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The current welcome banner reads:

Welcome to Q&A for passionate videogamers on all platforms -- check out the FAQ!

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This sounds a bit awkward and forced to me:

  • is "passionate" really necessary (do we have a problem with unpassionate videogamers asking questions)?
  • is "on all platforms" really necessary?

The goal of the welcome banner is to explain in a few words what the site is. On all the Stack Exchange sites, this follows the format of "Welcome to Q&A for...", which seems to work on most sites:

  • Stack Overflow: Welcome to Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers
  • Server Fault: Welcome to Q&A for system administrators and desktop support professionals
  • Super User: Welcome to Q&A for computer enthusiasts and power users

These work because they identify a "tribe", and I immediately know whether I'm part of that tribe of not ("I am a professional programmer", "I am not a system administrator").

The problem with "Q&A for passionate videogamers on all platforms" is that I don't really feel like "a passionate videogamer on all platforms".

So what's a better tagline / description?

  • I think it sounds doofy with the Welcome to Q&A "Welcome to Gaming! A Q&A site for [...]" – Marco Ceppi Oct 28 '11 at 15:30
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    @Marco I'd definitely agree with this...if we had a real domain name. "Welcome to Gaming" sounds a bit odd – David Fullerton Oct 28 '11 at 15:32
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    So why can't we have nice things like a real domain name? :( – Raven Dreamer Oct 28 '11 at 15:38
  • @RavenDreamer Domain names are overrated – Marco Ceppi Oct 28 '11 at 15:40
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    @Raven stay tuned...and if you have any good ideas, send them our way – David Fullerton Oct 28 '11 at 15:40
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    ""Welcome to Q&A for...", which seems to work on most sites:" Just because it works for other sites doesn't mean it works for this one, does it? I think the whole wording is a bit too formal than I'd like. It may work for more 'professional' oriented pages like SO, but gaming is supposed to be informal and fun, imo. – l I Oct 28 '11 at 16:50
  • I don't like people the "loving" word choice. I'd much prefer passion, because it implies the passion for reaching mastery, and reaching mastery of what we do is why we're here in the first place. – badp Oct 29 '11 at 0:24
  • @badp "mastery" is not the first word I think to associate with "passion". – Raven Dreamer Oct 29 '11 at 7:49
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    I like the 'on all platform's line, actually. Think we should keep that. – GnomeSlice Nov 1 '11 at 20:05
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Welcome to Q&A for people who love playing video games

alternative wording (Juan Manuel)

Welcome to Q&A for people who love to play video games

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    "love to play" has a nicer sound to it IMO – juan Oct 28 '11 at 17:25
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    @JuanManuel It also decreases the number of words with more than one syllable! – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 17:29
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    I do prefer the second version as well. – l I Oct 28 '11 at 17:45
  • "love playing" sounds more natural to me. – Adam Lear Oct 28 '11 at 21:10
  • "Love playing" is undoubtedly more common (natural) in some dialects for casual conversation, but I agree with Juan that "to play" simply sounds nicer. Perhaps some English.SE people should weigh in? :P – Matthew Read Oct 28 '11 at 23:23
  • English grammar says that "playing" is correct here. Also, I'd replace "love" with "like". – BlaXpirit Oct 30 '11 at 14:02
  • @BlaXpirit What are you talking about? Full infinitives can be used as noun phrases. A gerund may be more natural, as already noted, but it's no more "correct". – Matthew Read Oct 31 '11 at 16:20
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...why not just:

Welcome to Q&A for video-game enthusiasts

?

