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Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:37:30 pm »
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With dougz putting Innovation up on isotropic, it seems the Venn diagram of the games' userbases is getting a bigger and bigger middle.  Would it be worth it to try putting in a full subforum for Innovation topics, rather than just a small one under "Other Board Games"?
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 07:03:47 pm »
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I wish the innovation subforum was active enough to justify that, but it doesn't seem to be. 

Maybe it will get a huge spike in activity when isodominion goes down though.
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 07:04:07 pm »
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Too bad innovationStrategy.com is being squated on.
IS.net is available for $600...

Or DominionStrategy.com/innovationStrategy ??

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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 10:58:06 pm »
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eh, just ignore the innovation board if it bothers you that much
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013, 11:08:15 pm »
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eh, just ignore the innovation board if it bothers you that much

I think his intent was exactly the opposite.  Innovation is kind of relegated to a ghetto right now.
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2013, 11:10:18 pm »
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Too bad innovationStrategy.com is being squated on.
IS.net is available for $600...

Or DominionStrategy.com/innovationStrategy ??

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As I write this, innovationtactics.com is available. :)
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2013, 11:35:16 pm »
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Too bad innovationStrategy.com is being squated on.
IS.net is available for $600...

Or DominionStrategy.com/innovationStrategy ??

Ed
As I write this, innovationtactics.com is available. :)

Interesting. Especially given that it's a far more tactical (and less strategic) game than Dominion...

Ed
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2013, 12:14:40 am »
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Too bad innovationStrategy.com is being squated on.
IS.net is available for $600...

Or DominionStrategy.com/innovationStrategy ??

Ed
As I write this, innovationtactics.com is available. :)

Interesting. Especially given that it's a far more tactical (and less strategic) game than Dominion...

Ed

Yeah, it's less of a "I will do THIS with this setup" kind of game and more of a "fuck what do I do now fuck" sort of game.
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2013, 10:31:12 am »
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It feels weird to have multiple games on the dominionstrategy.com name.  This was the same problem I ran into with TS -- are you going to tell people interested in Twilight Struggle to go to Dominion Strategy?

One possibility is to rename this forum into boardgamestrategy.com or whatever, then all of the Dominion stuff goes under the Dominion category, and all the Innovation stuff goes under an Innovation category.

I welcome other suggestions as well.
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2013, 11:03:07 am »
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Theory: as someone who has run Internet brands in multiple businesses, some thoughts:
1- whatever you choose, don't lose a brand. You've created an incredible brand with DominionStrategy.com. You are easy to find on Google (especially with all the content generated from the form). And I'll bet you have a ton of direct type-in traffic. It's not worth losing by changing the name. Building a brand is a combination of a lot of work, time, and not a small amount of luck. Don't give it up voluntarily.

2- No reason you couldn't build out something like BoardGameStrategy.com. It could be done a few ways:
a- it could just be a dis-aggregation site. The homepage could just have three links: to DS.com, TS.com, IT.com.
b- it could be a hub for everything. Create a feed of the content for. The other three sites (just excerpts of articles with the ability to click through. You don't want to confuse google with duplicate content)
c- I don't know how successful TS.com is. If its not doing awesome the way DS is, you could roll it and an IT into it, but keep DS.com as a separate site.
d- you can always treat DS.com as the brand and grow it away from just Dominon.  You are right that it could hurt new visitors who are interested in other games. It's always a trade-off with descriptive brands - but not a reason to abandon the brand (hotels.com is a good example)
e- if you make the look and feel seemless you might be able to get the best of both worlds. Imagine if you had bgs.com with the three links. When you clicked on one you were brought to say DS.com. But the top mastication bar and the colors stay the same. You can easily click over to TS.com, etc. but you are still sitting on the domain name, DS.com. )same for the other sites). The forum is a little more complicated, but you can just set the child boards to take you to the other sites forums. Or live with the fact that all the forums are sitting on DS.com.
The advantage of the latter is that the link equity you have build with f.dS.com can help the other brands get started. You definitely don't want to move the F.DS though. A re-direct will hurt your page rank equity significantly.

Hope that's helpful.

If you ever want to chat about it , let me know. I live this stuff everyday.

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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2013, 11:18:01 am »
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But the top mastication bar and the colors stay the same.

I love autocorrect some days.
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2013, 03:19:45 pm »
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I like the idea of a hub page. BGG has a huge database with lots of resources, but for me it lacks some depth. I feel it's a site for game collectors, who play very many different games but rarely get into one deep enough to learn to play it competitively. A place devoted to exploring boardgames strategy could be really useful, starting with a few games and adding further ones if there is sufficient number of people interested in a particular game.
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2013, 04:10:30 pm »
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Also, I agree with Ed's idea of several domains but one seamless look, and a mastication bar.  Something like what curse.com does with their various sites.

(Sorry, Ed, I'm going to toss that back at you a few times.)
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Re: Dominnovation Strategy Forums?
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2013, 05:13:15 pm »
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I like the idea of a hub page. BGG has a huge database with lots of resources, but for me it lacks some depth. I feel it's a site for game collectors, who play very many different games but rarely get into one deep enough to learn to play it competitively. A place devoted to exploring boardgames strategy could be really useful, starting with a few games and adding further ones if there is sufficient number of people interested in a particular game.
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