I want to rework the front page article categories somewhat and am open to any input you guys might have. My goal here is to allow writers to select a category when they write (the selection box was previously hidden), so I need to consolidate and make it easy for writers to pick a category and get focused and inspired. Also, I’m wanting people to write articles on just one topic rather than the traditional grab bag. Here are what I think are definite needs:
- Card Commentary
- Deck Analysis
- Tournament Report
I think I’m going to get rid of the Tournament Report subcategories (Cities, States, etc.) because the tournament structures tend to change and vary in each country. Also, I want the category selection box to be uncluttered.
These are a couple other needed categories, but are mostly reserved for special circumstances:
And there is a default “Uncategorized” category. I think there should to be more than that, but I’m not totally sure.
@baby_mario and I talked a little bit about a “Mini” category, for articles less than 1,000 words, but I’m not sure if this needs to be a category. I think you’d always have some other category picked first and the word count shows for all articles anyway. However, having it filed under “Mini” would tell people it’s purposely short and you weren’t being inadvertently lazy, so it’s probably worth including.
This was an old category that people used to write for to give tips to beginning players (a lot of “how to prepare for your first tournament” type articles), but at this point the site is geared more toward intermediate and above players and I’m not sure a beginner would even stumble across any article intended for them. I’m leaning toward removing this for a more general advice category.
- Tips and Strategy
This is a current category, but I don’t really like the name. It’s too vague to me – pretty much any article could be filed under it.
- Pro Tip
My intentions are for a category to house both general and specific advice. So anything from a morning tournament preparation routine to a strategy in the Virizion/Genesect vs. Yveltal/Garbodor matchup. I’m thinking these articles should be short and to the point, and “Pro Tip” probably conveys that.
As interest grows around old formats, maybe a “Throwback” category would be welcomed? I’m sure there are people out there who would love to write about old decks. I know @JayHornung has something in the works. Though, anything filed under Throwback would probably be in the Deck Analysis category too. Throwback would at least signify an article not on the current format.
Any other ideas?