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Just because we don't have the infrastructure setup for feedback just yet, I am setting up this "Community Wiki" post (which means its an open-ended question essentially).

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the site, feel free to leave them here and discuss them in the comments!

Also, please look off to your left - there should be a uservoice feedback button. Please leave any suggestions there as well.

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Now that a feedback tool is up, is it time to close this thread off to push feedback and feature requests into one place? – Feist (Nov 3 2009 5:35 PM)

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Still looking around but you're likely going to get many posts/answers with links to long standing popular resources. Standing advice to RTFM - and provide a well marked up and documented list of the recourses may allow for more considered questions/answers than many people linking to threads or articles on other sites.

I know I've already in my contributing for less than an hour, linked to mmo-champion, rawr, wow insider and almost linked maxdps and elitest-jerks.

I'm trying to come up with any suggestions for you that would make this the go to place over all the other places one can ask and research wow info.

And I really wish I'd linked my unregistered post/user to this one correctly.

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Yeah I imagine their will be a lot of cross-site linking. The ultimate goal here is to collectively input that information here as well, by offering diagram tools, item/spell linking and character linking. Hopefully as time progresses, and more players get involved, moderators can help clean that stuff up too. http://stackoverflow.com is pretty much what were modeled after, so feel free to browse them for ideas as well. – ♦♦Jesta (Oct 7 2009 2:21 PM)

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As a side note - we definately encourage linking to wowhead - We have there popup library embedded in the site, so any links to wowhead items/spells will create nice popups. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 7 2009 4:45 PM)

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Instead of asking people to search the QA database before asking questions, maybe

  • do it for them once they enter their question (our automated search found this- did that answer your question? If not, please press "ask anyways")
  • Provide some centralized knowledge base that has known answers to common questions, and some way of retiring obsolete questions (maybe have a "valid in patch x" tag)

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I definitely want to include a tag or some form of organization that tags the question as to "This question was asked in 3.2.2" or "This answer applies to 3.3", so when the question becomes outdated, newer versions can exist, or old versions can be updated. As for the "question suggestion" thing, I believe the SE engine already does that after you enter the title of your question, it suggests other questions that may of already been asked, to see if maybe your question has already been asked. – ♦♦Jesta (Oct 7 2009 2:26 PM)

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Odd to be answering with a question, but when should one answer and not comment? So far there is one thing I commented on, but upon reflection - suspect it may be better a comment. So a guideline or rule of thumb for that?

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Answers should at least attempt to answer the question. If you have a question about the question, its a commment. Use best judgement. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 7 2009 4:43 PM)

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You really should try and purge the gold-selling adverts from the site. Every new WoW site that pops up is crawling with them. Since you're going to attract new players, for heaven's sake don't help the game with one hand and slap it down with the other!

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That's the plan, right now google is still learning what this site is about (after all, its like 48 hours old), and we will begin purging those gold selling ads somewhere along the line. I don't like them either. – EpicAdvice (Oct 8 2009 12:55 PM)

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Good to know, thanks! – Wedgeski (Oct 9 2009 3:57 AM)

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Must say I don't really care for the current theme...

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Anything in particular you dont like? We are still working and customizing it. If you have any specific suggestions I'd love to hear them! – EpicAdvice (Oct 8 2009 12:55 PM)

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One thing I just noticed: the edit history has uuugly grey boxes. See http://epicadvice.com/revisions/799/list – lilserf (Oct 8 2009 4:07 PM)

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One note is that while gold and purple are both decent colors on top of a black background, they don't work well together IMO. I saw some popup/notices that were purple on gold BG. – Wikwocket (Oct 9 2009 10:52 AM)

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I have a feature request- could you let us save an RSS feed for questions that contain a tag, or a group of tags? Ideally this feed would only contain the initial question and not be updated every time someone edits or answers it.

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http://epicadvice.com/feeds/tag/raiding - or search for a tag - there should be a link to the proper feed. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 8 2009 8:11 PM)

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I'd like to see an RSS feed for the newest questions page. – Wridel (Oct 9 2009 6:37 PM)

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Actually, scratch that, I'd rather see a new questions Twitter feed. I only open my RSS client a couple times a day, but Tweetie updates every minute. – Wridel (Oct 9 2009 6:41 PM)

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The page you get when there is a server error of some sort still references stackoverflow's feedback page. I am not sure if this is a config thing on your end, or a bug in stackexchange code.

I don't know the exact page, it was the error page with a lolcat saying "Wait I'll fix it."

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I've seen it too - there is a bug opened on meta.stackexchange.com for it already. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 8 2009 3:04 PM)

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Because the mechanics of the game change fairly frequently, I think you're going to need some mechanism to "age" answers, or at least indicate what version of WoW the answer is correct for.

For example, if the site had existed a few months ago and one question was "What level do you get a flying mount at?" The answer that was correct from a few months ago would be incorrect now.

Ideally, users would go back through old questions and downvote formerly correct, but now incorrect answers; and upvote new correct answers. But realistically that isn't going to happen very much. All the stale, out-of-date pages on Wowwiki proves that.

I'm not sure exactly how you handle this. Maybe autotagging each answer with the current WoW version, so people can guess if it might be out of date. Maybe slowly automatically downvoting answers. I'm not sure.

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I think outdated answers could easily be handled by adding a comment (for now) but this is a great idea. This answer is no longer accurate messages could spawn people coming back and updating their answers. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 8 2009 3:01 PM)

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I agree - see wowhead comments for an excellent example. they have date and live wow version number. – Antics (Oct 16 2009 3:23 PM)

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My view of the site (which may not be yours) is that it's a good place to get a straight answer to a single question, without having to dig through 18 pages of EJ forum threads or run a giant DPS-calculating spreadsheet.

To that end, answers that simply link to EJ or some tool, without any discussion or explanation of the topic being asked about, should be discouraged.

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That's up to the community mostly, but I would encourage at least quoting the portion of the forum you want to use as an answer. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 8 2009 3:07 PM)

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Is there a way to implement some basic form of private messaging. I've found myself now wanting to, say, contact a mod about a particular site issue. Or maybe I want to offline with someone that I'm having a particularly contentious messaging back-and-forth with. I think there needs to be a way to step back from the public discourse and be able to talk with someone though some kind of private messaging scheme. Even if it just sends a message to their email.

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Considering the openid system never asks for my e-mail - it can't send me one. I found myself missing the PM abilities at first on stack overflow, but you get used to it. If you want to be contacted - you can add links to your website/email in your profile. If you want to talk to the team - team@epicadvice.com. – ♦♦gnarf (Oct 9 2009 10:00 AM)

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Well somewhere on my user profile I know I entered my email address, even though that was to match my user icon. The data is at least there. I suppose I will learn to live without! The team contact email is a great start at least. – Takkara (Oct 9 2009 10:02 AM)

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