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# 20
04-04-2013, 12:02 PM
I wrote up this suggestion last year shortly after the forums were merged/changed, 06-21-2012.

'Star Trek Online Discussion' & 'General Community Feedback' have the same type of threads, topics and discussions, relating to either the Developers, fansites, the forum changes, STO current and future developments and various gameplay ideas which doesn't fit in the other sub-forums.

They are the first obvious candidates for consolidation. It makes it easier for players to keep the focus on topics, which aren't directly related to the other sub sections, and it keeps clone topics and repeat posts down.

A name for the consolidated sub-forums could be 'Community Feedback & Discussions',
- "For feedback and discussions on topics not covered by another sub-forum".

Next up we have

The different Shipyards, even more so with the introduction of a third one, is a prime candidate for consolidation.
'Federation Shipyards' & 'Klingon Fleetyards', merge under sub-forum 'The Shipyard'. - "Where Captains meet to discuss their ships' layouts, equipment and performance".

Then we have

'Character Builds and Powers' & 'Bridge Officers and BOff Powers', merge under sub-forum 'Captains & Bridge Officers'. - "Discussion and feedback about player classes and Bridge Officers".

Abolish the sections and move the threads from 'Federation Gameplay', 'Klingon Gameplay' and 'PvE Gameplay'.
The topics in these three sub-forums are already covered by more appropriate sub-forums, such as

'Missions & Episodes'
-Discussion for all episodic content, STF, event missions.

'The Shipyard', 'Captain's & Bridge Officers', 'Community Feedback & Discussions' as outline above.

The Index would thus look like the following

Federation News Network
Release Notes
Dev Tracker
The Academy
Ten Forward

Discussion & Feedback
Community Feedback & Discussions
The Shipyard
Captains & Bridge Officers
Duty Officers/Starbases/Reputations
Missions and Events (All things PvE gameplay)

On the topic of the 'The Academy', it has far too many stickies. 1 Master Index Sticky with a list of all the available threads of information, categorized and organized, would be far more beneficial.
Other sub sections of the forum have outdated stickies as well, or simply a multitude of different stickies taking up valuable screen estate on the first page of the forum.

Someone would have to maintain that list (Branflakes and mods), but I wrote one up which was current back 9 months ago, and makes a good foundation IMHO. You can find it here.

Last edited by aexrael; 04-08-2013 at 11:28 AM.