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by Chris Remo on 03/04/09 11:52:00 pm   Expert Blogs

The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.
The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE, May 2013: This blog post is outdated. You can always find the latest version of Gamasutra's blog guidelines HERE

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Welcome to Gamasutra Blogs. Here, we hope to showcase interesting and useful writing about games, game development, and the game business, straight from our core audience -- developers.

With our more than 600,000 monthly unique readers, we believe Gamasutra Blogs can be a great place to spread your thoughts about our industry to the people who work in it every day.

Anyone who makes games and has a free Gamasutra account can start a Member Blog immediately, but please note this feature is intended for those actively making games.

Please use common sense when posting, and follow these simple guidelines:

1. Gamasutra Blogs are intended solely for articles about game development by and for game developers. That means professionals, garage developers, and students -- as long as all your posts are about the art and business of making games.

2. Feel free to repost content from your own personal weblog, and note that Gamasutra makes no claim to ownership of user-submitted materials. We just want to highlight great writing about gamemaking. That said, you may not post material you did not write, or that you do not have full permission to reprint. Also, please no teaser-link posts -- reprint your blog post in its entirety.

3. While the Gamasutra staff will be monitoring content posted to the blogs, please refrain from posting inappropriate content that will later be removed. Use your best judgment, and please steer clear of pornographic images or excessive profanity; the line should be pretty clear in most cases! In addition, we would ask that your blog does not wholly advertise products or services at the exclusivity of anything else. Our goal is absolutely not to modify or censor material, but illegal or highly objectional content will be necessarily excised.

4. Feel free to format your posts, but don't make them too visually outrageous -- too many colors and font sizes will just make things harder to read!

In addition to the Member Blogs, we have a group of Expert Bloggers, professional developers who post regularly, write informatively, and can draw on a wealth of real-world development experience.

The Expert Bloggers section of the site is currently comprised of a number of developers we already know, but we will be adding more as we get requests from developers wishing to contribute -- or as we begin to notice standout bloggers among the Member Blogs.

By combining Gamasutra's existing position as the leading game development news source with the many industry insiders already publishing their own thoughts about development, we believe Gamasutra Blogs will help open new lines of communication and discussion among the community. Please consider helping us achieve that goal!

Thanks,
Chris Remo
[Editor-at-Large, Gamasutra.]  

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EDITOR'S NOTE, May 2013: This blog post is outdated. You can always find the latest version of Gamasutra's blog guidelines HERE


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Thomas Grove
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Chris, you never show up to the local SF game industry events anymore! (IGDA, Postmortem, Meetup). We miss you, please come back!

Ted Brown
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This might be the wrong place for a technical request, but could you put the title of the blog posts in the actual title of the page? I habitually add articles I find useful (like Dan Goodman's recent one on dev tools) to my del.icio.us account, and retyping the title is no fun! =)

Simon Carless
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Oh, good catch, Ted - we'll get that fixed right now.

brandon sheffield
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hi, allow me to be your first troll and tell you that the things you say are bad and that you should be fired from a cannon.



sincerely,

brandon sheffield

Chris Remo
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Thomas,



Unfortunately, for some reason pretty much all those events take place on Tuesday, which is when we record the Idle Thumbs podcast. I'd love to come to more local stuff!





Brandon,



Go and drown.

Alan Bauer
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Can't wait to read some blogs.

Ron Alpert
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Great idea! It will take awhile to get used to the website's facelift but I love how you guys always support the community - keep up the good work, and thanks again!

Simon Carless
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Fair comment, Josh, I'm not really sure why we aren't registering line breaks in the blog area, even if we don't go the whole hog and put an editor on it - we'll fix.

Allen Varney
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Congratulations on the redesign and the new community tools. (Proofreading note: I subscribed to the blog feed, and it showed up in my reader as "Gamasuta.")



Are the member blogs intended to concern themselves solely with electronic gaming, or would you be interested in other kinds of game development as well, such as tabletop?

