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Hi Captains,

With Legacy of Romulus due out next month, and the introduction of a third faction, the time has come to start thinking about a forum reorganization. As you are the community and utilize the forums, I'd love to get your input and suggestions. Ultimately, I'll also need to make sure that the organizations make sense for the Dev team as they are reading the forums for feedback constantly, but I'd really like to involve you all in the process.

So, let's get started! Feel free to make descriptive suggestions or post something like this:

STO Forums
.Information and Discussion
..Federation News Network
..Release Notes
..Dev Tracker

etc, etc, etc.

Feel free to use the index as your guide: http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/index.php

Here's a few questions we should also think about:

Should the shipyards sub-forum (builds, feedback, not art, etc.) still be separated by faction?
Are there any forums that you think should be combined?
Is STO discussion and General Community Feedback too similar or should we keep them separated?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions

Once we all come to, or at least try to, a consensus, the changes will be made. The goal for this is a week or two before the expansion launches. NOTE: These changes will not include the future update mentioned here, nor will anything else be changing at this time, other than what forums we have and the organization of them.

Cheers,

Brandon =/\=
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# 2
04-04-2013, 12:22 PM
Firstly I think we should rename the Federation News Network. Cryptic's got people who constantly talk about how this is "Federation Online" and it doesn't help when we have a federation motif and our news forum is named after the Federation. A new, neutral name would be better. Maybe a news network ran by the Ferengi? Ferenginar News Network. The Latinum Times. The GPL Journal. The Marauder Gazette.

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# 3
04-04-2013, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by alastorforthrigh View Post
Firstly I think we should rename the Federation News Network. Cryptic's got people who constantly talk about how this is "Federation Online" and it doesn't help when we have a federation motif and our news forum is named after the Federation. A new, neutral name would be better. Maybe a news network ran by the Ferengi? Ferenginar News Network. The Latinum Times. The GPL Journal. The Marauder Gazette.
I'm not opposed to a rename at all Probably not the names you suggested, but...

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# 4
04-04-2013, 12:27 PM
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Firstly I think we should rename the Federation News Network.
I agree. Why not just "News Network" or something like "Game News".
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# 5
04-04-2013, 12:28 PM
Galactic News network... Done next.

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# 6
04-04-2013, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by alastorforthrigh View Post
Firstly I think we should rename the Federation News Network. Cryptic's got people who constantly talk about how this is "Federation Online" and it doesn't help when we have a federation motif and our news forum is named after the Federation. A new, neutral name would be better. Maybe a news network ran by the Ferengi? Ferenginar News Network. The Latinum Times. The GPL Journal. The Marauder Gazette.
Dramatic-Family-Guy-Closet-Monkey-Point ^

I agree that some other third party name would be nice, to help expand the focus from just the Federation to all three parties. Ferengi are alright, maybe something that has a grander focus? IDK ill think on it some more and update.
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# 7
04-04-2013, 01:02 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

Information
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)
PvP

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.

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# 8
04-04-2013, 12:30 PM
Just add romulan thread placeholders. When clicked, you will get a popup to choose to go either to federation thread or klingon one.
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# 9
04-04-2013, 02:03 PM
I'd vote to combine:
Fed + KDF (+Rom) Shipyards
Boff and character powers (i.e. all powers)
PvE Gameplay + Missions&Episodes
STO Discussion + General Feedback
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# 10
04-04-2013, 02:30 PM
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I'd vote to combine:
Fed + KDF (+Rom) Shipyards
Boff and character powers (i.e. all powers)
PvE Gameplay + Missions&Episodes
STO Discussion + General Feedback
I was also thinking this. Anyone opposed?

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