Since taking the reigns about a month ago I have worked very hard to adhere to Adam and David's (and the others) standards of quality as well as set some new standards for myself. I have changed a couple of little things here and there, and I am working on a few others. I added sections for books and allies, and changed the Recommended Blogs section a bit. Hope you like it.
I am currently working on removing the advertising from the site. There is this one ad that pops up right after the first article on the page that drives me batty. I am also going through all the posts and making sure they're all dated and have a relevant picture to help readers know when the things were written and to improve the article previews. I had originally wanted to archive those prior to the new edition of the codex, but Adam wrote some great articles that are still entertaining and informative. So my vote, they stay. Just with submission dates more visible. The pictures help with the "you might also like" bit.
We have about 1500 unique viewers and about that many page views per day. Our readers are from every English speaking country on the planet plus several others. I am always delighted when look at the "Who's watching" map and I see the little beacon flashing in Russia, or Thailand, South Africa, or Portugal, meaning that someone is poking around on the site, almost all the time. The UK and the Northwestern US are almost always lit up, and it's not just me and David. I think that's pretty good. We just need to get more readers in South America... so if you know someone down there...
I know that may not seem like much to some of you, but it is pretty big to me. There are five of us on the council, or committee, or whatever you want to call it, and well, we are all pretty much fully employed otherwise, or fathers, brothers, friends, or whatever. And most of us would rather spend what little hobby time we get playing, and not necessarily writing about 40k. After all, isn't that how it should be?
I am not making excuses here, just trying to give you all a better feel for who we are and what you should expect from us and the site.
That said, these are my 10 commandments, or rather standards I intend to follow and promises I intend to keep.
- This is a Tau, Kroot, and Tau Empire Allies blog. Period. I will try to avoid posting articles about other games and armies. I cannot promise 100% compliance with this one, kinda like that "don't covet thy neighbor's wife" thing.
- At least one article per week -mostly likely from me, and I am shooting for an article to be posted at least every Monday. The other guys will post when ever they have articles to contribute. Check back regularly to see what we're talking about.
- Well-witten articles. Grammatical errors annoy me, and I am sure they do some of you as well. But strangely, I have never been annoyed by proper grammar and punctuation. Not even once.
- We are not a rumor site. I rely on Faeit 212, Bell of Lost Souls, and 3++ is the New Black for my news and rumors, and rarely will I regurgitate their articles... unless its something really juicy (and Tau-like) that I can legitimately expand upon. Redundancy is annoying. Redundancy is annoying. Redundancy is annoying. Get my point?
- I will try to focus on philosophy (as it relates to the game), fluff, thematic army lists, tactics, and other general hobby stuff specific to our army of choice.
- I will never, ever write an article about Dark Eldar, unless it's a battle report in which I have soundly kicked their pointy asses. I love to hate them. Sorry Natfka.
- I will never, ever write an article whining about what some army has that Tau doesn't. Call a Waaahaaambulance, we don't have psychic powers, boo hoo... la di da... I'm so tired of that. If I wanted to whine all the time then I'd play Dark Angels.
- I will borrow material from other sites from time to time, and I will always thank, credit, and link to the source.
- I will allow all comments as written, but I reserve the right to clean the crap off the walls (delete spam, rants, and obvious garbage). I will not delete your comments simply because I disagree with them, but I will probably fire the railguns at one or two odd badgers here and there. Keep the comments pithy and relevant, and I will try to do the same.
- I will try not to take myself too seriously.
Well, that's about it for now. I will post again this week sometime. This was kinda heavy and dry, and I found a funny list of rules I would like to post...
Funny is good, and I play Tau.