Letter From the Editor: A New Direction

Please take a look at this message to our readers from the new Editor-in-Chief of Shacknews.

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Shacknews has been around for 21 years and we have had so many amazing writers come through here. The site began as a website dedicated to Quake, and then pivoted to cover broader gaming news. It is time for the Shack to make another move into a new coverage space. We have assembled a team to help bring our readers the very best gaming and technology content possible. It has been my pleasure to work with the team in my CEO role for nearly 3 years, and today I am stepping into the position of Editor-in-Chief.

Many gaming news outlets have lost their identities. So many websites have pivoted to cover "gamer culture" ranging from movies, TV shows, comics, and music. The entertainment news complex is already overflowing with coverage, which is why Shacknews is not expending any of our energy to compete in that media sphere. Instead, we are moving into technology news and reviews. There are plenty of news sites for technology, but very few sites do a great job of covering both gaming and technology. 

Gaming News on the Cutting Edge of Technology.

We plan to cover technology while staying true to our roots as a gaming news website with a tight knit community of predominantly PC gamers. I am excited by this new role as Editor-in-Chief of Shacknews and I strongly believe in our new direction. Shacknews will provide Gaming News on the Cutting Edge of Technology. Please take a look at the new Shacknews team (including our sister sites) :

Asif Khan - Editor-in-Chief

John Benyamine - Editor-at-Large 

Bill Lavoy - Managing Editor

Greg Burke - Video Editor

John Keefer - News Editor

Charles Singletary - News Editor

David Craddock - Features Editor

Jason Venter - Contributing Editor

Ozzie Mejia - Contributing Editor

Adam Kraus - Contributing Editor

Chris Jarrard - Contributing Tech Editor

Michael Wang - Contributing Tech Editor

Jon Wong - Contributing Tech Editor

Brittany Vincent - Editor-in-Chief of Modojo

Steve Tyminski - Editor-in-Chief of Gamerhub.TV

Kevin Tucker - Contributing Editor - Modojo

Donovan Erskine - Intern

I want to thank all of the great editors that I have worked alongside for the past three years. Steve Watts and Steven Wong helped navigate the Shack through uncertain times and the late Andrew Yoon was a great help during the transition in ownership. This Editor-in-Chief title is not in name only and I will be doing my very best to continue to grow the Shacknews brand for decades to come. 

Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty

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    July 5, 2017 3:00 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Letter From the Editor: A New Direction

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      July 5, 2017 3:05 PM

      I'd like to hear more from Donovan Erskine - Intern. I NEED me some more DONOVAN.

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        July 5, 2017 3:46 PM

        Only guy not editing things. I have to assume he is writing his ass off.

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      July 5, 2017 3:05 PM

      Great news. Does this mean it is finally time for: http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=32515138#item_32515138

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      July 5, 2017 3:06 PM

      Interesting! I could actually use more tech-oriented news since a lot of the sites I used to frequent have also pivoted to be more "entertainment' oriented. Are you guys planning on a lot of hardware reviews?

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        July 5, 2017 3:07 PM

        Yes, hardware reviews will be a focus.

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          July 5, 2017 3:08 PM

          Cool. :) ...do you need any hardware reviewers? :D

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          July 5, 2017 3:20 PM

          How much of the business side stuff will you include?

          That seems to be your area of expertise mostly and gaming sites in general don't do much on the business side (probably for good reason, though I have no idea).

        • rms
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          July 5, 2017 4:11 PM

          Hopefully more fingertip-grip mice reviews; tired of all these lame-ass palmgrippers

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            July 5, 2017 4:52 PM

            every mouse is a fingertip mouse for crabs jarrard

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          July 5, 2017 4:25 PM

          two requests:

          1. use frametimes in addition to FPS
          2. always use GLQuake to benchmark

          thx, a mercury subscriber

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          July 5, 2017 7:35 PM

          the key to good hardware reviews that actually stand out of the crowd is interesting detailed technical commentary and interesting detailed technical testing with objective testing benchmarks.

          any idiot can throw up a "wat i think", but places like notebookcheck and rtings stand out because they have very objective and technical tests

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          July 5, 2017 9:14 PM

          I will take the car-related-tech-person-job, thank you.

          I appreciate the opportunity, Asif, for my first review I'll need access to the newly announced Porsche GT2. I will check out what hertz the display runs at (hopefully 144 or whatever!), then possibly see how resistant the seats are to mountaun due, and jizzum. It would be a good review.

