Hello readers. I have a quick update on what to expect on the blog for the next couple of weeks.
For the next two weeks, we’ll be running some old reviews from our sister site, The Lowdown, for the first time on et geekera. While these games and reviews are several years old, they will be edited updated slightly so that they won’t be quite as originally presented but the gist of the review will remain the same.
With all the changes to Steam and the addition of the new curation and discovery options, I thought that now was a good time to launch our own group on Steam. With almost 3,000 fans of the blog between WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, I thought that we can start doing some community things like gaming together and other events beyond that.
You can find the official et geekera Steam group at steamcommunity.com/groups/etgeekera.
We also have our own Steam Curator list that you can follow.
I’d like to just talk for a minute about commenting here on et geekera. We don’t get a lot of them here but we get a few. The problem is the setup that I go with on the WordPress platform. You basically have three options: 1) Comments off; 2) Comments come through as submitted; and 3) Comments set to pending until I approve them or straight through with a previously approved comment.
My experiences on The Lowdown Blog tell me that letting every comment through is just a way for spam bots to ruin your comments section and I like the discussion so I went with pending my approval. The Akismet spam filtering service on WordPress isn’t perfect. On TLB, a lot of spam comments come through. Over here, I’ve found a few comments that were legit go to spam rather than pending and other comments that were clearly spam go through to pending approval. Even after approval, there are a few of you that are still flagged as spam. Seeing as I’ve got over 1,500 spam comments saved up in my spam comment folder from the last two weeks, I’m not going to be able to through all them to see if they’re actually spam or not.
So if you’re not seeing your comments straight away: 1) I may have to get to approving it; or 2) It’s been flagged as spam. Since I can’t be checking comments for approval all the time, it may take minutes or hours for it to go up. If you need to get my attention about approving or un-spamming a comment, you can email us at etgeekera [at] gmail.com or tweet us @etgeekera.
Just keep in mind that if you’re not adding anything to the conversation, you’re not getting approved, even if you ask politely. To the guy who tried to comment this morning on a Doctor Who review with a link to his blog and Facebook page: That’s spam and you’re not getting approved. To rebloggers: Add something to your reblog besides “Reblogged by BlogX” and you generally get approved. To everyone who writes “cool article” or “nice” while making sure that there’s a link back to your blog: Write more than two words. Say something that someone might think about replying to or liking your comment. That’s when you’ll get approved.
I’m not trying to be exclusionary or pretend this microscopic part of the geek blogosphere is the most important place online. I want to make sure that 1) You know what’s happening with comments on the blog; and 2) We foster some healthy discussion and dialogue on the blog. That doesn’t mean I’m going to censor critical comments. It’s just that after seeing all the crap with the so-called #GamerGate (column coming this week), I just want to make sure this is still a nice place for people to read and talk.
As I mentioned earlier this morning, today is et geekera’s one year anniversary of existence. The traffic, comments and readership grew far faster than I was expecting since we were jumping into a very big, very competitive pool of geek interest blogs.
Now that we’re one year in, I think now is a good time to do a big picture examination of the direction of the blog and I thought I would solicit some opinions about what you like, what you don’t like and what you’d like to see in the future.
After the jump, I have a few polls and a feedback form to give us some feedback.
Hi folks. I have a quick PSA for the rest of the week.
I’m off for the rest of the week and into next week so the blog will be going quiet for the next few days. Unfortunately, this means that I won’t be covering any of the big news from Gamescom as it happens. I’ll do a wrap up of the biggest announcements and stories next week.
Expect normal programming to resume next Wednesday.
We’ve done a few video game reviews here on et geekera but we haven’t really explained what the scores mean. Sure, the scores at the end of the reviews are a reflection of the content of the rest of the review but we haven’t expressly said what constitutes a full endorsement and what is a game that must be avoided at all costs. Read the rest of this entry
Was one of your new year’s resolutions to write for a start-up geek blog that aims to be a proper blog for geeks? Well you’re in luck because we’re looking for writers.
We’re always looking for talent writers to join our (currently) highly unpaid team of geek writers whether you want to post regularly or just on the occasions when you’re inspired. You can write about anything geek related such as technology, games, comics and more.
If you’re interested in writing a guest post or joining our writing staff, email us at etgeekera [at] gmail.com or complete the form below to tell us what you want to write about. Read the rest of this entry
Today, we launch et geekera. et geekera (or etg for short) is a geek interests and lifestyle blog.
Our mission is to take the word “geek” back for the geeks. We aren’t geeks in name only. We have a passion for what we write about and want that to translate to the page. If you have a passion for tech, games, sci-fi and more, you’ve come to the right place.