Not Necessarily the News

BGG News editor W. Eric Martin exhibits signs of obsessive completeness and complete obsessiveness – and invites you to join him in this fruitless, yet satisfying quest
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What NNTN Is All About: Filling in the Holes in the BGG Database

W. Eric Martin
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While I spend much of my time researching upcoming games, contacting designers and publishers, and navigating a thousand-plus RSS feeds, newsletters and websites in my role as editor of BoardGameGeek News, I also spend a fair number of hours working on the BGG database on these tasks:

• Adding games/designers/artists/publishers
• Editing and approving/declining/asking for revisions to submissions from BGG users (pending lists of games, publishers, and people)
• Adding and editing links on game/publisher pages
• Requesting images/finding them on a publisher's press page and adding them to the game/publisher pages

Mostly I do such things in order to link to a new game in a BGG News post (which means I need to create or approve the game listing first!) or add a link to newly available rules for an upcoming game, but I also work on improving the BGG database as a result of my obsessive desire for comprehensive information. I want everything to be as complete and detailed and (most importantly) correct as possible!

Thus, I rewrite ho-hum game descriptions after reading the rules or ask a publisher for a sharp, large logo to replace an tiny, scanned logo from years ago. Yay, one more step towards comprehensiveness!

The problem, however, is that I find way more information and images and links than I can possibly add to the BGG database, especially since I need to focus first and foremost on getting news about games in front of you, dear reader.

As a result, I created this blog to try to crowdsource this material and make it accessible for all BGG users thanks to the efforts of whoever picks up the shovel I offer. Ideally, someone will say, "I'm a fan of this designer/publisher, so I'll spend a half-hour and take care of this." My job will be to keep posting these raw data finds so that you and others can make the material available for all. Well, that and dangling Geekgold carrots to help encourage folks to participate...
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