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Re: Debian Games Team website

Sorry if that seems too newbish, but how does games currently get
selected to be on `games-finest`?

I was wondering if it would be possible to implement a voting system,
even if it's only among the people from the Games team.
If not, then I agree with picking a game randomly,
because it would improve visibility on otherwise hidden games.

Of course we should have a back log with previously selected games,
both to prevent same games from showing up and for historical purposes.

Also, people from the team could collaborate on the highlighted game.
Like, if we are in a good mood, we might submit new screenshots,
check if the package is updated and help each other. :)

The highlight section could also point out to ways on how users could
collaborate to the game (like translating things or providing bug

So, in the end, I think it should be "Game of the Week", which puts a
balance between people visiting the site for updates and possible
contributions from within the team.

And as for the "Blends Versus Homepage" issue, why don't we make the
Games Team homepage oriented towards development and the Blends page
for the user?
- The team homepage could contain team statistics, list of bugs... You
  know, things the team might care about.
- The blends page could have a neat appearance, showcasing current
  games and with discovery tools, directed straight to the people who
  think "I'm on Linux and want to play some games. What do I have?"

Sorry if I proposed a lot. I know it's a lot of work, but I'm anxious
to hear what you guys think of it.

On 08/17/2014 09:12 AM, Markus Koschany wrote:
> Hello,
> On 14.08.2014 22:28, Tobias Hansen wrote:
>> Am 14.08.2014 20:54, schrieb Alexandre Dantas:
>>> Hey Markus, thanks for replying!
>>> I made some changes according to your suggestions and minor tweaks:
>>> - The homepage has a "Featured Game" section, showing information
>>>   on a specific game. It's currently written by hand, but will be
>>>   a template to whatever game the server selects.
>> I like it and I have a suggestion:
>> Instead of randomly selecting a game, we could display a "Pick of the
>> month" and select a game which is especially nice every month. The past
>> picks of the month could be archived so that we end up with a list of
>> recommendations. This is very helpful because it's hard to find the best
>> games among the huge amount we have in Debian. Also, the best games are
>> better for advertising the games team than random games. I got the idea
>> from here:
>> http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/picks/
> The »games-finest« task is basically such a recommendation already. We
> could either select only games from this task or we decide to take all
> games into account and treat all of them equally. I think "game of the
> day" would be a nice feature and users would have a reason to regularly
> come back to the site again.
>>> - I've also added more pages, according to the links you pointed out.
>>>   There's "Tasks"[0], with a dummy content based on the package list
>>>   and "Statistics"[1], with the contents of the current statistics page.
>>>   - About the "Tasks" page, I did not add the entire contents of the
>>>     task lists; it's merely an example. The links on the Table of
>>>     Contents work (at least for "Adventure" and "Tetris") and it
>>>     would be nice for the server to count how many
>> On the one hand I like the tasks page. On the other hand this could
>> become a reinvention of blends.debian.org and you should consider if
>> that's a good idea. blends.debian.org has already cool features like
>> letting the user supply translations.
> Indeed. The goal is to integrate blends.debian.org into the new website
> by adjusting the web design for both projects. In the end it is probably
> just a link from one site to the other.
> Markus

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