Simon Carless
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Allen: we'd love some tabletop gaming in the member blogs. We're planning to do weekly highlights of member blogs in the main Gamasutra news section, too. (And we're fixing the RSS feed typo, ahem.)

Marc Miles
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I just created a new account here and tried posting my first blog post. I got the following error, and the webmaster mailto link doesn't have an email address. Also, the help mailto link on the password forget page goes to help@gamasutura.com (I think) and it gets bounced, not a valid address.



An error has occured in /usr/www/users/gamaboy/2007redesign/blogs/edit/lib/Item.class.php on line 59 :

Sorry, this blog was not found in the database. .



Please contact our webmaster.

Simon Carless
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Marc, we've fixed this error - it was when two people were trying to make a blog at the same time. You should be fine to post now! (Also we fixed the webmaster contact.)

Kimberly Unger
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Hi Chris! How do we get upgraded to Expert? Should we send you a CV and all that, or just show-off a lot in the blogs :D

Jeff Beaudoin
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You guys should have an RSS feed for expert blogs only, as well as the one you have for all blogs.



Also, some of your Gamasutra featured articles are called out as news items in your news RSS feed. It just gives me about 75% of your feature articles twice in my reader!



Jeff.

Jeff Beaudoin
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Or, at least, in the blog RSS feed, label which ones are "expert" and which are not.



also, comment editing!

Kimberly Unger
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Nah. Comment editing sucks all the fun out of things! This is conversation, not formal letter-writing :D

Marc Miles
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There needs to be someway to contact someone for help, a bug or suggestions...



So, without that, I will post some suggetions here...



High Priority

1. Contact Form (help, bug, suggestions)

2. Some basic widget support, at a minimum a "link list"...as posts increase a member will want to provide a quick nav of sorts to their other posts. This quick nav is present on all of the posts by that member and would be a custom nav that doesn't include every post...just the key ones.

1. 3 RSS feeds (expert bloggers, member bloggers, a specific blogger...so thats one per blogger)



Low Priority

1. Spellchecker when editing a post



MISC.

As more devs use these blogs make sure you continue to improve it's feature set. Having to manage ones own blog, hosting, updates to Word Press etc is just another pain in life that I don't want to deal with any more. Without having to manage all that, it would be great to blog/communicate with others of the same interest...social network for game developers.

Ron Newcomb
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Hi Chris, I have just a few questions and comments.



When I read someone else's blog, it shows my picture in the corner there instead of the author. That's a bit jarring. Can something be done about that?



Is it possible for a blog author to know how many times each of his postings has been viewed?



Finally, are our blogs ready for blog aggregators? I'm a reader of the Planet IF aggregate (http://planet-if.com/) and would soon ask the person in charge there to add my Gamasutra blog to the mix.



Thanks,

-R

Christiaan Moleman
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Hi Chris,



I have a question: With the site redesign there doesn't seem to be a link to submit articles for consideration as features. I was wondering how I would go about such a submission if I didn't want to just blog it...





Regards,



Christiaan

Marc Miles
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That worked, not sure how I got to that URL in the first place and it has happened more than once. I tested some links from the RSS and they seem to be fine. I'll let you know if I see a link formatted like that again.

Emanuel Montero
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Hi Chris,



I have a question about the game dev magazine subscription I won some weeks ago (May 11) for my blog post on interactive storytelling. Is it really coming? Do I have to do something first?



Regards,



Emanuel

Yuhang Lou
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Blog really help people share their idea!

danial susan
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updates to Word Press etc is just another pain in life that I don't want to deal with any more. Without having to manage all that, it would be great to blog/communicate with others of the same interest...social network for game developers.how can i get rid of hemorrhoids

Lucy Tibbits
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Hi Chris, I wanted to ask: is this the place for student blogs? I'm currently pursuing a bachelors of arts in game design, so I thought I might share my student experiences and some of the key things I've been learning about being a designer from them. Would posts like that be within blogging guidelines, or should I technically wait until after I graduate before I start writing anything here?

Rondae Wells
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thanks chris that helped a lot


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