Why do you like GBAtemp?

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  1. sarkwalvein

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    I think in the beginning when somebody is entering a community perhaps having "no anonymity" might drive you back.

    That said I think many people don't take good care about the anonymity and still post freely, or at least I do, I very well known that anybody could find my real name, and perhaps even address if they wanted (please don't dox me though).

    I think lack of anonymity still might be a strong deterrent, but more than anonymity the deterrent is "possible consequences" of expressing yourself freely, and that might be stronger if you know the forum is controlled/inspected by a given institution, e.g. feeling that a given professor/superior is against your opinion and might abuse their power position to make your life harder. This type of power abuse is really hard to prove and to penalize.
     
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  2. Maz7006

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    A lot of solid work here back from the GBA and NDS days and carried through I guess. I mostly don't or never really contributed anything but always had problems solved. It's stayed active and I still come because of that I guess.
     
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  3. FAST6191

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    Many years ago (and buried in a folder somewhere around here) I had voiced powerpoint presentations for one half of a module, though the guy did appear at times and teach classes. Didn't know it would end up like this.

    How much are they thinking of charging people for such a service?
     
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  4. osaka35
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    I think the community aspect is pretty strong. Anonymity allows for voicing concerns or asking dumb questions without too much worry about negative consequences. Being on the edge of knowledge and knowing where everyone is in regards to the scene is a big draw, as is finding answers to questions for whatever project or personal thing you're doing. And the ability to be among like-interested folks, even though most folks have personality and ideological differences. The things that bind us, and all that.

    Even when the discussions become heated, as long as folks respect each other and stay on topic, they're allowed to continue. That sense of freedom to openly engage with a topic is probably a big draw for this particular site when compared to others I've seen. This is my take-away so far.

    I think it varies from university to university. In the States, funding from the state continues to diminish. Use to be 70-80% of cost, now it's closer to 40% (depending on the state). So Universities are being forced to see students as customers rather than products, which is a long-winded way of saying they're going to charge more for online than in-person. University I attend it charge about 1.5-2x per credit for online than in-person class. ridiculous, but whatcha gonna do. I can't fix the political aspect, but I can try and at least make it a meaningful experience for students.


    A peer-only section might prove beneficial, with community elected mods, and perhaps even random usernames which have some sort of guarantee teachers and higher ups can't view it. Might work better at grad level...
     
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  5. DANTENDO

    DANTENDO I Won year sub Edge mag 1996 hot topic digitiser

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    The actual design of the site I've seen few changes over the years when I wasn't a member but the changes are always pleasant to the eye the presentation the layout the colors its def a Contender for best looking website for game related stuff
     
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  6. The Real Jdbye

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    Mainly, I just enjoy helping out people and the 3DS and Switch sections are good places to do that.
    GBAtemp for me is like my Facebook. I browse the recent content every day and stay up to date on gaming news by checking the front page, it's an enjoyable way to waste time. You could say I'm addicted to GBAtemp in the same way others are addicted to Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter.

    No idea about the last question :P I guess you could try to have some fun subforums to make people want to discuss there.
     
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  7. kuwanger

    kuwanger GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Well, there's two major areas I post in: technical stuff and more off-topic. For the former, it's nice to talk about technical subjects and help out when I can. For the off-topic stuff, it's nice to vent my opinion about things. :)

    Mostly news/developments. I used to be on Pocketheaven specifically for PocketNES stuff, then it grew to other emulators, and I'd venture over here too because it was a wider community and not just on hacking stuff--I never really made much out of whole cloth. With Pocketheaven dead, this is mostly the only community I belong to (forum wise). (There was also sosuke but that's been pretty dead for a while, basically since EZ4 develop looked like it stopped.)

    Not really looking for another community to replace this one, but what would make this one un-desirable to me is if I were to start feeling harassed by staff or members. Neither has happened, so *shrug*. If that happened, I'd probably look for another community with a similar vibe.

    Never used a university discussion forum, but from what you've said (and what I imagine) I'd tend to argue that it's not really comparable. People use a UDF for their needs for a limited time, not their wants. People hanging around longer or sooner is mostly undesirable. The only real standard for a UDF would be that it's functional enough, not hostile, and that there's an off-topic section so people can socialize outside their technical work. Long-term, it'd seem you'd need to regularly purge content and that really breaks a large part of the success of a long-running forum.
     
