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There may or may not be others mentioned here. I only mention Mray901 in the title, because, to be honest, he kind of is awesome. He is one of the reasons I've enjoyed my job so much, especially after the relaunch Oct/Nov of 2009 when we opened up the community to everyone.
My expectations ranged from rude and/or crickets chirping to exaltation. I was clueless. In the time since then, we've seen the Old Timers come back (I let them have their own group, I was so happy to see them), we've had probably three significant spam attacks, three different video players, a slew of bug fixes (and some inadvertently created), near-million stories, added threaded comments (twice), had cover reveals that crashed the site (probably more than once), I can't tell you how many changes/updates to how the stuff behind the scenes is working, and the list continues to grow. And all through this - what have you guys shown me? That with very few exceptions (and only a few regrets), you've been a rock solid community that I am very thankful to be a part of.
So. There you go. I tweeted (and removed seconds later, but Mray901 is too fast) about what my next blog should be about, and he said I should do it on why he is so awesome. So I kind of just did. Now here's 10 more reasons why the entire community is awesome. In some kind of order! In statistical form!
OK, so some of these may seem big, or some of them small - but we're growing. We're building this from scratch. While we've been around for a while - we've never tried to compete. And we're a VERY small operation. Our full-time GameInformer.com-only IT staff equals 3. We're a company of fewer than 50 employees (what you see in the back of the magazine is it). We wouldn't even be where we are now if we didn't have awesome members who create their own cults - so while Mray901 is a part - you are ALL awesome.
Now back to work, slaves!
I think the best that's come out of all of this is that the editors feel like a part of the community now. That was so blatantly missing before, I can't imagine going back to the old ways now.
I loved when you guys relaunched the site, the staff is always awesome, and the community for the most part is great. This is my favorite website, magazine, company, etc. by far.
Keep up the good work GI!
Wow those are a lot of points ^_^
Amazing blog post. I love the fact that you can scroll down an entire page (sometimes an entire story) of comments and not see a single troll. GIO is where it's at! :) Plus those stats blew my mind as did the ancient GIO link. What a trip! Tell those GIO only IT guys to keep up the good work :)
Who is this Mray I am hearing so much about? Ha
I appreciate this.
It was fun seeing the stats in this blog - I've always wondered who the top person in points was. The only person I had kept up with was eyros who recently passed the 25k mark.