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SirHoneyBadger

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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #75 on: September 01, 2010, 06:33:48 am »

Some kind of "one thread, one idea, please" and "please clearly label your threads"
notices might be useful in reducing the amount of "hey I've got a great idea of how to improve: farmingminingsmithingwaterwheelsgoblinselvesdomesticatedanimalsgraphicspathingpumps" threads, which tend to be titled "Some Great Ideas!"
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #76 on: September 08, 2010, 03:45:50 pm »

Wanted to post a suggestion for iterative embark searching, but I hesitated similar to how I hesitate when throwing another piece of trash onto an overflowing garbage can...

Hopefully Toady reads this from time to time, but I follow a number of Indie games and have some knowledge about what they're trying.  Forgive me if I'm overstepping with my first post here, but this info might help.

A great tool for something like this is Google Moderator.  It was basically designed for this.
http://www.google.com/moderator/#0

As far as organizing the suggestion forum, I suggest that you organize it into user conceivable areas such as...
  • Map Generation and Embarking
  • Building Suggestions
  • Monster Suggestions
  • In-Game Menu System
  • File System, Settings, and Algorithms
  • Etc...

Forget about attempting to transfer the already existing suggestions, just create a new board.  The popular and important suggestions will find their way over, while the less important (or poorly labeled) suggestions will be lost.  A net gain.
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« Reply #77 on: September 19, 2010, 07:07:29 pm »


Forget about attempting to transfer the already existing suggestions, just create a new board.  The popular and important suggestions will find their way over, while the less important (or poorly labeled) suggestions will be lost.  A net gain.

Not a bad point at all. Some suggestions should probably be given special care to migrate over (perhaps the ones that are being voted on), but in the main, the best ideas could simply drift over.

Which ones constitute "best" can be decided as easily as "the ones someone took the trouble to wikify".
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #78 on: September 20, 2010, 08:43:26 am »

Thanks :)

I do, however, have a remark...
Which ones constitute "best" can be decided as easily as "the ones someone took the trouble to wikify".
Wikis aren't really designed as suggestion boards. 
Features that Toady will implement and already has the design mapped out for can be put into a wiki, but wikis don't match the needs of a suggestion system.  A great way to do suggestions is by putting them into a message board (forum) into distinguishable groupings (like this thread is attempting). 

To post a new suggestion, a user should go to the appropriate subsection and search for that suggestion to see if it has already been posted.  These rules should be available via a sticky.

Google Moderator suggestions should have links to suggestion threads perhaps.  This way, popular suggestions will be discussed and detailed making it clear and concise for Toady.

The beauty of Google Moderator is that the most popular suggestions bubble to the top, while the least popular get lost in the dogpile.

This system shows your users that you really are building it for them, and that they have a say in how it's built.  This is most important to an indie game community, because it keeps them active and excited. :D

(p.s. can anyone link Toady or ThreeToe to this thread?)
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #79 on: November 05, 2010, 04:32:35 pm »

for other latecomers:
the basic layout of the major ideas of this forum (most coherent and updated content, that is)

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Ideas:
  • 1 idea per thread
  • Manditory tagline in thread name. ??
  • Allowed taglines in a stickied thread, you can add suggestions to it.
  • You must stay on-topic (duh)
  • You should search for threads with the same idea (duh)
  • Be clear an concise in explanation of idea
  • (add more that I missed)
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Layout:FORUM
Fort Mode Discussion
(will not currently comment, not very clear)
Ideas and Suggestions
  • Graphics/UI
  • Jobs & Professions
  • Skills/Stats
  • Combat/Military
  • General gameplay
-OR-
(please note that these are examples)
  • Core Game Mechanics
    • AI
    • Tile Value Tracking
    • Other Value Tracking
    • User Setting Preferences
    • Other
    • (etc.)
  • Variety/Flavor
    • Politics (in-game!)
    • Economy
    • Creatures & Plants (a.k.a. living things)
    • Items
    • Workshops and Rooms
    • Custom Labors
    • Worldgen
    • Other
    • (etc.)
  • Main Concerns
    • Improved Farming
    • Military
    • Healthcare
    • Other
      • Percieved-as-bug
      • Whining
      • Other other stuff
    • (etc.)
Mods
  • Graphics/tilesets
  • Content mods
  • Utilities/Visualisers

Sources:
Warning: In the spoilers lie the actual posts.
Rule set:
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #80 on: November 06, 2010, 02:21:48 pm »

well? anyone?

(p.s. I'm a LOOONG lurker. I KNOW you. somehow.)
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« Reply #81 on: February 26, 2011, 09:55:15 am »

 8)

Seems alright, at first glance, TolyK. 
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #82 on: February 26, 2011, 01:47:11 pm »

that was... two months ago?
wow.
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #83 on: February 26, 2011, 05:03:38 pm »

I was busy!
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« Reply #84 on: February 27, 2011, 02:19:30 am »

I was busy!
lol.
that was actually meant as "wow that was long ago"
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #85 on: February 28, 2011, 12:25:06 am »

Well, I was really, really busy... :-\
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #86 on: September 06, 2011, 02:26:51 pm »

A small suggestion,for those very small suggestions or to small tweaks and fixes,so they don't clutter the main suggestion page,this will help to find usefull suggestion for putting on the small patches after the main update.
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Re: Suggestions Forum Organization
« Reply #87 on: September 07, 2011, 06:35:20 am »

How about deleting everything beyond page 100 to save space?

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« Reply #88 on: September 07, 2011, 06:55:13 am »

That will work too.  ;)
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« Reply #89 on: September 07, 2011, 10:38:27 am »

That will work too.  ;)

Yes but Toady archives it for later... That won't exactly help him.
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