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VGG User Guide: Navigating The Geek

Welcome

Welcome to the VGG guide to navigating the geek. The VideoGame Geek is almost identical to the other Geekdo domains, BGG and RPGG. The database content and setup is where the major differences are. For those who are completely new to the site, were going to take it from the top and for those who are not-so-new, look farther down.

We'll only be discussing VGG here, but the other sites have their own user guides and share many of the same helpful members of the community.

The NavBar

The navigation bar is found along the top of all three domains of the site and it provides access to all the available features. The links, forums, and content that it links too is specific to each domain. Lets break it apart and look at it piece-by-piece.

If you already know what the NavBar is and are looking to understand the front page, see the VGG Front Page Guide.

User Block

VGG Logo
User Block - Logged Out
User Block - Logged In
Navigation Block
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VGG logo
In the top left corner, you have the VGG logo which depicts the Geekdo mascot Ernie. This acts as your "reset" button, which will take you back to the VGG Front Page.
User Block - Logged Out
Next to the logo is the user block. If you're not logged in, this provides the method to do so. The link to register on the site is also here. We'll explore the benefits of joining VGG in another chapter.
User Block - Logged In
When you are logged in, you'll find links to your geekdo mailbox, your subscriptions, and your user profile, along with the log out link.
Navigation Block - Domain Selector
The top of the navigation block is the domain selector. This allows you to switch between the Geekdo domains, Board Games (Board Game Geek), RPGs (Role-Play Game Geek), and Video Games (Video Game Geek - you are here). You only need one account to access all three domains of the site. Each domain works similarly, but each also has it's own differences, both in it's set-up and community, that best allow it to handle it's topic. Your current domain is highlighted in dark blue. The little arrow to the right of the active domain's title provides a drop down menu with links back to the main page, wiki, and the recent additions page which allows you to see the most recent contributions to VGG.
Navigation Block - Search Bar
The search bar allows you to search the database for any game, company, series, franchise, platform, or character. The drop down menu allows you to search for a specific category, while the advanced search link (in yellow) will enable you to craft a complex search with VERY detailed filter options. If you can't find what you're looking for, it may not yet be in the database. In which case you can add it, see the VGG Contributing Guide. For an in depth guide to using the search function, see the VGG Search Bar Guide.

The Menu Bar

The menu bar consists of several drop down menus in the following order: My Geek, Browse, Forums, Geeklists, Bazaar, Misc, and Help. We'll look at each one and the links they provide.

My Geek won't show up unless you are logged in. It provides access to things related to your account, collection, and contributions.

My Geek
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • Profile: Your profile contains a wealth of information about your activities on the geek that other users can see, such as forum posts, contributions, geekgold earned, ect.
  • Collection: Your collection allows you to keep track of your game collection. You can also comment and rate the game as well as mark it as owned, want to buy, or that you are looking to trade.
  • Tags: You can create your own tags and attribute them to various items. This page contains all the tags and items you have tagged.
  • Subscriptions: Various items around VGG allow you to 'subscribe' to them and you will then be alerted when updates are made. This page contains all the pages you are subscribed too.
  • Trades: This allows you to trade your games with other users.
  • Marketplace: Buy, sell, or auction items here.
  • GeekExchanges: Find people to swap games with or create a request yourself.
  • Account: Change your profile description, password, and other things here.
  • Wishlist: You can create your own wishlist of games you want to own.
  • Guilds: This is to view the guilds you are apart of.
  • Gallery: This is where you can upload photos to your own personal gallery. Other users can view it too.
  • Played: You can record your game plays and view them here.
  • GeekBuddies: You can add and view your friends here.
  • Blogs: This is to view your blogs.

The Browse menu allows you to do just that - access and enjoy the main content of VGG. It's a big place, and it's easy to get lost in there. If looking for something specific, you're better off using a search.

Browse
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • Video Games: This is where you can view all the games in the database. They are listed in order of highest user rating to least.
  • Themes: This is where you can view all the available themes. These are added to games to describe their content.
  • Series: This is where you can view all the game series in the database. They are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Characters: This is where you can view all the game character in the database.
  • Hardware Categories: This is where you can view all the available hardware categories. These are added to hardware entries to describe the nature of the item.
  • Publishers: This is where you can view all the publishers in the database. They are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Ratings: This is where you can view all the available game ratings. These are added to game entries as a suggested age range for the game.
  • Random Video Game:
  • Genres: This is where you can view all the available genres. These are added to game entries to describe their game-play.
  • Franchise: This is where you can view all the game franchises in the database. They are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Platforms: This is where you can view all the platforms in the database.
  • Hardware: This is where you can view all the hardware in the database.
  • Developers: This is where you can view all the developers in the database. They are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Hardware Manufacturers: This is where you can view all the hardware manufacturers in the database. They are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Modes: This is where you can view all the available modes. These are added to games to describe how many can play at a time and the nature of the game-play.
  • Reviews: This is where you can view the most recent reviews submitted to VGG.
  • Files: This is where you can view the most recent files submitted to VGG.
  • Images: This is where you can view the most recent images submitted to VGG.
  • Blogs: This is where you can view the most recent blogs submitted to VGG.

Forums is where you'll find links and content related to discussion and socializing with the rest of VGG. If you've used any form of bulletin board system or an online forum before, it should seem fairly familiar.