        • Zek
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          July 5, 2017 11:34 PM

          What's your definition of hardware? Gaming hardware? Audio/video hardware? SpaceX launches?

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            July 5, 2017 11:46 PM

            Should we live stream the Model 3 unveiling?

            These are great questions.

            We will try to stay within the realm of what we think Shackers want to read about and also what we can cover. Gaming peripherals, PC hardware components, Quads, Monitors, TVs, VR, AR, IOT, etc.

            If Elon Musk eventually gives us a review Falcon 9 Rocket to test out, we will find a way to do it for Shacknews. For now, I think we will stay pretty close to PC and gaming tech. Consumer electronics.

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        July 5, 2017 4:23 PM

        I'll echo the thought here. I used to read Cnet for a long while. But, the last couple of years it's really wondered off into many topics not related to tech. The straw was one of those top 10 ways to clean some kitchen thing (I forget what it was). Really? That belongs on Cnet? Oh, and the headlines got really click baity. Bleh. I haven't gone back in quite some time. I assume they tried that tactic due to declining readership. There are SOOOO many blogs to compete with.

        I believe Shacknews can do better than what Cnet has become.

        REAL reporting and follow-up are so lost in the me-too rookie blogsphere. I always hoped Shacknews would grow up into top-rate journalism. Hopefully that ends up being compatible with Chatty.

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      July 5, 2017 3:14 PM

      Sounds good! I'm excited to see what's next. ;)

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      July 5, 2017 3:15 PM

      Ok, here's my 2 cents on this. First off, sounds good to me, I like games, particularly on the PC, and I like technology that deals with playing games. What I find most annoying is tech reviews are rarely done with a gamer point of view. There are places that do, but usually what I want to know about a product is either totally omitted, or hidden in their super in-depth 20 page review that is 90% shit I don't care about.

      Monitors are an excellent example. Monitor reviews are either "OH WOW IT HAS RED LEDS IN THE BASE AND SAYS GAMER - 5 STARS!" or they are the most incredibly in-depth long winded review about every tiny little detail and I really just want to know the basic stats +input lag numbers and maybe relevant explanations of their wacky game-focused modes like WTF is lightboost, and is it cooler than gsync, or can you even use them together.

      Shacknews doing something that picks the relevant info out of the insane over detailed reviews and presents it in a less novel-length format geared more towards "is this actually good for gaming, and is it actually better than the current offerings" would be great.

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        July 5, 2017 4:53 PM

        Like whether or not a display uses PWM or other "minor" details.

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      July 5, 2017 3:16 PM

      Fuck yeah. Let's do this, Shacknews. Whaddya need from the community?

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      July 5, 2017 3:17 PM

      Cool! We are always talking about building a new PC or getting a new cable modem or router on the Shack, so Tech News should fit right in with the latest Gaming News!

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      July 5, 2017 3:17 PM

      I am excite! Sounds good to me

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      July 5, 2017 3:22 PM

      holy shit!

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      July 5, 2017 3:24 PM

      One day I'll work for Shacknews. I rite gud centunsess

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      July 5, 2017 3:24 PM

      Great, another new guy to train.

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      July 5, 2017 3:31 PM

      I'm down with this. I used to be a regular at Techreport but fell off many years ago. They had great articles and that was definitely the time of my life when I was most-informed about upcoming tech in the PC industry. I would like to read tech-related articles in the future.

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        July 5, 2017 3:35 PM

        They sadly lost some momentum once Scott left. I used to visit almost every day but now, maybe once a week to see if they've posted anything new.

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          July 5, 2017 5:43 PM

          Yup. I still visit the site, but when Scott left the content went with him. I really loved his graphing, and fps methods. I haven't found a good replacement yet. Never cared for Toms. HardOCP needs to give up the rebel act, and update the site. Anandtech is just an onslaught, but the graphs are too simple imo.

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      July 5, 2017 3:37 PM

      Did you actually hire Crabs Jarrard?

      I can't wait for all the different ways he can hide cocks in each review!

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      July 5, 2017 3:38 PM

      SGTM

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      July 5, 2017 3:41 PM

      Exciting news! Hopefully we get to see some cutting edge developer kits and prototypes from the VR space!

      Btw, briefcase man, we still haven't played Bridge Crew together!!!

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      July 5, 2017 3:42 PM

      Is the technology portion going to be in depth like anandtech and/or digital foundry. Or are you doing something different?

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      July 5, 2017 3:44 PM

      Wait, Andrew Yoon died?

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      July 5, 2017 3:52 PM

      me likey!

