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EQ2-Daily Props

About a year ago or maybe more, I had started a site whose purpose was to provide the EQ2 community with current news on the status of the game. Part of this was because most of the news out there was fairly bad and ill-reported. I wanted to provide more than just random crap put together in a badly designed website that was eq2-daily.com. My site was cleanly put together, I didn’t just post everything that I found, I tried to keep it new, relavant and interesting. Despite the fact that I had a stable amount of visitors and I was doing fine, I decided to close the site because I just didn’t have the time to do it alone and could not find others to help.

So a few months ago, EQ2-Daily went through a redesign and after some visitation I must admit that their site is now perhaps the best MMO news site design online that I have seen anywhere. It is extremely intuitive, very clean looking, no longer the eyesore that it once was, and very well laid out. Props to whoever did the design.

Their news is still basic at best and more an aggrigator for blogs and other news sites than actual EQ2 news, but the site design is now great which was one of my original complaints about it. I would still like to see them gear away from the wiki (as eq2i is way better and theirs is taking away possible submissions), and start adding more stories from developers themselves.. for instance, while it is easy to actually go yourself to the official forums and see developer posts, it’d be nice if someone would post the good ones so you don’t have to wade through devs posting such gems as “lol” to get to the real posts where they are talking about new features coming out and why they did them. Those stories are still absent and it is shameful, the only time you can hear from a developer about the game is by digging or on the occasion that they do an interview with a different site.

Why Digg.com has become irrelevant

I have been a long time reader and user of Digg.com. I have had apps on my homepages for years to get the latest stuff off of Digg. The idea is great, allow users to choose what news stories are actually worth looking at and which ones aren’t. However, over the last few months I have noticed an alarming trend with the site and it stems largely from the fact that users make up stories for the sole purpose of putting on Digg.

That is lists. Digg has become list-central. Just a quick perusal and you get lists of reasons to switch to linux, best things about macs, reasons to hate the RIAA, best ways to optimize firefox, best iGoogle apps, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, these are often handy lists, with often useful information. But it has deluted Digg to the point where it is difficult to find ACTUAL NEWS on the site anymore. All Digg is now is a site for people to submit their lists and have other people rate them,  often complete with rants and flames.

Now adays I think that Newsvine.com is the better source of news that allows users to rank and submit stories, as well as pays writers, and has an editorial stance to make sure that the good stories actually are on top instead of the lists. I think you can even emphasize that Digg even realizes this issue as the only thing left in the company that is worth the time is Diggnation which is still really good, not only because Kevin & Alex are funny, but also because they pick out the best stories. Note that this is editorial, they don’t use the most popular, just the best so that they can take out the crap… aka Lists.

In fact, I’ve taken my Digg app off my iGoogle page as I write this and have replaced it with Newsvine’s feed as we speak. At least I will know what is actually going on the world more.