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Nathan Slovenia

  Thu, April 18th, 2013 at 14:40
LDAsh on Thu, April 18th, 2013 at 00:00 GMT  
It then begs the question why is it even done in the first place?  To either attract unique hits from Google and such, or to assist in helping people find roms elsewhere by supplying the archive names, or both?  Like I said, that's almost understandable, but to then treat them so harshly for even bringing it up is simply weird, self-gratifying behaviour.  Could I be treading a fine line here?  Being a troll and talking about roms?  Should I be banned?  It might just be why it's become somewhat a ghost-town.

You can't attract hits from Google when the 'bait' is only visible when you are already on the site. The archive names and such probably do attract hits from Google, but then this is the case with all sites where there is a public database of ROM releases so I'd say it only has a minimal impact. What Athmel said is also true.

I think there are other reasons as to why there's only very little activity here anymore, namely:
- the DS and Wii are dead, official and homebrew releases alike
- the 3DS and Wii U are doing alright with official releases, but there is nothing interesting happening in the homebrew scene (for the end-user)
- starting news categories for other platforms now is pointless and a waste of time
- most of the staff no longer have the time to post some news or even keep up to date with the latest happenings -- there are only two people more or less regularly posting news on the DS site and no one is posting anything on the Wii site
- the site is still running on a 6 year old layout, which 'veterans' don't really mind, but which detracts newcomers -- a new layout has been worked on, and I'd say it is about 65% complete but development's ceased since last year
- 'veterans' have left because there is nothing going on, and nothing is going on because they have left.

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