QUOTE(myndzi @ Aug 17 2012, 11:38 PM)
The sum of minor annoyances is a site you're not eager to come back to. KoS needs people to come back to it. You see the problem
Live engagement will encourage people to stay around and chat, or stay on the site, and make them feel like part of a group instead of single players which will encourage re-visits. Some people just don't like the system, but others just don't like looking at it
I'm kinda stuck on visual design before I decide on how to implement it, so here's hoping I can come up with something over the weekend...
There needs to be some way to link the #kingofstackers IRC channel to the actual site (and then, for the channel not to be dead). Even a direct link to it would be useful, instead of just a brief mention about it on the front page/header that nobody takes too much time to look at anyway.
Furthermore, the other thing that keeps people coming back is if they see results. Obviously, Nullpo gets a lot of players because you can feel the improvements compared to TF. You see your 40L improve. I don't think it's clear at all why it's valuable to invest time in KoS. It really does help with piece perception (how to take next pieces into consideration), stack visualization (how to stack neatly, especially with a 7-bag), and twists (a ton of applications, from fixing mds to prophecies/forecasts when piece order is bad).