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      July 5, 2017 3:52 PM

      Get ready for some linkedin stalking!

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      July 5, 2017 3:53 PM

      I think it's very cool to start taking on hardware. It fits well into the demo and there's a lack of quality work out there.

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      July 5, 2017 3:58 PM

      how's crab going to twist is fishing planet into a tech article, stay tuned!

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      July 5, 2017 4:02 PM

      Hire sTeve to do tv spots for the shack. He has a lot of experience, I hear.

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      July 5, 2017 4:02 PM

      Great move. This sounds like something I’m looking for.

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      July 5, 2017 4:13 PM

      Christopher jarrard as in Crabs!?!

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      July 5, 2017 4:14 PM

      So, does this mean a CES booth?

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      July 5, 2017 4:24 PM

      Shacknews is my homepage, and the majority of my other bookmarks are PC hardware related - so I'm fully on-board with this.

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      July 5, 2017 4:27 PM

      The new direction makes sense.

      Also welcome new people!

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      July 5, 2017 4:28 PM

      competition: Arstechnica?

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        July 5, 2017 4:33 PM

        Ars is great but they do more industry, software, OS and programming coverage than anything else. I think of them as more of a "big picture" site than a hardware site.

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          July 5, 2017 5:58 PM

          They've also been less great lately. They still have good articles when they're covering pure science stuff, but their tech and game coverage is considerably less good.

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      July 5, 2017 4:32 PM

      In 2004 Crabs Jarrard fathered a child with me which he has yet to lay claim to, and he owes me $200,000 in child support. I just thought you should know who you're getting into bed with, RIP shirknehz

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      July 5, 2017 4:37 PM

      Ok but what about "stuff that sucks?"

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      July 5, 2017 4:41 PM

      Onwards and upwards

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      July 5, 2017 4:44 PM

      What kind of technology are you planning on covering? Are we talking mainly PC rigs and video cards and VR headsets and things directly related to gaming? Would you be doing anything like drones, Arduino, open-source software, cell phones, etc?

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        July 5, 2017 4:54 PM

        It would be nice to see reviews of gaming peripherals and input devices, too.

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      July 5, 2017 4:48 PM

      Interesting...

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      July 5, 2017 4:54 PM

      Please steer clear of click-bait titles for views ala CNET...

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        July 5, 2017 4:59 PM

        The only reviews I read at CBSCNet are for TVs and audio gear, and that's just because I respect the work of David Katzmaier (TVs) and Steve Guttenberg (audio / HiFi).

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        July 5, 2017 5:02 PM

        Alternatively, have a section entirely devoted to clickbait style articles!

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          July 5, 2017 5:08 PM

          10 Clickbait Headlines to Help You Lose That Gut

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            July 5, 2017 5:22 PM

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              July 5, 2017 11:36 PM

              You won't believe these 7 different ways he comes...

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          July 5, 2017 6:38 PM

          "You're Going to Click This Link and Here's Why"

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        July 5, 2017 5:06 PM

        Sadly that's the name of the game if you want clicks.
        Also, YouTube videos have been known for higher clickthroughs when the preview pic is nonsensical garbage.

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        July 5, 2017 6:41 PM

        There's nothing wrong with click-bait, if the content backs it up!

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          July 5, 2017 6:42 PM

          To clarify: headlines by their very nature were created to grab attention. "Click-bait" just means a good headline doesn't it?

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            July 5, 2017 7:25 PM

            I'd rather have my interest caught by interesting and informative headlines than one that creates the illusion of interest by omitting information.

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            July 5, 2017 11:56 PM

            no click bait usually means borderline lying about the content of the article, by hinting at some premise that doesn't even remotely come to fruition.

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      July 5, 2017 4:58 PM

      Fantastic news!

      Resident Evil 7 spoiler in the title forgiven!

      I'm very close to removing techradar/gamesradar from my RSS not only due to all the Movie or Show articles, but also because their titles routinely spoil what shouldn't be known with silly stuff...i.e.: "New set pictures show Hulk in Z Cavariccis, shorts gone!"

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      July 5, 2017 5:18 PM

      Done with integrity instead of clickbait headlines this could be amazing. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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      July 5, 2017 5:18 PM

      Sounds great. I'd love to see articles on tech stuff like cool TVs and phones etc. along with the gaming roots. I am not very interested (anymore) in the in-depth techy stuff like the AVS forums or a 10 page review on a specific motherboard or GPU's benchmark tests. I always just skip to the conclusion page on Anandtech or Tom's.

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      July 5, 2017 5:18 PM

      wait you have an intern?

