We don't need it because:
* There is an official AoE forum that we could use
* As DE keeps gaining players, anything outside the official ecosystem keeps losing traction
* There are also lot of discords around which the community can survive, even if fragmented
Thank you all for the feedback. The initial post came from a frustration point after spending 8+ hours fixing a failed OS-upgrade on the server. It all went fine in the end and things are a bit better now
Its not all about the money - i seriously thought the new platforms had taken over and that there was actually no need for a site like this. But i guess i was wrong.
If i shold guess the monthly cost running aoezone is somewhere around $100-150 including internet, spare-parts, power and hardware-upgrade now and then. So a few premium members are needed to help covering the cost. We got some new premium-members the last days which helps a lot - thank you all.
I still love this game and as many of you i visit aoezone more than once a day to check for tournaments, scheduled games, events in the calendar etc and i think i will still do that for a long time in the future
See you all around!
That is just one side and feels a bit superficial, because:
i disagree, I'm new here, this is my first post, and I've been watching aoe2 for 3 years on Youtube and twitch, and I'm so glad this place exists. It really is needed to serve the purpose of a central hub, the site files should be made publicly available for download if it is ever shut down so that someone else can continue it because it's needed.I had a similar situation when we decided to close the website and forum of the Arg Clan. The forum had been running for almost 15 years since the early days of Zone.com (it probably was the 2nd largest -alive- AoC related forum in amount of users and messages), but eventually people stopped using forums at all. Some old dudes like me where still using it but overall activity was clearly dying, and new/younger players had no reason to even register in the forum, for them it had no sense at all.
The AoC community is quite old in terms of age, so there is still a lot of people using this forum on daily basics, but i think that soon or later it will inevitably die. Forum boards are a thing of the past, i really miss them, but new stuff like Discord, Reddit, etc have taken over. People don't even watch/post recorded games anymore, they use twitch, mixer, youtube, etc.
Imo a site like aoe2.net for rating mixed with some news feed for tournaments and such is all we need, social interaction will be done on discord/reddit/twitch/youtube/etc.
Keeping a site like this alive requires time and money. And when you know that the forum will slowly die out, maybe not now but in a year or two (or whatever it takes), it kinda kills the motivation to keep investing time.
FYI, in case of closure, as a software developer, I am interested in purchasing domain and all content of site or migration to a new domain by bearing the costs myself. Just keep in mind.
I really have to point out that the initial post was writteen in frustration and that the money is not the ONLY thing that keeps this site alive. I also am deeply in love wit AOE and thats a big factor too. Also was a big factor back in 2008 when i started AoEZone (then was AoCZone).
Just posting this in the world of discord, facebook and other social "forums".
I am putting quite some effort in keeping aoezone alive and i just wondering; do we need aoezone these days?
I would like to shut it down and get rid of the "keep it online" meme... i pay some $ to keep this site online and a really appreciate the premium members that are supporting the site... thank you very much! You make me keep it going.
The main question is; do we need aoezone... these days with discord (i feel everybody is there) and all other social websites.... do we really need aoezone?
Well.. i just want your opinion... i am not going to shut it down tomorrow, but i cant deny that have hit my mind... just close it... but its a bit too long story from the zone.com days and... well... i love this game..
But if aoezone is not needed anymore... i am really concider closing it down... you know... i am getting old... no... (older) 11 .... and the time is .... yeah,,, want to spend with family and stuff..so i bet you know...
How would the world be WITHOUT aoezone? let me know pls.... cuz i am considering closing it down...
Which Discord server is everybody on? The official AoE one or some other one?
There are dozens of different Discord servers that cater to different audiences. The obvious and most munerous large (and small) streamer discords (T90, Nili, Memb, Hera, TheViper etc), the national/country/community oriented discords (French speaking, Spanish speaking, MundoAoE, Clan Federation etc), more temporary event specific discords (NAC3 meetup).
There is no central discord that is used for the 'competitive' community that AoEZone mostly caters to.
I'm pretty sure AoCzone already had a lot of drama before 2015, if I recall, some dude called Dreams who also had high-ish level was a really trashy moderator who banned everyone who didn't think like him. I don't know him ,just watched his games so I don't know if it was true, but there was definitely drama.This has become such a **** ass drama AW site since 2015-2016, and this has gotten worse every year it passes.