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The GeekDo Concept is Weak . . . Interesting and Whimsical but Weak

So, I get what GeekDo is supposed to be. Do = Dao = "The Way." Yes, yes, yes, yes, I get it to that extent.

But, does anyone love the concept? Does it "click" with anybody?

Now, most of the folks I play games with have at least some graduate-level education, Asian-American, or have a bachelor's in Asian Studies. Blah blah blah... my point is that living in Seattle and being a far more Asian-aware slice of the general game-playing public in America, only TrojanDan didn't ask what it meant.

My girlfriend asked me the other day (when BGG was down and a GeekDo splash screen was up), "What's 'Geek-Do?'" (She said "do" as in the verb "to do.")

I said, "It's actually GeekDō." Like in the martial art that you're a black belt in . . . TaeKwonDo.

She then uttered, "Huh?"

So of course you explain to folks that it's Dō! BushiDō, TaeKwonDō. AkiDō. What have you. When they understand, it's never an "ah hah!" moment. It's just, "Oh. Okay."

Okay.

Like other folks I've explained this to who aren't really avid gamers, the sense is that BoardGameGeek was perfect for the site. It needed no explanation, and it was unapologetic in the obvious love the site's name showed.

So, what should we do about the other elements that are being attached to the 'Geek? I don't know, I didn't see anything wrong with RolePlayingGameGeek.

Like my girlfriend commented, "Why would they change it from something so good to something that needs an explanation?"

I know BoardGameGeek.com isn't gone . . . but isn't the Dō appellation too specific to a certain kind of geek? Is Dō too esoteric? No matter what your answers are to these questions, the name is weak.

Especially since even writing the word in some kind of borderline-insulting, over-stereotyped font still doesn't keep first-timers from thinking the word is "geek do" as in the verb "to do."
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Rompcat wrote:
the name is weak.


Only if you're not a Ninja. And if you're not a Ninja, then you're probably a dirty pirate.
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Rompcat wrote:
So, what should we do about the other elements that are being attached to the 'Geek? I don't know, I didn't see anything wrong with RolePlayingGameGeek.

Like my girlfriend commented, "Why would they change it from something so good to something that needs an explanation?"


www.rpggeek.com still brings you to the RPG side of geekdo. And www.boardgamegeek.com still works too. And of course we're still attending BGG.CON in November.

If the site was going to stay focused on board games, the name change probably would never have occurred. But in order to add other kinds of geekdom, they needed an umbrella label for the whole brand.

Edited to add: the gamegeek.com domain was probably too expensive. I recall the admins asking people for suggestions that were a) better than "geekdo" and b) cheap enough to buy.
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GeekDo == This is What Geeks Do.
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I think its brilliant.

Of course, I teach martial arts, so maybe I immediately got the reference.
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Are BGG and geekdo seperate? Or do they link to the same content?
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I was immediately turned off by GeekDo and actually didn't get it until I saw some reference to it with a picture that provided context. (I think it was a picture of someone in a meditation pose).

I find the whole GeekDo thing silly, but as I've never developed a successful website with subscribers and advertisers, maybe Aldie knows more about this stuff than I do.
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Because Flickr so obviously means a photo-uploading site. And Google so obviously says search engine, as does Yahoo. I mean, what were they thinking?
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I don't own or play any RPGs so it doesn't matter to me what the other website is called - as long as BGG exists is all that matters to me. To each their own...
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dagibbs wrote:
Are BGG and geekdo seperate? Or do they link to the same content?


They have the same content, drawn from the same databases. Try clicking on the following links:

www.geekdo.com
www.rpggeek.com
www.boardgamegeek.com
boardgame.geekdo.com
rpg.geekdo.com

The RPG ones lead you to a section of the site under the "RPG" tab at the top; the board games ones lead you to the "board games" tab. Geekdo.com defaults to board games.

The only difference is www.boardgamegeek.com, which links to the old layout of the site where the relationship between board games and RPGs under Geekdo is not so transparent.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
Because Flickr so obviously means a photo-uploading site. And Google so obviously says search engine, as does Yahoo. I mean, what were they thinking?


Or Amazon, eBay, Boing Boing, Facebook, Slashdot...Or pretty much any other website I tend to frequent.

Excuse my while I go play the Wii....
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"Wii" is the dumbest, stupidest name ever. The marketers who came up with that should be shot. The fact that it's successful only means that the world is populated with video game junkies who'll buy anything.


OR

Its an amazing unique web searchable word that combines the concept of family style play (We) and the sensation of freeform fun (Whee) where the word itself resembles two players standing next to each other and sharing the experience so that all of these concepts resonate at some level when reading the word.
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I like the name.
Even if somebody mispronounces it as "Do" rather than "Dō" it makes sense.

Q: What do geeks do?
A: Worry that "GeekDō" is too esoteric, while playing games that most people have never heard of.
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Inappropriate use of foreign language for variety/differentiation always reminds me of this kind of thing.
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Rompcat wrote:
But, does anyone love the concept? Does it "click" with anybody?

Although I like the concept of the linked sites, the name doesn't click at all with me.
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I concur on all counts. Also, I'd like to add that I always liked the "boardgame" part of boardgamegeek more than I did the "geek" part. Now they take away "boardgame," keep the "geek," and tack on some "do," which I, in spite of, or should I say precisely because of my being asian, I cannot relate to at all.

I mean, maybe "do" is somehow related to boardgames and rpgs for westerners, because of ninjas in comic strips and whatnot. But like they say, in China we just call Chinese food "food."
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Drew1365 wrote:
Can you give me a word that's not "web searchable"?


batt'l kha'os?


That said, "geekdo" makes me itch... I don't like it either.
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If you're going with GeekDo, you might as well start giving out belts.

(I think of Napoleon Dynamite, when use GeekDo.)

I started using GeekDo, but realized no more quickbar! Is there a way to get a QuickBar back in boardgame.geekdo.com?
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I didn't get it until it was explained in this post. I'm still not keen on it.

The term "Google-fu" makes perfect sense to me; "GeekDo" isn't intuitive - in part because it's so nonspecific - and it's kind of an ugly word to boot.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
Its an amazing unique web searchable word . . .


Can you give me a word that's not "web searchable"?


That's not exactly what he means...

Go to google.

Search for "Wii". EVERY single result on the first many pages will be about one thing and one thing only.

Now search for say... Death Star. Even on the first page, there's things that aren't related to the giant spherical battlestation. There's a NASA page, and something related to some other object someone just happened to call 'death star'.

THAT's web searchability.
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I didn't know what they meant by "geekdo" until I read this thread. The explanation didn't increase my appreciation of it. I think it's just a swing and a miss, as far as names go.
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I'm not a fan of the geekdo name. The part that bugs me the most is that this was the perfect opportunity to get a link that did not include 'geek' in it. Go to "newsitename.com" and click 'boardgames'.
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Maybe it's a stopgap measure until Geekdom becomes available, then all we'll have to do is add an "m". Geekdom sounds great to me.
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Apparently they needed a more generic name as they expand this database framework into other areas. First RPG .... then maybe video games, or movies, or books. Perhaps the name was chosen with an ultimate goal in mind -- a database chronicling all manner of sweet, fried batter treats:

"GeekDoNuts.com"

That would explain the "dō" part of the pronunciation too.



Sorry, I just passed a Shipley's Do-Nuts shortly after reading this thread and couldn't get the thought out of my head....
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Geekdom.com is taken, but Geekdoms.com seems to be available. I like that, too.

Edit: Except for the whole "dom" thing sounding like "dumb". blush
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