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      July 5, 2017 5:19 PM

      I will be doing my very best to continue to grow the Shacknews brand for decades to come. 

      Las cucarachas entran, pero no pueden salir.

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      July 5, 2017 5:25 PM

      I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW EDITOR IN CHIEF OVERLORD

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      July 5, 2017 5:25 PM

      Bless you, the man with the briefcase. You just can't stop doing it for Shacknews.

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      July 5, 2017 5:29 PM

      Another idea for a new direction: "Shiny" from Moana plays on repeat while on shacknews.com. You're welcome, internet!

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      July 5, 2017 5:42 PM

      So are you still also CEO? Owner? Does the CEO role apply anymore?

      Also please cover some news on some technology that could fix search.

      :)

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      July 5, 2017 5:49 PM

      Crabs Jarrard is on the team?

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      July 5, 2017 5:51 PM

      Awesome shit dude, congrats on your new role!

      Can't wait to see what you have planned.

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      July 5, 2017 6:06 PM

      sup chief

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      July 5, 2017 6:18 PM

      Will this site teach me how to hack?

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      July 5, 2017 6:27 PM

      What is this website of hardcockware?!

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      July 5, 2017 6:29 PM

      Do it for Shacknews!

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      July 5, 2017 6:43 PM

      I was expecting a more Cleveland sports focus TBH

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        July 5, 2017 8:45 PM

        Long as you don't talk shit about Cleveland sports....

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      July 5, 2017 7:38 PM

      Excellent, good to hear!

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      July 5, 2017 7:39 PM

      I'm all in for the new era!!

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      July 5, 2017 7:44 PM

      cool. good luck! I will continue to post stupid shit daily

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      July 5, 2017 7:48 PM

      WH0A, YOU GOT AN INTERN, briefcase duder??! Can you have the intern play through Duke3d.exe all the way through and have him write an article about it? Thanks.

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      July 5, 2017 8:19 PM

      Whoa, interesting! Does this pivot bring any changes to the Chatty/community side of things?

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      July 5, 2017 8:23 PM

      Awesome. Smart move.

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      July 5, 2017 8:40 PM

      i consider myself a Chatty-Enjoying Organism. feel free to abbreviate that however you see fit

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      July 5, 2017 9:08 PM

      I ain't even scared, bro!...

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      July 5, 2017 9:13 PM

      shit! my resume! i wanted to be the guy who comes in late every day, but stays late to make up for it :)

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      July 5, 2017 9:14 PM

      cool i like shacknews

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      July 5, 2017 9:32 PM

      I'm on board for this ride!

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      July 5, 2017 9:35 PM

      Can you clarify how you envision being different from HardOCP? More politically correct and more of a 60/40 gaming mix vs. their 60/40 hardware mix?

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      July 5, 2017 10:09 PM

      I like the new direction, don't get me wrong, but I feel like the frontpage is not suited for it. Is there a redesign coming?

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      July 5, 2017 10:43 PM

      this is pretty awesome! I like the idea

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      July 5, 2017 10:58 PM

      Okay predominantly PC gaming dudes, I wonder if I will ever get back into PC gaming

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      July 5, 2017 11:13 PM

      hire me to write for shack news

    • Zek
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      July 5, 2017 11:32 PM

      Does this mean Chatty will get post editing?

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        July 5, 2017 11:51 PM

        No.

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          July 5, 2017 11:57 PM

          but emoji ?

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          July 6, 2017 5:24 AM

          Allow post editing the way Facebook does (with a complete edit history). It's way better.

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            July 6, 2017 5:56 AM

            No.

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              July 6, 2017 6:01 AM

              Yes. The whole "someone might make a funny typo" thing rarely happens. Fully transparent edit history is good enough to see a funny typo and preserves every change so there's no funny business. You guys are stuck in your ways. :P

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                July 6, 2017 8:03 AM

                Facebook has fully transparent edit history? All I've seen is a date of the edit.

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                  July 6, 2017 8:09 AM

                  Yes, of does. I've supplied screenshots here before. Shackers seem like they don't use Facebook a lot, so I'm not surprised about the assumptions.

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                    July 6, 2017 8:13 AM

                    Ah, never clicked on it.

                    You probably know that shift-enter gives line breaks in replies. Most people just post a huge wall of text when making a long reply.

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                July 6, 2017 8:06 AM

                you're making a terrible assumption that people will only use edit to correct typos

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                  July 6, 2017 8:11 AM

                  No, I'm not. And it doesn't matter, because it shows the entire edit history, as I already said. I've participated on Facebook a lot, something I'm guessing you haven't done. Trust me, even in the most heated debates, people don't abuse the feature.

