I would like to invite you to a discussion about finding a way to actually get some things done with regards to the Foundry as opposed to simply being unhappy about them or tossing ideas out into the dark and unreceptive void like so much spit in the wind; accomplishing nothing by doing so.
I have decided to keep this off the STO forums for the time being for a number of reasons, like trolls, derailing, and others which will be apparent when you have read the article. It is quite short.
There are a great many problems with the Foundry and we need to be organized and proactive to actually achieve anything. I believe this, or something like it, is exactly what we need to get what we want out of this fabulous, if incomplete tool.
Since you posted here about it, I'm going to respond to it here. I agree, proactive is the way, but despite the fact that we are suppose to be customers, they would like to think that we're wrong and their right. It's not about what we want, it's about what they want. Convincing them that Foundry is probably one of the only reasons STO still thrives is going to be tough, but I think doable. Now, I'd like to say your method of approach to solving the issue, is probably the only thing we can do. But I think it is safe to say that a lot of people make it known what they need/want in their own words.
Now, one thing that I think you're missing is a website, for a potentially big project such as this. If you got the willing authors, then you already have a project to work on if you can get those authors to act more than just agree. Also, besides the 4 points you brought up on what should be there (and I'd say a number of serious Foundry authors would agree to that), is to get a survey together to see how many other authors would agree to those, and even the players themselves to see if they feel Foundry missions are lacking in something authors can't provide. That in its self would likely be another key to convincing Cryptic that Foundry should get better looked at.
Also, I do believe that people would indeed try something terrible that would make Cryptic look bad. I've seen players downrate simply because there was no nudity. Take someone like that and make him a Foundry author, and I'd bet he'd put something 'ugly' on a map. So, if Foundry was given less restrictions as it should it would likely indeed make it easier for 'ugly' things to appear. This is why I think Cryptic should restrict on who can author Foundry missions by giving them a few 'tests' by having them create a few missions to be tested by GM's just to see what kind of missions that player would build. If the player passes their test, they get to be an author, and their works published, but if not, they don't and their missions aren't published. That would seem reasonable to me.
As for the lists, a lot of that work is done, but scattered in request, complaint and bug report threads on the forum, we would need one one or more people to go through and collate it all into one document (with nice headers, table of contents, etc) print it up, get it bound and then deliver it to Cryptic. Hand-delivered would be ideal, but mail would do. I think a physical copy might have more impact than anything digital. Sign it with all our names (@handles or real names, for those willing to put that forward).
As for the mission series. It?s been talked about before but not done to my knowledge. I think it would be really cool though to essentially create a Foundry Season. 24 episodes, just like the shows used to do including one-offs and ?bottle shows? but some kind of overall plot thread, akin to a DS9 season. Break it down like a real season, plot it out ahead of time, have people sign up to ?direct? a certain episodes throughout. Then get all the episodes done and start releasing them one a week like a real TV show.
I?ve even got an idea for that overarching plot thread. I?ve been thinking about all the complaints that the Federation in STO isn?t the one we know and love. Wars on every front, ignoring the prime directive, etc etc. Maybe there?s a reason for that. Maybe there?s something rotten at the heart of the Federation government, harkening back to ?Conspiracy? from TNG, heck maybe its even those same aliens. IDK, but let?s take it on ourselves to explain over the course of a season why the Federation is what it is today and maybe give the player a chance to change it back. What do you think?
As far as the lists go, we've done these lists many times. I'll be happy to help with yet another one, but I'm not sure it will do much good, really, especially since just the list of bugs would be very long.
If someone at Cryptic was presented with a nicely printed and bound "Here is what is wrong with the Foundry in 114 pages," I doubt that it would get read or referenced.
It would just be overwhelming. But we can try anything at this point.
I do really like the idea of a season. I'd be happy to help with that. Maybe someone could create a shared author account, so 1 person could build sets, another could do etc.
I think if we set down a few overarching ground rules and if we begin each mission title with a tag, like [FoundryForward] or some such, it'll be easy to find. Plus we'd hype the frack out of each release, lol.
If I were running it, what I'd do is sit down everyone that was interested over skype and work out the overall plot and everything they want to see in the season in broad strokes (like would we want some of the usual star trek tropes like time travel, mirror universe, etc.), then come up with a basic episode list with a sort of simple plot (like 1 sentence) for each with some notes. For example:
Episode 16: Player crew travels back in time for some reason. One-off, no recurring characters.
Episode 17: Player finds evidence of the conspiracy on Jupiter Station. Serial plot episode. Recurring characters X and Y appear.
Etc. Then it would be up to whomever signs up for those episodes to come up with a script and build on their own, with some input from the group, but essentially autonomous. I'd set someone up as a "script supervisor" to make sure no internal continuity gets broken. All the authors who sign up would agree to help edit and test missions.
Never followed up on.
The Federation not acting like the Federation ?
I had something going with them.. along the lines of a "What would happen if a Undine infiltrater mated with X race?".. however I just came to the conclusion X undine would be exiled and the offspring seen as an abomination .. so dropped it.