Welcome to Digitally Downloaded, our little hole-in-the-wall shop of a website devoted to the greatest newest trend of the gaming industry; in particular, the digital distribution of gaming products. On any given day, Digitally Downloaded features reviews of games available through digital distribution, breaking headlines on the newest stories announced, interviews with luminaries and up-and-comers alike and opinion pieces about current and past trends in the industry. We strive to present only the best quality journalism to all of you, our dearest readers.
Of course, all of this “best quality journalism” is completely pointless unless we have you, the readers, to read it and give us feedback on it. After all: a community isn’t a community without people to populate it. We fully realize this fact and, as such, encourage you to comment on our articles and take part in conversations on our forums. The forums are especially cool, as we often have fantastic giveaways and debates going on, so we really appreciate any comments you leave for us. Our staff members are dedicated to responding to every comment you leave so please, feel free! We’re a friendly bunch who like to talk about the things we love – especially video games. No matter what you have to say, we’re always willing to listen and to reply in kind.
So What’s The Catch?
That being said, we do expect a certain level of respect and maturity in our comments. Because of this, we ask that only people with Google accounts post comments on our articles directly; the staff of Digitally Downloaded are very committed to the idea of accountability and, while we realize that allowing anonymous comments would certainly allow a larger audience to interact with us, we feel that forcing some form of accountability will increase the quality of the comments we receive on our articles. The forums are much the same way, requiring you to make an account before you are able to reply to any threads of conversation.
Of course, simply having an account – either with Google or on the forum – doesn’t give you a free pass for the sort of things you can say. As we mentioned above, we expect a certain level of maturity in any comments you might leave for us; while we do appreciate a good debate, we don’t appreciate comments that are argumentative for the sake of being difficult.
This isn’t to say that you can’t vocally disagree with what we have to say – far from it! If you have a differing opinion, by all means, voice it! Just make sure to respect our staff and the other readers you may be chatting with. Digitally Downloaded strives itself on creating a community of mutual respect and our editors will not stand to see mindless aggression being doled out simply because someone has a different opinion than yours.
Similarly, we do not appreciate mindless “spam”-like comments; though we don't mind if you have a website or relevant link to post up as part of a conversation (yes, you can link to your websites here), the team at Digitally Downloaded reserves the right to caution you and modify comments if you are too enthusiastic about taking advantage of that.
Care To Sum That Up?
For those who would prefer a TL;DR, version, I’ll sum it up in a few simple points:
• We appreciate any and all comments you want to leave either on our articles or in our forum. A community isn’t a community without people within it, so we encourage you to talk as much as you want.
• We promise to reply in kind to any questions or opinions you may leave on our articles. If you actually took the time to post a comment on one of our articles, we would be remiss if we didn’t return the favour and respond.
• We do not allow anonymous comments on our articles or in our forum. We here at Digitally Downloaded feel that anonymity directly counters any sense of accountability a person may have, and a lack of accountability fosters more argumentative or “spam”-like comments. As such, we require you to have a registered Google account or an account on our forum before you are allowed to post comments.
• We will not stand for deliberately argumentative or “spam”-like comments. Any comments our editors do not feel contribute to any conversation that may be occurring will likely meet moderator wrath (AKA deletion or similar restriction).
• We expect any comments that are left to reach a respectable level of maturity. Directly related to the above point, we feel that each commentor needs to equally respect one another – Digitally Downloaded is a community built on mutual respect and anything less than that is unacceptable. Just try to be civil and respect that other people may have differing opinions than your own and we’ll all get along fine.
• Don’t be afraid to speak up! If you disagree with something said in one of our articles, feel free to speak up and tell us your opinion. We won’t slag you simply because you speak your mind; journalism is all about invoking thought in the reader and we want to promote that as much as possible. Tell us what you think and, we promise, we’ll respond to your comment as soon as humanly possible.
Now Can I Go Post A Comment?
Go, my friends, and comment away. Just remember our simple guidelines and no one will get hurt.
Enjoy your stay at Digitally Downloaded; we look forward to talking to you soon!