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  8. Kwyjor

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    I think the anonymity is only part of it. A classroom setting has a certain competitive element to it: people are anxious about being seen as foolish. That's the sort of thing that makes me reluctant to post much on Reddit: say something out of line and people will be all too happy to downvote you into oblivion, and your karma score will remind you forever after. (Say something that even looks out of line in a 280-character tweet and it seems like some people will enthusiastically take steps to ruin your life.)

    A place like here, I daresay the consequences are somewhat diminished.
     
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  9. FAST6191

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    I thought you were going to tell me it is the same as... but more? Even the same would be taking the piss as far as I am concerned -- no need to hire a room, libraries are possibly online ones, exams taken in combined blocks with others, professors can do things somewhat on their own time...

    For many many years (pre internet -- they used to broadcast their stuff at 2am-6am over the air as well as send printed books) in the UK there has been a thing called the open university which is a distance learning thing, fairly highly regarded actually as anybody that used it presumably used to also have to hold down a job and not have someone standing over them to motivate them. Cost wise was about in line, if a bit cheaper, and usually well financed with seriously low value loans (one I did, postgrad level, was a bit over a grand and paid back over 3 months... cost over the loan value was about £60 (no typo)). Today most universities I see UK wise are going the other way and having satellite campuses in various places, including London of all places.
    That said the are absolutely huge differences between US and UK approaches to university -- most don't have optional modules until years 2 or 3, even then said options are directly tied to your course, the idea of an undeclared major is unheard of (closest you get is courses like natural sciences which are pretty hardcore most of the time and still very much sciences that would allow you to science at the end of it or go for a masters in something if you did care to specialise), most do them in 3 years (nothing like a 2 year course really, 4 years means you did a foundation year or a masters), costs are going up/have gone up considerably ( https://www.statista.com/statistics...-average-debt-on-entry-to-repayment-timeline/ ) but the conditions on loans are nothing like the US (only people with student loan worries or rushing to get a job in the UK are those that took out credit cards, or find the payments effectively reduce their income by a few grand a year while they are working which makes getting/saving for a house a bit harder), working at the same time is largely optional (some do, most don't, summers are also optional), for the most part you are a peer rather than a learning child to be coddled (though it is changing) and I think that is most things for now.
     
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  10. zomborg

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    Overall I am forced to admit there is very little to the community as a whole that I find attractive.
    However, there are positive aspects. If one wishes to gain a greater understanding of how to hack a game console then temp is the place but you should be prepared to spend lots of time reading through the countless posts on thousands of pages (AKA finding a needs in a haystack) because many members who already know the answer to your question are not interested in helping you and it makes some members downright angry when noobs ask a noob question.

    As an aside I will offer this. There are a tiny number of individuals, some members and some staff who break that mold and are willing to assist you as long as you do not hammer them too hard in the political forum.
     
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    I've used this forum for years, I was part of another one (se7ensins) but I always ended up here for mods.
     
  13. Quantumcat

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    I am in a discord for my bachelor of computer science, even though I graduated a while ago. What makes it great is that we can complain about teachers and we are all there because we want to be. I'm still there cause I like talking to the people and giving students advice from my own experience. Let me know if you want the invite link and you can come in and check it out.
     
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  14. osaka35
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    yeah! that'd be great if you don't mind.
     
  15. UnwantedFortune

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    My reason may seem odd, but personally it's because of its similarities to the forum "Hypixel". It's a Forum for a Minecraft Server that I used to frequent when I was younger and still do on occasion. GBAtemp is much more interesting though, especially given that it's topic is far broader than simply a Minecraft Server.
     
  16. EmulateLife

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    I like gbatemp because of the gba roms.
     
  17. the_randomizer

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    The people here, compared to places like IGN, the people here are much nicer.
     
  18. pasc

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    Mostly for the past memories...

    Aside from that... Switch ? neh. Microsoft, Sony ? Neh...
     
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    Because it’s a loving, caring, friendly place to hang out, learn and talk utter shite :P
     
  20. nuclear-mindlapse

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    I really don't
     
  21. alexander1970

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    I like the people and their postings.:)
     
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