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Offline Wazulu

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Forum Future
« on: February 24, 2013, 06:30:35 pm »
Hello there,

Now, I love the new forums, they are worlds better than the previous setup. However, they are still suffering from a huge issue- There's nobody here. Now, this is obviously not true, as you have members such as myself, others such as the 'Old Guard' as I call them (Zill,Lord Dick, Skyraider etc.) and newer players. However, I took a look at how many members we actually have, and to date we have 1961 members. There is clearly no way in which a majority of players are even looking at, let alone contributing, to the forums. Take a look at the foreign forums, they're strangled for posts. This shouldn't be the case with the steady supply of Russians coming our way, even if their forum is markedly bigger than the other-lingual forums.  While I don't want to make this a 'community-attitude' themed post, I think we need to advertise the forums fully.

Now, I've seen the CA's do this, But I doubt the effectiveness of simply typing a link into chat- I was ideally thinking of a Pop-up when you first load the game and a dedicated button on the main screen that could, through the Steam overlay, send you to the forums. basically, what I'm saying is add a big button or a huge flashing sign someplace. We could use a few more voices around here.

Cheers for reading,

-Waz
« Last Edit: February 24, 2013, 06:39:40 pm by Wazulu »

Offline Lord Dick Tim

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 12:04:40 am »
I agree with every word you have posted so much that I'm going to start badgering Keyvias about it as often as I can without getting blocked on steam.
I have always been super curious about the statistics that would show me differences from posters to non posters.  I've often been concerned that the more vocal crowd diminishes the community from growing.

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 12:13:57 am »
The international language forums need people now. I'm not going to keep on posting translations if nobody's reading them. I really want to help the French community, but they don't seem to be particularly interested. It would be great to see a sort of in-game link to make it very nice and obvious that this forum is here. As it stands, the only people posting here are experienced players, new players who have problems with the game, and a few other new players here and there.

Offline Kyren

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 03:16:41 am »
The international language forums need people now. I'm not going to keep on posting translations if nobody's reading them. I really want to help the German community, but they don't seem to be particularly interested. It would be great to see a sort of in-game link to make it very nice and obvious that this forum is here. As it stands, the only people posting here are experienced players, new players who have problems with the game, and a few other new players here and there.

I fixed that for you, even if the French burned our city walls. We'd need a Forum button somewhere in game, or send out the link to the forums with the registration e-mail; the latter possibly in all the languages we can offer.

Offline Clara Skyborn

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2013, 01:16:25 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, guys, and believe me, I'm definitely down with getting more people in here!

Adding a link in game should be a big help with this, and we're already working on revamping the Social page and we'll be adding a forum link on there.

For the International pages, I'd welcome any suggestions on how we can find and reach out to the international players.

If you make a post on the Steam forum with a link to the international boards, we'll also sticky that (as FisherEx has done for the Russian board). Post it up here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/209080/discussions

Also, if you know of any unofficial groups or discussion boards for other languages, please make a post and invite those guys in!

The welcome email already has a forum link, but I'd be happy to add a line for each one of the international forums to it, too. Moderators, please send me a one-line translation for "[Language]-speakers: visit the [language] community board on the official forums!" and I'll stick it in!

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2013, 01:52:44 pm »
Clara, whilst you're thinking "links".. could we please have a link to the GOIO website on the Forum banner?

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013, 02:23:11 pm »
Clara, whilst you're thinking "links".. could we please have a link to the GOIO website on the Forum banner?

Mmm...there. :)

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2013, 02:30:43 pm »
Thank you.. ..

Offline N-Sunderland

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013, 04:19:25 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, guys, and believe me, I'm definitely down with getting more people in here!

Adding a link in game should be a big help with this, and we're already working on revamping the Social page and we'll be adding a forum link on there.

For the International pages, I'd welcome any suggestions on how we can find and reach out to the international players.

If you make a post on the Steam forum with a link to the international boards, we'll also sticky that (as FisherEx has done for the Russian board). Post it up here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/209080/discussions

Also, if you know of any unofficial groups or discussion boards for other languages, please make a post and invite those guys in!

The welcome email already has a forum link, but I'd be happy to add a line for each one of the international forums to it, too. Moderators, please send me a one-line translation for "[Language]-speakers: visit the [language] community board on the official forums!" and I'll stick it in!

All right, you can expect me to post a link on the Steam boards within the next couple of hours. As for the e-mail message...

"Francophones : visitez la communauté francophone sur les forums officiels!"

Offline N-Sunderland

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2013, 07:03:19 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, guys, and believe me, I'm definitely down with getting more people in here!

Adding a link in game should be a big help with this, and we're already working on revamping the Social page and we'll be adding a forum link on there.

For the International pages, I'd welcome any suggestions on how we can find and reach out to the international players.

If you make a post on the Steam forum with a link to the international boards, we'll also sticky that (as FisherEx has done for the Russian board). Post it up here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/209080/discussions

Also, if you know of any unofficial groups or discussion boards for other languages, please make a post and invite those guys in!

The welcome email already has a forum link, but I'd be happy to add a line for each one of the international forums to it, too. Moderators, please send me a one-line translation for "[Language]-speakers: visit the [language] community board on the official forums!" and I'll stick it in!

Here's the link to the Steam discussion I just started for the French players.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/209080/discussions/0/846945955397366217/

Offline Kyren

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Re: Forum Future
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2013, 11:07:15 am »
Damn, I nearly forgot about that post, hmpf. Very well,

http://steamcommunity.com/app/209080/discussions/0/846945955408587766/

that's the advertising solution for the German Community.

The translation for the link is:
Deutschsprachige Spieler, besucht den deutschsprachigen Teil des offiziellen Forums!

I'll send it per PM as well, just to make sure. Damn, I wish Styrian had an official grammar and everything, High German is just.. horrible :P