|What's the difference between 'news' and 'article'?||Post Reply|
|Sep 9 2012, 1:46am Anchor|
So I decided to try out Indie DB. As far as I understand, posting news on your game is like the equivalent of a developer blog, from what I can see of other indiedb game pages.
Then there's the "features" section which I don't understand. Is this where you list the features of your game? Is this for when your game gets featured in some website? There's no explanation at all so I don't know.
So I checked it out, and it seems to be for, well, news stuff: articles, event coverages, interviews, and competition are the types that you can put a feature in. So I'm a little confused what's this for if there's a news section already. What's "competition"? Is it when you want to host a competition? Or is it when you join one?
All in all, its confusing and I'm not surprised the games I checked out in Indie DB don't have anything in the "features" section.
What I would suggest, is to keep the news section, and keep on using it for posting updates about the game, whether directly about new content on the game, or news regarding it. Perhaps news can be taggged if they are interviews, event coverages, competitions, announcement of bug fixes, new content, changes, etc.
Instead of a features section I'd want to have a pages section. When I want to update people about new stuff or changes in my game, I put it in news. When I want to keep, say, a section introducing the characters in my game, I'd put it up as a page. If I posted it in news, it would have gotten pushed further down every time there's new news, meaning new people won't get to see it easily anymore. And for some content like a characters page or an about page, you wouldn't want that. You'd want some content to be permanent and easily accessible to people new to your game.
It could be a wiki-style where you have lots of pages linked with each other. In other words, if we already can have mini-forums for our games, then in addition there could be a mini-wiki for our game. A separate tutorials section wouldn't be needed then since you can put such things in the game's mini-wiki.
OT: I thought this forum section is for feedback and not bug reports but I see a lot of bug reports here. What's up with that?
|Sep 10 2012, 12:32am Anchor|
OK so we generally use the features section of the site for articles made by staff and stuff we do not want showing up on the summary page of a profile. So in a nutshell use it for describing features of your game, running competitions and such. The news we save or suggest for development news about your game. So I wrote a tutorial on how to use our site to the best you can. Moddb.com
|Sep 10 2012, 2:02am Anchor|
Hi thanks for the link! I was kinda confused about the relationship between Indie DB and Mod DB and why my game shows up in both. Might want to add in your tutorial the difference between news and features.
Edited by: anomalous_underdog
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