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An Open Letter to Boardgamegeek
A long, long time ago I can still remember how … no, wait. Wrong era. A long time ago one Scott Alden asked me why it was that I had become suddenly unwilling to post my material on boardgamegeek any more. It was a fair question and I promised an answer but back then I just couldn’t find the time or, indeed, the right words to answer that question. Since media plurality is a big issue in the UK right now, it’s something that popped back into my head. In the wake of boardgamenews, a site I used to write for, has announcing that it’s going to become part of boardgamegeek I think perhaps that I can find the right words and I think perhaps that also that I can no longer afford not to find the time to write about this issue.
One of the early comments stood out to me and seemed apt.
The businessmodel of sites like these – which includes Youtube, Instagram, TikTok and so on – is basically. “We have a bunch of computers and Ethernet cables. Those are connected to the internet. Come and make our site cool and popular by making awesome stuff our users can see and enjoy. Make people visit our site so that we can pay our managers tens of millions and launch a lucrative IPO where our founders can make billions. What do you get for driving traffic to our site, and making our site popular? Well, how about 1%? That’s fair. The traffic you’ve driven to our site might be exposed to your profile.”
I'm not sure if it is worse to offer no compensation for content or a pittance. BGG seems to straddle the line with it's MicroBadges and other flair.
ChristopherMD wrote: Wait until you find out what TWBG pays!
Maybe TWBG should invent it’s own currency a la GeekGold.
An actual crypto token, similar to reddit's Moons, for this site would be way cooler than GeekGold.