How to make a bad geeklist
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So I'm 50 geeklists into this website now. Geeklisting is, by far, my favorite feature here and a very strong addiction for me. So what have I learned in this time? Well, I've learned a whole lot of lessons on what does not go into a good geeklist.

So here it is, Blott's Top 10 tips on how to make a bad geeklist (guaranteed to receive less than 10 thumbsup.)


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Make sure you put the words "I", "Me", "My", or "Mine" in the title. The more the list seems to be about you and you alone, the less others will want to read it.
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Make sure that there are hundreds if not thousands of possible entries for your geeklist. If a user can come up with 10 examples of the idea that you have presented without breaking a sweat, they are sure to not waste their time with your list.
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Run a voting list where you supply all of the entries. This will guarantee that users will think you are simply making a shameless thumb-grab. They might vote, but they will surely deny you the extra thumb to the geeklist as a whole.
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Don't limit yourself to just one list on a particular subject. Keep revisiting the same idea again and again. This will ensure that users will get so sick of seeing the same thing that they will invariably just move along to a more interesting list.
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Never check and see if your idea has already been used in the past. If you repeat something that has been covered dozens and dozens of times by other geeklists and forum threads, you are guaranteed a lousy thumb showing.
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Create a geeklist that is solely for your own information/edification. This goes beyond the personalizing of the title of your list and into the very content of it. When a list tells another user nothing, and has nothing to do with them then they will undoubtably disregard your list.
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Use at least one word in your geeklist that no one really knows. Obscure, or even made up, words are a guaranteed way of getting others to run the other direction from your list.
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Use a geeklist to discuss something that would be better suited to a forum thread. The less items you include in the list, the worse it will be received.
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On the day of a holiday (especially a minor one) create a geeklist in the late afternoon. The less time people have left in that holiday to respond to it, the less attention your list will receive.

Added bonus: Make your geeklist a place for people to talk about their humiliating memories of this holiday.
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Don't limit yourself to just one list on a particular subject. Keep revisiting the same idea again and again. This will ensure that users will get so sick of seeing the same thing that they will invariably just move along to a more interesting list.
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Be sure you include Busen Memo in your list OR make your list in obvious need of having this game added. shake
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Or make a shameless plug of your own geeklist covering a similar topic hoping for some extra thumbs.
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13. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2242]
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Just have me write the Geeklist. It may not guarantee you get less than 10, but I guarantee you'll get less than 100.
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14. Board Game: Duplicate Ad-Lib Crossword Cubes [Average Rating:5.39 Unranked]
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For a truly bad list, it's important to have some dupes.
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For a truly bad list, it's important to have some dupes.
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Make sure you take some obscure historical theme, that you think is absolutely interesting, like:

Eldest: Which are the eldest multi-player strategy games?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18947

Early games with an "Author / Designer"
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/28025

or, even better (or worse ):

Pre-1980 landscape hexes
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/19549

I mean, that anybody else considers this as intriguing as myself, was - great.
I love my unloved lists!

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17. Board Game: Sip 'N Go Naked [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Title your Geek List. Nude shots of Aldie!
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18. Board Game: Blank [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Start a blank geeklist with a halfway interesting idea that somebody else has already fleshed out. Don't add any items to it whatsoever, but wait for others to populate it for you. Get incensed when nobody thumbs it or it's ignored.
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Have a geeklist reference itself.


Spoiler (click to reveal)
I'm getting a strange feeling of deja vu.
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Put a line of 160 hyphens in the header of the list so that browsers format it way too wide to read comfortably.
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21. Board Game: Love U [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Give your list a thumbsup and also thumbsup every entry you make on the list. People on BGG tend to hate users who pat themselves on the back.
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I think I am king of the hill in producing unpopular geeklists. This was the first geeklist that I posted. The lesson was that do not make obscure lists about defining common things. In my opinion this is the best geeklist that I've ever made. Only four geeks agree. But who wants to be popular if you can be original?
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Second thing that I learned that there is no games (or geeklists btw) that will make everyone happy.
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If you want to make an unpopular geeklist make it solely about sex games.
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If you like to make an unpopular geeklist be certain to add as many mathematical equations as possible. Even with a single equation the highest amount of thumbs up will be x<10 (with more equations x=0).
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