I wanted to make a thread before the release of the game to discuss how ready the actual forums are for the coming massive influx of players. When the game releases and even in the next few days we are sure to get a huge influx of traffic and new members. I really think there needs to be a bit more direction when a new member joins.
I loved the Beta but the number of new threads about garbage or the number of repeat threads made it impossible to really navigate the forums imho. I think it would be beneficial to the forums if brand new members couldn’t start new threads for one. I think this is beneficial to both the forums as a whole and the new members who won’t really know how to navigate the forums to find what they are looking for yet. Let’s face it, the majority of the clutter came from new members not knowing how to use previous threads and because they were able to just make a new thread rather than actually search for something. I think our current way of handling it, i.e. moving and locking the bazzilion new threads is treating the symptoms rather than the disease if you catch my drift.
I also think we need a pinned thread at the VERY TOP for new members. It should be the first thing they see and our encouraged to read. A thread like this could explain the important things to new members and explain the way the forum works. For instance, when I first joined, I spent soon much time just trying to figure out how some of the things on the forum actually worked. This forum is really dedicated to Evolve but it also needs a bit of dedication to itself at this point. It is something in and of itself and it needs a guide on itself imo. It really has grown into a fine community so we need a bit of community direction.
I also think in that same thread we should make it very clear what the community doesn’t allow on the forums. I think most members have common sense and can tell from the forums vibe that this forums doesn’t put up with a lot of BS, trolling and harassment of members but I think it really should be put in writing for new members to see when they first join.
Let me know what you guys think as well as any other suggestions we can make to help ready the forums for the game release influx. I just know if I have to go through another period of 200 OP threads and 300 DLC is evil threads a day I will go crazy. Like do you know how much time I was spending trying to get through it all (I’m sure some of you do, especially the mods).