                  Given I've literally never seen it abused on Facebook once, where the arguments and people are generally retarded, I wouldn't expect it to happen here ever.

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                    July 6, 2017 8:21 AM

                    How is your argument that FB is the model we should be approaching?

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                      July 6, 2017 8:25 AM

                      I made a simple suggestion regarding a fully transparent edit history. I have made no other claims aside from that. I'm not sure what you think my argument is.

                      It's really easy to make typos on phones. It's a really straight forward, handy feature.

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                        July 6, 2017 8:27 AM

                        I think it'd just add another layer of complexity to the database, etc.

                        Let's get search fixed (officially) before adding things we don't really need. We can live with typos.

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                          July 6, 2017 8:32 AM

                          Obviously it's extra work. As end users we shouldn't really have to worry about any of this stuff.

                          Anyway, the easier solution is that you can't search edit history, you can only search the root post. You can drill into the edit history from there.

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                        July 6, 2017 8:28 AM

                        Just that you keep referencing FB instead of the feature that it has. I get it, but you've basically said "I know the history of Facebook and you don't" all Tom Cruise style.

                        Either way, solid no from me.

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                    July 6, 2017 8:27 AM

                    i participate on facebook quite a bit actually, im not sure why you would equate people on facebook to people on shack, that's apples and oranges. The attitudes aren't the same, the posting methods aren't the same and the general idea of the two sites aren't the same.

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                      July 6, 2017 8:33 AM

                      Because if idiotic people of low integrity bickering in public comments can seem to not abuse the feature, it seems we wouldn't either.

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                        July 6, 2017 8:39 AM

                        it's a false equivalency dude, there are a million ways you can use that to troll and the shack is action packed with professional trolls

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                          July 6, 2017 8:42 AM

                          And fb isn't O_o? I wouldn't say it's a false equivalency at all in that respect.

                          I mean, if you are right and it would be abused here (and I've never seen it abused there), then that says a lot about the community.

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                July 6, 2017 8:20 AM

                I would not be in favor of that. I'm not sure anyone cares about the typo situation as much as just having a hard history of what was said.

                Even if you had history, it's pretty much pointless to implement. If you really fuck up that bad posting that you need an edit button and can't correct it with one supplemental post, something funky is going on. And your additional post shouldn't even be needed 95% of the time.

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                  July 6, 2017 8:29 AM

                  Okay, so just one redo instead of multiple. It's still a "hard history".

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                    July 6, 2017 8:33 AM

                    I think keeping the original post with an "Edit:" appended to the end would be nice. It would reduce the times where someone makes a bad post, follows it up with an edit, but everyone ignores that to shackpile the original. Anything to reduce how damn toxic this place gets at times.

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                      July 6, 2017 8:35 AM

                      I was against editing until you bought up the shackpile bit. That's a good point.

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                      July 6, 2017 8:36 AM

                      Toxic Shackulinity?

                      Why I never!

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                      July 6, 2017 8:39 AM

                      So you'd show the typo version first?

                      I gotta say you guys are super weird about this. It's like you're all clinging on to the old way like it's some bastion of both truth and comedy. This shit isn't going into any history books. :P

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                    July 6, 2017 8:33 AM

                    Even if I supported the feature as a user, if shacknews.com has any engineering funds to invest on their website I really don't think post editing in their forum is the one that is going to bring them to profitability.

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                      July 6, 2017 8:35 AM

                      It's not about profitability. It's just a nice feature a modern comments system should have given mobile phone typos.

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                        July 6, 2017 8:46 AM

                        It's pretty expensive to contract out development, and there's plenty they could do to make this website's CMS better before they expend any energy on us. As a user, I'm very unlikely to churn, and I'd like to avoid the site itself churning.

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                          July 6, 2017 8:49 AM

                          True, so why not just purchase a modern comments system, skin it to look like this, and turn off unwanted features? Ground up dev for something like this seems like a waste of money.

                          Maybe this thing isn't worth saving and coding over top of it?

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                            July 6, 2017 9:07 AM

                            I'm going to respond in two posts here because I disagree both with the idea that it solves the problem and that it's a good idea...

