is now, we're paying to remove the ads instead of activating that magical browser plugin most people are using anyway. It seems slightly unfair that those who pay to remove the ads are having perks "removed" so that those who block ads for free an get them as well.
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#12 Aug 04 2011 at 10:01 AM Rating: Good
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We're open to ideas if anyone has specifics they would like to see for premium membership.
-Blink Tags.
-Once per year, you get to Ask the Question and get the correct answer.
-Darqflame's phone number.
-A magazine subscription.






I was serious about the blink tags, if anyone uses them too much, I'm sure the karma system will work as intended.
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Edited, Mar 21st 2011 2:14pm by Darqflame Lock Thread: Because Lubriderm is silly... ~ de geso

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#13 Aug 04 2011 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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As a premium user, I'd like the ability to meta-moderate posts, like Slashdot.

So if an OP posts something awesome, I can mark it as Interesting or Insightful.

Or if an OP posts something obnoxious, I can mark it as Troll or Attention *****.
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#14 Aug 04 2011 at 10:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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Mazra wrote:
As it is now, we're paying to remove the ads instead of activating that magical browser plugin most people are using anyway. It seems slightly unfair that those who pay to remove the ads are having perks "removed" so that those who block ads for free an get them as well.

Drop premium then?

Once they changed the forum layouts to cram in advertising background skins and other stuff, I figured premium wasn't worth it any longer. Since the primary reason for premium was to have your browsing unaffected by ads, having the entire site jacked with for everyone in order to place more ads seemed completely counter to what I was paying for.

If your reason for paying for premium no longer applies, stop paying for premium.
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Wow. Regular ol' Joph fan club in here.
#15 Aug 04 2011 at 10:21 AM Rating: Good
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I never paid premium because of the services the site provided. I paid premium because I loved the community. The new "Zam" corporation slowly shaved all that community away, at least in the OOT/Asylum. So meh, I don't pay anymore.
#16 Aug 04 2011 at 10:43 AM Rating: Good
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As a premium user, I'd like the ability to meta-moderate posts, like Slashdot.

So if an OP posts something awesome, I can mark it as Interesting or Insightful.

Or if an OP posts something obnoxious, I can mark it as Troll or Attention *****.
Interesting concept, I think it would be abused though. Also, what's obnoxious and what is awesome are subjective. All in all, I'm sure that you would want a guy who brings up your terrible drinking problem constantly flagging threads one way or another as much as I would want someone who styles herself a professional novelist doing so.
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Edited, Mar 21st 2011 2:14pm by Darqflame Lock Thread: Because Lubriderm is silly... ~ de geso

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I know what a glory hole is, but I wasn't sure what the business part was in reference to.

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#17 Aug 04 2011 at 10:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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I never paid premium because of the services the site provided. I paid premium because I loved the community. The new "Zam" corporation slowly shaved all that community away, at least in the OOT/Asylum. So meh, I don't pay anymore.

There's that, too. Not that Alla was going hungry but I felt more inclined to give my money to him than to Goldman Sachs & Oak Investment Partners.
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#18 Aug 04 2011 at 11:11 AM Rating: Good
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Vestal Chamberlain Lubriderm wrote:
catwho wrote:
As a premium user, I'd like the ability to meta-moderate posts, like Slashdot.

So if an OP posts something awesome, I can mark it as Interesting or Insightful.

Or if an OP posts something obnoxious, I can mark it as Troll or Attention *****.
Interesting concept, I think it would be abused though. Also, what's obnoxious and what is awesome are subjective. All in all, I'm sure that you would want a guy who brings up your terrible drinking problem constantly flagging threads one way or another as much as I would want someone who styles herself a professional novelist doing so.


Actually, any time I get mad at you I see Ika Musume in your sig and forgive you.

That show is funny.
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#19 Aug 04 2011 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
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Jophiel wrote:
AshOnMyTomatoes wrote:
I never paid premium because of the services the site provided. I paid premium because I loved the community. The new "Zam" corporation slowly shaved all that community away, at least in the OOT/Asylum. So meh, I don't pay anymore.

There's that, too. Not that Alla was going hungry but I felt more inclined to give my money to him than to Goldman Sachs & Oak Investment Partners.

#20 Aug 06 2011 at 12:08 AM Rating: Good
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What should we get for Premium?

The ability to see our karma.
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#21 Aug 06 2011 at 2:18 AM Rating: Good
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I come for all the interesting personalities and the threads they make in the Out of Topic and Asylum. I've been posting here since 2004 and I'd like to think of most of the regulars as friends. I also still play FFXI on and off so forum =10 is my primary source of news and information regarding that.
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#22 Aug 07 2011 at 9:19 AM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
What should we get for Premium?

The ability to see our karma.


I'm am curious if it's even possible for me to hit Guru anymore.
#23 Aug 07 2011 at 8:17 PM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
What should we get for Premium?

The ability to see our karma.


I'm am curious if it's even possible for me to hit Guru anymore.
If I got back to sage organically at 7k, you can easily hit guru. If they ever give that karma boost based on how long you have been a member, guru will be easy.
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Edited, Mar 21st 2011 2:14pm by Darqflame Lock Thread: Because Lubriderm is silly... ~ de geso

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I know what a glory hole is, but I wasn't sure what the business part was in reference to.

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#24 Aug 07 2011 at 8:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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Vestal Chamberlain Lubriderm wrote:
Eske Esquire wrote:
idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
What should we get for Premium?

The ability to see our karma.


I'm am curious if it's even possible for me to hit Guru anymore.
If I got back to sage organically at 7k, you can easily hit guru. If they ever give that karma boost based on how long you have been a member, guru will be easy.


The karma mechanics are tied into many places, so updating them takes a while. That still is planned though at this time.
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#25 Aug 08 2011 at 1:03 AM Rating: Good
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Greetings Mazra!,

My Name is Nepabrite, and I am a Content Manager for ZAM. As we are all gamers, it is not infrequent that we see the forums of all games we cover at ZAM, and to help keep the community (as a whole) a safe yet encouraging atmosphere for all the gamers who use our services :)

Sincerely


If this level of condescension is going to be the new tone for ZAM, I'm inclined to agree ... things are going downhill. If I want my intelligence to be insulted, I'll agree with Varus.
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#26 Aug 08 2011 at 1:29 AM Rating: Good
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Am I missing something important here? I don't see any condescension in what you quoted.
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