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AllisonBerryman
01.13.2012 , 02:42 PM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Next week, we’re going to implement some changes to the Forums based on feedback we’ve received from the community. These changes are meant to help address some of the concerns the community has and to make Forums organization a little easier to use overall.

In the layout we have now, things like Guild Recruitment and Server Events are spread out and can be difficult to locate. We’ve also seen some requests for places on the forums where players can go to discuss things more closely with others on their particular server, and for a place for suggestions for the game. To start addressing some of these concerns, we will introduce a new forum section: Server Group Forums, and will place the Suggestion Box back in its rightful place under General Discussion.

The Server Group Forums will be divided by server type (PvE, PvP, RP, and RP-PvP), and then alphabetically by the server listing. We have grouped several servers of the same types together to provide areas where players can more easily talk with others on their server (and other players on the same types of servers) – about crafting items, grouping up, hosting events, and more. Each Server Group Forum hosts several servers. If your server’s name falls in the alphabetical range in the forum title, that’s where you’ll post!

Each Server Group Forum has a Guild Recruitment subforum, where players can recruit others into their guilds and look for a guild. There are many more subforums for recruitment in this organization than previously, so it will be much easier to find a guild on your server!

We ask that you please use a [Server Name] tag in front of your threads in these forums when they open to make it easy to see when you make a thread that is specifically intended for other members of your server, and to make sure everyone can see relevant threads easily.

As a side effect of opening these new forums, we will close the Guild Hall and Server Events sections of the forum, as the content for those forums now belongs under our Server Group Forums. We’ll leave those forums visible for a time (but not open for posts) so that you can grab the text of your recruitment posts (or any other posts you’d like to keep from those forums) and post in the new Server Group Forums.

We will also add the Suggestion Box forum to create a place for constructive suggestion threads to live. We encourage you to share your ideas!

We understand that some players would still prefer individual server forums. If volume in the Server Group Forums dictates and it is still too difficult to locate information important to you that relates to your server, we will continue to consider additional changes. We believe this organization will allow us to have a thriving area for per-server discussion, and we’ll remain flexible and receptive to feedback from these changes. As always, if you have any other suggestions for the forums (new forums you’d like to see, changes that would be helpful), we’re glad to hear them. Thank you for providing your constructive feedback!

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Jimer_Lins
01.13.2012 , 02:43 PM | #2
A great step, thank you!

Moving the Events forum around to be more accessible is something I would also like to thank you for, especially since I run multiple events every week. This is something I'm extremely pleased to see coming!

I look forward to seeing how the new forum layout works. I'm not totally sold on the idea of server group forums, but I'm game to give it a try.

Again, thank you for listening to us.
Jimer Lins, Juyo Server

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Jaick
01.13.2012 , 02:44 PM | #3
And people say Bioware doesn't listen.

Thank you Allison for this update.

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lethal_ghost
01.13.2012 , 02:45 PM | #4
Better late than never

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JediMasterRyanW
01.13.2012 , 02:50 PM | #5
Cool.

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DarthRavnos
01.13.2012 , 02:50 PM | #6
Will we see search functionality corrected as well?
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brentonj
01.13.2012 , 02:50 PM | #7
Why not just have individual server forums instead of grouping them together?

Just seems downright lazy and apathetic. In addition to mass confusion.

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Pauleh
01.13.2012 , 02:51 PM | #8
Great, so more sections of mess.

This really is a bad idea, not quite sure what you guys are thinking of.

If lack of moderators is the reason why you won't do individual server forums and you won't hire more, then please start up a community program that let's people elect other players to mod their respected server.

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AllisonBerryman
01.13.2012 , 02:51 PM | #9 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Quote: Originally Posted by Jimer_Lins View Post
A great step, thank you!

Moving the Events forum around to be more accessible is something I would also like to thank you for, especially since I run multiple events every week. This is something I'm extremely pleased to see coming!

I look forward to seeing how the new forum layout works. I'm not totally sold on the idea of server group forums, but I'm game to give it a try.

Again, thank you for listening to us.
Thanks for your constructive feedback! We're looking forward to improving the Forums and getting continued feedback from everyone, and hope the new layout will be helpful and make the Forums much easier to use!

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DarthRavnos
01.13.2012 , 02:51 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthRavnos View Post
Will we see search functionality corrected as well?
Disregard, it appears to be on and working right now!
"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."
~Bill Gates
"...it’s important to remember your competitor is only one mouse click away."
~Doug Warner