I am a new member, and although I have been on the internet since it was a government entity called ARPANET, I have to admit that I found BGG to be less than intuitive.
Among the most confusing aspects is the concept of forums. On most web sites the forums are a separate function, and all forums are accessible from a single top-level view. BGG is structured very differently.
BoardGameGeek has a set of forums.
Each game has a set of forums.
As a new member it took me a while to realize that there were forums for the individual games. Intuition told me that if I wanted to see a game review that I would click on "Forums" (top tab), then a subforum "Games", and then a subforum "TheGameImInterestedIn"
Of course this is not the case. I have to admit that about a year ago I happened by here, and did not become a member because I could not find what I was looking for with a "reasonable" amount of effort.
Yes, my loss. But the loss to BGG are all the folks who have done the same (left before figuring it out).
I have two possible remedies for this problem:
1) Add a "Games" forum tree in the main BGG forums.
2) Create a "how to find what you are looking for" section in the newbie FAQ/help files.
Just to be sure I wasn't missing something, I just rechecked "Help" -> "Guide to BoardGameGeek" as well as all the FAQs I could find.
First of all, many links are dead. This might be an upgrade issue and only a matter of time. An example -- From
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Guide_To_BoardGameGee... select "Forums"
I don't know about you, but I don't think it is very newbie-friendly.
Now click on the link to "Forums Modules" -- nothing there!
I realize that maintaining a site the size of BGG is a massive task. If I didn't think that this was a terrific site I would not take the time and/or effort to make this suggestion. So please do not interpret this post as a complaint -- it is a suggestion, made only because how a newbie sees a website is very different than how an experienced user perceives it.
My personal "Thank you" to the team that makes all of this possible.