How many reports and complaints do you guys get per day? (On average)
Matt Kuliani, Community Manager (Kuliani): Honestly, I don't know. I don't count them or create a spreadsheet of effectiveness versus various number manipulations. It is my belief that if I did start doing that, the community has stopped being about people and more about page views, and when that happens, we might as well just get rid of all community functions and put more time into other monetizing ventures. Most of the big name gaming communities have already gone there and are being held together by die-hard fans and pressure from their parent company to keep things looking less corporate.
The volunteer moderators and I take a look at all of the complaints, reports, appeals, and PMs sent to us and get a "feeling" about how the community is doing. Trends are communicated and improvements discussed. There is a very good reason why the Posting Guidelines are guidelines instead of rules and why the moderators are all volunteers; no one wants a police officer or district attorney listening into their private conversations.
What kind of music do you guys listen to at the office? - Asked by TheMilkLizard
Allison Harn, Artist (Lima): Well let's see, I listen to a lot of music. I'm a big fan of beat italiano and soundtracks from Italian action flicks from the '60s and '70s like Baretta 70; Crooners like Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin; French & French-Canadian punk like Les Breastfeeders, current indie music and jazz/soul singers like Dinah Washington and Etta James.
Some of the more well-known music I listen to regularly would be White Rabbits, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD Soundsystem, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, David Bowie, Esthero, Muse, and Spoon.
At the end of the day it really depends on what kind of artwork I'm working on because that's what usually influences what music I gravitate towards. If I'm working on stuff that involved blood and gore I might lean towards the beat italiano, punk music and trip-hop.
If I'm working on stuff that's more fantasy based I may lean more towards jazz and the old crooners.
John Funk, Games Editor: I usually just find something on YouTube and listen to it (and others) over and over again. It really fluctuates. The other week was just Lady Gaga's two albums over and over, but before that was Flogging Molly. Lately I just finished watching Macross Frontier, so I've been listening to that soundtrack on repeat ...
Who was the first to come up with the name for the website?
Alex Macris, Publisher and CEO (Archon): I actually came up with the name for the website on 15th of March, 2005. The other name I came up with was "International Games Insider" so it's probably for the best that we went with The Escapist ...