Friday, October 28, 2005

Why Not The Geek

I've received a couple of questions about why I've chosen not to post The One Hundred to the Geek. (For those of you uninitiated the arcane language of gamerdom, that's the website, Board Game Geek.) While the Geek is a fabulous resource for information - it "took over" the role of being boardgaming's "go-to" website from The Game Cabinet & The Gaming Dumpster back in 2000 - it's not a great place for to release this kind of information.

"Why not?" you ask. (Or, if you don't, someone else does.)
  1. It's noisy in there. Posting this as a Geeklist or a series of forum postings would mean that The One Hundred would quickly be lost in the noise of "10 Games I Want From Essen" and "Why People Who Think Settlers iz Kool R Stoopid".
  2. I'm a bit of a control freak. If comments get out of hand on a blog, I can slap the cyber hammer down and be done with it. If they get out of hand on the Geek, they just get out of hand.
  3. I like not seeing comments yet still having them there. People are welcome, nay, encouraged to comment on The One Hundred... but the blog structure keeps those comments on a second, linked page - rather than tagged directly below each entry. So, you can just enjoy the content - or dig into the conversation... your choice. Choice is good!
There's probably other reasons, but I can't articulate them right now. It's important to note (again) that I think the Geek rocks... Derk & Aldie have done a spectactular job creating & maintaining the site. It's just not the best choice for something Stephen & I want people to enjoy... heck, pay attention to!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well put

8:57 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

After the One Hundred has ben posted, would it be OK with you if someone were to post it as a geeklist on BGG or would you rather not have that happen?

5:14 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I would have no problem with that.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Me, neither.

In fact, if you want to post 'em in sets of 10, that might be easier to manage.

One request: make sure you link back to

And send us the geeklist id so we can post it here.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Thank you. I hope it generates some interesting discussion. I've posted 81-100 at this list:

1:54 PM  
Blogger Naturelich said...

I like the idea of having a dedicated blog for this. If it's put on the geek that's great, too, but having it on a blog makes it more permanent. Plus it also gives more weight and relevance than regular GeekLists. I am very interested to see the top 10. Anyone take any bets on that? ;)

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

The last geeklist (1-20) is here:

12:31 PM  

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