Forums
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • Forums: This will take you to the main forums page.
  • Hot: This will take you to a page containing the most popular forum posts.
  • Active: This will take you to a page containing forum posts with the most activity.
  • Post Thread: Create a new thread in the forums.
  • Bookmarks: This will allow you to easily find/mark threads that matter to you.
  • Rules: A page containing the rules of the forums.
  • New Posts: This will take you to a page containing the newest forum posts.
  • Recent: This will take you to a page containing forum posts that have had a new post recently.
  • Search: This will allow you to search for a specific thread or threads related to a specific user.
  • Moderators: The admins page.
  • Subscriptions: You can choose to 'subscribe' to threads you like and you will then be alerted when new posts are made. This page contains all the threads you are subscribed too.

GeekLists are the heart and lifeblood of VGG. They are thematic collections created by users like yourself. Some are informational, some are just for fun, and some may be used for competitions.

GeekLists
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • Hot: This will take you to a page containing the most popular geeklist.
  • Recent: This will take you to a page containing geeklist that have had a new entry recently.
  • Active: This will take you to a page containing geeklists with the most activity.
  • Favorites: You can choose to make a geeklist a 'favorite'. This page contains all the geeklists you have added to favorites.
  • My geeklists: This page will contain a list of geeklists you created.
  • Create New: This will allow you to create a new geeklist.

The Bazaar is the place to go to acquire new stuff or to get rid of unwanted things. You can buy or sell in the marketplace, take part in auctions, and arrange trades with other users, as well as purchase Geekdō related merchandise.

Bazaar
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • Geek Market: This is the same as the Marketplace listed under My Geek.
  • Trades: This is the same as the Trades listed under My Geek.
  • Hot: This will show eBay auctions attacked to game entries that are popular.
  • Ending: This will show eBay auctions attacked to game entries that are ending.
  • Recently Added: This will show eBay auctions attacked to game entries that were added recently.

Misc is like the "advanced" menu for Geekdō. There's nothing too difficult here, but everything deserves it's own explanation.

Misc
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • Guilds: You can create or join a guild here. Guilds are smaller discussion groups for subjects of interest to its members.
  • GeekChat: A chat room within the website.
  • Find Users: A specific search for other users.
  • Tag Cloud: This shows the tags that have been created and used frequently. The larger the text, the more often it is used.
  • Bugs: Found a bug? Post it here in the Bug forums.
  • Ad Manager: This is for those who advertise or want too on VGG.
  • GeekCurrent: This is a real-time view of user changes to their collections.
  • GeekMod: User submitted content must be approved by your fellow geek users in order to appear on the site. The more people that partake, the more quickly things go through GeekMod, so feel free to get over there and help out. You also earn GeekGold from doing so.
  • GeekQuestions: A place to ask and answer questions. These tend towards humor rather than seriousness.
  • RSS: Your activity.
  • Avatars: Search and look at other peoples avatars.
  • Microbadges: These are little images that you can put under your avatar.
  • GeekExchange: This is the same as the GeekExchanges found under My Geek.
  • Video Game: This is the form to create a new video game entry in the database.
  • Series: This is the form to create a new series entry in the database.
  • Hardware: This is the form to create a new hardware entry in the database.
  • Franchise: This is the form to create a new franchise entry in the database.
  • Character: This is the form to create a new character entry in the database.
  • Company: This is the form to create a new developer or publisher entry in the database.

Help is where to go to learn more about VGG. If you have a question about the site, hopefully you will find an answer here. If not, then feel free to ask an Admin or post in our How To forums. As long as it's VGG related, our users and admins will be happy to help you out.

Help
What the Links Are - What They Mean.


  • User Guide: This is a guide for those new to the site.
  • FAQ: This should be looked over. It will likely answer many of your questions.
  • Glossary: Relatively new to video gaming? This list contains common gaming lingo.
  • Data Entry Guide: This is a MUST READ if you want to start contributing to VGG.
  • Image Policy: This is a MUST READ if you want to start contributing images to VGG.
  • About: A little about the VGG domain.

The QuickBar

QuickBar

The last portion of the navbar is the QuickBar. The quickbar is only visible to users who are logged in, and serves as your own personal way of creating menu short-cuts to VGG content that you are interested in. You have 10 quickbar pages, selectable via the numerals at the top. Each page has two rows of five links. After you've added a link to your quickbar, simply clicking on it will take you instantly to the linked page.

Adding a link to your quickbar is easy. Simply go to the page you want to add and click on one of the "+" icons in the quickbar. A prompt will ask you to put in the name you want to see on the quickbar, and that's all there is too it. You can use the 'Edit' link to modify or manually add to your quickbar. Select the quickbar page you want to edit (1-10), and then hit the Edit link.

From here, you can clear a quickbar item, edit the label, and edit the url for the quickbar item.

Further Guides of The Geek

These are other VGG related guides that cover other areas of the site. They are listed in order of recommended reading.

http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Front Page Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Search Bar Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Profile and Account Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Profile and Account Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Forum and Guild Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Bazaar Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif VGG Contribution and Participation Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Frequently Asked Questions
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Glossary/Video Gaming Lingo Guide

Feel that you are ready to start adding content? Here are a few essential guides:

http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Data Entry Guide
http://geekdo-images.com/images/star_yellow.gif Image Policy

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