  • You raise in important point: video game, videogame or video-game? – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 23:49
  • The way I've heard it argued in the past, "video game" is most technically correct, but "videogame" is often preferred by those who wish to argue that video games are more than superficially different from board or party games. While I don't think I'd ever use "video-game" in a sentence by itself, it makes a decent modifier of "enthusiasts". – jsnlxndrlv Oct 29 '11 at 13:16
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Welcome to Q&A for people who love video games

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Welcome to the Q&A for passionate videogamers

  • +1 for adding "the" before Q&A, which was the main thing bothering me about the message. – Invader Skoodge Oct 28 '11 at 22:49
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    @Strix This bugs me a lot as well. I was under the assumption that they (SE as a whole) weren't using the Q&A bit as a noun, rather just shorthand for "Questions and Answers." Welcome to Questions & Answers for passionate videogamers does make a bit more grammatical sense (though still doesn't sound very nice, imo), but if you're using "Q&A" as a singular noun, then I agree, it definitely doesn't fit without an article. – FAE Oct 29 '11 at 16:13
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    I don't think I can get behind "Welcome to the questions and answers…". :-| – Ben Blank Oct 30 '11 at 19:35
  • @Ben I agree that it should read "Welcome to the Q&A website", but... it's kinda obvious it's a website, rite? – badp Oct 30 '11 at 21:17
  • Should be video gamers, two words. – CyberSkull Oct 31 '11 at 0:07
  • @CyberSkull I dunno. I can make moderately strong points on each of the two changes to the current wording I made - if "Q&A" is shortand for "questions and answers website" then the 'the' is pretty much required; if it's "questions and answers" then it probably needs to be pluralized to be clearer; as it is it just reads wrong. As for removing "on all platforms", well, it'd be more accurate to say "on any platform" (do you need to have all the platforms?), but then you might as well say nothing. As for "videogamers" or "video gamers"... meh! There's no risk of confusion at hand there. – badp Oct 31 '11 at 0:14
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    I am a stickler for video game and derivatives being two words. They were shoved into one word by some hack after nearly 30 years of being two words. – CyberSkull Oct 31 '11 at 0:17
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Welcome to Gaming SE - All the gaming, none of the flaming

(Referencing the unfortunate fact that most other forums discussing gaming have more flame wars than they do actual content)

  • Clearly, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. – Martin Sojka Oct 31 '11 at 7:48
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Welcome to Q&A for computer and console gamers

... as opposed to, you know, RPG.SE and Boardgames.SE ...

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    the message should be geared towards brand new users, not people familiar with the network (they'll figure it out on their own) – David Fullerton Oct 28 '11 at 15:45
  • @DavidFullerton Video games is a slightly archaic term, but it does encompass these two, and includes stuff like old coin-ops etc. – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 15:47
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Something slightly different?

Welcome to Gaming.SE: a Q&A site for gamers by gamers.

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    Too cliche in my opinion – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 23:48
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Welcome to Q&A for gamers of all platforms

  • Are gamers on a platform or of a platform? – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 15:39
  • @Fredley Gamers aren't on a platform. Games are on a platform. – Raven Dreamer Oct 28 '11 at 15:40
  • "I am gaming on a PC" vs "I am gaming of a PC"? – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 15:43
  • Ok I asked at english.SE, I'm wrong... – fredley Oct 28 '11 at 15:54
  • @fredley that's apples to oranges, friend. – Raven Dreamer Oct 28 '11 at 15:55
  • Perhaps correct, definitely archaic (at least in my dialect). – Matthew Read Oct 28 '11 at 23:25
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    So do I need to own all the platforms to be here? – badp Oct 29 '11 at 0:22
  • @badp ಠ_ಠ... really? – Raven Dreamer Oct 29 '11 at 1:26
  • @Raven Hey, the potentially confusing test is the reason behind one of the two word changes I proposed. So it's a big deal for me! – badp Oct 29 '11 at 3:01
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    How about any platform? – CyberSkull Oct 31 '11 at 0:08
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Definitely not an easy answer, I bet there will be a great deal more improvements in the near future if we ever agree on just one greeting. So how about this?
"Welcome one and all to Q&A about the video games you play!" or maybe something simple like:
"Greetings and welcome to gaming!"

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