The Escapist Gets A New Community Page

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The Escapist Gets A New Community Page

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Hello, I'm Ma'idah "Nasrin" Lashani, community manager here at The Escapist.

As we've listened to your feedback during our ongoing redesign, something that we've heard often is that you enjoyed using our Groups page and wish that it were more prominent.

Today we're unveiling our new Community page, which is everything you loved about the groups page and more. It's a place you can come to relax and hang out with your fellow Escapists, and see what others are up to around the site. You'll find it conveniently located next to the forum and store buttons in the top right corner of your screen.

Here's a breakdown of some its new and improved features:


1. At the top of the page, you'll find a User Groups panel that can be sorted into what's new, what's popular, what's yours and all the rest. Use it to explore what's going on in the Escapist Groups scene.

2. Next to the groups panel you'll find our Community Spotlight. Here we'll be calling out the excellence of community members, groups, reviews, threads and more. If you'd like to nominate someone or something, please let me know.

3. Below the groups panel you'll find another for user reviews, with its own featured spotlight to the right. Here you'll be able to read what your fellow Escapists have to say about games, movies, and anything else that's covered in the User Review forum.

4. To the right of the User Review Panel, you'll find an #Escapist chat box. Jump in whenever you want to chat with your friends in real time.

5. Below that, you'll be able to check up on who's online around the world, who's having a birthday, and what your friends are playing.

6. For all you badge hunters out there, we've included a latest badges panel that will feature up to date information about the most recent badges that have been released.

7. To the right of that we've included the much loved Forum Box, which features popular and recent forum posts.

8. In the bottom right you'll find our "in case you missed it" corner. With so many videos, articles, features and quizzes appearing on the site, we know that it can be hard to see everything, so check in here for highlights of what went on during the past week.

We hope that you enjoy hanging out on the Community Page as much as we've enjoyed making it.

As always, we greatly appreciate your feedback. Please let us know what you think.

Thanks! See you on the forums.

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This may be stupid but... how do we access it?

EDIT Shit, next to the "forums" button at the top.

EDIT 2 It's a bit crowded but I like the look of it and no doubt it will be refined over time.

EDIT 3 Nice to see the user reviews section getting a little box. Hopefully this will encourage people to use it more, I know I don't use it much. Maybe this will change that.

EDIT 4 Brovengers in the most popular groups page, ooooh yeah!

Holy crap what is happening!? You guys can't just drop this on me without warning! I am afraid of change!

Fappy:
Holy crap what is happening!? You guys can't just drop this on me without warning! I am afraid of change!

It's a sign of the apocalypse! The end is nigh! Repent, and you will be saved :P

Anyway, I like the new thing. It's much...cleaner somehow.

Matthew94:
Nice to see the user reviews section getting a little box.

This.
All of this.
All of this plus infinity.

We might get some more traffic going through that section now. Plus the Review Spotlight section is sweet. :D

...And the rest is cool, I guess.

EDIT: Sweet, we can actually use the review forum box to find our own reviews. :D

Woah, neat. I stumbled upon it by accident early. (By typing profiles, trying to get to my user profile)

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Thank you Escapist team! Thank you for finally giving user reviews a place to actually be shown instead of hiding out in their own forum! I pledge that I shall sacrifice a lamb every month, in honour of your brilliance.

And the rest of the stuff, nothing wrong with it. Well done.

Sassafrass:

EDIT: Sweet, we can actually use the review forum box to find our own reviews. :D

I was just about to post this. That's fucking cool.

Nice to see that you brought back the community page! Wait, how does "Popular" group work exactly? I mean has someone been voting which groups is the most favour/ liked?

Also wow, it's Shamus Young birthday today aswell!

Fappy:

Sassafrass:

EDIT: Sweet, we can actually use the review forum box to find our own reviews. :D

I was just about to post this. That's fucking cool.

Means I don't have to go through the hassle of bookmarking my newest and unbookmarking the previous one. Which is great, as I'm incredibly lazy. :D

Also, a question to the staff, how does the review spotlight work? Does it function like the User spotlight or is it picked at random?

Sassafrass:

Fappy:

Sassafrass:

EDIT: Sweet, we can actually use the review forum box to find our own reviews. :D

I was just about to post this. That's fucking cool.

Means I don't have to go through the hassle of bookmarking my newest and unbookmarking the previous one. Which is great, as I'm incredibly lazy. :D

Also, a question to the staff, how does the review spotlight work? Does it function like the User spotlight or is it picked at random?

Could be based off replies. The current one has the most on the first page currently.

Scarim Coral:
Nice to see that you brought back the community page! Wait, how does "Popular" group work exactly? I mean has someone been voting which groups is the most favour/ liked?

Also wow, it's Shamus Young birthday today aswell!

I can't remember the mechanic exactly but it's a metric of how much/often each group is used.

Sassafrass:

Fappy:

Sassafrass:

EDIT: Sweet, we can actually use the review forum box to find our own reviews. :D

I was just about to post this. That's fucking cool.

Means I don't have to go through the hassle of bookmarking my newest and unbookmarking the previous one. Which is great, as I'm incredibly lazy. :D

Also, a question to the staff, how does the review spotlight work? Does it function like the User spotlight or is it picked at random?

