eBay is here, and social integration is back!

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 2-Dec-11 | 17 comments

New eBay widget

The new eBay sidebar widget

Purchase games and accessories through eBay.

Now each game page shows the top 3 search results in eBay. We wanted to keep it simple for now. Down the road there are options to allow filtering and searching all while staying on the game page.

Show & share your
love for games

We’ve integrated the site with Facebook, google + and twitter. Let your friends see what games you’re excited about by using the social buttons on specific game pages! You can also help spread the word about BoardGaming.com by liking our homepage, becoming a fan on facebook and google +, as well as tweeting about our site and news articles.

Spreading the love

Official Rulebooks
are here

We’ve added links in the info area of the game page that will take you to the official rulebooks! Because you’re taken to the official game site, and not the pdf file, you may have to search a bit to find the rulebook.

Official Rulebooks

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Don’t forget to invite friends to the site!

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All good ideas.

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You guys might already be doing it and it could just be that I haven’t seen it because the people I’m following haven’t edited their work. 🙂 I think adding “______ edited __________ review” to your sidebar in your profile would be helpful. You might have to limit it to a single update per topic per day regardless of how many times a day someone updates a post, just so you don’t bump out all the other updates because of typo fixing. Just a thought. 🙂

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That’s a good idea. I’m sure there’s some dead wood in there. I’ll do it.

Regardless, though, the longer that list is, the busier my “recent activity” list looks, the better for the site.

edit: Done. Man, some of these losers haven’t been on since August! Thanks again, fellow ‘Scaper.

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@Ben H

What I’ve been doing is if someone I’m following is really inactive and hasn’t done much in a while, I unfollow them to follow someone who’s more active and posting things I’m interested in. If they become more active again, I’m sure I’ll see them when I check the “Recent” lists on the home page. My following is a revolving door until I get Reporter level 2. Seems to be working so far.

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Yayy, Google+! Now if only I could follow more people; 15 seems like precious few, considering all the wonderful gamers on this site. I’d like to see that cap raised, if it must be linked to Reporter level.

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@Jim

My post was actually directed at you Jim (distracted at work, edited to reflect that), and thanks for the update. I like the idea of doing the newsletter on Fridays and the updates on Thursdays. Keep up the great work guys!

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@ b0bb33z3r, About the newsletter. We wanted to see how the reception was if the newsletter got sent out earlier in the week. We may move to posting our main articles on thursdays, so that the newsletter could go out Fridays at noon. That would eliminate the feeling of delay.

@WerrWaaa, About Site Exclusivity… We still consider ourselves to be in beta in terms of where we’re at to where we want to be. Like b0bb33z3r said, we also want to make sure our server and site can constantly handle the traffic load. If you want to use facebook and google+ to invite friends, that is totally acceptable. Just follow the instructions under “Send Invitations via Your Newsletter” at the bottom of this page: http://boardgaming.com/invite

Think of the beta key as a way to let new users know that this site is still a work in progress, and that their participation and feedback is very important as we continue to mold this site into something truly unique, fun and of true benefit to board gaming veterans as well as those just learning about board games!

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@WerrWaaa

It’s not really super exclusive, you can always send out emails to your friends or use the invite link. Plus, part of beta testing is load testing, registration testing, etc. I think the approach is solid and I’m sure when the site goes officially live, the invite feature will still be around, but anyone can sign up.

@Jim

Jim, I just got the subscription email with the ebay, BotG and WAYPTW? updates today at 1pm. Seems like a pretty significant delay from when they hit the site. Is that intentional or something that needs tweaking? Just fyi.

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@Jon How exclusive do you want the beta to remain? How do y’all feel about posting it to facebook or google+ for friends to see?

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I Got What I Wanted

I’m excited about the rule books! Wonderful work!

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Book Lover

Yay for Google+ !

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Sharing the beta registration code in a private Facebook post or email newsletter, along with your invite URL, is a great way to invite others. The key is the “?invited_by=yourusername” at the end of the URL. Given that we don’t have the ability to enforce that the code be kept secret, we’ve considered doing away with the code. I will spend some more time trying to figure out a good way to enforce the exclusivity.

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@WerrWaaa

I don’t know if I’d want that. It seems like it’d be too easy for somebody to set it up and get people without actually doing any work. Which to me isn’t something worth the reward people earn by inviting folks they actually know.

Plus that has the potential to be abused by somebody making it look like the official joining link when it’s just their’s.

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Is there any chance for a sign-up link that we can share in our live streams, like Facebook and Twitter, instead of individual e-mail invites?

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The inclusion of a rules link is fantastic! Excellent addition to the site and one more step to boardgaming.com becoming THE definitive gaming resource on the web. ebay widget is pretty cool too, helping gamers find games is always a plus. Keep up the great work guys.

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I always love new features. It would be cool if there was a way to follow other users on Google+, etc. as well.

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Awesome! Great integration to the site.

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