October Weekly Wringer Update

The Commodore gives a (not so quick) update on the Weekly Wringer. Just in case any of you out there thought he forgot or were asking where in the smelly hell a new episode was. Onward and upward!


  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    I think the YouTube thing is a good idea.

    Also, if you’re only going to respond to one respondent a week within the video itself, it would give you the opportunity to respond inline to comments from those who didn’t make the video edition.

    You always said you wanted to remain a part of the conversation as the week progressed, but because the Wringer ballooned into what it eventually became and the time sink required was so great, a 500 character response makes for a quick, easy medium for you to stay involved.

    Also, this would probably help the site mechanics, because being composed entirely of video posts, the resources necessary to load the CotW homepage are through the roof.

  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM | Permalink

    Also, if you’re looking for a more content-driven site experience, perhaps you and Roo could discuss the possibility of a weekly user spotlight.

    It might spur me to make more video content. I haven’t made one in a year.

  • DTX180
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    I like the idea of the wringer being significantly shorter. 40+ minute videos (hell sometimes you were closer to an hour) a week is insanely tough for somebody who is working or in school, and I’d rather have a consistent weekly appearance of the show instead of a monthly wringer. I’m not sure if 4 to 6 mins is enough though, that might be a little too short. Although if you get rid of the greetings and what not, it might be enough time.

    I’m not sure about the youtube thing. I like how youtube would allow more viewership since its a centralized location, but youtube’s comment posting has always been very buggy to me the past year or so. I’ve posted plenty of comments and for some reason when I click to submit, I frequently get an error of some sort. Of course that might just be me. Youtube’s character limitations would be ideal for your show, which is another plus.

    I like the idea of only talking about 1 viewer’s comments in an episode, but I think that could also cause the wringer to stagnate in growth. People tend to like to hear their comments analyzed, and maybe talking about 2 or 3 user points instead of 1 might be a happy medium. The past year or so you would talk about 10+ user comments sometimes, which was way too much for you wanted the show to originally be. I understand that, but only 1 comment might not be enough to fuel the show.

    Just my 2 cents on the show. I definitely agree that it has been starting to bleed over with the echo screen a bit, and that the current format is way too unreasonable for 1 person to do with even a normal life schedule (and impossible for those weeks where everything seems to pile on). I think maybe a 10 minute maximum would be ideal, spending the first 60 to 90 seconds on an intro, then 2-3 user comments for 6 to 8 minutes, and a final minute to wrap things up/ask next week’s question. But you do your idea man, you’ve provided me with hours of entertainment so i dont really have much of a right to complain.

    • DTX180
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM | Permalink

      That last sentence comes across as kinda smug, I didn’t want it to at all. Sorry if anyone takes it that way/

  • Young-blood Young-blood
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 4:11 AM | Permalink

    Personally, I would also pitch around 10 minutes.

    A minute at the start to go over the previous weeks question

    2 minutes to go over, as you say, the person who got to the heart of the question

    2 minutes to possibly go over someone who, while they made a very good post, either went in the complete opposite direction as you, or who’s view is very different to yours on the subject

    2 minutes to go over your own thoughts, briefly

    and a minute to pose the next question.

    A basic schedule, but it should be manageable, and it gives you a little flex time too, if you need to really focus on your own comments (For example), you have those 2 spare minutes, and quite often the 2 question segments wouldn’t need their full minute.

  • DJ_ConWren DJ_ConWren
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    I fear change! but I’ll probably love whatever happens. A lot of stuff on youtube is way to fast paced for me to take seriously. I did really like that I could sit and hear a good long talk then read the comments. Not all gamers are ADD. just please don’t become a G4 bump kind of a show & I’ll be happy. I really feel like the user participation on echo-screen is way different then on the weekly-wringer. My guess is the cool users will still continue to have a discussion. & yes… Youtube draws spammers & insults. so as long as there is still discussion on this site… & I could probably adjust to searching through youtube comments… I’m having a little trepidation. but again… I fears teh change.

  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM | Permalink

    I hope you’re rethinking the YouTube thing in spite of this bullcrap with Google+.

  • beyondthestars_scr
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 2:09 AM | Permalink

    I personally think that would be a great idea. Something that sticks to 10-15 minutes would be my ideal and I think YouTube would be the perfect forum for a show like this. My only fear is the YouTube comment section, since I really value the intelligent and respectful dialog that I find on the site.

  • Lenois
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM | Permalink

    I have to day, it has been a long time since I have commented, but I enjoy the long form of the show, it is really nice to have it on in the background as I do stuff each week.

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