It'll likely go off nominations in part, but there may be staff picked or random reviews featured as well.

Fappy:

Sassafrass:

Fappy:

I was just about to post this. That's fucking cool.

Means I don't have to go through the hassle of bookmarking my newest and unbookmarking the previous one. Which is great, as I'm incredibly lazy. :D

Also, a question to the staff, how does the review spotlight work? Does it function like the User spotlight or is it picked at random?

Could be based off replies. The current one has the most on the first page currently.

Hmm, seems like that could be the idea. Still, it's cool, we can get more people into the review section and get them to comment. Hell, maybe even write their own. :D

EDIT: Ninja'd by the CM. Sounds good to me. :D

Sassafrass:

Fappy:

Sassafrass:

Means I don't have to go through the hassle of bookmarking my newest and unbookmarking the previous one. Which is great, as I'm incredibly lazy. :D

Also, a question to the staff, how does the review spotlight work? Does it function like the User spotlight or is it picked at random?

Could be based off replies. The current one has the most on the first page currently.

Hmm, seems like that could be the idea. Still, it's cool, we can get more people into the review section and get them to comment. Hell, maybe even write their own. :D

I've been meaning to do another one for sometime now but I've been busy... playing video games mostly, go figure >.>

The user groups Popular tab is based off of when it was last updated, which includes group news posts in addition to chat.

Matthew94:

EDIT 4 Brovengers in the most popular groups page, ooooh yeah!

Lies! Brovenger propaganda!

OP:Sounds cool, I will be sure to check it out some time.

paulgruberman:
The user groups Popular tab is based off of when it was last updated, which includes group news posts in addition to chat.

I know and I don't care, let us have our moment. Our pathetic nonexistent internet moment!

Eh, I'm waiting until you remove that stupid popup at the bottom of the page.

that shit is annoying

So you have created an equally cluttered page that I will never go to? Fair enough. This is probably me just not getting it but it seems you just took half the home page and the other half is birthdays, groups and nominations ... all of which where already on the site, you just had to do a little digging.

"Give the people what they want" and if they want this then it's nice you listened.

As long as the site doesn't under go another redesign it doesn't matter to me.

paulgruberman:
-Snap-

This picture is too awesome. All hail the Mind Taker!

OT: I just noticed a bunch of GW2 badges have popped up under "Latest Badges". Do I smell a quiz coming?

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Also I like the minor change on the forums with the names being blue with white writing, better than it all being grey.

Like others have said, it's really nice to see User Reviews getting more visibility.

I like it :D

Feels cosy.

But it's Change!!!

We fear change...

paulgruberman:
derp

Look at you and your bad self doing low content.

*IP Bans*

Whow, I must say it's so well organized that my eyes can catch everything without having to scan around.
That's certainly a nice feature- also thank you guys for having the Latest Badges section on the front cover. That's really going to help us Hunters out a lot especially since there's quite a few badges I didn't even know existed until now!

Basically you guys did us a favor with having the Groups on the cover too, along with Community Spotlight being a superb addition to The Escapist. I can already get used to this, and it's again... so well organized I find it fancy actually ^_^. Well done guys!

Caramel Frappe:
Whow, I must say it's so well organized that my eyes can catch everything without having to scan around.
That's certainly a nice feature- also thank you guys for having the Latest Badges section on the front cover. That's really going to help us Hunters out a lot especially since there's quite a few badges I didn't even know existed until now!

Basically you guys did us a favor with having the Groups on the cover too, along with Community Spotlight being a superb addition to The Escapist. I can already get used to this, and it's again... so well organized I find it fancy actually ^_^. Well done guys!

You're very welcome. We constantly endeavor to find new ways of making The Escapist a fun place for you guys to hang out.

Looks nice. I like how finding user groups is much easier and the top games everyone is playing is a nice addition.

I've been looking for a new homepage to replace IGoogle.
This will due nicely. Thank you, it's very nice.

I especially like the recent badge feature.

I love it! Thank you, guys.

Well I've found my new home page.
This is just awesome, no other way to explain it.

this is really cool, I get get to everywhere now!

See, I weirdly thought of this idea a couple of days before this post was made.

But then I thought to myself "The Escapist is an online game's tabloid, essentially, so they wouldn't do something like this." and I kinda thought to myself that it wouldn't work. I mean, I think the site is user friendly enough as it is now. I mean, why make it Facebook?

I don't know... I want to see how this turns out. My only fear for the Escapist on this new feature would probably be over-complicating things. I won't deny it's a moderately good idea but at the same time... Not too sure.

Or am I getting the wrong impression of what the 'Community Page' is. I understand it withholds new updates on the site, such as: friends posts, forums and reviews, new badges, your own posts, reviews and etc. but isn't that already in the basic profile? Also, wouldn't a page that tells you how you achieved badges be more useful than knowing new ones out there?

Hmm... Maybe I'm just a sour-sweet for a change. I feel like an extension is being put onto my house, except it's taking up the path outside and I feel like it might cause some kind of problem for other people o.O

So glad that User Reviews and Groups are getting more emphasis. And this is very well organized, good job folks.

And whoever put my video on the spotlight, can I send you a cookie?

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