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Feel free to use an example. I am thinking things like guides, tools that help a player make certain in-game choices, discussion boards, services that enhance player interaction, mods, blog/news, etc. I am sure sites like this exist for really popular games like WoW. I am wondering what the community here thinks makes for a successful game-specific community website.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by MichaelHouse May 18 '15 at 20:20

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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    \$\begingroup\$ eggs, lots of eggs \$\endgroup\$ – OMGtechy May 18 '15 at 20:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think in it's current state this is off topic as it's a "list of things" question. I think there might be a good question in here if you can narrow down a question to maybe specific parts of community sites and maybe ask for specific types of experiences / results seen from said features, etc. but as it stands I don't think this will stay open. \$\endgroup\$ – SpartanDonut May 18 '15 at 20:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SpartanDonut yeah I went to the gaming stackexchange first, but this one seemed more on-topic here based on the FAQ, I'm ok with accepting the fact that it's not going to fly on either site, but it was worth a try... \$\endgroup\$ – MetaGuru May 19 '15 at 18:53
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Above all, I think it's the community. The community's demeanor is often not in the developer's control but there are things that can be done to promote a friendly culture. For example, rewarding players for helping newbies, a decisive ban every now and then, and giving players the power to reward other players for being helpful.

Next up is giving players the ability to feel proud about their game achievements. This can be something like posting replays for other people to analyze, hosting elite tournaments, talking about strategies, etc.. Mostly the standard forum stuff.

Finally, there's the developers themselves who must communicate with the community and make them feel like their effort and skills contribute to the game's development. Glance over every now and then, respond to some suggestions, and let them know if a suggestion was implemented.

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