Come on, who doesn’t like boots?
You may have noticed that the blog has been infiltrated by spam about buying some boots or jackets or other such nonsense. I have been diligent about deleting these posts and blocking the “users” which I assume are bots. Danielle is Queen Drupal so I’m going to put her on the case to try to fix this. We’re not going to stop allowing user comments regardless and I want to make posting comments as easy as possible. I despise those “type in the wavy letters you can’t read to log in” interfaces so I hope we don’t have to do that. I just don’t know enough about it to fix it myself so if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.
We do have a few other ideas peculating about the site, though…and I discovered Email!
The Google banner ads, I think, are about as non-intrusive as we can make them. I don’t even notice them, honestly, tucked down at the bottom of the pages as they are.
I want to thank everyone for sending in comments about ads, banners, and the like. It helped us a great deal. We are planning on creating a static “we recommended you buy this stuff” page which will be full of Amazon links. Brandon signed us up for the Amazon Affiliate Program. Of course you guys are free to shop wherever you want but we’ll try and pepper that page with items we all personally recommend and not random “buy some boots” links. Boardgames and PC games and console games of all stripes will be there and since it’s going to be a separate page, it shouldn’t get in the way of the front page content, which is very important to all of us. The front page of No High Scores will never be crammed with ads and buy it links. I hate that crap as much as you guys do.
We are discussing the idea of making a Cafe Press or Zazzle page, as well. If for no other reason than I’d like a No High Scores coffee mug.
Ah yes, my email discovery. Woo hoo!
For the longest time I have been checking my NHS email, thinking it was my own but instead it has been our Admin email. Upon discovering this I:
1) Felt stupid
2) Felt relieved that I may have more email than bounced back failed registration messages
Turns out that was the case. I’m going through the email this week and will reply to everyone that sent messages. Sorry about the delay — I wasn’t ignoring you.
Additionally, if you tried to register for the site and never got a password email in return it is likely in my admin Inbox. I helped one user this week fix this so if you are having issues send me an email and I’ll send you the needed password info. At last count I had about 10 of these.
Finally, we have another contest coming this week. I’m not sure how much you’ll LIKE this one, but it’s still free stuff so stop your complaining!
Finally for real this time, I want to thank everyone for sticking around these past 30 days. The site is proving more successful out of the gate than we ever expected, and while the outside referrals from sites like Penny Arcade, Dubious Quality, Flash of Steel and Quarter to Three have helped immeasurably, we have retained a lot of those users which is pretty rare in Internetland and I cannot express to each of you how much I personally appreciate that. We are steadily building a cool community here and that means a lot to each of us.