                            Even that would require a bit of energy, because it involves ripping out one thing and transitioning to another thing that you'd still have to maintain. It's still an engineering cost to take any action. Beyond that, it would offer a relatively low benefit to shacknews as a company (better experience for it's superusers who are already unlikely to churn)

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                              July 6, 2017 9:26 AM

                              Everything requires engineering dollars. Clamping things onto a legacy system can be more costly in some cases than using something off the shelf (that you can fit to make your own). Off the shelf is surely cheaper than ground up dev.

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                            July 6, 2017 9:13 AM

                            Secondarily, you keep using the word "modern comments system", but I've got to disagree with you here. I think that every commenting system, modern or not, has its tradeoffs for different use-case scenarios.

                            They chatty works really well for the specific one it solves. I don't know of any modern system that has the same interface of no titles, showing most of a post (especially if it's short), and hiding the rest until it is clicked. I *love* the chatty's interface. I *wish* twitter, reddit, disqus, digg, all used it's user experience. IMHO, it's way more navigable that most other experiences.

                            I'd be super sad to replace it with something that didn't have that functionality, and if the motivating reason why was because the current system didn't have post editing, that'd be even more disappointing, because I don't really care about post editing.

                            Hell Twitter, arguably one of the biggest modern comments system on the internet, doesn't have post editing, so I'm not sure why that should be a priority of a gaming forum.

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                              July 6, 2017 9:24 AM

                              It seems like you're building a straw man. Who said it would be replaced with something that got rid of what made it cool? Also, I should have said "modern features". You know, like post editing, embedding videos, etc.

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            July 6, 2017 8:42 AM

            Fuck that, if they spend money on devs there are about a billion other features that would be a better use of time and money.

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          July 6, 2017 8:35 AM

          Excellent. I knew I liked you!

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        July 6, 2017 6:07 AM

        Yes, but it will be done by a person hired as "Chatty Editor". This hire will have full control to edit any posts however they want in order to ensure that chatty projects the viewpoints of the shacknews.com website and its affiliates.

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        July 6, 2017 6:10 AM

        Signatures incoming!!!

        -maulla

        THE PUSSY SLAYER: Intel Core i7 7700k @ 4.8ghz | EVGA GTX 1080ti 11GB | 32GB DDR4-3000 | Samsung EVO pro 960 m2 SSD

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      July 5, 2017 11:54 PM

      Awesome, sounds good I dig the direction.

      You have my support, all the best.

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      July 6, 2017 7:30 AM

      I will be honest and say the writing has not really drawn me to the FP. Looking forward to the new direction. Hopefully it's like the old Tested site I loved.

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      July 6, 2017 8:00 AM

      will there be build guides and recommendations like techreport does? I love those

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      July 6, 2017 8:13 AM

      The Shacknews brand feels like it could be pretty broad anyway, it's not like the site is called "gameznews"

      Can I make a suggestion, for some high level direction though?

      Pick a few areas where you know you can build really *engaging* content, and make sure the internet (not necessarily the chatty) community responds *really* well to those areas.

      I don't have any metrics to back this up, but Reddit, Twitter, etc, has killed the high retention reader, IMHO. It feels like the best way to survive is not breadth but *virality*. Virality isn't necessarily super deep content, either (e.g., the awesome doom post), but just highly sharable content and highly discoverable content.

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        July 6, 2017 8:17 AM

        Remember that you should try to win in markets you can actually win, so focus on the areas you have the most energy behind. If you're reviewing a hard drive, you're solving a specific user problem "should I replace my hard drive with this hard drive?", which may be only slightly sharable or discoverable compared to http://www.storagereview.com/ or wirecutter.com having a round up and top 5 list of the best hard drives to buy.

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          July 6, 2017 8:24 AM

          Also, I find this post by touch arcade super interesting for business direction setting: http://toucharcade.com/2015/06/22/toucharcade-needs-your-help-please-support-our-patreon/

          Touch arcade is faltering because mobile-gaming advertising is diminishing.

          IMHO their problem is they positioned themselves at the bluesnews of mobile gaming, which is boring. They should have positioned themselves as the wirecutter of mobile gaming: I still need a news site that maintains content like "top 5 games for a trip" "top 5 games you can play offline" "Top 5 multiplayer games", but they just review things in a vacuum and don't solve any real and repeated user problems.

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        July 6, 2017 8:17 AM

        We need reviews on shacks, for when I become a hermit!

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        July 6, 2017 10:27 AM

        Good suggestions. The Doom post is as you mentioned a great example.

        Viral, discoverable stuff that is unique and brings people together to want to talk about it.

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      July 6, 2017 8:37 AM

      Take dat wheel man! Sounds good!

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      July 6, 2017 9:00 AM

      Shacknews beer coozies.