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Bioware please make weekly polls

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Bioware please make weekly polls
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Superman_AZ
07.09.2013 , 12:42 PM | #31
Quote: Originally Posted by Ayelinna View Post
Thats what a poll is for, to see what the players want. I would assume that people who play the game and also use the forums are more active than people who dont care about anything and just play the game and never use the forums...

So basically we have no say in what goes in the game?

He didn't say that. He said polls on the forum would likely represent less than 5% of everyone playing the game and is more of a gauge than a guarantee. This is why there are Suggestion forums. Polls are just not conclusive enough, and everyone would assume the winning vote would actually get into the game. Like I said in my first post... slippery slope.
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07.09.2013 , 12:43 PM | #32
Quote: Originally Posted by Ayelinna View Post
So basically we have no say in what goes in the game?
Oh just give it up. If they don't want that form of feedback they don't want that form of feedback. It's obvious they read these forums on a pretty regular basis, even your posts.

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Darth_Moonshadow
07.09.2013 , 12:43 PM | #33
Quote: Originally Posted by ninjonxb View Post
So I understand the first reason. A poll can't guarantee something happening.

However, For the forum reason. What about some sort of in game polling system. (Aion does something like this) with a reward for doing it. Keeping the polls simple (this would also not disclose the results to anyone except you)
Nah, ingame polls don't work. People will click all A's just to get to the game. They usually keep their polls on Facebook or Tumblr. Places where people eventually go when they are bored, therefore they have time to read and answer polls more thoroughly.
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Ayelinna
07.09.2013 , 12:44 PM | #34
Quote: Originally Posted by Superman_AZ View Post

Polls are just not conclusive enough, and everyone would assume the winning vote would actually get into the game.
If I was Bioware, I would make a poll...and whatever the best vote was...I would put in the game for my players.

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DataBeaver
07.09.2013 , 12:45 PM | #35
Quote: Originally Posted by Ayelinna View Post
Thats what a poll is for, to see what the players want. I would assume that people who play the game and also use the forums are more active than people who dont care about anything and just play the game and never use the forums...

So basically we have no say in what goes in the game?
Suppose an overwhelming majority, say 80%, of people on forums vote for Togruta. That's still only 4% of the player base. Now suppose that Bioware has some additional means to gather statistics and determines that 40% of the total playerbase would rather like to see Nautolan. Then they implement Nautolan and 80% of the people on the forums are angry because "they weren't listened to".

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Andryah
07.09.2013 , 12:48 PM | #36
Quote: Originally Posted by Ayelinna View Post
You want to find out what subscribers want?

Instead of question of the day, make polls about what your paying customers want.

For example:

What playable species would you like to see next?

Example 1
Example 2
Example 3

Seriously Bioware make a weekly poll with a few questions, or even one, find out what your subscribers want. Such a simple thing like polls can make so much difference, it gives the chance for you to see numbers, for the community to vote, and will improve your relationship with your subscribers, knowing that they are given the option to choose the future of this game...
This is a bad idea.

Why?

1) Because polls provide them no information they do not already have. Therefore, they are a waste of resources.

2) Accurate polling requires an actual process, and clear design for the target. Open polling in a gaming forum does not provide accurate polling data that a game company can use to steer their game design.

That said.. I personally like the polling feature in forums as it separates the hyperbole from the genuine broad opinion. Hence, while I would like polling.. you would not like what it tells you Ayelinna. Why? Because forum polls work on one member = one vote. So you don't get to keep voting.. and that goes against your personal style, IMO.
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Ayelinna
07.09.2013 , 12:49 PM | #37
Quote: Originally Posted by DataBeaver View Post
Suppose an overwhelming majority, say 80%, of people on forums vote for Togruta. That's still only 4% of the player base. Now suppose that Bioware has some additional means to gather statistics and determines that 40% of the total playerbase would rather like to see Nautolan. Then they implement Nautolan and 80% of the people on the forums are angry because "they weren't listened to".
Hmm good point.

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Darth_Moonshadow
07.09.2013 , 12:50 PM | #38
Quote: Originally Posted by Ayelinna View Post
So it why would they make a poll if they have no 100% intention to make what the best choice was?

Thats the reason I made this thread, I wanted Bioware to make polls and whatever got the best votes was a guaranteed feature at some point.
Because only a small percentage of the players come here. An ingame vote would be rushed through and honestly, Design by democracy usually results in a dead game because the playerbase has zero clue what they want, only that they want it now.

Too many variables to ensure a steady game.
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07.09.2013 , 12:50 PM | #39
Quote: Originally Posted by Ayelinna View Post
So basically we have no say in what goes in the game?
No more than anyone else playing is what he's saying. Which makes sense.

Possibly in part because 50% of the 5% lack any semblance of emotional maturity, and would just use it as another source for moronic slap in the face threads.
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07.09.2013 , 12:52 PM | #40
Quote: Originally Posted by Darth_Moonshadow View Post
Nah, ingame polls don't work. People will click all A's just to get to the game. They usually keep their polls on Facebook or Tumblr. Places where people eventually go when they are bored, therefore they have time to read and answer polls more thoroughly.
Yeah for that reason a pop-up when you log into the launcher would be best, and the announcement message could be changed to tell everyone that opens the launcher about the poll. That way lazy people couldn't skew results or cry because nobody valued their input. There are plenty of ways to accurately poll more than 5% of the population, Eric was just opening himself to ridicule with that line. Still, that is irrelevant if BW doesn't want to deal with the other nonsense that comes with polling.